How to Hire the Right Brooklyn Plumber for You

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Steps To Picking The Right Plumber In Brooklyn, NY

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Choosing the right plumber is one of the most important decisions that a property owner can make and can help fix problems and prevent expensive plumbing emergencies before they occur. However, the wrong plumber can turn small plumbing issues into much bigger problems in the future.

Only a trusted, recommended and certified local plumber should be considered, like those from Petri! A good plumber will give you the best value for the money and will make your plumbing job a painless experience. Continue reading to learn how to hire the right plumber, or simply reach out to the expert Brooklyn plumbers at Petri today!

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How to Find a Plumber

If you’re not sure how to find a plumber, start with your network. 

  • Ask your family and friends that you trust for advice. 
  • Ask a contractor or builder you’ve worked with or know
  • Checking online listings and reviews

Once you’ve identified potential plumbers to work with, here are the questions you should ask before hiring them.

Questions You Should Ask A Plumber Before Hiring One

Before you start working with a new contractor, there are several things that you should consider. These aspects can help you to choose between contractors or just help you make sure that the person you just hired is qualified to do the job.

1. Are you and your plumbers licensed and bonded?

Being licensed and bonded is crucial to the job and it is one of the first things you should ask about before hiring a plumber. Plumbers need to be licensed, certified and insured by the state in order to work for you. Without a license, there’s no guarantee that your work will be completed properly, and injuries on the jobsite can end up coming back to you financially without proper insurance. Always ask for proof of these before allowing any work to begin.

2. What is your plumbing experience?

It can be tempting to use an unlicensed plumber or handyman to carry out plumbing jobs, but this can be a serious mistake. Licensed plumbers receive their training from qualified instructors and are tested rigorously before receiving their licenses. Another benefit of using a licensed plumber is that professional plumbers generally pay more attention to customer satisfaction and the quality of their work. Without a license, you’re just relying on their word. 

3. Can you give me a detailed explanation about the work involved?

As an expert, any plumber should be able to explain the work that they’re doing so that a layman can understand it. Plumbers that make things seem overly complicated, or who refuse to provide detailed information, may be hiding something. When choosing a plumber it is important that the customer understands the work that needs to be carried out, and bases their expectations on this understanding.

4. How do you price your plumbing work and can you give a written estimate? 

Ask that all “additional charges” be included into the estimate so that you have an idea of the full rate of service. Keep in mind that all service costs will cost more on weekends and holidays or if they are emergencies. Plumbers who are reluctant to state up front just what their work might cost should be avoided.

5. What are your costs for emergency plumbing?

Customers need to know the cost when the plumbing company has to rush a plumber out to the job site late evening, on a weekend, or a holiday. Start looking for an emergency plumber when you move into a new home or neighborhood so you’re ready during a crisis. Make an appointment for our emergency valve tagging service to ensure that every shut-off valve in your home is labeled. Valued at $295, it is absolutely free. Don’t lose precious time during a plumbing emergency trying to find the right valve.

6. Do you have references?

Contractors who have been in the business for a while will be able to produce several references that support their reputation. Contact these references to ensure that your plumber has done a good job in the past and get an idea of what to expect from him or her.

7. Do you offer any guarantees or a warranty?

Most reputable plumbers will offer some type of guarantee or warranty to their customers. Plumbing companies may be more up to date on codes if they have membership in trade organizations such as Association of Master Plumbers or the National Association of Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors.

8. Do you currently have and can you provide proof of the appropriate liability insurance?

The plumbing company should have their own proof of insurance for general liability and workman’s compensation in the event a plumber is hurt on the job. The business should have good reviews and be able to meet all the building codes for your municipality. 

More Tips for Hiring the Right Plumber in Brooklyn

Why the Cheapest Plumbers Aren’t Always the Best

Don’t always look for the cheapest plumber you can find. It may be a bit tempting, but you should really take into consideration the qualifications the plumber has and how long they have been in business. Sometimes opting for the plumber who is cheapest will be the one that winds up costing you more money in the long run.

When you seek a plumbing professional you are looking for a company that has some of the following: knowledge, years of experience, friendly people (from the person that takes your call to the technician that resolves the problem), timely completion and lastly fair up front pricing.

Get Organized with Your Plumbing Needs

Know what the plumbing problem is before you call a plumber. If you can describe to the plumber if there is water dripping from somewhere or water pooling in an area, they may be able to identify the problem over the phone and give a reasonable estimate of cost to fix it.

If the plumbing situation is not an emergency and you just want a plumber to get things up to speed and fixed in the home, go through the house room by room and identify the troubled areas you want to have fixed so you can have a plumber come out on one visit and fix everything at the same time and save money.

Why Work with Petri Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Drain Cleaning?

For more than 100 years, Petri Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Drain Cleaning has been proud to serve our neighbors as the borough’s family plumbers. What’s kept us around is our commitment to delivering quality and value for our clients. As a family-run business, we’ve always promised to do our best for every one of our clients, and that’s what drives us today.

Petri Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Drain Cleaning is licensed, not just with New York City, but with Green Plumbers USA, going the extra mile to ensure that we are the best, most knowledgeable and reliable plumbers in the area. Like all professionals, expert plumbers take pride in their work. Our rates are also reasonable, with upfront pricing. Call today to schedule plumbing service in Brooklyn!

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