Tips on Choosing Professional Plumbing Services

Dealing with plumbing in your residential or commercial space will mean you want to ensure that you understand the types of professional plumbing services available and that you know how to choose the right skilled trades person for the job.

What are professional plumbing services?

Plumbers can deal with services related to the flow of water, or water associated equipment used in a house or commercial space.

This can include:

  • Connections to Hot Water services & the maintenance of hot water systems
  • Connections of air conditioning to water & gas
  • Dealing with drainage issues
  • Works associated with new bathrooms and kitchens that require pipes to be connected or relocated
  • Repairs to reticulation
  • Dealing with leaky toilets, or other leaks on a property

This makes the scope of works quite extensive when it comes to hiring a  professional plumbing service.  

If you do need to engage the services of a plumber, you want to be confident in choosing someone who is skilled, experienced and qualified to do the work.

How to choose the right professional plumbing service

Make sure their trade license is current

In Western Australia, a quality plumber will be registered with the appropriate licensing boards, and be able to show you their license details.

There is a requirement to follow license and certification obligations.  Within the plumbing industry, there is a difference between a plumber and a plumbing contractor.  Check which you require first.

License details will be on any advertising and business documents, including quotes and invoices, and on any work vehicle that has the business name on it. 

Check out any reviews

Google and Facebook can be a good indication of the reputation of the plumbing service.  Think about what matters to you in choosing a professional service, and if those words are featured by the customer.

You may want to look for on time, on budget, friendly, professional, clean, knowledgeable.  

For larger projects, you may want to ask if you can speak to some references and ask some questions on how they found the experience.

Make sure experience and expertise match your requirements

Some plumbing jobs can be a little more complex.  Unblocking a drain may be a standard job for a plumber, however, if you have to deal with things like the flow of water to and from the premises, or you have a dwelling that is being renovated, you want to be comfortable in the level of experience.

Ask how pricing is worked out

Check whether there is a call-out fee, whether the rate is hourly, includes materials, and if there are options to solving your plumbing issue.  If it’s a larger project (a renovation or removal and installation of a gas hot water system), be sure to know what is included, what is excluded, and if any surprise issues are found, how they will be handled.

What are their work practices like?

Professional plumbing services will clean up after they have performed the works.  They will also be able to guide you on what to do before they get there. For example, if they are dealing with a blocked drain in a kitchen sink, they may ask you to make sure the cupboard spaces are cleared out to help them be efficient with accessing the work area, performing the job, and leaving.

You want to ensure that you are dealing with professionals who are helpful, knowledgeable.  The team at Property Plumbing & Gas pride take pride in giving you the best experience for all your plumbing needs.

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