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How to Choose a Reputable Plumber

If something goes wrong with your plumbing at home, you can always DIY. But bear in mind that plumbing knowledge, skills and tools are crucial to the success of a plumbing project. Using the services of a professional plumber is surely the better option, but how should you pick one exactly?

Types of Plumbers

Apprentice
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Plumbers training with a contractor organization, whether union or non-union, are called apprentice plumbers. Such training includes classroom instruction as well as paid hands-on work. An apprentice usually works with the guidance of a journeyman or master plumber.
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Journeyman

A journeyman plumber has complied with all the apprenticeship requirements and received a state license. A journeyman plumber is one who can do most types of plumbing projects but without operating his own plumbing business.

Master

A master plumber is the most qualified among all other types of plumbers. He is someone who has worked as a journeyman for many years, holds an associate’s degree from a vocational school, and has passed written as well as hands-on exams. Master plumbers in most states must complete a specific number of hours of ongoing education every year. Besides being qualified to handle all types of plumbing projects, master plumbers may also operate their own plumbing business.

License

Plumbers are required to have a license in most states. Their complaint record must also be clean, and you can check this one with your state government’s website, where you will find a number to call, or by calling fthe Better Business Bureau.

Insurance

You may have homeowner’s insurance offering you some protection, but your plumber also needs to have workman’s compensation and $500,000+ of liability insurance for the protection of both you and the plumber, just in case a worker is accidentally injured while doing their job at your home.

Experience

Know how many years the company has been in operation and how many years the specific plumber, who will work on your project, has been providing plumbing services. Hire a plumber who’s been around for no less than five years – if they survived that long in this competitive industry, they must be good. It can also help to ask for customer references and to actually talk to these people. As they say, it’s best to hear it right from the horse’s mouth.

Warranty

Go for a plumber that can provide a warranty for parts and workmanship for at least one year. If they can’t stand by their work, forget it.

Rapport

Whether you like it or not, plumbing issues may be something you’ll have to deal with more than once in your life. So it’s important to choose a plumber with whom you can get along beyond the technical level. In fact, once you find the right plumber for your needs, try to build a relationship with them. The service won’t only get better, but you may just get more discounts too.