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Finding Quality Plumbers in San Jose

Jul 18, 2008
If you do a search in any browser or phone book for a San Jose plumber, you will have plenty of businesses to choose from. That means you can be very selective about who you hire and the services they provide. The following criteria should help you narrow down your search to the most reliable and affordable plumbers in the business.

Since plumbing disasters usually require immediate attention, one of the things you need from a San Jose plumber is prompt service. You can start to assess this characteristic as soon as you call. For example, does a real person answer your call and schedule an appointment or are you left waiting on the line with an automatic recording playing in your ear as the toilet overflows into the bathroom?

Before you schedule the appointment, you should also ask about their pricing methods though. In general, there are two different ways that plumbers bill their customers. One is to quote a price up front that includes all the labor and parts that are required to fix the problem. A plumber usually needs to come to your home to assess the situation before they are able to quote an accurate price though.

If they offer up front pricing, you also want to ask if they charge anything for the plumber to come to your home and evaluate the problem. You should avoid the companies that do because there are plenty of plumbers in the San Jose area who will come to your home and give you a quote for free. The nice thing about getting up front pricing is that there are no surprise charges after the job is done. What they quote is what you pay no matter how long it takes to fix the problem.

Another way to that plumbers charge for their services is by the hour. A lot of customers avoid this type of billing because they never know before the repairs begin, how long they are going to take and consequently, how much they are going to be charged.

Once a company meets your requirements for pricing and promptness, you can look into other things like their experience, their preparation and their customer service. When an experienced plumber comes to your home, he should be able to recognize the problem, find one or more solutions, explain them to you clearly and ask which remedy you would prefer. He should be courteous, fast and neat while in your home.
A prepared plumber will also bring the proper equipment and parts that are needed for plumbing repairs. For example, a company equipped with loaded vans will be more likely to have replacement parts on hand which can save you and the plumber a lot of time.

If you want to judge a plumbing company before you call or meet them, look for online referrals or ask friends and family for some recommendations. Otherwise, you should look for the criteria explored in this article.
About the Author
GoGo Rooter is a company that can handle everything from toilet and drains to septic tanks and showers. No job is too large or small for this San Jose plumber. For more information on their services and pricing, go to http://www.gogorooter.com/. The author, Art Gib, is a freelance writer.
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