1. Do Your Homework- Go online and compare plumbing companies. Ask around to find out which plumbing company your neighbor used. Use websites like Service Magic and other directories and read customer reviews on a plumber’s work and customer service.
2. Get Estimates- Plumbing is a highly skilled and very competitive business. Plumbing can be expensive and if you just hire the first plumber you see in the phone book or online, you may spend more than you need to. Always get more than one estimate, but it may not be a good idea to hire the cheapest company you find; you should also take into consideration experience, customer service and past performance when deciding to hire a plumber and not just the hourly rate.
The best way to select a plumber is on his overall ability to deliver customer satisfaction consistently. Costumer satisfaction takes into account all of these issues and constitutes an accurate indication of value received.
3. Plumbing Maintenance- One of the best ways to save money on plumbing services is to limit the need for a plumber in the first place. If you are careful what goes down your drain and use products to help keep your plumbing system working properly, you may not need to call a plumber as often as someone that neglects their plumbing.
Pay close attention to things like grease build up, hair and other things that can clog your drains. Make sure that all your pipes are in heated spaces. If any are not, make sure they are well insulated. A little preventable maintenance can be the difference in you needing a plumber in the first place.
Consider purchasing a maintenance contract with your plumbing company. If maintained regularly small plumbing problems will never turn into plumbing nightmares. Paying a little now could save you thousands later.
4. Make a Checklist- One of the most costly mistakes someone will make is to forget to mention one of the problems they had and then remember after the plumber leaves. Plumbers charge by the hour and or by the trip, so if they have to return it will cost you more than if they took care of the problem while they were there.
Make notes of everything you want to discuss with the plumber before he gets there, this will save you a lot of money by eliminating the need to call the plumber back for another visit.
5. Install Water Saving Fixtures- Water and sewage treatment cost money. When you reduce water consumption, you can save on both of them. If you have an older water-guzzling toilet and it starts to need repairs, give serious thought to replacing it entirely.
Instead of spending money on what will probably be a continuous string of repairs, invest wisely and get a reliable fixture that will save you money over the long run.
This is also true for faucets and showerheads. Anytime these need attention, consider replacing them with new, water-saving units
Following these basic plumbing steps could mean the difference between major plumbing problems costing you a lot of money or a much less costly repair.
Author: Steve Belsito