We all know how stressful clogged sinks, drains, and toilets can be. Having blocked, overflowing, or slow draining plumbing is something that should be addressed immediately to avoid costly repairs. However, how sure are you that the plumbing service you are calling will give you an honest to goodness work that is worth the dollars you are paying? Take note of these 6 ways to find an honest drain cleaning service.
1. Background Check
This is a basic when dealing with new plumbing service. You need to establish their credibility as a business organization. You simply cannot make pricing your priority because of the danger of jumping from the frying pan into the fire! There is almost nothing worse than dealing with unprofessional, unlicensed, and unregistered plumbing services because this opens you up to possibly more dangerous consequences like being victimized by potential robbers for example.
2. Track Record
Once you have established that you are dealing with a legitimately registered plumbing service, you then have to look into their track record. Many would claim that they have been serving the community for so and so number of years and that they have numerous repeat customers. Make sure that this customers are not coming back because of back jobs, but rather, because of the quality of their plumbing work. Those with established track records can guarantee customer satisfaction through their work and pricing.
3. Plumbing Skills
Even if the plumbing service has an excellent track record, you still have to make sure of the plumbing skills of their employees. Would you be satisfied if the work is done by a professional who is not trained for drain cleaning service? Although there is no licensing needed for drain cleaning, it pays to know whether the plumbing professional has extensive experience in handling this type of work because of the other potential problems that can be encountered. It is best to have plumbing professionals who have a wide range of experience in various plumbing problems.
4. Fine Print
Before you sign that cleaning contract, make sure that you read the fine print. Sometimes, you can be offered an extremely affordable rate for drain cleaning, but the service will not cover a whole lot of other fees like diagnostic fees, travel fees, access fees, and labor fees among others; and before you know it, you are facing plumbing work that is already worth $200 or more. If you find something unclear or questionable with the work contract, always ask and clarify.
5. Attention to Details
When reading the work contract make sure that you pay attention to the details. There can be a world of difference between drain clearing and drain cleaning service. If the contract states that you are paying for clearing instead of cleaning, the plumbing professional will simply clear the blockage and not clean the entire pipe. This means that there is a possibility that clogging would occur again because of the dirt and grime that is still sticking at the insides of the pipe. Clearing also does not come with a work warranty.
6. Never Get Sold
Keep sight of the fact that you are calling for a drain cleaning service. Therefore, there should be no surprises or hidden charges; you should know upfront the cost and the type of work that would be done. You should be aware that there are some plumbing services that would try to entice customers into getting other work done other than what they need simply to generate more income. If you are told to that you “must” get this and that plumbing service as well, ask them, “Do I really need those right now?” Never be swayed by the persistence of these salespersons masquerading as plumbing technicians.
With all of these information, you should now know better and more or less avoid being lured by unscrupulous plumbing services. To make sure that you are getting only the best in pricing, service quality, and professionalism, call Scott English Plumbing today for all your plumbing work.