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Different Types of Plumbers

Plumbing Contractor*

A person who may contract to perform or offer to perform plumbing work in all areas provided the contractor has at all times a licensed master plumber as a responsible individual and maintains compliance with the required bond, general liability insurance and workers' compensation insurance requirements. Person is defined as an individual proprietor, partnership, corporation, limited liability company, limited liability partnership, limited partnership or any other legal entity (*definition may vary from state to state).

Master Plumber*

An individual who is skilled in the planning, superintending and the practical installation of plumbing, who is otherwise lawfully qualified to contract for plumbing and installations and to conduct the business of plumbing and who is familiar with the laws and rules governing the same. This license authorizes the individual to perform plumbing statewide, for both interior plumbing and exterior water service, sanitary sewer and storm sewer systems within the property lines (*definition may vary from state to state).

Journeyman Plumber*

An individual, other than a master plumber, who, as a principal occupation, is engaged as an employee of, or is otherwise working under the direction of, a master plumber in the practical installation of plumbing. This license authorizes the individual to work statewide, for both interior plumbing and exterior water service, sanitary sewer and storm sewer systems within the property lines (*definition may vary from state to state).

Insured vs. Bonded

A quality plumbing contractor should be both bonded and insured to protect both you and the plumber from unforeseen costs and damages. Therefore, you should ask to see proof of commercial liability insurance and a surety bond before engaging the services of a plumber.

Commercial liability insurance: If a problem occurs for which your plumbing contractor is at fault, liability insurance helps to cover any claims related to property damage or bodily injury. However, it does not cover all damages you may incur, as explained below.

Surety bond. A surety bond picks up where insurance leaves off. Its purpose is to cover additional expenses such as fixing shoddy work done by the contractor, compensating homeowners for items stolen by the contractor, or paying damages related to a contractor’s illegal practices.

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Emergency Plumber

Know Who You're Talking To

Pay attention to whom you talk with when you call to schedule a plumber to come to your home. Are you talking with an answering machine, or does the person on the other end of the line care about you and genuinely want to help fix your emergency plumbing problem? You can tell a lot about a company by how they answer the phone.

Over The Phone Pricing

I learned this one the hard way. The price you get over the phone is generally a base price, and it can increase significantly once someone gets to your house and really sees what's going on. Emergency plumbing problems simply cannot be diagnosed over the phone — especially if you aren't talking with an actual plumber when you call.

Look for 24-Hour Emergency Services

When you have a plumbing emergency, you need to get help fast. And if the problem arises again, it is good to know that you will be able to get a plumber out to look at it again. No one wants to wait the weekend without hot water or heat.

Check Online Plumber Reviews

You're probably not the first person in town to need a plumber. Rely on Angie's List and other websites that have a bank of real reviews written by people in your community.

Check The Plumbing Company's Background

Ask if the technician coming to your home is drug-tested and background-checked. Your home and your family are your priority. A plumbing services company that invests significant dollars making sure that employees are trustworthy and safe in your home tells you that your home and family are a priority to them, too.

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Hiring a Plumber

Important Considerations

When looking for a reliable plumbing company, you cannot simply rely on hourly rates. Plumbing companies' billing systems vary. While some will charge according to "time and material", other companies will charge a "flat rate". When you get an estimate from a company, be sure to ask what will be provided for the price quoted.

Ask to see the state license- All plumbers, including sub-contractors and journeymen, are required to be licensed by the state.

Business stability- Find out how long the company has been in business and how long it has been at its present location.

Building codes: In certain municipalities you'll need to see that all building codes are met.

Recognize that there are several variables in developing the price. These include: 1. Time that it takes to complete the installation or perform the repair. 2. Quality of the fixtures. 3. Number of fixtures.

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