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Beware Of Unlicensed Plumbing Services.

Many property owners never give a thought to an emergency plumbing service until one is needed. In an emergency, every minute counts, so here are some suggestions and questions to ask prior to employing a plumbing contractor to avoid surprise fees and to secure yourself.

Ask the plumbing contractor if he or she is licensed in your city or state. Not all cities require a license, so if they do not have one, it might be that licenses are not available. All licensed plumbing professionals need to pass a written test. A plumbing professional should carry both worker's compensation and liability insurance. Worker's compensation covers the plumbing contractor and staff members in case of an injury. Without this insurance, the property owner is liable for medical bills and other associated expenses. Liability insurance pays for repairs and damages as a result of the plumbing contractor's actions. If the plumbing contractor causes damage to your house while repairing the problem, this insurance policy will cover damages. If the plumbing contractor does not carry liability insurance, the property owner is liable for damages.

Plumbers without insurance are often more affordable because they do not need to pay large premiums. However, the savings are minimal as compared to the cost of an injury or mishap.

Ask the emergency plumbing service how soon they can take care of the problem. Emergency plumbing professionals are on call 24 hours a day, but if they need to drive a long distance to get to your house, response time will be put off. If you have a leak, delayed response time could result in thousands of dollars of damage to your house. If they are several hours away, ask if they could refer an emergency plumbing contractor closer to your house.

Inquire about per hour rates, and see if the plumbing contractor can offer a price quote over the phone. Many plumbing professionals will not offer a quote without seeing the problem, however, you can ask for a ballpark figure for your specific problem. Some emergency plumbing professionals also charge a service fee in addition to the per hour rate and parts. This charge applies if they come to your house whether they fix the problem or not. Ask what forms of payment they will accept. Some plumbing professionals take bank cards, but others will only take checks.

Inquire about the warranty on both parts and labor. The manufacturer should cover the warranty on parts. The plumbing service should warranty its work. Ask if they keep most parts stocked on their truck, or if there will be trips to the store. If the plumbing contractor needs to go to the store to get parts, ask who pays for that time. If permits are needed, will the plumbing contractor get them? Many plumbing professionals will pull the permits because they are familiar with the process and know the process.My Tucson Plumber\n


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