Often, when we need a plumber, it’s because something has gone horribly wrong. But, by selecting a quality contractor before disaster strikes, you can save a lot of stress later. Whether you’re already in crisis mode or just planning ahead, here are some key questions you should ask when looking for in a contractor.
- Are they licensed? Knowing that your plumbing contractor is properly trained will go a long way toward your peace of mind. A professional plumber spends thousands of hours as an apprentice to learn the ins and outs of their craft. Unlicensed plumbers do not have legal permission to perform plumbing work or repairs. If they do so, they could receive fines or even jail time. For the customer, unlicensed work can result in property damage or expensive corrective work.
- Are they insured? Professional plumbers take every precaution when performing their work. But, in the event that something does not go exactly as planned, contractors insurance will ensure that you, the customer, are not left holding the bag. In most states, proof of insurance is required in order to be registered as a licensed plumber. If a contractor states they have insurance or a license, ask to see the proof. If they refuse, find another contractor.
- Are they reliable? Perusing online reviews can give you a good idea of the type of work that a contractor will deliver. Look for qualities such as finishing a job on time, staying within the agreed-upon budget, cleanliness, and protection of property, and knowledge of solving specific plumbing problems. While it may be tempting to simply see how many stars a contractor has, actually reading the reviews is much more useful.
- Is the plumbing contractor local? If your contractor is from out of the area, be sure to consider travel time. Will they show up late or leave early if they have a long drive back to their headquarters? Are they familiar with the specific codes for your town? Small differences in the rules can have major repercussions.
- Are they unionized? If a plumber is a member of a local plumber’s union, that means they’re also a member of the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters (UA). The UA has provided education for every union plumber since codes were first enacted. There are many benefits to hiring a union plumber. Future plumbers start as apprentices and spend five years learning the craft while working under more experienced instructors and journeymen. Additionally, any unionized contractor has to maintain both general liability and worker’s compensation insurance, along with a bond to guarantee that the customer is protected.
Selecting the right plumbing contractor should not be a stressful task. Beig Plumbing has been helping homeowners and businesses in the greater St. Louis region for nearly 60 years. We make it a point to finish on time and within the project budget. We are also fully licensed and insured and regularly work with manufacturers to cover warranties and ensure that parts are affordable. If you are in need of a plumbing contractor in greater St. Louis, look no further than Beig Plumbing.