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5 Things to Consider When Hiring a Plumber

5 Things to Consider When Hiring a Plumber 

Whether you’re renovating your kitchen or bathroom, you’ll need a dedicated team of professionals. 

These include general contractors, renovation contractors, interior designers, home builders, carpenters, and of course,  plumbers to help you do the job well. In fact, plumbers are the subject of our discussion today.

Plumbers are valuable because, well, we don’t want leaking sinks and drainage systems that are congested, do we? That’s why it’s important to have a reliable and accessible plumber to call when you need them. 

If this is your first time getting a plumber in Calgary and don’t know where to start, we have you covered. In this article, we listed some traits and things that you should look out for when hiring a plumber. 

1. Make sure that your plumber is licensed. 

In Canada, there isn’t really a uniform standard plumbing license. However, most municipal and state governments usually require a license from a plumber. 

This usually requires them to pass a test to see how well they’ve learned their plumbing training and their skills in doing plumbing work. 

It’s important that the plumber you hire has a license because this will ensure the quality of their work. 

2. See if your plumber has insurance. 

Your plumber should have liability insurance and workman’s compensation to protect both of you in case of injury at the job. 

3. Look into their level of training. 

While plumbing does not really require a bachelor’s degree, plumbers in training learn the trade through trade schools and apprenticeships. Once they get through the coursework in apprenticeship and pass the licensure exam, they become a journeyman. 

The next level is becoming a master plumber. A muster plumber has worked for five years as a journeyman and has additional training and education to have this distinction. 

Of course, these distinctions mean that the fee for a master plumber and journeyman are far higher than an apprentice. So make sure to determine the difficulty level of the plumbing job you require. 

For difficult plumbing jobs, it may be worth it to hire a master plumber for their advanced skills and ability to perform intricate work on the drainage system. 

4. Check out reviews and referrals. 

Reviews and referrals give you terrific insight into how the plumbers work. This will show you their professionalism, efficiency, attitude, and timeliness. 

Reviews are good litmus tests and can help you decide whether a plumber is for you or not. Just like with anything, you need to find the right fit to make sure that your working relationship will be smooth. 

5. Lastly, check their social skills. 

This may seem obvious, but do consider the plumber’s communication skills, work habits, and trustworthiness. This will ensure that you don’t get a headache while working with them throughout your project. 

That concludes our list for tips on hiring a plumber for your project. We hope we were able to provide insight to people who are hiring plumbers for the very first time. 

Do you have any more tips in mind? Let us know in the comments, we’d love to hear from you! 

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