Tips on Finding the Right Plumber

January 27th, 2022

Whether you are urgently looking for a plumber to fix your plumbing emergency, or you are simply preparing for the next time you need routine plumbing maintenance, finding the right plumber is essential. Price is an important factor in determining a plumber, but it shouldn’t be the only deciding factor. Some plumbing companies offer a low price on the website or over the phone, but after an inspection or the job is completed, you can become shocked by the high amount of hidden fees. Instead of focusing purely on price consider additional factors which could stop you from getting soaked by your plumber.

1) Is your plumber licensed and insured?

The most important factor in finding a plumber is ensuring that they are licensed and insured. A licensed plumber will have a much greater success rate at completing a job correctly. If there are any issues then a plumber being insured will avoid you having to pay out of pocket to fix their mistakes.

2) How long has your plumber been in business?

An experienced and knowledgeable plumber will make the most extreme plumbing issues seem straightforward. A more experienced journeyman plumber will finish the job faster and have less potential for a mistake than an apprentice plumber. Some plumbing companies will send apprentice plumbers for a job they are not qualified for, causing costs to increase and increasing the potential for a mistake.

3) Check reviews and references

Typically, the more years a plumber has been in business, the better their reputation. You can always check a plumber’s reviews online through such sites as the Better Business Bureau, HomeStars, or Google Reviews. Social media sites such as Facebook can also allow you to see how they communicate on the site and how others communicate back to them. Are there comments criticizing the job they received, or do customers and clients generally provide positive feedback through posts, comments, and reviews? Ask friends and family about their experience getting plumbing work done with various companies.

4) How does your plumber charge you?

A common way that plumbing companies can overcharge buyers is through “flat-rate pricing.” Flat-rate pricing is more expensive than charging for the time it takes to complete a job as the pre-set pricing rates do not take into account the general time it takes to complete each individual job. This means a company can charge multiple jobs (faucet repair, humidifier installation, and hot water tank installation) individually, even when an hourly rate would be significantly cheaper.

Plumbers can increase their costs through many factors that can prolong the length of a job. Look for a plumber that only charges for the time it takes to properly repair the issue as efficiently as possible. Also, look for a plumber who only replaces the parts that need to be replaced (whether broken, damaged, or faulty). When a part needs to be replaced, does the plumber have the equipment with them to avoid needless travel that continues to increase the time and cost of the job?

Price-Rite Plumbing has been in business for over 27 years, first founded by owner Harry Farrell in 1995. Price-Rite Plumbing only charges for the time it takes to properly repair your issue as quickly as possible. The hourly rate Price-Rite Plumbing provides means you aren’t overcharged for services while always having the option for a quote before larger projects. Price-Rite Plumbing will only replace parts that are required to be replaced for a proper repair, making sure to have well-stocked vans to avoid any needless travel and prolonging the length of the job. All staff of Price-Rite Plumbing are journeyman plumbers with plenty of experience in the residential plumbing industry.

The next time you need residential plumbing repairs, think of Price-Rite Plumbing with their journeyman experience, improved pricing, and superior customer service. Call (403) 660-1122 to ensure your next plumbing repair will be priced right and done right with Price-Rite Plumbing.