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Tips for Finding the Best Plumbing in San Jose

Mar 18, 2008
Even though you may not know a lot about plumbing, there are a lot of people who work in the industry. In fact, the number of plumbers you can choose from when you have a problem can be a little daunting. All of them will, undoubtedly, assure you that they are the best one to meet all your San Jose plumbing needs, so it is useful to have a way to weed out the bad from the good and the good from the best. Here are a couple criteria to look for.

Pricing Method

The way plumbers charge you for their work is one of the quickest ways to begin rating their service. The ideal pricing system is a free, onsite quote which lets you know how much a job will cost before the work even begins.

This type of pricing is called flat rate rather than hourly rate. With flat rate pricing, you don't have to worry about the price increasing with every hour of work that goes by and there are no surprise costs at the end of the job. What they quote is what you pay.

Experience

If a company can offer you flat rate pricing, they are probably pretty confident in their ability to diagnose the problem, come up with one or more ways to solve it and then estimate the appropriate price. Those tasks require good knowledge of plumbing problems and solutions which is exactly what you want when you hire a plumber.

If you want to test a plumber on his knowledge, see if he can explain the problems and possible solutions to you in a way that you understand them before he begins working. If he can teach it too you, he must know what he is talking about because it is impossible to teach something you don't know.

Customer Service

Every company claims to have good customer service, but you need to look for specific examples of the way they serve their customers if you are looking for the best plumbing in San Jose. For example, will the plumber you call stay with your job until it's done, or leave for lunch or another business opportunity? Does a company offer any guarantees on the quality of the work that it does in your home or office? Are there extra charges for late night, weekend or holiday repairs? Do they have a good reputation, testimonials or references?

Equipment

Although experience is probably more important than the tools, it certainly helps to have good equipment. Video feeds, jetting equipment and company trucks that are loaded with hundreds of plumbing parts are all good indicators that a plumbing company is well prepared for the jobs they do. Having so many resources onsite can help decrease job time too because they won't have to go for the store as often as other plumbing companies.

These are just a few ways to sort through a group of a dozen plumbers or more. Hopefully, they help you find the best service for all your plumbing needs.
About the Author
One company that meets all the "best" criteria for plumbing in San Jose is GOGO ROOTER (http://www.gogorooter.com). Art Gib is a freelance writer.
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