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We can probably speak for most homeowners when we say: The last thing you want to have to do in a plumbing emergency is to find a plumber. You want to be able to call one you already know and trust.

There are a lot of Portland plumbers out there, and some are easier to work with than others. Instead of trying to weed through them amid a plumbing crisis, it’s a good idea to find a plumber now and have that contact information ready to go when you need it.

A reliable plumber should be someone you are confident can fix whatever problem you have, provide quality work, and charge a reasonable price. Here’s an overview of what to look for when selecting a Portland plumber.

Credentials. First and foremost, you should look for plumbing contractors who are licensed, bonded, and insured. An experienced, reputable plumbing company will be able to provide you with the reference numbers for these credentials, without defensiveness or a moment’s hesitation.

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Rates. The first thing you should ask your Portland plumber is how his or her rates are calculated. Some plumbing contractors still charge by the hour, but more and more are quoting flat or per-project rates. This billing method discourages intentionally slow working, as the plumber will not get paid extra for taking longer to complete the job.

You may also want to ask how much the plumber charges for consultation appointments. Because it is nearly impossible to provide an accurate price quote over the phone, the plumber will need to assess any jobs in person before providing an estimate. Charging for plumbing consultations is fairly standard within the industry, so it’s a good idea to find out up-front how much you should expect to pay for a home visit.

Estimates. When you do need to call on your plumber, a seasoned professional should be willing to schedule an appointment with you to assess the problem and provide a written estimate that includes the amount of work to be done, the materials needed, and a time estimate. Again, you should expect to pay for this consultation.

This is a great opportunity to get to know the plumber better, to make sure you feel comfortable, and to ask any questions you might have. You should also ask how long the estimate is good for, in case you want some time to think about and prepare for the project ahead.

Whether you’re considering a complete plumbing remodel or a simple plumbing repair, 3 Mountains Plumbing promises to be understanding and helpful throughout the entire process, answer your questions, and do whatever they can to make sure you call back when you need them most!

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