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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with a plumber during the COVID-19 pandemic?

If possible, it’s best to set up a virtual consultation or phone call with a plumber near during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can send a message to a professional plumber near you and ask if they are available to video chat or have a phone call. Use that time to discuss the work that needs to be done. Make sure to ask any questions you have about the project. And lastly, ask the plumber how they handle payments and whether they have any specific safety precautions in place to comply with social distancing. 

How can I find out if a plumber is considered an essential COVID-19 service provider?

Generally, plumbers are often considered essential service providers. Essential service providers vary from state to state and city to city, however. For the most accurate information, check your official state or city government website to see whether a plumber is considered an essential service in your area.

Read CISA’s publication on identifying critical workers to find out more information on a national level. Some, but not all, jurisdictions follow CISA’s definitions of critical infrastructure. 

Are there ways to be safe if I hire a plumber when social distancing?

Contact plumbers near you beforehand to see if they can complete the project without entering your home — for example, by entering the garage to fix a broken water heater. If the plumber needs to enter your house to do the job, you should proceed only if both parties feel comfortable with the project. Consider taking extra steps such as waving instead of shaking hands, staying 6 feet apart, using digital payments and sanitizing common areas.

Can I use digital payments to pay for plumbing services?

Some plumbers accept digital payments -- Zelle, PayPal, Venmo, etc. -- for their services. Before you hire a plumber, ask them if they accept your preferred online payment. Many also feature digital payment options on their profiles. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, digital payments are typically considered safer than cash and credit cards.

Does a plumber need to enter my home?

A plumber will need to enter your home to fix plumbing issues like dripping faucets, clogged sinks or toilets and leaky pipes. They might not need to come into your home if the faulty appliance is located outdoors or in the garage. Before you begin the project, contact plumbers near you to find out they will need to enter your home.  

Do plumbers offer remote or virtual services?

If you see a profile that states the plumber is offering remote services, contact the plumber before hiring them to see what those services include. Although plumbing is a job that has to be done in-person, you can ask them if they offer virtual consultations or an online walk-through. 

What are plumbers and what do they do?

Plumbers are skilled professionals who are trained to install and maintain pipes and systems for drinking water, sewage and drainage. They usually have trained through four- to five-year training programs, which include apprenticeships, via trade schools and community colleges. Plumbers’ areas of expertise typically go beyond pipes to include mathematics, blueprint reading, plumbing codes and water distribution. They handle plumbing emergencies, such as broken pipes or clogged drains, and install and maintain everything from a new piping system to a replacement faucet. Plumbers also know how to install bathtubs and showers, toilets, water heaters and dishwashers. Plumbers may work on residential or commercial sites, sometimes designing and laying out a pipe system during construction.

How do you find a good plumber?

Whether you need a plumber to perform drain repair, install a new fixture, or replace rusty pipes, you need to make sure you hire someone reliable who will finish your job on time and within budget. Start by asking the plumbers on your short list these questions:

  • What is the total cost? Make sure your estimate includes materials and labor. Find out whether the plumber will be providing the materials and whether you’re being charged an hourly rate (which is variable) or a flat fee.
  • Is removal and cleanup included in the job? Some plumbers leave behind old parts, while others include the cleanup in the cost.
  • Is the work guaranteed? Find out whether the work (as well as the parts or fixtures) are guaranteed under a warranty.  

Follow these additional tips for confidently hiring a plumber or other skilled professional.

Reviews for Philadelphia drainage professionals
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INSPECT AND ANALYZE WATER/SEWER BACKUP IN NEW HOME My son and his fiancé own a new home in Fishtown. They paid in excess of 500k for the home and took possession at closing in January 2016. This is their dream home and represents a major financial commitment on their part. Since they took possession and ownership, their basement has flooded on two separate occasions in less than 6 months. As a result of the first flooding, the new flooring in the basement was damaged and now needs complete replacement. This expense will be borne by my son and his fiance. In addition, their worrisome concern about the prospect of future flooding has also led to capping the plumbing fixtures in the basement until some kind of fix can be achieved. This means the basement toilet and shower will not be usable for an indefinite period of time. On both occasions a significant amount of rain fell, so there may or may not be some question whether the combined sewer/waste water line that runs under their street was overly taxed by an unusually high volume of water that fed into the sewage line. However, the question of backflow of water into such a new house also raised a significant question about the adequacy and workmanship of the home's newly constructed plumbing system. In an effort to investigate the facts concerning the builder's performance, I reached out to Josh at Solution Based Plumbing on an early Sunday morning. That same morning, as he headed into church, Josh told me he would make himself available to look at the situation later that very morning! I honestly could not believe that he would make himself available to assist me on such short notice. When he arrived for the inspection as promised, he looked around, explained his preliminary findings, and recommended that he do a camera test of the water lines to assess and evaluate the situation. He made clear he would call the situation as he found it, and that he would not come to any adverse decision about the plumbing if his findings were simply "marginal" for poor installation. Two days later, and as scheduled, Josh performed the camera test. He viewed the inside of the plumbing lines carefully and explained to my son and me what he was looking at as he went. He found two significant builder's performance issues in the water line leading out of the house to the street. He carefully detailed his observations and findings and explained their impact on the drainage issue and their contribution to the backflow my son experienced since moving into the house. He said he would follow up with a written report of his findings, and he proceeded to do so within 24 hours after leaving the house. IF EVER my son needs to deal with plumbing-related issues that the builder refuses to address under his warranty, my son (and I) will not hesitate to call Josh back for assistance. There are several reasons I can say this without hesitation. Josh is competent, well spoken, polite, professional, objective, responsive, and honest. He and his company provide a level of service that is uniquely reliable for customers who are looking for fair, honest and reasonably priced solutions to their plumbing problems. His wife, Stacy, provides tremendous administrative support to complement Josh's hands on involvement. This company and its owner/operator is the real deal that customers in need of plumbing services are looking for. Josh and Stacy fully acknowledge the importance of customer focus in delivering a vital service to the public, fully consistent with their statement of ethics which you can view on their website. Thank you Josh and Stacy!! John
Solution Based Plumbing and Heating, Inc.Solution Based Plumbing and Heating, Inc.
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