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"Learn How to Select the Right Plumber" - This is a very informative article found in the Angie's List newsletter.
A plumbing services emergency can happen at any time. Learn how to select the right 24 hour plumber to fix it.
Maybe you spend hours planning family vacations, parties or the menu for Christmas dinner. But do you ever plan for a plumbing emergency?
Probably not. After all, the definition of an emergency is a serious, unexpected and often dangerous situation requiring immediate action. It's difficult to plan for an emergency.
But it’s worth spending some time deciding what you’ll do if the water heater leaks, or your boiler heat goes out. When you have to make a sudden, panicked decision during an emergency, it can cost you. Knowing which plumber you’ll call offers peace of mind, saves time and can ensure any emergency repairs are done right.
Why you can’t afford the cheapest plumbing fix
The first thing to cross my mind when I have an emergency repair at my home is generally: "How much is this going to cost me?" I can't be alone here.
I think what happens when we combine a lack of forethought with an emergency situation is that we throw out everything that is hard-wired into us as planners and we resort to the important, but often risky, response of: "I have to find the cheapest way possible to fix this right now!"
When you're dealing with a plumbing emergency, you can't afford a cheap fix. A cheap fix today often results in an expensive repair tomorrow. Most people can't afford to go with the cheapest plumber. So, if not price, what should you look for in a plumber to take care of your emergency? Here are a few rules of thumb to help determine your best option:
1. When you call a plumber, know who’s talking
Pay attention to whom you talk with when you call to schedule a plumber to come to your home. Are you talking with an answering machine, or does the person on the other end of the line care about you and genuinely want to help fix your emergency plumbing problem? You can tell a lot about a company by how they answer the phone.
2. Be wary of over-the-phone plumbing pricing
I learned this one the hard way. The price you get over the phone is generally a base price, and it can increase significantly once someone gets to your house and really sees what's going on. Emergency plumbing problems simply cannot be diagnosed over the phone — especially if you aren't talking with an actual plumber when you call.
3. Look for 24-hour emergency plumbing services
When you have a plumbing emergency, you need to get help fast. And if the problem arises again, it is good to know that you will be able to get a plumber out to look at it again. No one wants to wait the weekend without hot water or heat.
4. Check online reviews
You're probably not the first person in town to need a plumber. Rely on Angie's List and other websites that have a bank of real reviews written by people in your community.
5. Check the plumbing company’s background
Ask if the technician coming to your home is drug-tested and background-checked. Your home and your family are your priority. A plumbing services company that invests significant dollars making sure that employees are trustworthy and safe in your home tells you that your home and family are a priority to them, too.
Plan before you panic over a plumbing disaster
I wouldn't wait until the last minute to pick a vacation destination and then say, “I don't care where it is or what it looks like, as long as it is the cheapest.” I'm pretty sure I would never buy a car sight unseen by getting a price over the phone.
Doing some research ahead of time ensures you won't end up just going with the first plumbing company that calls you back when a pipe bursts at 4 in the morning.
There are honest, reputable, trained, trustworthy plumbing companies out there. Are they the cheapest? Probably not. Knowing what is important to you before you invite someone into your home is essential, especially in an emergency.

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Heat Pump Defrost Symptoms

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Heat Pump Defrost Symptoms
Heat Pump Defrost Symptoms Happy Holidays! With the cold weather upon us, it’s time to
discuss some of the joys of owning an electric heat pump. Some entire
neighborhoods in our desert climate do not have natural gas piped into them and
are dependent fully ...

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The Sterling Star of the Week is: David! http://sterlingair.us/about-us/
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