What to do if a gas pipe bursts or you have a gas leak or your water supply is blocked, your shower is not working well, your septic tank is stinking? Are you trying to add an additional gas point, move an existing point or do any type of work on your own. The advice is simple - DON’T!!
When the gas will turn out to be dangerous, you never know. We all have heard about cowboy plumber who will swan into your home, fix the washer and present a huge bill before you. The fact is that we have shortage of professionals in this field. This has lead to open market for unscrupulous people who are all too happy to prey on unwary customers, leaving the reputation of the trade in tatters. So if your toilet is blocked and your bathroom is stinking, how can you make sure the person who comes round to fix it is capable of doing the job without charging over the odds?
Recommendation is the best route. But with good plumber so hard to find. You might not find anyone else in your area that can put you in touch with one. In that case you'll have to track one down yourself. Assuming that you have time to search- in case your water leakage in your bathroom has landed you up in ankle length water and your house is soon going to be a mini water world, the best option left is call to the internet. On the other hand, if the water level is rising fast and you need help before the rest of the street is flooded out. Pluck a handful of numbers out of the Yellow Pages or try one of the directory inquiries services.
Once you are through this, start calling on the numbers you have got. Before you call the person, make sure you do little bit of grilling with them.
Find out for how long they have been into this business.
Find out where there premises are?
Find out on what kind of work they have been doing till now.
Ask for the references
Find out if they have insurance to cover your property.
Find out if they are registered to the concerned body and their respective employees are licensed.
Ask if their work is guaranteed.
Still your work is desperately urgent and you are not having the time to visit premises but make sure the plumber is properly qualified. No matter how good they sound over the phone. Do not be tempted to choose the first plumber you call. Describe the problem in as much detail as possible and try to get a firm idea of how much it is likely to cost to fix it. Call at least three or four plumber and compare prices. If you do have time for a written quote for the work.
Sanjana Sharma is the author of this article. For more information about plumber, Greenlane plumber and Newmarket Plumber visit Plumbing.