Top 7 Questions You Should Ask Before Hiring a Plumber


Whether you need to fix a leaking shower mixer or repair the downpipes of your home, the right plumber can do it quickly and for the best price possible. Not all plumbers are made equal so we’ve put together the top 7 questions you should ask before hiring a plumber for all of your plumbing problems.

Are You Licensed and Insured?

This is the most important question to ask a potential plumber. A licensed plumber has gone through the necessary education and tests required to do the job and is legally permitted to fix your plumbing problem. A plumber who is insured is covered for any mistakes they may make.

 How Much Experience Do You Have?

It’s helpful to know how long the plumber has been in the business. While a long resume doesn’t always equal a better plumber, it’s typically safe to assume that they will be faster at their job and able to produce higher quality results than someone who has only just started.

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Do You Have a Specialty in Plumbing?

Some plumbers specialise in certain areas of plumbing while others cover all aspects. Make sure your plumber has experience dealing with your specific plumbing issue.

What Does the Quote Cover?

Plumbers need to assess the damage properly before giving an estimate of cost to get the quote as accurate as possible. Ask whether the total quote also covers labour and materials used. If plumbers quote you sight unseen, it can lead to price increases as more work is required than first thought.

Do You Have References?

It’s a good idea to check out a few references from the plumber’s past customers who have had similar work done. This will show you that they have experience and that the final results were high-quality. 

Will You Be Fixing the Plumbing Problems Yourself?

Some master plumbers will do all of the plumbing work themselves while others have a team of plumbers who they will then assign the job. It’s important to know whether the person who quoted you and has the skills you need is the same person who will be doing the job.

Do You Offer Plumbing Advice for the Future?

This is a good question to end on. Quality plumbers will always give you helpful advice and recommendations after the job is done to prevent further plumbing issues.

Will You Be Fixing the Plumbing Problems Yourself
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Trust Barker Plumbing Services for Gold Coast Plumbing

Jeff Barker is a Gold Coast master plumber with over 30 years’ experience in plumbing for residential and commercial properties. Not only does he perform each job himself, he has the skills and experience required to fix any plumbing issue and is happy to answer any of your questions before the process starts and after it has finished. If you need a plumber you can trust, give Barker Plumbing Services a call today and let’s chat about how we can help you.