What You Should Know Before Giving a Tulsa Plumber Your Money
When it comes to the plumbing in your home, it can cause you problems at any time whether it’s day or night. These problems invariably come at the worst times but the fact is, it happens to everyone. It can be a problem with your toilet, a leaky kitchen faucet, a stopped up drain, or a garbage disposal that’s on the fritz.
If you have some plumbing experience or know someone who does, and it’s a small problem, then you should be able to fix the problem in no time. If the problem is more complex, tackling it on your own can turn out to be quite time-consuming and it’s better to call in a professional Tulsa Plumber to do the job right. Bottom line…you need a plumber who does this kind of work for a living. At Plumbing Tulsa, we fix problems like this every day.
Calling a Tulsa Plumber
When you pick up the phone to call a Tulsa plumber, it helps to have an idea of what you will be charged. A typical house call to fix something like a clogged drain will cost you $50 to $70 an hour. If you happen to live in a metro area the rates are generally higher. Repairs that need to be made after hours will, of course, cost you more. If it’s in the evening, on the weekend, or a holiday, you can expect to pay anywhere from $80 to $100 per hour or more.
If it’s really important for you to get the best price possible for the work that needs to be done by a Tulsa Plumber, you’ll want to get bids from two or three different plumbers. If you have the time, and you’re not dealing with an emergency repair (which is a completely different matter), then you may want to get bids from four or five plumbers. You might assume that in the same city or metro area all plumbers will charge pretty much the same for the work they do but that is not the case. As a matter of fact, bids can vary from one professional to another by as much as 70 percent for the same job. That’s why it’s important for you to ask around and do your homework.
You will always want to get an estimate in writing from a Tulsa Plumber. You want to get a written estimate provided to you on-site when the plumber can readily see what repair(s) need to be made. This written estimate should be final so it should cover any and all costs, and both of you should understand that so there’s no misunderstanding later about what the cost will be. You want to make sure the plumber knows that if the work he does exceeds the amount he has quoted as final, you will not pay him any more money. That is the purpose of the bid. It lays out the costs and makes everything clear for both parties. At Plumbing Tulsa, we are happy to provide written bids for our customers and we pride ourselves on making accurate, ethical bids for the work we do.
Make sure you Choose the Right Tulsa Plumber
Be aware that anyone can call themselves a plumber. However, not all states require the same licensing or certifications of those who are considered “qualified” plumbers. As of this writing, all fifty states issue plumbing contractor licenses, which you can easily confirm by calling the licensing authority in your state for any plumber you are looking to hire. However there are currently only 24 states that have the requirement for plumbers to get their journeyman certification. To receive this certification, they must pass
rigorous competency examinations. When searching for the right Tulsa plumber, ask each one if they have a journeyman certification or if they have received updated training through any professional organization or association. The honest ones will have no problem showing you their credentials. Doing your homework and making sure you have a licensed, certified Tulsa plumber can make a huge difference in the quality of the work that gets done in your home.
Call a Tulsa Plumber today at 918-856-5115 and we’ll be right over.