One of the first rules of DIY repair is; if you don’t know what you’re doing, hire a professional. The last thing you want to do is burst a pipe or make things worse for yourself, hence why hiring a professional is usually the go-to choice to ensure that the problem is actually fixed. Band-aid fixes are not good either and it’s always good to have a professional opinion that can not only help you fix a problem but also ensure that it never happens again.
Unfortunately, even if you do hire a plumber, you may find yourself stuck with a useless plumber that doesn’t really know what they’re doing. They could charge you a ludicrous amount of money, or they might leave your home in a horrible state. To prevent a situation like this, here are some differences between a trustworthy and clueless plumber so that you should always look out for.
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Are they speaking strange plumbing lingo?
An easy way to tell if the plumber you’re about to hire is trustworthy or not is to simply ask them about the issue. Professional plumbing services can always explain a problem in simple terms that anyone can understand. They’ll tell you what the issue is with simple language and they’ll explain how to fix it. On the other hand, clueless plumbers (including scammers) will confuse you with jargon, strange lingo and try to convince you that the problem is worse than you think. This naturally buys us into their claims and it could even lead us to pay more to fix a problem that doesn’t exist. In some cases, the plumber could just be innocently clueless–but that still doesn’t help your situation at all.
Do they have the right qualifications?
Whether it’s legal compliance or a certificate in plumbing services, it’s vital that the plumber you hire has the right accreditations. This shows that the plumber you’re hiring is serious enough to have taken various tests to show that they’re qualified for the work you’re hiring them for. If they can’t produce some form of accreditation then it’s not a sign that they’re clueless, but it could raise some concerns and you generally don’t want to take the risk.
What’s their reputation like?
Take a look at websites like Google and see if the plumber has received any feedback from other clients. If they’ve been given dozens of 1 or 2-star reviews then it’s not a good look and you should stay clear. However, if they’re between 4 to 5 stars, then it’s usually a good sign that they’re at least competent.
Of course, Google ratings aren’t always reliable, so if you know a local plumber and your neighbors, friends or family members have experience with them, then asking for a recommendation is usually the preferred way of finding a plumber. This should give you more peace of mind when hiring a professional to work on your home.
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