How To Talk To Your Plumber

Hiring A Plumber: How To Talk To Your Plumber


It is never easy to open your home to a plumber or other repairman. Generally when invited into your home, the plumber saves the day by fixing leaking pipes and clearing clogged drains, but many homeowners have no idea what magic they are working under the sink to solve the issue. As a consumer it can be difficult to converse with a plumber to provide relevant information or to ask questions to understand how to avoid large problems in the future. Creating a dialogue with your plumber will not only help him to diagnose and treat your home’s plumbing problem quickly, but it may also offer insight for what signs to look for in the future to avoid trouble.

 

Have An Idea Of What He Will Ask

When you call your plumber with an issue in your home, it may help you to have some idea of what he will ask you. The questions that a plumber poses will help him to determine the issue with your plumbing system and will also help him to assess the best method to fix the problem. Some good information to be armed with when you call your plumber includes when the problem started, any descriptive information you can give about the fixture that is broken and what actions you’ve taken so far to correct the issue. Arming your plumber with this information can help him to fix your home’s plumbing problem more efficiently.

 

Be Prepared To Discuss Options

Every homeowner wants to save money when calling a plumber into their homes, and often times this leads them to making decisions that may end up costing them in the long run. Occasionally, when faced with the choice between replacing a broken fixture, or repairing the one currently in place, many homeowners will opt for the cheapest solution. Though this method may save you a few dollars in the short term, the piece of equipment you are trying to save may eventually malfunction again resulting in another costly phone call. When making the decision between replacement and repair for old faucets, toilets or pipes, it is important to take a few moments and ask your plumber if the unit is really worth saving before he starts adjusting it. Though the better option may not have the best current price tag, it will save you money in the long run.

 

Consider A Plumber’s Visit A Learning Experience

When a plumber comes into your home, it may be a good idea to treat his visit as a mini education. Before he leaves you should have a good idea as to what caused the issue and what you can do to avoid similar problems in the future. Take a few moments to ask your plumber for any advice he may be able to offer. Knowing how to avoid a problem is the first step in solving it.

 

Creating a dialogue with your plumber will help you to understand the issues that you’re having with your plumbing and may offer you insight into how to avoid these issues in the future. In order to get the most out of the time the plumber spends in your home, make sure you ask questions and understand the steps he is taking to solve your plumbing problems.

 

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16 thoughts on “Hiring A Plumber: How To Talk To Your Plumber”

  1. John Marra says:

    When a plumber comes into your home, it may be a good idea to treat his visit as a mini education. Before he leaves you should have a good idea as to what caused the issue and what you can do to avoid similar problems in the future.

  2. Maggie Allen says:

    You make a really good point about using your time with the plumber as an educational experience. In fact, that is a great way to get personalized advice that will help you keep your plumbing in excellent working condition. Plus, they could help you know what to do in an emergency. That could definitely help lower the damage that is caused in those situations.

  3. Jalu Sakti says:

    I agree that it’s smart to learn from a plumber’s visit, no matter what the problem is. If you just hire the plumber and then leave him to his work without any inquiries, you will miss the opportunity to learn what the issue is in your house and how it can be avoided, later on. Even if they are just coming for an estimate or inspection, learn all that you can to help you out. We are going to need a plumber to help with a few of the sinks in our new home, so I’ll definitely do what I can to learn from them coming and fixing the issues.

  4. I’m glad you mentioned the importance of communicating clearly with the plumber. Like you said, arming your plumber with as much information as possible will help him fix the plumbing more efficiently. I’ve heard that some plumbing companies will always have at least one plumber on hand 24/7 to send out in case of emergencies. That could be useful if something goes wrong in the middle of the night! I’ll have to keep this info in mind the next time I choose a plumbing service!

  5. Joel says:

    Thanks for sharing Jason. It is also best to get referrals from family and friends when hiring a plumber. I’m sure that they will give you someone trust-worthy and reliable.

  6. John says:

    Since I don’t have a whole lot of knowledge about plumbing, I found this article to be very useful. I really like how the article suggests using a plumber’s visit as a mini education of sorts. I think shadowing a plumber that you’ve contracted to come take care of a problem would better educate you on how to prevent future similar problems for returning. It would also give you an opportunity to inspect the work your plumber does for your pipes.

  7. Danni Black says:

    I really like your tip about making sure that you are prepared to discuss different options and asking your plumber for advice. My husband and I have been wanting to redo our master bath for a while now so we will have to keep these tips in mind. Hopefully, we can find a contractor that works hard and can help us through the process.

  8. Joy Butler says:

    I agree that it is wise to be aware of your options when you are deciding whether to replace or repair if you have a problem with your plumbing. It seems like a good idea to ask your plumber about your options and about the amount of money each option will require along with how permanent of a fix each option is. In order to make an informed decision you should probably make sure that you are actually informed, the best way to do this is to ask lots of questions!

  9. Thank you for all this helpful information about choosing a plumber! One thing that really stood out to me is that you say to ask you plumber if it’s worth saving the money or if you should just replace the system. Since we have been having issues with on of the sinks in our bathrooms, it would be nice to know if it will have issues later on if we replaced it, or if we should just get a new one.

  10. Derek says:

    Hello Jason

    Thank you for all the relevant info, its a great help. Buy asking those few questions it will give me the confidence that i know what the plumber was doing as at times its not clear what they have done or if there was really any problem with the Heating. Anyways thank you again for your insight.

  11. Luke Smith says:

    Thanks for the tip to be prepared to discuss options to try and save as much money as possible. I imagine that most plumber would be willing to consider second options, or even try and think of alternates on their own, if that is what their client really wanted. Being willing to let the plumber know you are hoping for a less expensive option would probably be a good way to make sure those options are considered.

  12. Pam Lassila says:

    I never thought about discussing different options with my plumber! I just assumed that they would tell me what they were going to do and I just agree with it. But that makes sense to talk it through with them. I’m going to keep this in mind when we redo our kitchen!

  13. I like the idea to discuss options when hiring a plumber. My faucets have started to leak and our entire home has low water pressure. I definitely think that we should find a plumber that could properly repair them before the damage gets to be a little extensive.

  14. LNWeaver says:

    That’s a good tip to consider options. Plumbers’ will have multiple solutions. I have an older home so it might be time for a more expensive fix though.

  15. Paul Lavetti says:

    I really like the part about treating your plumbers visit as an educational experience. You are paying a plumbing company or plumber for their expertise, why not actually pay attention to what they are saying – I’d go so far as to say have some questions for them already planned before they come so that you can come away with more knowledge. Great article.

  16. Marcus says:

    Thank you for mentioning how you should take the time to ask a plumber for any advice on caring for your plumbing system properly. I understand that taking the time to do some research can help you find the best professional that can help you care for the type of pipes in your house. It is important to remember that taking the time to read online reviews and ratings can help you get a plumber you can trust and who has reasonable rates.

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