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How to Find a Great Plumbing Business in Portland

It's easy to take things like running water or working drains for granted. Right up until life throws a wrench at you and they break, that is. However, all it takes to get everything back in order is the service of a licensed plumber. Here at 1-800-Plumber in Portland, we can handle your urgent plumbing needs as they arise.

How to Find a Great Portland Plumbing Technician

Finding a local plumbing company in Oregon can be as easy as searching the White Pages or for better yet, Google. Nevertheless, that won't be enough to ensure you are getting the best company.

You will need to understand how to determine plumbing business. Customer evaluations can be beneficial and an indication of the top quality of services, yet you should never only trust these reviews. Always make sure to ask the right questions and verify that you have the right plumber for the job.

What to Ask a Plumber

Is Your Licensing Up to Date?

Many people assume as a courtesy that a plumber is licensed, but this isn't always the case. Some people offer their services despite lacking proper licensing or failing to update their license with a local agency. The risk you take in working with an unlicensed plumber is that their work may not be up to code. Since you chose to work with them, you may be liable for any deficiencies in their work. Not to mention the risks involved in trusting your home to someone without the proper qualifications! So always ask a plumber for proof that their licensing is up-to-date, and if they refuse, look elsewhere.

Are You Doing the Work?

This question ties into the first one; sometimes, a master plumber will rely on a team of laborers. While it's fine for a licensed plumber to have assistance from laborers, work on water and electrical systems must be only performed by experts. A plumber having up-to-date licensing won't do you any good if he's delegating these important tasks to people who aren't! Ask the plumber who provides your price estimate and displays his credentials if he's doing the work, and if he isn't, inquire about the experience and licensing of the plumber who is. If the plumber cannot provide accurate, detailed answers to these questions, then look for a different plumber.

What Will This Cost?

While many plumbers will provide a free estimate before performing a job, this is not binding. Contracts often include clauses that the property owner will pay for any expenses necessary to complete the job. This could mean that when the plumber needs to buy extra materials or spend more time than expected to complete the job, you'll be left footing the bill. This doesn't necessarily mean the services aren't worth it, but you should always make sure you have a good idea of what the job will cost. Ask if the charge is a flat rate, or a flat rate plus an hourly fee and what the estimate includes. Additionally, you should make sure you can get a list of materials used. This way, you can double-check with a local department store and ask if everything adds up. You should also request an estimate from three or more plumbers and see if they all match up or if one is suspiciously higher or lower than the others.

What Guarantees Do You Offer?

An important sign that a plumber believes in their work is whether or not they offer guarantees. The most confident plumbers will provide a written guarantee that they'll return and fix anything they've worked on in the next year or so. Others offer more specific, limited guarantees. This shouldn't necessarily be a deal breaker, so long as you find their terms fair. However, you should not rely on any plumber who refuses to give any written guarantees of this sort.

Is Your Licensing Up to Date?

Many people assume as a courtesy that a plumber is licensed, but this isn't always the case. Some people offer their services despite lacking proper licensing or failing to update their license with a local agency. The risk you take in working with an unlicensed plumber is that their work may not be up to code. Since you chose to work with them, you may be liable for any deficiencies in their work. Not to mention the risks involved in trusting your home to someone without the proper qualifications! So always ask a plumber for proof that their licensing is up-to-date, and if they refuse, look elsewhere.

Are You Doing the Work?

This question ties into the first one; sometimes, a master plumber will rely on a team of laborers. While it's fine for a licensed plumber to have assistance from laborers, work on water and electrical systems must be only performed by experts. A plumber having up-to-date licensing won't do you any good if he's delegating these important tasks to people who aren't! Ask the plumber who provides your price estimate and displays his credentials if he's doing the work, and if he isn't, inquire about the experience and licensing of the plumber who is. If the plumber cannot provide accurate, detailed answers to these questions, then look for a different plumber.

What Will This Cost?

