Tips for Finding the Right Plumber
Plumbers for New Home Construction, Bathroom Remodeling and Kitchen Renovations
Experienced, trustworthy plumbers are essential for new home construction, kitchen renovations or bathroom remodeling. Savvy consumers learn how to identify quality plumbing contractors and understand why a knowledgeable, licensed plumber is key to the success of any home remodeling or construction projects.
Tip 1: Check References Carefully When You Hire Plumbing Contractors
Review the references first and make sure that the work is recent. If all the references are from years past, be cautious.
Tip 2: Hire a Plumber with the Appropriate License
Plumbing is very technical so hire someone who is experienced and licensed. In North Carolina basic plumbing repair work and handyman services that do not disrupt the potable water do not require a license. However, the disruption of potable water is required for most plumbing projects, so a successful plumber must be licensed.
Tip 3: Don’t Confuse Quality Plumbers with Fancy Scam Artists
First, don’t be fooled by big names. Just because someone owns or works for a large company doesn’t mean they will do the best job. That’s why current references are so important. Also, any plumber who requests money up front is suspect. Unless the job is estimated at thousands of dollars, plumbing contractors generally cover the costs until the project is finished.
Tip 4: Promote Conservation-Consult Plumbing Contractors that Employ Eco-Friendly Principles
Knowledge of green plumbing can be a plus. All plumbers naturally know ways to conserve water. Things like gray water recycling and rainwater collection go a long way. Any licensed plumbing contractor can explain there are ways to conserve and still have luxuries. There are lots of ways to make a home more eco-friendly. Low-flow toilets, faucets and showerheads offer great water pressure and use fewer gallons per minute. The average family uses 40 gallons a day, so conservation is always beneficial.
Tip 5: Pay Attention to Details and Avoid Common Plumbing Problems
Leaks are certainly one of the most common plumbing repairs. A steady drip wastes an average of 3,000 gallons a year. A good tip for home improvement is to check under the kitchen cabinets regularly for leaks. If any of your showerheads or faucets drip, then call a handyman service or plumber and get it fixed. In general, don’t ever put off plumbing problems because leaks will grow into health hazards like mold. Most people put plumbing problems off until the toilet is stopped or there is flooding, but take the earlier warning signs seriously. If your toilet bubbles, call a plumber. If you’re outside and you see a wet spot or a real green spot, you probably have a leak. If you live in an older building and your pipes are out of date, consider spending the money to update them. In the end, it will save you money.
About the Author - Brooks Suttle of Beautiful Home
Brooks Suttle is the founder of Beautiful Home in Black Mountain, North Carolina. Beautiful Home specializes in helping homeowners, real estate agents, commercial property managers and homebuilders in Asheville, NC and the surrounding areas find quality, licensed contractors. The Beautiful Home database features painting contractors, plumbers, electricians, landscapers, home remodeling professionals, carpenters and more located throughout Western North Carolina. Customers receive referrals for licensed contractors that have been investigated and reviewed by Beautiful Home staff at no charge.