How to Check a Plumber’s Credentials
You may be impressed by the ability of your trusty neighborhood plumber to fix any leak, broken pipe, or clogged up system. But just how skilled and trained is your plumber?
The best way to find out just how reliable a plumber can be is by checking his credentials. Here’s how to do that:
- There are various websites dedicated to finding reputable workmen. Sites like Checkatrade.com enable consumers to quickly check the credentials of emergency plumbers and also provide candid feedback on their performance from previous customers.
- Can the plumber provide references or testimonials from satisfied customers when asked? A genuine plumber will have a written record of previous customers willing to vouch for the quality of their work and will be able to readily produce it when requested.
- Does the plumber have public liability insurance? All emergency plumbers should have cover, in the event that something goes wrong. As this type of insurance is expensive it is unlikely that a cowboy plumber would bother taking it out.
- The workman should not ask for any money upfront. Furthermore, they should provide an official contract, clearly stating payment terms and pricing and offering a guarantee on all work undertaken. This protects the consumer should any problem arise after the work has been done.
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