5 Questions you must ask before hiring a plumber

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In similar fashion to hiring any other contractor, whether it is an electrician, carpenter, or an HVAC specialist, there are certain questions that your plumber must answer satisfactorily before you get on with hiring them. Hiring the wrong person to do your plumbing work may lead to long-run costs that you may not fathom at the start of the project.

That small leak from a pipe fitting that should cost less than one dollar could easily metamorphose into thousands of dollars in expenses from water damage. This is why hiring a licensed and insured master plumber is quintessential – especially for residents in Edmonton, Alberta.

To ensure that you don’t make mistakes, we have put together 5 questions that you must ask before hiring a plumber.

1) Do you have the right license?

This question should be a no-brainer but sadly, most homeowners tend to skip this question. Before you hire any plumber, be sure that you ask this all-important question, and DO NOT BELIEVE what the plumber tells you.

Many plumbers operate without licenses, and homeowners just assume that all plumbers have one. Sadly, this is not the case.

So what happens when you hire a "really good" plumber who operates without a license?; Well, chances are that the plumber's work would not pass inspection, and this leaves you with little recourse seeing as you chose to hire this plumber.

2) Is this the total cost?

Most professional plumbers would offer free estimates their clients. However, be wary of any contractor who would want to offer you a freebie over the phone. A good plumber would check out your job before they get to work. Following this inspection, the plumber would give you a quotation – this is where you have to be proactive and ask if the quotation includes the cost of materials, cost of labor, as well as a contingency for any unforeseen problems.

While estimates might look great on paper, when you include the cost of materials and other long-run costs, your pocket might bleed dry!

3) Do you offer a warranty?

Before you hire a plumber, ask if their expertise comes with a guarantee or warranty. Some of the best plumbers in Edmonton would promise to check in within a year to fix any recurrent problems. If you do get a guarantee or warranty, ensure that you get it in writing.


4) Who is actually doing the work?

A professional plumbing company may employ more than one plumber, and if depending on the size of your projects, they could need as many as a team of laborers. Ensure that you confirm who would actually do the work, their qualifications, and level of experience. If you find the answers you get discomforting, or not detailed enough, you should keep looking to find a good plumber.

5) When do you want to be paid?

Always ask your prospective plumber when they expect to be paid, as well as how much of their total cost should be paid upfront. If the potential plumber requests for a complete payment before the job starts, walk…or better still run away!


Hiring the right plumber, especially if you live in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada could be a daunting task, but asking these five questions could help put things into perspective. You can check here for the best plumbers in Edmonton.


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Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
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Great information....thanks for sharing and have a wonderful Thursday!

Nov 30, 2017 06:26 AM #1
Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

Questions to ask:

Are you punctual?

Will you finish fixing what you start?

Do you have pride of workmanship?

Nov 30, 2017 06:54 AM #2
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities - Stevens Point, WI
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Thanks for sharing this great information on finding a plumber.  It is so difficult to know about the quality of their work until they have finished.

Nov 30, 2017 09:51 PM #3
Golden1 Agents
San Mateo, CA

Thanks for sharing.

Dec 07, 2017 02:18 AM #4
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