Every industry has bad apples. The plumbing industry in Daytona Beach is no exception. We all have heard horror stories of mixed outcomes, such as plumbers failing to show up, leaving the work half-finished, or just failing to fix the problem. Here are some ideas about how to choose a plumber, specifically in the local (Daytona Beach) plumbing industry.
How long have they been in business?
Experience also brings detailed knowledge of common plumbing considerations in the local area.
For example, the city of Tampa uses a state aquifer to get its water, which is usually rich with minerals. A buildup of minerals, also called scaling, occurs rapidly in Tampa because of the high amount of porous rock. An experienced local plumber will recommend regular drain cleaning and also look for potential clogs on service calls because a buildup of minerals is always a concern.
So don’t hesitate to ask how long the company or the individual plumber has been in the industry. Ask for their portfolio and check out their satisfied customer references before you commit.
Will the estimated price cover the total cost?
After assessing people’s service needs, a plumber should be able to give you more than a ballpark estimate after evaluating your needs. Most professional plumbers will offer free estimates after looking at your plumbing needs.
Don’t let a plumber give an estimate over the phone without assessing the repair first because that price will most likely be inaccurate. Trustworthy professionals will typically want to see and assess your problem before issuing an estimated cost. This is what TJ Plumbing professionals do to ensure we meet our clients’ diverse needs right the first time. Ask if the price is inclusive of labor and parts and have this defined in the service agreement, which is binding.
Also, ask about any guarantees included in the quote estimate, including any new parts.
Is the Rate Hourly or Flat?
After being issued with your price estimate, ask the plumber if the rate is flat or fixed. A flat rate doesn’t change due to labor costs, but hourly rates vary depending on the time required to finish the job. You may also want to ask about the payment schedule, including an upfront payment and any installments.
Who is doing the work?
Your plumber may be working as an individual or in a team. When they come to your home to assess your needs, ask who will be doing the work, their qualifications, and experience.
Does the price include cleanup?
As surprising as it may sound, some companies do not clean up after finishing their jobs, leaving messes such as empty boxes, dirty mess, and old parts. To avoid such surprises after your plumber completes the job, ask if cleanup is included in the quote. If not, it might be an indication that you’re dealing with contractors who don’t take pride in their work. Some traders may tag a little cleanup charge to your quote.
Cleanup can also take on an unusual form in Daytona Beach. Florida’s humidity is no secret and that provides a breeding ground for all kinds of pests. These unwanted houseguests are drawn to moisture and that can lead them inside your plumbing. There has been a time or two when TJ Plumbing has pulled a pest or two and even a frog out of a residential pipe.
Choosing a plumbing company to provide services for an apartment building that you can trust to perform quality and affordable work can be intimidating. Taking the time to find a reputable and experienced Daytona Beach plumber will prevent you from having a plumbing horror story. There are several things to keep in mind when searching for the perfect company that will meet your needs:
References —T alking to previous customers about the type of services they have received and their experiences is important to find a reputable business. Word of mouth is one of the best ways for companies to increase their business. A negative customer experience is a red flag to move on to another company.
Licensing — Ensuring that a plumbing company and its plumbers are licensed is one of the most important steps to hiring a plumber. Daytona Beach plumbers are required to have both a plumber and contractor’s license to do business in Florida. There are exams required for licensing, which ensures that the plumber has the required experience to provide plumbing services (Forton, 2018).
Price — Of course, you will want to find a plumber who is both reputable and affordable; however, the quality of work may be associated with the cost of the service and cheaper may equate to poor quality. Compare prices with other Daytona Beach plumbers in the area to get an idea of the current rates in your community.
Warranty — The best plumbers will frequently offer some a guarantee on the services they provide. Before you hire a plumber, ask them about the types of warranties they offer.They must be willing to stand behind their work.
Now that you’re equipped with the knowledge on how to choose a plumber for your next project, you should be well prepared to select a trustworthy, professional plumbing service that meets your needs. At TJ Plumbing, we make it our mandate to provide our clients with quality, affordability, and friendly services. Talk to the plumbing professionals at TJ Plumbing through our 24-hour emergency phone number or our online contact form for a free consultation and ask us these questions if you want to!
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