When a plumbing disaster strikes, it can be a very stressful time. On top of the mess you’re dealing with at home, you have to find a plumber to fix the problem. Selecting a plumbing company is not an easy decision. There are some very important qualities you should take into consideration before hiring a plumber.

Licensed and insured
An un-licensed plumber may be more affordable at the time, but it can end up costing you thousands down the road. A licensed plumber has years of experience and has exceptional knowledge of state plumbing codes and regulations. A plumber who is uninsured will leave you paying for any damages that could happen. Using an un-licensed plumber can put your home and your family at risk. Do you really want someone that doesn’t know what they’re doing messing around with your gas line?

Length of time in business
The longer a plumbing company has been in business, the better. A plumbing company that has been around for 20, 30 or even 40 years shows that they have experience, treat their customers fairly and have a good reputation. It also demonstrates that they have been able to evolve and keep up with new practices and technology.

Top Technology
A company that uses top technology in the industry is advanced and skilled in their practice. The company is constantly training their plumbers, making sure they are practiced and knowledgeable about the ever changing technology in their field.

Look out for plumbing companies that don’t offer a warranty on their work, equipment and installations. This means the company doesn’t have much faith in what they are doing. A well established and experienced plumbing company will offer good warranties.

Talk to your neighbors, co-workers and friends. What better reference is there than someone you know that’s had work performed by a specific company? Look up reviews, not just on their website but on their Facebook page and on Yelp. See how they interact with their customers and what customers are saying about the company.