Wednesday, June 13, 2018

6 Tips for Choosing a Plumber

The traditional image of a plumber isn't very flattering. It also isn't very accurate. A good plumber is a highly-trained professional with a lot of skill, knowledge and experience in everything from sink pipes to shower drains, and it takes effort to track these kinds of people down. You can't just flip open the phone book and find them at random.

So what steps should you take to locate a good plumber near you, and how can you be sure that you're hiring the right person for the job? Here are just a few suggestions.

1. Ask for Referrals and Recommendations

Most people have called a plumber at some point in their life. They should have names for you. It might be names to avoid rather than names to call, but that's still valuable information that can help you reach a decision.

2. Look at Their Service Areas

If there's a specific issue with your plumbing, look for someone with experience in that area. They should have some kind of "services" or "skills" page on their website. Make sure that your desired repair job is on it.

3. Get a Quote

Don't beat around the bush when it comes to rates. Ask the plumber how much their visit will cost you before they even come over; if they aren't willing to talk terms, hang up the phone and try something else. You want total transparency about fees and service charges.

4. Read Reviews

Let's say that you've found a likely candidate for your next plumber. What do previous customers think about them? What are their most common compliments and complaints? Would they recommend the plumber to others?

5. Get a Guarantee

Once the plumber has fixed whatever was wrong with your pipes or faucets, don't let them leave your home until they've signed some kind of guarantee. If everything falls apart as soon as they depart, you'll need assurances that you won't be charged for a follow-up visit.

6. Trust Your Instincts

At the end of the day, no amount of advice can weigh up to your own gut feeling about your plumber. If your instincts are telling you that this particular person isn't right for the job, don't hire them!

These are just a few things to keep in mind as you search for a plumber in Clearwater. The right professional can make all of the difference for your bathroom's functionality, so make sure that you're only choosing the best!


  1. Trusting your instincts is sure key with lots of things. Plumbers are skilled indeed. And they make big bucks for dealing with other people's umm rhymes with it.

  2. We hired a "friend" once and it took him 2 weeks to get a simple drain job done. He'd come in, tinker around for 5 minutes, then say he had something else to do and would be back (several days later). I was beyond angry by the time he finished! Finding the right plumber, you should definitely trust your gut (something I didn't do when Jason suggested said friend and I wanted to go with a professional.)

  3. Awesome tips for choosing the right plumbers especially for first timer. This really helps. Thank you for sharing this to us.

  4. It is difficult to find a plumber that you can really trust to do the job well. Good thing we have a regular one we can call. He has been servicing our plumbing needs for the longest time and he always delivers. Thanks for sharing your tips for choosing a plumber. I will share this post with my officemates.

  5. All very good ideas. I once had three men come for the very same work to give estimates. One was $1,900., one was $1,000. and one $600. Quite the difference. I will say the one estimating $1,900. wanted only to do all new reconstructing which was a lot of his charge but still...

  6. #6 is very important. You should really trust your instincts in choosing the right plumber. Amazing tips overall.

  7. If I can't get a recommendation from a trusted neighbor/friend, then going with your gut is a good idea.


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