It’s a great idea to have an established relationship with a plumber. You’ll want to shop around and do a little bit of an interview before hiring. If you’re building a new house you’ll have time to do a little research. If not, you may want to start looking for a reputable plumber in Victoria right now, before emergencies happen.
Here are 5 questions you’ll want to ask a plumber before hiring them.
- Do you have insurance and license.
It’s always better to go with the a professional plumber than a moonlighting part timer. Plumbers are required to have licenses and they should have insurance. If not, you’re liable for anything that goes wrong while they’re on your property.
- Do you charge for estimates
Every plumber, situation and location is a little different. So never assume your estimate will be free. Some charge travel time and some work the cost of the quote into the final cost when or if you go ahead with the work. Be sure you’re clear on how it works. You don’t need any surprises.
- What is your response time?
This is important to know, because when plumbing emergencies happen you don’t want to be left waiting. You need someone onsite as soon as possible. Do they have a plumber set aside just for emergencies? What is their after hours policy? Do you get charged more? The more details you have now, the more informed decision you can make when things go wrong.
- What is your area of speciality?
Most people don’t realize the scope of the plumbing trade. And every plumber has something they’re better at. So be sure to ask and plan accordingly. The job will go smoother and quicker if you’ve got the expert working on it rather than the toilet guy working on the hot water tank.
It always a good idea to check references to ensure quality work. Most reputable plumbers are willing to give references.
We hope these questions help you in finding the right plumber in Victoria BC.