People usually look for plumbers when pipes and sink emergencies arise. However, that is not always the case in Trinidad and Tobago. Sometimes customers need to have outhouses and other fixtures built as part of an existing home.
However, when something in the house starts to leak or if the sink or toilet is no longer working, then you may have find yourself rushing to find professional help. The following are best practices on how to find a good plumber in Trinidad and Tobago.
Keep them in mind next time you need to find a licensed sanitary constructor or LSC. That’s their formal title in this part of the world.
Tip #1: Ask Around
If it’s an emergency (i.e. you need help within the hour or earlier) then ask around. Try to recall friends or neighbors who previously had plumbing problems. Call or text them and ask who their plumber was and if they can recommend them. Ask for another servicing agency that they can recommend to you.
Tip #2: Check the License
One of the first things that you should do is to check their license and accreditation. Do this when you call an LSC or plumbing solutions provider. They should be compliant with the plumbing code of Trinidad and Tobago. Their plumbers should also be WASA certified.
Tip #3: Check for Years of Quality Service and Case Studies
You will usually find testimonials about the plumbing service when you check their website. One of the more important things that you should rather look for is the number of years that they have been in service.
This is one of the important things you have to check. A plumber that has 10+ years of experience is a better option than a rookie who is still working on his internship with an actual LSC.
You should also ask for any case studies—i.e. actual projects that they have done. If they have provided service in your neighborhood, ask for the name of the customer and the address (or phone number if that were possible).
You can call or contact those customers and ask them about the plumber’s service. Make sure to ask how satisfied they were with the work that the LSC has done.
Tip #4: Ask If They Are Insured
Not all registered and licensed plumbers in Trinidad and Tobago can guarantee your work. Sure they may provide you with something like a warranty. If something goes wrong with the fixture or structure that they have serviced, you can call them back to check on it free of charge.
Plumbing insurance is something different. If something goes wrong while their staff and plumbers are working on site, you don’t have to worry about any damage or injuries that may have occurred. The insurance company will handle that cost.
Tip #5: Upfront Payments
Ask if they will require an upfront payment. If they do, then you might want to call someone else and ask for their service instead. You see, under WASA regulations, construction contracts should be made with the Water and Sewage Authority in Trinidad and Tobago.
WASA acts in behalf of consumers and home owners and they award the contracts to LSCs and their respective contractors. There is no reason for a plumbing agency to collect upfront payment from you.
These are our tips on how to find a good plumber in Trinidad and Tobago.
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