You have a plumbing problem. And you’re thinking that you could save a little money by finding a handyman. Many homeowners believe handyman services that say they can tackle that problem with your malfunctioning toilet or leaky pipes, only to find out later that they should have called a Larkspur plumber. When your family’s safety and well-being is at stake, you need to call a plumber. Here are a few reasons why. 

Plumbers are licensed and trained. 

Your plumbing system provides essential utilities such as gas and water, and anyone who repairs or replaces parts of this system should be a certified, trained professional, one who can handle all aspects of plumbing repair. 

It takes many years of training to become a certified Master Plumber, and all professional plumbers in Texas must be certified by the State Board of Plumbing Examiners, attesting to their expertise. Each plumber has a state issued license number. 

Licensed plumbers are insured for the work they do. 

The faulty replacement of plumbing pipes can cause accidents such as fire or flooding. These hazards are not covered by handyman service insurance. 

Unlike handymen, professional plumbers are experts at what they do, an expertise gained from many years of experience. Licensed plumbing companies have specialized equipment and use specialized techniques. And their equipment, labor and employees are insured for any and all risks associated with performing plumbing work in your home. It’s okay to ask to see a certificate of insurance. 

Professional plumbers operate with expertise and integrity. 

A professional plumber will be able to fully explain the scope of work, and will be able to give a comprehensive and complete estimate for plumbing repairs. He will not expect payment in full until the job is done and you are satisfied. 

Professional, licensed plumbers stand behind their work with a warrantee. They will also advise you when a little problem can possibly become a bigger one—when that small leak or a clog could just be the tip of the iceberg of a larger problem. 

Hiring a commercial plumber for your business is not the same as hiring one for your home. You may have a lot riding on the plumbing work that affects your bottom line. You want to make sure you get Marin County plumbers who can do the job right. 

So, you need to shop around. Here are some important questions to ask commercial plumbers to help you decide if you want to hire them. 

Is the plumber licensed and insured, and what kind of experience does he have? 

If the plumber is licensed, his work is much more likely to meet all applicable plumbing and building codes. You should make sure he has liability insurance as well. This will protect both you and the plumber if he should make a mistake somewhere. 

You also need to check on how much experience the plumber has with your particular type of plumbing. He should be experienced with all types of businesses, but, naturally, there are many different kinds of businesses and each has different plumbing needs, so you check as well the amount of experience the plumber has for your particular type of business. 

Is there a fee for getting an estimate? 

Some plumbing companies charge a fee to have the plumber come out and make an inspection of the problem and you need to find out up front if the company has such a fee and what it is. This is work that occurs before any repairs or installations are even done. 

How will the plumbing company bill you – with an hourly rate or a flat fee? 

Again, find out up front how you will be charged. Does the price quoted include parts and labor? Does the company charge by the hour? 

Find out how long the company has been in business and get a few references. 

A company that has been operating for a longer period of time is more likely to have people with more experience, plumbers who have an established record of service. 

You may also want to get a few names of other places serviced by the company and find out what their experience has been. 

What kind of warranty does the company offer?

What kind of guarantee does the company offer for the job it does? There should be some type of warranty for the service. How long is the warranty good for? 

Congratulations on owning your own home! May you have many enjoyable and happy years living in it. Yet as a new homeowner, there are certain things you need to know. One of those things is your plumbing system. Like most of the systems in your home, you probably don’t pay much attention to it until something goes wrong.