Most homeowners never give thought to emergency plumbing services until one is needed. In an emergency, every minute counts, so you should ask these questions before hiring a plumber to avoid surprise fees and to protect yourself.
Ask the plumber if he or she is licensed in your city or state. Not all cities require a license, so if they do not have one, it may be that licenses are not available. All licensed plumbers have to pass a written exam, so you will know that they are knowledgeable about their trade.
Do not confuse a business license with a plumbing license. A business license simply means they are able to run a business in your state. It does not mean they are skilled in plumbing or have taken an exam.
A plumber should carry both worker’s compensation and liability insurance. Worker’s compensation covers the plumber and employees in case of an injury. Without this insurance, the homeowner is responsible for medical bills and other associated costs.
Liability insurance pays for repairs and damages as a result of the plumber’s actions. If the plumber causes damage to your home while fixing the problem, this insurance policy will pay for damages. If the plumber does not carry liability insurance, the homeowner is responsible for damages.
Plumbers without insurance are often cheaper because they do not have to pay hefty premiums. However, the savings are minimal compared to the cost of an injury or accident.
What Is the Emergency Plumbing Services Response Time?
Ask the emergency plumbing service how soon they can fix the problem. Emergency plumbers are on call 24 hours a day, but if they have to drive a long distance to get to your home, response time will be delayed. If you have a leak, extra response time can lead to thousands of dollars of damage to your home. If they are several hours away, ask if they can refer an emergency plumber closer to your home.
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