We all know the sinking feeling that comes with realising that your plumbing is broken. The prospect of living without hot water or a blocked drain for any period of time can be very stressful. Fortunately, if you live in Melbourne and are faced with hot water issues, symptoms of blocked drains or gas leaks there are plenty of plumbers out there to help you fix the problem as quickly as possible.
Of course, not every plumber is the same. Before you arrange for someone to take a look at your plumbing issue, it is important to double-check their credentials to ensure that they will do a good job and you will not lose any money.
If you’re wondering what kind of information you should find out about your plumber before hiring them, we’ve put together a brief checklist below to help you out.
Different plumbers have different specialities, with some only offering specific services that may not align with your needs. In this way, it is important to check a plumber’s services and experience before hiring them for your next plumbing job. If you need them to replace a water heater, for example, you may want to look for testimonials from other customers who have had the same service done by a particular plumber. Failing to do so could end up wasting your time and money, as well as that of the plumber. Remember that you only need to make a quick phone call in order to find out whether their services are right for you.
Before settling on a plumber, it is imperative that you double-check that they possess the correct license to carry out the work that needs to be done. Generally speaking, plumbers are accustomed to customers not asking to see a copy of their license, so it is easy for unlicensed individuals to perform work on their plumbing without possessing the relevant expertise or experience. Requesting a copy of a plumber’s license is not rude or invasive. It is simply a logical way of reassuring yourself that your plumbing will be attended to by a qualified professional.
It is important to gather a number of estimates before settling on a particular plumber as costs can vary widely. Generally speaking, very expensive services should be avoided as the costs are often not justified unless the work that needs doing requires very specialised expertise. Speak to Zabs Plumbing to ensure that you are getting the best deal.
Ensuring that previous customers have been satisfied with a plumber’s work is an important part of the assessment process. If a plumber has attracted a significant amount of negative attention with reviews that are supported by specific examples, you should do your best to avoid them. However, it is also important to take some negative reviews with a pinch of salt. If a plumber has primarily received praise but has attracted a few negative reviews, then some of their customers may simply have set their expectations far too high.
Some of the best places to source customer reviews include plumbers’ own company websites, their Facebook pages and via Google. Looking at a range of platforms will help to give you the best possible overview of the plumbing company to use.
It is important to find out what kind of materials will be needed to repair your plumbing system and whether your plumber has access to them. Additional materials can seriously affect the overall cost of the job and you could end up paying much more than you bargained for.
If you’re looking for a plumber you can rely on in and around the Melbourne area, get in touch with Zabs Plumbing today. With our high-tech tools, friendly service and affordable prices, we are sure to fix your plumbing issue right away.