No-one likes it when their toilet stops working or you start having issues with it. You might be able to live without hot water for a little while, but not having a working toilet, that makes life pretty tough.
One of the most common plumbing issues people have to deal with are those with toilets. Blockages, leaks, toilet not flushing are a very common part of a professional plumber’s job. But how do you choose the best plumber for your needs?
How do you know they offer skilled work, quality materials and expertise for affordable and fair prices? Here is a closer look.
1. Personal referrals and local networking
People are usually very happy to warn you of bad experiences they might have had with a service, and recommend one they have good things to say about. When people have blocked toilets you can do the usual things of using a plunger and trying some store-bought chemicals you can try pouring down, but when that does not work and you need someone people trust, referrals are a great way to find someone. Many people have had a plumbing issue at some time or had renovations done, or such. Collect a list of options you can start working on from your network of people.
2. What kind of reputation do they have?
When you need toilet replacement or repairs, look for a service that has a great reputation. Plumbers work hard to have good word of mouth recommendations and good standing in the industry. As well as learning that by asking around you can look online too. What do reviews say? Are they mostly positive? Are there any independent review sites that can offer you an idea about them? Look at various sites including local boards, Google and Facebook reviews, Houzz, and Home Advisor to get a better idea. In Australia, Best Plumbers Club can help finding reputable toilet repair plumbers locally.
3. Do they have a proper license to work where you are?
All states have requirements for plumbers working in their region to have a license and training before they can carry out any plumbing task, even just toilet repair. Make sure the plumbers you are narrowing it down to all have a license so the work they do is legal. Take a copy of their license or their license number and check it online and you can find out very easily nowadays whether they are legal or not.
4. Do they provide emergency services?
If you want a plumber you can also call on 24/7 in case of a plumbing emergency out of usual working hours, then you need to check they offer emergency services. Not all plumbers do. Keep in mind that the call-out for this service is usually more in cost than coming out during regular hours. If your issue is blocked toilets, then you need someone to help stop that, you cannot ignore that for 12 hours.
5. Finding an established and experienced plumber
When you have blocked toilets, it can often be very useful to use plumbers with some experience who are established in the business. They will likely work quicker and have better problem-solving skills just because they have seen more and learned more along the way. It might surprise you to hear that even a toilet can be damaged when care is not taken in the process of unclogging it.
6. Look at the costs and compare
Before you choose your plumber and your toilet replacement, compare the services as well as the prices. Different plumbers might have different means of charging, flat rates versus hourly rates for example, and will have different prices for the job. Consider not just who is the most affordable but who has a fair price and will offer the best person for the job.
The above points in choosing a plumber for overrunning toilets and other toilet-related problems can help you find the best professional. Keep in mind that as well as wanting a licensed expert with training and experience, you should expect other details too like a professional and polite attitude, promptness, tidiness, and someone you are happy to have in your home.