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Picking a Family Plumber

Hiring a licensed, insured master plumber is a no-brainer, but you have to remember that not all plumbers handle all kinds of work. If you’re in search of someone who can address your family’s day-to-day plumbing needs, read on.

The Family Plumber

Plumbing isn’t calculus, but it does require lots of knowledge. It takes a professional, for instance, to crank on PVC as much as necessary without causing it to crack. Expertise prevents a $10 job into a myriad of compounding problems.

You can prepare for a more urgent situation just by developing a relationship with a plumber even if you don’t need him yet. If possible, have him to work on non-emergency repairs or fixture installations during typical business hours. If you’re a regular customer, it’s usually easier to get the plumber’s attention as opposed to being a panicked stranger begging them to fix a pipe on a Saturday night.

Prior to picking a plumber, have them show you proof of a license. Most states need plumbers to have a licensed, and they usually give a phone number where you can call to verify whether the license is current, and check if there are any active consumer complaints against it. The plumber you consider must have a current workers’ compensation policy on top of liability insurance worth no less than $500,000.

The best way of finding a reputable plumber is to ask for personal referrals from people you know – relatives, friends, coworkers, neighbors, etc. After finding a plumber you are confident in, save his contact details in your cellphone and call him during emergencies.

The Cost You Pay

Your emergency plumbing tab usually comes as a shock. Does that say that plumbers are merely taking advantage? Not all the time. Most of the time, the short duration of the work is the factor behind the high rates. The plumber may spend no more than an hour fixing the issue, but you’ll actually be paying for his time driving to and from your house, picking up parts, and so on.

A plumber who mainly works with drain-clearing services is paid around $70 per hour for drain lines and about $125 per hour for sewer lines. Most problems are done in under an hour. Of course, hourly weekend or night rates will be more higher.

For basic plumbing, like leak repair or new trap installations, you’ll probably pay around $45 to $65 hourly on top of parts, which the plumber is going to mark up from his wholesale price. If you call in a weekend or at night calls, you’ll probably pay as much as $100 just for the call and about $75 following the first hour. At these rates, you probably don’t want to keep chatting, but do ask what options are available to you and what can be done to keep the same issue from recurring.

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