When it comes to plumbing, timing is everything

Jason Advantage - Monday, April 08, 2013

If you're doing any building or renovating, getting the schedule right is vital. Things don't always go to plan of course, but having a plan in place is the first step to a job well done. Many people take for granted that contractors such as plumbers will be available at short notice, but as with any other business, quality services can be in high demand.

Be prepared

As soon as you are clear on your building timeline, including other contractors, delivery of materials et cetera, then it's a good idea to book in a plumber. Depending on the type of service, you may need to book weeks or even months in advance.

Know where to go

Of course, before booking in a plumber, you'll need to know where to go. That means doing your research before deciding on the plumbing contractor. In determining who the best person is for the job, it's worth considering the following factors:

  • The plumber should be registered in the state he or she is practicing in (always ask for Identification and registration details if they are not clearly displayed).
  • Check if they specialise in residential or commercial plumbing, and that they are well versed in the style of job that needs doing.
  • Be sure it is an established company (check for organisation details including a landline phone and a street address).
  • Look for a contractor with good references.
  • Always get a written quote first, and ensure it is detailed and/oritemised.

Check everything

A word of advice? If you are recommended a plumber by your builder or another contractor, take the time to check them out yourself rather than take it for granted they are the best person for the job. In many cases they maybe absolutely fine, however scams are unfortunately part and parcel of every industry.

Emergency repairs

Of course emergencies are a different matter. If you're suddenly faced with leaking pipes, a flooded bathroom, blocked toilet or any other sort of headache, then don't hesitate to call. Plumbing contractors are certainly aware that emergencies are part and parcel of the business.

Plumbing emergencies can be stressful – however, this is (especially) not the time to let down your guard. It may be tempting to get in the first person to answer the phone, but always check first that they are registered, experienced and a reputable company.