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If there’s anything in the world of plumbing that you need fixed in your home, it would be a smart move to do some research and consider hiring a plumbing contractor.

After all, that leaky faucet in your bathroom or clogged disposal in your kitchen won’t fix themselves, and the most prudent move would be to find an excellent professional to help you solve your problem.

Let’s take a spin through a few tips when it comes to finding a trustworthy local plumbing contractor, including a few tips for what to do before you call the plumber. On of our favorites is

Minimize the need for a plumber

The best way to save money on a plumber is to not need a plumber at all.

Sometimes it can’t be helped, of course, but there are plenty of things you can do as a homeowner to do your best to avoid ever needing to call the plumber.

For instance, kitchen sinks are most often clogged with grease buildups. The solution? Don’t dump overly greasy liquids down your kitchen drains. In bathrooms, hair collects in pipes and can cause blockages. Consider using drain screens and hair catchers instead of dealing with the clog on the back end.

In the winter, be sure to guard against frozen pipes by disconnecting and draining garden hoses and ensure that the other pipes in your house are insulated and/or in heated spaces.

Another thing you can do as a preventative measure is to make sure that the fixtures you purchase are modern, water-saving options. For example, older toilet, faucets, and showerheads may all use far more water than their newer counterparts.

What to look for when selecting a plumber

First, look for a qualified, reliable plumber. Be sure to ask friends and family for any suggestions, and also be sure to visit online ratings systems so that you can read reviews of each plumber and what other customers are saying about them.

As part of your research, be sure to check out a plumber’s license and insurance to ensure that everything is above board. For instance, if you pick a large company to go with, the actual plumber that comes to your house may not actually hold the company’s certifications. There are pros and cons to both smaller and larger contractors, so be sure that you’re reading up on your options before making a final selection.

As you narrow down your choices, be ready to ask your finalists about their own references and experience, and ask for proof of license, registration, and insurance. Lastly, you’ll want to make sure that you and the plumber are on the same page in regard to payment expectations.

Preparing for the plumber’s arrival

In order to reduce the plumber’s billable hours, you’ll want to be sure to be organized and ready to go before they arrive. Make sure you know exactly what you want them to address, clear the space, and plan to handle the clean-up of the area after they leave.

Also, be sure that you’re buying your own fixtures instead of simply going with whatever the plumber suggests. Often times, their default fixtures are more expensive than what you would otherwise be selecting.

Final Thoughts

The best way to save money on a plumber is to not ever need to call one.

If that ship has sailed, be sure to do your research on the front end so that the plumber that you end up hiring is a fit for your needs. Get ready for the plumber to arrive, preparing the space and knowing exactly what you need them to look at.

And that’s it. Happy plumbing!