A simple water leak or stripped pipe fitting can wreak havoc on your home. Left unattended, an ignored drip can turn into serous water damage that ultimately can cost hundreds, if not thousands of dollars to repair! In Rochester NY, a plumber that is licensed and insured can be your best friend. Similarly, a plumbing technician who is here today and gone tomorrow (that is someone neither sufficiently trained nor specialized) can potentially create more problems than you had initially and lead to more out-of-pocket plumbing expenses.
How do you separate the pro’s from the wanna-be’s? The first step is to recognize that every plumber is different. Some plumbers can only handle basic repair issues while others are more adept and prepared for larger-scale remodeling and contracting. Who you choose and why can impact the plumbing work you need to get done.
Help Begins with You
Believe it or not, you can save yourself both time and money by repairing small leaks and clogged pipes. Those kinds of plumbing issues can be resolved and are not insurmountable. You find plenty of resources to learn from online and you can save the cost of a plumber by doing the work yourself. But you need to seek out a professional for the big jobs. You have to know when to call in a pro. Remember, plumbing isn’t rocket science, but it does require a lot of know-how.
A good plumber can be found locally by looking within your social circle: start by asking friends and neighbors and even local realtors. Everybody knows somebody. Real estate agents in particular may have a plumbing on-call list for emergencies. Before you know it you will have complied your own “top-ten” list of candidates. Now it’s time to narrow your search.
Talk the Talk
Every plumber is going to tell you they are good! You can be sure by asking for proof of a license which is required in New York and most other states. Additionally, any plumber you consider should – out of necessity – possess a current workers’ compensation policy and liability insurance for a minimum of $500,000. Conduct an online search as well to see plumber-performance reviews. Meet the plumber in person if possible. Appearance may not mean much when looking for a plumber but you can determine if the individual has the proper tools and resources to do the job.
Bill vs. Service
Plumbing bills, especially if it is repair work are usually always an eye-opener, You are not only paying for service completed but also to-and-from driving time and parts. The prices go up on weekends. Anywhere from $45 – $65 per hour is standard for most work, such as repairing most leaks or replacing sections of pipe. The prices go up exponentially as a job gets more complicated. Drain-clearing and sewer lines can run anywhere from $70 – $125 per hour. And fortunately most plumbing jobs can be resolved in an hour. As mentioned earlier, weekend and night rates can get a lot higher.
As you can imagine, when searching for a qualified plumber in Monroe County, you want the individual in and out. You also have a right to know what your repair/parts options are, in addition to asking for advice on how to prevent the problem from happening again.