Plumbing the Depths of Our Mighty Godhood! – The Patch #142
How To Avoid Unreliable Plumbers
We had to hire a plumber to fix a few things in our home and we wanted to find someone who has properly licensed, bonded and insured. We did not do any further research. A small flood occurred in our bathroom and we wanted to find a plumber as quickly as possible. We chose the first company we found after doing a quick search on the Internet. We made a huge mistake. We ended up overpaying for the repairs and actually had to call back the plumber because the toilet kept backing up after he fixed our plumbing system. We ended up spending more than we should have between the repairs, the finishes and the messy work. How can you avoid over paying for repairs and avoid receiving shoddy services? You should hire a plumber only after doing a lot of background research on them. Check reviews and ask them questions. Unless there is an emergency that requires repairs right away, always take the time to do research before hiring a plumber.
You are probably going to check the top results when you do a research for plumbers in your areas on the Internet. This is exactly how we found our plumber. However, we did not take the time to look for reviews written by clients on message boards or on business directories. This turned out to be a mistake. The plumber was not bad at his job and he actually managed to fix the problem that caused the flood. We ran into problem afterwards. He fixed only one problem but did not properly diagnose what was wrong. We had to have more work done, which lead to more expenses for us. He also left a mess behind and we had to clean up dust on the floor and wipe dirt on the sink. This is not a big problem but since we overpaid for the services, we should not have had to clean up afterwards.
If we had taken the time to check reviews on the plumber we hired, we would have found that other clients had the same problems we did. The plumber fixed the main problem and did what we asked him to but he did not take the time to properly diagnose the issue. I feel he was not the best plumber for the job.
We should have checked reviews and called different plumbing companies in the area to ask about their rates since we ended up overpaying. We called the first company that appeared in search results and hired them right away. The person I talked to on the phone was very polite and the website looked professional. We did not realize we were overpaying for the repairs since we did not compare quotes and did not realize we could have gotten a better price. The repairs were not ridiculously overpriced but the next plumber we hired told us we could have gotten a lower price by simply showing them a written quote from a competitor.
It is best to do some research and call to get quotes from different companies before hiring a plumber. The first plumber you call might seem professional and offer an interesting quote but it is still best to take the time to call other professionals and check reviews to make sure they have a good reputation. If you are dealing with an emergency, you might not have the time to do a lot of background research. Do a quick search on a plumbing company by looking up the name of this business on a search engine and check the results you see on the first page. You will probably see a few reviews and will find out whether or not the company has a good reputation.
In the end, the plumber we hired did a decent job since he fixed the main problem. However, if we had taken the time to check reviews and compare quotes, we would have found an even better plumbing company. If you can take the time to do some research, look for reviews and get quotes from different companies. This will help you save money and you will get quality service.