Commercial plumbing just got a whole lot more competitive. So did residential plumbing repair for that matter. The collapse of the housing market and the subsequent slowdown of new home construction put lots of plumbers out of steady jobs working for home builders. Now a flood of new construction plumbing contractors is competing with established plumbing repair companies for a piece of the repair and replacement pie.
So what's the problem, you might ask? Isn't competition good for the consumer? To a point, yes. But consumers need to be aware that warranty, liability insurance and licensing are the three key words to keep at top of mind when hiring a plumber at your business. If something goes wrong, you don't want to have to track down some guy who works out of his house and moves often. Good luck getting that plumber to honor his warranty. And if he starts a fire at your business or causes a flood, you want to know that he has sufficient insurance so you're not on the hook for any damage.
Sometimes that seemingly great price quoted by Mr. Fly by night doesn't take into account the risks involved. Look, there are plenty of great independent plumbers who play by the rules and will do a fine job...but don't be naive when hiring. Insist that the company is fully licensed and get references. Or just call a name that has stood the test of time and has a reputation for reliability and professionalism. If you're the decision maker, that line translates into 'no worries.'
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