3 Lessons Learned: Repairs
Picking a Family Plumber
Hiring a professional plumber is a no-brainer, but keep in mind that not all plumbers deal with all kinds of plumbing jobs. If you’re in search of someone who can address your family’s day-to-day plumbing needs, read on.
The Family Plumber
Plumbing isn’t rocket science, but it requires a good amount of knowledge. For example, professional plumbers know how hard they can crank on PVC before it cracks. Expertise is what keeps $10 job from overflowing into a flood of problems.
You can prepare for a more urgent situation just by developing a relationship with a plumber even if you don’t need him yet. If possible, have him to work on non-emergency repairs or fixture installations during typical business hours. Plumbers usually favor regular customers over panicky strangers who want them to work on a Saturday night.
Prior to picking a plumber, have them show you proof of a license. Most states need plumbers to have a licensed, and they usually give a phone number where you can call to verify whether the license is current, and check if there are any active consumer complaints against it. Any plumber you consider must also hold a current workers’ compensation policy and $500,000 liability insurance worth at least $500,000.
The best way to find a good plumber is through personal recommendations from friends and relatives, neighbors, etc. After finding a plumber you are confident in, save his contact details in your cellphone and call him during emergencies.
How Much You Pay
Your emergency plumbing tab usually comes as a shock. Does that say that plumbers are merely taking advantage? Not necessarily. Most of the time, the short duration of the work is the factor behind the high rates. Even if the plumber might only spend a few minutes to fix the issue, you’ll mainly be paying for his time driving to your home and back, buying parts at the store, and so on.
A plumber who mainly works with drain-clearing services is paid around $70 per hour for drain lines and about $125 per hour for sewer lines. Most problems are done in under an hour. Naturally, the hourly rate is higher when you call on a weekend or at night.
For basic plumbing, like leak repair or new trap installations, you’ll probably pay around $45 to $65 hourly on top of parts, which the plumber is going to mark up from his wholesale price. If you call in a weekend or at night calls, you’ll probably pay as much as $100 just for the call and about $75 following the first hour. At such rates, you don’t want to spend a lot of time chatting, but do ask them what the options are how you can prevent the problem from returning.