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February 26, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 154

In a way plumbers really are a lot like dentists, in that no one really wants to hire one. With the exception of perhaps a remodel job people do it because they have to. A situation pops up when you have no choice other than to get on the phone or the computer and track down a local plumber to remedy the problem. Now the last thing you need is your problems made worse by bringing in someone who's unreliable, lacking in skills and or dishonest.

So then just what are the steps that you can take to ensure that your dealings with whoever you end up hiring are positive? That your problem is solved, the price is right and the work that's done is to a high-quality?

To start with you need to know upfront that any plumber you end up dealing with must be licensed, bonded and insured, and this is something that you just can't afford to compromise on. You see if a plumber isn't carrying up-to-date insurance you can be held financially liable if he or one of his employees is injured on your job.

Then another thing you should be aware of is the level of damage to your home that can result from faulty plumbing work, and once again if the person you hire isn't carrying valid up-to-date insurance and is also bonded you can be left on your own to pay for any repairs that result from water damage due to shoddy repair work. Or if it's a gas line in your home that needs to be worked on the risk obviously becomes much greater. Homes have burned down and even exploded as a direct result of shoddy work performed on gas lines.

So the onus is on you as the party carrying the burden of risk to verify that any plumber you hire is licensed, bonded and insured; things that any reputable and reliable plumber should be more than happy to verify for you on demand. Now you can check the standing of their state contractor's license online but you're going to want to see some paperwork that shows that they are bonded and insured. A reliable plumber will also be more than happy to provide you with a few references, homeowners and business operators who they've previously done work for; people who you can contact to verify their credibility.

A reliable prospect that's reputable and honest should have a short list of previous clients who are happy to put a good word in for them. Now one of the best places today to start your search is an online referral service that's specific to your city. An online venue that lists licensed contractors in your area along with pertinent information like comments from previous clients.

Then if you do check to see that they're licensed, here's a good tip. Make sure that the person's name on the license is the person who you're dealing with when you're negotiating to have the work done. You need to be sure that you're not dealing with someone who's simply working under a friends borrowed state contractor's license number.

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