By Gene and Katie Hamilton
To find a plumber to silence water pipes ask friends and neighbors for a referral, use the Yellow Pages or an online contractor referral service. Another option is to buy the fixture at a home or kitchen/bath center where an installation service is offered. Usually there is a tag on the fixture indicating "installed price" Most stores offer the traditional cash-and-carry price as well as the installed price that covers installation. The retailer arranges for a plumber to do the installation and is responsible for both scheduling the job and of course, your satisfaction.
If you're trying to cut corners and save some money by hiring an unlicensed plumber to do a side job or work on the weekends, you don't have much recourse if the work is unsatisfactory.
Here are the basic points that should be included in a written contract with a plumber:
- Description of the work to be completed with a detailed list of the materials to be used
- Cost of material and all warranties from the manufacturer
- Cost of labor and amount of deposit, if required
- Job installation date