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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.

This was THE most painless repair experience! We had a leak in a pipe behind our water heater, spewing water out into space, ugh. Joe and his apprentice, Dan, were here in about an hour or so. They were both so very friendly from the moment they showed up at the front door! After they determined the problem, we discussed the needed repair, and then they began to replace the pipe(s) behind the water heater. This was pretty much an all-day job and I can honestly say it was no problem having them in my home. They were not only professional and courteous employees; they were two very kind individuals, who were also comfortable and friendly around my crazy dogs! I have had nothing but the finest experiences with this company and cannot recommend them highly enough! They are the best!

Barbara H.

Detailed orientated and honest inspection. Chad took his time and explained everything that was going on very well. The service fee was fair for the small issues he fixed, and he was able to make a referral for water restoration for us, I would use his service again and plan to when our water heater goes out.

Katie D.

Emanuel Reyes did a very thorough job and was very courteous.

Charles M.

This was my first time with 1-800-Plumber Air of Pearland. I called with a minor issue with the dishwasher drain hose and asked that a tech be dispatched on Saturday so that I could be home from work. Chad was scheduled between 8am & 10am today (Sat) and arrived just before 9am. Chad was very knowledgeable and explained to me the entire process. He also answered my many many questions about what he was doing as he was doing it. I'm a smart guy but know very little about plumbing. I felt very comfortable with Chad doing the repair. The long and the short of it, 1-800-Plumber Air of Pearland has a new longtime customer and I will request that Chad be sent if possible the next time I have a plumbing issue.

George T.

Enes provided a very thorough and professional inspection, assessment and proposal for my sewer drain replacement.

Rany W.

Wow wow wow, Paul was excellent. Fair price, honest, did everything he said he would do and more. Fixed a line not slopped and 2 breaks at the tap. I recommend this business any day of the week. Excellent. I will use them for all my plumbing needs. He let me use my online coupon.

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I think there the best

Michael D.

EMANUEL REYES IS GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kathleen E.

I had Kyle U as my plumbing tech. He did a great job and worked really hard to get to the bottom of things (like roots). He was also polite and honest.

Linda D.

My daughter Natalie Permenter actually ordered the service. I'm at her house during the day to keep my grandson. I was very impressed by Emanuel, the plumber that cam. He was very professional and seemed to really care about his clients. Natalie tells me the lady in the office also showed professionalism and a genuine desire to help. Emanuel was disappointed that he couldn't get the job done on day one; but promised to come back the next day. True to his word he was here bright and early. I am so impressed to finally find a company that really cares about the consumer; not just the dollar.

Judi W.

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