While it sounds simple, finding a plumber can be a frustrating, confusing and extremely time-consuming task. Just search Google for “find a plumber” and you’ll instantly be met with over 30 million results. What’s a homeowner to do?
How to Choose the Best Plumber
Unless you have hours to comb through page after page of local plumbing websites, you may want to take our advice. Here are our recommendations to help you find the best plumber for the job:
Narrow the search.
Focus on plumbers in your local area. By limiting your search to the city you live in, you are less likely to be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of available plumbing contractors.
Ask friends and family.
Friends and family are a great place to start when seeking advice on which plumbing company to hire, provided they live near you. They’ve probably needed a plumber at one time or another and can give you a name, or at the very least, tell you who NOT to hire.
Ask a contractor you’ve used for other types of repairs.
Did you have an amazing experience getting your kitchen renovated? Ask the contractor who did the work for a plumbing referral. They should be familiar with other industry pros and can likely give you a name as well as some sound advice.
Now that you know how to find a plumber, how do you ensure that they’re the best man or woman for the job? Here are some key items to look for when choosing a plumber:
- A state license – Plumbers in Michigan and most other states must be licensed to practice their craft. Don’t rely on the contractor’s word that they’re licensed, instead do your homework. If you’re in Michigan, search for licensed contractors on the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) website.
- Proof of insurance – Any reputable plumbing contractor will carry insurance coverage to protect the homeowner as well as themselves from any accidents on the job. The contractor you choose should have general liability and worker’s compensation insurance. Request to see proof of insurance before hiring anyone to work on your home.
- Is the business stable? – Before hiring a plumbing contractor, make sure to research the business. How long has the company or contractor been in operation? Are they well-known in your local community? These are questions you should ask to ensure that they’ll stick around in the event you have any issues with their repairs.
- Reviews of the business – Make sure you check online reviews for any plumber you’re considering. With reviews, think quality over quantity. When you search for the company, do you find reviews that are generally positive? Do the reviews describe the kind of company you’d want to complete your plumbing repairs?
While there are certainly other considerations to keep in mind, as a general rule, asking these questions should help you find the best plumber in your area to fix those pesky plumbing problems.
Looking for a plumber in Lenawee County? Call BHP!
At Blissfield Heating & Plumbing, we’ve provided licensed plumbing services to homeowners since 1978. Contact us or give us a call at (517) 486-3575 to learn more about the plumbing repair services we offer!
8593 E US Hwy 223
Blissfield, MI 49228
Phone: (517) 486-3575