3 Tricks to Run from When Hiring a Plumber

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While no homeowner enjoy needing to hire a plumber, it is a necessity of homeownership.  To make this chore easier, pay close attention to these top 3 tricks.

1.  Unlicensed or Uninsured Plumber:  While they may be cheaper, they also may not know what they are doing.  If you hire an unlicensed and uninsured plumber, they could do some serious harm to your home and they won't have any insurance to cover the cost.  Another reason it is important to hire a licensed and insured plumber is because you need someone with experience.  Let's say you hire them to work on a hot water tank powered by natural gas.  If it is done incorrectly, it could cause an explosion.

2.   Estimating a Job Unseen:  You can't get a realistic estimate over the phone.  The plumber needs to come to your home and look at what needs done to give a proper quote.  Also, get all quotes in writing.  You don't want a plumber finishing the job and saying, it's going to be $250 more because of item 1, item 2, etc.  If they come in person and provide a written quote, there won't be any surprises.

3.   Lowballing or padding the estimate:  Always get three quotes when doing major work.  If you get a quote that is much lower than the other two, this is a red flag.  Angie's List says, "A common plumbing scam is to give a low estimate that doesn't account for all of the labor needed.  You will then need to pay for the additional labor before the plumber finishes the job, putting you in a tough situation."

For extremely high estimates, you might see unnecessary items added to the quote.  The only way to spot padded estimates, is to get several estimates and compare them.