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Pick the right Plumber

What To Look For When Picking Your Plumber

Over the years the traditional time and material (plus travel) method of pricing plumbing service has been gradually replaced by the flat rate system. As plumbing systems and practices have become more modern and universal and traffic has become more of a factor in travel time, it has become prudent and possible to give a customer an upfront price for a conventional, predictable job. Replacing water heaters, pressure regulators, etc. are generally priced before the work begins. A respectable and qualified plumbing contractor should have no problem discussing prices over the phone.

And when dealing with large plumbing contractors beware of companies that hum-and-haa when you call them. Often you’ll find they insist that a technician be sent to your home to evaluate the situation. Many of these “techs” as they are nowadays referred to, instead of plumbers, are more schooled, experienced and proficient in the technique of salesmanship than in the plumbing trade. It’s always a good idea to ask what qualifications the contracting company requires for its technicians to be sure that they are well versed in new construction as well as repair and service work.

When it comes to price, it’s a good idea as a consumer to be aware that the costs of yellow page advertising, liability insurance, worker’s compensation insurance, trucks, equipment, rent, gasoline, office personnel, health insurance, truck stock and many other costs must be factored into the final price. It costs a lot of money to put a qualified journeyman plumber at your door and plumbers must charge accordingly to stay in business.  These are common practices that we have been using over the years at Round Rock Plumbers.

Also important is the length of time the plumber has been in the area. Word of mouth is still the best way to find any qualified plumber. Years of good service translate into respect within the community, who slowly recommend and refer friends, neighbors and relatives over the years, who will always treat your property and its contents with the utmost care and respect.

And another important factor is, be sure the plumber you hire uses quality materials. A job done with poor materials may actually cost you more in the long run. Also any qualified plumber should keep demolition and its resulting repairs to a minimum.

If you find a plumber with the above requirements, and also comes with a cheerful attitude and a clean efficient personal touch, then you have found a winner. Consider these intangibles when choosing your plumber for your next project. Often the intangibles turn out to be more important to the final result than the bid price.

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