Questions You Should Ask a Plumber before Your Hire Him

The best time to find a plumber is before you need his services and if you prepare a list of questions to ask each plumber you interview for your regular work, you can easily compare their services and choose the one that’s best for your needs. Once you get a few names from friends and colleagues you can contact them to pose some of the following questions to them. Keep in mind that your plumber should meet the qualifications accepted here in the UK since other countries have varying standards that may not be the same as here. Let’s take a look at some of the questions that you should include on your list to discuss before you hire a plumber.


  1. The first question that you should ask is how long they have been in business and if you can visit their company. You can then see how they conduct business operations on a daily basis and actually discuss some of your questions and concerns directly with them.

  2. Ask if they can give you some references so that you can contact them for additional information. If you can see a portfolio of their work or visit one of their jobsites this will give you an up close and personal view of the work that they do.

  3. Another important question to pose is whether they have insurance cover to replace or repair your property should an accident occur.

  4. Ask if their work comes with a guarantee and if they have insurance backing which means your job will still be covered should they stop doing business.

  5. Another helpful tool to use is to determine if they are a member in the professional organisation that governs their work. If they are, you can expect them to observe a predetermined set of rules, standards, and a work ethic that will get your job done in a professional and timely manner. Once you are given the information of the organisation to which they belong, be sure to check with the trade body to ascertain whether they in fact still a member in good standing.

  6. Make sure that you enquire about their website and if they have one, visit it to explore and learn more about the company. On a site like you can review a gallery of their work, learn about some of the projects that they can do for you, and even request a quote for your upcoming project.

Once you have had all of your questions answered to your satisfaction, you can then schedule some regular maintenance around your home to establish a good working relationship with your plumber. Then, should an emergency occur in the middle of the night or on a weekend, you will have a professional who is already familiar with your home available to offer you expert assistance. This will provide you with peace of mind and confidence in your selection of a plumber no matter what the need.

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