While many plumbers will provide a free estimate before performing a job, this is not binding. Contracts often include clauses that the property owner will pay for any expenses necessary to complete the job. This could mean that when the plumber needs to buy extra materials or spend more time than expected to complete the job, you'll be left footing the bill. This doesn't necessarily mean the services aren't worth it, but you should always make sure you have a good idea of what the job will cost. Ask if the charge is a flat rate, or a flat rate plus an hourly fee and what the estimate includes. Additionally, you should make sure you can get a list of materials used. This way, you can double-check with a local department store and ask if everything adds up. You should also request an estimate from three or more plumbers and see if they all match up or if one is suspiciously higher or lower than the others.

What Guarantees Do You Offer?

An important sign that a plumber believes in their work is whether or not they offer guarantees. The most confident plumbers will provide a written guarantee that they'll return and fix anything they've worked on in the next year or so. Others offer more specific, limited guarantees. This shouldn't necessarily be a deal breaker, so long as you find their terms fair. However, you should not rely on any plumber who refuses to give any written guarantees of this sort.

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Plumbing Services

Your home runs on its plumbing. Quality plumbing work helps to keep you and your family or your tenants safe and happy, not to mention how much you can save in long-term costs.

Plumbing Repairs

Plumbing repairs are essential for residential and commercial properties. These services entail a diverse range of vital services such as:

  • Sewer Line Replacement

  • Gas Lines

  • Repairing Water Leaks

  • Tub Leaks

  • Faucet Repairs

  • Re-pipes

  • Water Filter Repair and Installation

  • Toilet Repair

And much more!

Drain Cleaning

Drain cleaning helps keep your bathtubs and sinks draining smoothly and quickly. When you rely on 1-800-Plumber, we use video pipe inspection to look inside your pipes and see precisely what the issue is. Furthermore, we don't just clean your drains. After diagnosing the root problem, we offer advice to help you avoid the problem in the future: Saving your time and money.

Emergency Services

You never know when you'll have an urgent need for emergency services. You can rest comfortably knowing that however urgent your need, that 1-800-Plumber will be on top of it. We answer calls 24/7, simply by calling 503-676-3449 and can help you assess the problem so you can take immediate steps to minimize damage, such as shutting off your water valve. After that, we'll have an expert plumber en-route as soon as possible.

HVAC Services

1-800-Plumber Portland holds an edge over competitors in that we're a trusted, accomplished name in plumbing and HVAC service. We have HVAC professionals on hand ready to handle any issues you might face with electric water heaters, heating and cooling, and more.

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The Perfect Solution to Your Plumbing and HVAC Needs

When you need first-rate plumbing and HVAC services, look no further than 1-800-Plumber +Air in Portland. Our Name is Our Number and we're always ready to handle your residential and commercial plumbing needs.

I would like to recognize both Taylor and Emanuel for both outstanding customer service, professionalism,and craftsmanship on a recent repair at my home.

Alan J.

Mark was great! He took the time to not only give a price, but explain everything a new system could do and how it would benefit them not just in heating and cooling, but dust reduction, utility bills, etc. Very Very pleased. read less

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Tony and Carlos are awesome in what they do. They did a great job on about 20 different projects for my family and me. They did security lights patio lights front porch lights. Ran all the electrical for our new master bath remodel. Added on some new interior lights and changed out some switches. I have light where there once was darkness. Thanks guys.

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Kyle Urban is great! He does beautiful work and is a great guy! We will request him personally from now on.

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Friendly, courteous, knowledgeable.

Marylin L.

Outstanding work and very professional!!!

Mando C.

Chad C. with 1-800-plumber really cared. He was extremely thorough and made sure the job was done correctly. Would definitely recommend him!

Kathy Y.

Joey and Moses came out to replace a waterline and were AWESOME!!! They answered my questions, where patient, friendly (respectful) and VERY professional! This my 2nd time using 1800 plumber and both visits were great! I look forward to continue using them! read less

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I was greeted by Manolo Baez, introduced himself, polite, very clean, Manolo checked things out, I needed a new filter, explained the importance of good filters and how they work, I was very satisfied with his explanation. Manolo is knowledgeable and very professional, made me smile read less

Satisfied Customer

Kyle did an excellent job. H was very thorough and explained everything from start to finish. I would strongly recommend Kyle for any plumbing you might have.

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