When you have a toilet overflowing, a pipe burst and your home or business is 3” underwater, the last thing you need is a plumber that is trying to pull a fast one. Unfortunately, our industry is flooded (pardon the pun) with dishonest plumbers who try to take advantage of consumers in emergencies. At Integrity Home Solutions, you can be assured that we will never do this to you. In fact, we’re going to tell you exactly what you should look out for when hiring a Tampa Bay area plumber. See the questions that you should always ask a plumber before work starts.
Do you provide upfront pricing?
Why, yes, we do! When calling a plumber, many people want an estimate of the cost to repair the issue. Keep in mind, this may not be the final price! With less reputable plumbers, they will give you a low-ball estimate, then bill you for their time and material. Then take their sweet time for the work as you’re billed.
With our upfront pricing, we give customers the details needed so there are no hidden costs. At Integrity Home Solutions, we want you to understand the scope of work. Our technicians are happy to take the time to make the right choice for plumbing repair.
However, many plumbing companies do not offer upfront pricing. These are the type of plumbing repair companies you should stay away from.
Is your plumbing company state licensed?
The Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Contractors Association (PHCC) recommends reviewing the plumber’s state license in which the work is being performed. To ensure that all health, safety, and building codes are followed, plumbing contractors must be state–licensed to provide a service and repair.
Always ask to see a plumber’s state license number before any work is completed in your home or business. Integrity Home Solutions is fully licensed and insured (CFC# 1429596); you can trust our local plumbing experts to do the job right. Unlicensed work only puts your home at risk for future issues.
Do you have proof of liability and workers’ compensation insurance?
The PHCC also recommends reviewing the plumber’s proof of liability and workers’ compensation insurance. This ensures that you will not be held liable for any accidents on your property.
If you hire an unlicensed plumbing contractor and they slip and fall in the water from the leak, you’re the one paying for the medical expenses – and the plumbing repair.
What do clients have to say about your plumbing repair company?
Online resources like the Better Business Bureau and Google are great for finding out what local plumbing contractors are all about.
Consumers have the right to post complaints about a contractor. You can check out other great resources, such as Facebook, Angie’s List, and Yelp too if you have a larger plumbing project to tackle or the time to do a deep dive.
We’re proud our plumbing pros are highly rated! Don’t take our word for it; read some of our reviews.
Is the issue really THAT bad?
Many plumbers will use scare tactics to upsell a job. Next thing you know, you go from having your pipe snaked to having a whole house re-pipe…Not at Integrity Home Solutions; we give you multiple options for your budget.
If you are made to feel afraid that something extremely terrible will happen if you don’t do what the plumber suggests, then you are probably being sold a line. This type of plumber uses fear to swing a decision towards the most expensive option. At Integrity Home Solutions, we believe that a plumber should always be a plumber first and a salesman second.
Also, never be afraid to stand firm on your budget. Most honest and reliable plumbers like us will do everything they can to get as close to your budget as possible. Of course, we want to make sure we’re doing the job right.
Call a Local Plumber
Ready to call in back up? We’ll take all the questions you have! Give our experienced, reliable plumbers a call. Our licensed plumbing repair company services all of Tampa Bay including Tampa, Brandon, St. Petersburgh, and Riverview.
Integrity Home Solutions is just a call away – 813-328-1185 – we’re available 24-7 for plumbing or HVAC repairs. It’s quality you can trust when you need it most!Common Items That Should Never Go Down Your Drains » « How Often Do I REALLY Need to Change Air Filters?