Plumbing is one of the most important services in the household because we use water every day; without it, we cannot wash dishes or bathe.

Choosing the right plumber to fix a leak or other pipe malfunction is important because the smallest issue could cost thousands of dollars, left unaddressed.

Here is a list of factors to consider before hiring a plumber.

1. Ask for Referrals

One way to find a great plumber is asking for referrals. The best business spreads by word of mouth from relatives, friends, co-workers and neighbors.

Referrals from people we trust are important because they’re based on experience, and our friends will never point us in the wrong direction.

They will share the unfiltered truth about their experience with the plumber: the good, the bad, and everything in between!

2. Check their Documents

Is the plumber you’re considering licensed, insured and bonded?

Almost every state requires plumbers to carry a license, so check local requirements to ensure area plumbers are working legally.

Also, find out whether your top pick is insured and bonded. This protects you and the plumber if there’s an accident or injury on the job.

3. Consider their Experiences

Everyone has to start somewhere, so a new plumber who knows how to fix leaks and is licensed and insured, but just hasn’t done it very much isn’t automatically unqualified for the job.

However, do you really want a new plumber to tackle an emergency in your home?

Ask the plumber about his or her experiences. Like with any other job, having a record of quality work factors greatly into the hiring decision.

4. Cost

Evaluate quotations from various professionals before deciding on hiring a plumber. A rule of thumb is to get three estimates and look at services each is willing to provide.

The cost of a certain professional may be more, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he or she is overcharging; it could just mean you have to pay a little more for quality service. Similarly, another plumber may charge much less, but that could actually suggest inferior service.

If you see a considerable variance in the quotes, ask each plumber how he or she based the estimate.

These are just some important factors which should be considered while hiring a plumber.

Good luck!

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Danny Lipford

Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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