Our friends to the north in Toronto, Canada are still experiencing colder than normal temperatures, even though we are almost midway through April. Thankfully we have started a warming trend here in Virginia, so Toronto, this one is for you!
Few emergencies can leave you feeling as helpless as a late night plumbing disaster will, and the last thing you want to be doing, while water is pouring from a crack in your pipes or overflowing from the toilet, is thumbing through a phone book searching for a reliable plumber in Toronto. Fortunately, if you know what you’re looking for, it can be easy to identify the right plumber. Whether you are having a midnight emergency and need someone who offers 24/7 service, or if you just need the number for a reliable plumber, here are the 4 things to look for to help you choose the right plumber for your problem.
1. Do they have good online reviews?
It can be overwhelming trying to find a Toronto plumber that’s right for you, as there are dozens to choose from, but don’t take a chance on a company that doesn’t have a proven track record of success. If you read through their reviews and they are mostly positive, this is a good sign that they’re a reliable plumber.
2. Do they have a quality website?
If the plumber you are considering has a well designed and easy to navigate website, it is reasonable to assume they have a successful business and take what they are doing seriously. If they don’t have a website, or it is hard to find the information about their services or contact information, you might want to consider calling someone else.
3. Are they transparent about their rates?
When hiring a plumber, the cost will be a major factor in your decision, and if the company is not upfront about their pricing before arriving to do the work, or if they aren’t clear about what they will need to do before giving you a quote, this should be a major red flag. A great plumber will always give you an honest quote when asked.
4. Do they offer 24/7 service?
When picking your plumber, it’s important that you know their hours. You wouldn’t choose a hospital that didn’t offer 24-hour service, and you shouldn’t pick a plumber that won’t be there for you when you need them, even if that’s in the middle of the night during the holidays. Boilers on the brink of breakdown don’t wait and neither should your plumber. You don’t want to wait 8 hours for an overworked plumber to arrive as the pipe that burst at midnight starts to freeze during a cold Toronto night. It doesn’t matter if the business “takes calls” 24/7 if they have a slow response time, so make sure to find out exactly what they mean when they say, “24-hour service.”
It’s true that there are a lot of plumbing companies in Toronto to choose from, but follow these criteria and you should find that you’re able to narrow down the options pretty easily. And once you find that ideal plumber, strike up a relationship and keep their number saved on your phone – that number is as good as gold in this city.