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How to Choose a Family Plumber

Hiring a reputable plumber is a no-brainer, but note that not all plumbers will accept all types of work. If you’re searching for someone to meet your family’s routine plumbing needs, keep reading.

The Family Plumber

While plumbing isn’t rocket science, it needs substantial of knowledge. For instance, a professional plumber would know how to crank on PVC as much as needed without breaking it. Expertise is what keeps $10 job from overflowing into a flood of problems.

Prepare for a more urgent scenario by starting a real relationship with a plumber before you have a plumbing situation. If possible, make him do non-emergency repairs or fixture installations within regular business hours. It’s easier to attract a plumber’s attention if you’re a regular customer instead of a panicked stranger making him work at 8 pm on a Saturday night.

Before you pick a certain plumber, let them show you proof of their license. Plumbers have to be licensed in most states, and usually, you can also ask for a number that you can call to check whether they have a current license with no active complaints against it. Any plumber you consider must also hold a current workers’ compensation policy and $500,000 liability insurance worth at least $500,000.

The best way to find a good plumber is through personal recommendations from friends and relatives, neighbors, etc. As soon as you find a plumber you’re happy with, keep his contact details handy for emergencies.

How Much You Pay

Most people are shocked by the bill for emergency plumbing. Should you think that plumbers only taking advantage? Not always. Most of the time, the short duration of the work is the factor behind the high rates. While the plumber may only spend an hour to fix the problem, you’ll basically be paying for the time he spends driving to and from your home, buying parts, etc.

For a plumber who specializes in drain-clearing services, prepare at least $70 hourly for drain lines and $125 hourly for sewer lines. Problems mostly can be repaired within an hour. Of course, hourly weekend or night rates will be more higher.

For everyday plumbing services, like repair of leaks or installation of new traps, you may have to pay $45 to $65 per hour above parts parts, which the plumber will mark up from the wholesale rate he got them for. If you call in a weekend or at night calls, you’ll probably pay as much as $100 just for the call and about $75 following the first hour. At these rates, you probably don’t want to keep chatting, but do ask what options are available to you and what can be done to keep the same issue from recurring.

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