Looking to hire a plumber anytime soon? There are scores of companies and individuals providing plumbing services in your town today, and narrowing down to the best one can be somewhat of a headache. Before you contract a professional to get your home back in order, it’s important you take your time to interview suitable professionals. Have in mind that hiring the wrong plumber can lead to a shoddy job done, and hundreds of dollars in future repair losses. This article dwells on a few of the key questions that you can ask while interviewing for a plumbing job.

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What is the Most Basic Approach Unclog Pipes?

This is a rather simple question that’s designed to help you ascertain that you’re dealing with a real plumber, not a wannabe freelancer. Any plumbing professional should understand that pouring hot water is the most basic (primary) step to try to unclog pipes. If the hot water approach doesn’t work, the plumber then proceeds to more advanced options using special tools.

What is Building Drain?

Any plumber who knows their stuff will tell you that this is the lowest point within a drainage network, where all the interior drainage pipes join and are directed into the sewer system.

What Common Tools Do You Use for Plumbing?

Understanding a little bit of plumbing jargon can indeed help you hire the right person to get the job done. Plumbers mostly use Teflon tapes, flange plungers, sink augers, closet augers, cup plungers, tubing cutters, faucet packing and washer, adjustable pipe wrench, faucet valve seat wrench, and faucet valve reseating tool. If the contractor you’re interviewing seems to be pretty comfortable describing how they use these tools, then they probably aren’t beginners who are looking to experiment on your home drainage system.

What are your Main Skills on the Job?

Other than possessing technical know-how related to fitting pipes, plumbers need to be problem solvers. That means they should exhibit a capability to think creatively in order to come up with several ‘best’ approaches to solving an existing problem. But most important, they must be able to listen and pay keen attention to the details or instructions. If someone can’t really pay attention to what you’re saying, they might forego important details that are crucial to getting the plumbing issue addressed.

What Home Remedies Can Help Clear Clogged Drains?

A good plumber should be able to provide some instant advice regarding some home remedies that can be effective in unclogging drains. Pouring half a cup of baking soda, followed by a half-cup of vinegar, and then flushing out the drain with hot water after about 15 minutes is a great home remedy. You may also add equal parts of baking soda, salt and vinegar into the clogged drain, and then pour hot water an hour later.

These questions are not everything you need to hire with certainty, but they should help the typical homeowner get some foothold when interviewing contractors for plumbing fixes.