If you are planning some major plumbing work, it is important that you choose the right contractor. Plumbing emergencies are inconvenient, and yes you will need to find a 24-hour plumber to come out and fix them, but for planned works it’s different – you can research your options more carefully, and you most definitely should since some simple-seeming jobs can be quite demanding and can have a high risk of going wrong.
The best place to start when choosing a plumber is with testimonials Do you know anyone who has had work done recently? Who did they use? Were they happy with it?
If you can’t use testimonials, look for plumbers Beaverton that have listings in the local paper phone book – yes, the paper phone book, not the internet! The logic here is that if a plumber has had a listing in there for a while, they are probably an established company. Cross-reference that list with ones that have websites, and then look up those plumbers to see if any of them have complaints registered against them with the BBB. Don’t worry if there are one or two complaints – no-one can keep all their customers happy – but do worry if there are a lot of complaints that seem to follow a recurring theme.
Next, call a couple of the best-looking plumbers and get fully itemized quotes. Choose the plumber that offers the most detailed and fairest seeming quote – not the cheapest, necessarily, but the one that makes the most sense. Make sure that you understand exactly what you are getting out of the quote, and that the plumber has explained what will happen if things go wrong or if the job takes longer than expected.
Get a guarantee for the job, so that you know that no matter what happens, if pipe bursts or leaks within a few months of the job being done, they will cover it. Also, make sure that the plumber is fully licensed and insured to operate in your area – different local authorities have different requirements, do you might need to check around and call the council or the local authority to find out what the requirements are. No matter how ‘good deal’ a plumber is, do not use them if they cannot prove that their paperwork is all in order.