Like many of us, you are sure to have issues with your home or business premises at some point during ownership. Maybe your toilet stopped worked, or is leaking. Maybe the last rain storm caused water to run down your living room walls. Whatever the issue that you need fixed, if you can’t do the work yourself, you will need to hire a professional plumber.
Now, we have all heard the nightmare stories of workers coming into a home, charging extortionate amounts of money and then doing a really poor job. You don’t want to find yourself in a position like that and the good news is that there are plenty of high quality local plumbers out there that will do a good job, at the right price. You just need to find one, and that is where the following recommendations come in.
A good, local Encino plumber will have a wide range of skills at their disposal. This ranges from simple tasks such as fixing a faulty faucet to much harder jobs such as the installation of a complete hot water system. Just as with any profession, the good ones have most likely had training, both at a trade school and as an apprentice to a more experienced plumber, and they take pride in their work. Having access to a really good plumber is something we should all have.
Firstly, we should start with how not to find a plumber, unless you are happy taking risks. You, definitely, should not simply pick up your local newspaper, or one of those weekly fliers that come through the door advertising services, and pick a plumber at random. Some people do this, or call around to those listed looking for the cheapest price. This is a recipe for disaster and you should not do it. You simply do not know, using this method, who will show up at your door (if they show up) and what sort of job they will do.
A first and very common way to find a great local plumber is by recommendations from friends and neighbors. Most of us know someone who has had plumbing or repairs done, as it is a very common occurrence. Finding a plumber using this method is simply one of the best ways as you can be confident you are hiring the right person for the job.
If you do not have a recommendation from a friend, or for some reason the recommendation does not have the skills you need, the place to turn to is the internet.
Now, don’t look at the classified ads online or places like Craig’s list, as this is just the same as looking at an advertisement in the paper. It does not tell you if the plumber is professional. What you need to do is look at places where people are reviewing and rating local pluming services, and the jobs they have performed.
One of the best places to do this is Angie’s list. This is a directory of businesses that have been reviewed by customers who have actually used their service. The good part of this is that the reviews are real, and you know this because people using this directory have to pay to be part of it. The bad part is, obviously, that you as a potential customer must pay to look inside this directory. It is not much, but definitely worth it if you have big job or you need the services of other skilled workers.
The net place you can look, and this is completely free of charge is yelp. You can either use Google to search for a local plumber, in which case yelp reviews will show up, or you can search for plumbers who service your area directly inside. The one thing you should be aware of using this service is that some unscrupulous businesses have hired people to leave fake reviews. Yelp does a good job of filtering out these fake reviews but some get through the net. I suggest you read the reviews and look at those plumbers who have many reviews and all of the reviews are positive. I am sure as you read through what people are saying about the services you look at, you will quickly get a gauge on what is real and what is not.
That’s it is a nutshell really, a simple process and you can now be sure you pick the right plumber for the work you need performing.