You may be wondering how important it is to get a second opinion before you hire a plumber for a repair or any major plumbing work. Suffice it to say, it’s always a good idea. Here’s why: First, plumbing repairs can be expensive, especially if the work needed is extensive. Getting a second opinion could help save you money and avoid unnecessary repairs.
Another reason to get a second opinion is to help you make sense of a plumbing estimate. Let’s face it, most of us don’t know the ins and outs of plumbing, so it would stand to reason that we’d need help understanding an estimate in order to make sure the costs add up.
Additionally (and unfortunately) there are unreputable plumbing companies out there. And worse, bogus plumbing companies are out there, too. A second opinion from an established plumbing company can ensure that you only work one that has your best interests in mind and won’t leave you with a big bill for a shoddy job.
Beware of bogus plumbing companies
Often, a bogus plumbing will take out ads online with a name similar to a reputable plumbing company, like Allied Reddi-Rooter for example. The sketchy company might call themselves Allied Plumbing for example.
They’ll usually show up in an unmarked van or vehicle, do a poor job, and charge you way above its normal cost. These “plumbers” may also tell you that you need an expensive repair that you really don’t and use scare tactics to convince you to let them do the job. They often ask for a deposit.
Then, when you realize they’ve done a terrible job, they’ll be nowhere to be found. You can avoid this scenario by getting a second opinion before you hire a plumber.
Here’s how to find a reputable plumbing company
Visit review websites like Yelp, Facebook and Google and read what other customers have said about the plumbing company you are looking to hire. Notice any common complaints. Are the plumbers consistently late? Do they overcharge or do poor quality work? If enough customer reviews say they do, consider another plumbing company.
This is critical for major plumbing jobs like repiping a home. Any reputable plumber would be happy to send you the names and contact info of previous customers – and will likely have a few in mind for you to talk to. You should also make sure the plumber you choose is insured and licensed.
Choose a plumber with experience
Always go with a reputable plumbing company with strong roots in the community. Take Allied Reddi-Rooter, for example. We have been serving Cincinnati homes and businesses for 71 years.
Don’t pay for a second opinion
Some plumbing companies will charge you for a second opinion, but not Allied Reddi-Rooter. We are always ready to share our knowledge with Cincinnati home and business owners and are happy to give you our own assessment of your plumbing problem. We can also give you a timeline to complete the job and even a written estimate.
We love talking plumbing, so give us a call or contact the team at Allied Reddi-Rooter, and bend our ear when you need a second opinion. We’ll help give you peace of mind knowing that you’re being charged a fair price and getting the help you need to keep your plumbing in top shape. We always come highly recommended and have earned an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau for our expert quality of service. We’re here to help Cincinnati homeowners with all their plumbing needs. You can follow us on Facebook, @Allied Reddi-Rooter for the latest tips or to ask us a question.