So you’ve relocated? Like thousands of us in the U.S., the shrinking job pool has prompted many to look for work outside their current place of residence. We know, you had your list of favorite repair people/companies. Air Conditioning Guy…check, Garage Door Guy…check, Mechanic…check and last but not least your favorite plumber. Moving to a new location can be daunting especially when it comes to finding a plumber or plumbing contractor you can trust.
- Here are some tips you can use to find a plumbing contractor where ever you live. We will have a plumbing contractor finder for you to use but for now this is a more organic way to find the right contractor for you.
- Start with the PHCC website. Their mission statement is “PHCC is dedicated to the promotion, advancement, education and training of the industry for the protection of our environment and the health, safety and comfort of society.” We are not saying every plumbing contractor that is a member of the PHCC is an endorsement for their reliability and workmanship. However it is free to join and the PHCC does care about their reputation so if their ever was a problem with a member company you’ve got someone to call to voice your displeasure.
- Cross check the company you find in your area with their physical address. Do they have a business license?
- Check to see if the contractor is a member of any local plumbing contractor’s associations.
- Cross check the company with the Better Business Bureau. We want to preface this by saying, companies pay to be endorsed by the BBB, meaning there is a fee associated with joining. Usually the fee is $350.00 and it goes up from there depending on the package the business chooses. We want to make this clear because we want no confusion, there are great plumbing service companies out there that are not BBB certified. The BBB does a great job mediating consumer/end user disputes and is extremely diligent in policing it’s members. If a company doesn’t provide excellent service or product and consumers complain the companies BBB rating will plummet and that company runs the risk of being removed.
- Check the company web site. See what kinds of materials and brands the company uses, see if there are any testimonials from past customers.
- Finally look through the local business directories. Remember the biggest ads are not always the best companies. Take a look at the bottom of the ad and see if they have a BBB logo or a published license number. We have yet to hear about a plumbing contractor that is ashamed to print his license number. If they don’t print one chances are they don’t have one.