What to Ask Saskatoon Plumbers Before You Hire Them

Plumber fixing a garbage disposalKnowing of a reputable and reliable plumber when there’s an emergency is not unlike having a doctor, veterinarian or dentist to call when you need them. Whether you’re looking for a plumber that can satisfy your residential or commercial plumbing needs – or both – you need to know the name of someone with a good reputation for providing quality work, someone who will respond to your call quickly and that can be counted on to provide their plumbing services at competitive prices.

The following are some of the things you will want to ask Saskatoon plumbers when you call to inquire about the services they offer:

Are you a licensed plumber?

If a plumber is licensed, it means they’ve completed the required government tests and regularly undergo recertification testing, which is your way of ensuring they’re competent enough to handle a variety of plumbing issues and are up to date on the building codes in your area. While you certainly don’t want any plumbing work that’s not to code, licensed Saskatoon plumbers are also able to apply for any of the building permits your project requires, which won’t be the case with an unlicensed plumber.

Are you insured?

You might think it odd to have to think about insurance when considering plumbing services, but hiring an uninsured plumber could possibly result in you having to pay to cover the expense of an accident, theft or mistake.

What’s your experience?

Inexperienced Saskatoon plumbers who aren’t willing to provide you with references should be avoided. Those of us with years of experience and a long list of satisfied customers will provide you with peace of mind that an inexperienced plumber just can’t do.

How quickly will you respond to my call and do you offer 24-hour emergency services?

It’s important to determine which companies offer emergency plumbing services, because some don’t and others solely respond to emergency calls. It’s always good to know of a local plumber that you can call and who will respond promptly in an emergency. That said, you will also want to know of someone you can count on for new plumbing projects, as some require weeks and sometimes even months of notice before they can start a new project. The best case scenario? Find a plumber that provides prompt emergency and regular plumbing services!

Do you have any areas of specialization?

You want to find the right plumber for the task at hand, so be sure to ask about their areas of expertise before you hire them. If you’re getting set to remodel your bathroom, you may not want to hire a plumber that specializes in servicing or repairing existing plumbing, but will need someone with a good deal of experience in designing and installing new plumbing.

What do you charge?

Don’t ever be afraid to ask about prices because, believe it or not, they can vary significantly between Saskatoon plumbers. In particular, you’ll want to know if they charge a service fee, which can include coming to your home to provide you with a quote, travel time (driving to your home for the service call), and what they charge for outsourced parts.

Equip yourself with these questions when calling plumbers and you’ll feel much more confident about who it is that you entrust with your household or commercial plumbing needs.

For information on the services provided by Gibbon Heating & Air Conditioning, a trusted Saskatoon plumbing company, please don’t hesitate to call us: (306) 343-9576.

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