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Plumbing is one of the most widespread services that are offered across Ottawa. Some of the common services in plumbing include installing pumps, fixing leaking faucets, installing water heaters, unblocking your sink and fixing water pipes among others. A plumber may be required to come and do a new job, repairs or routine maintenance tasks. Whatever the case may be, the most important thing would be being sure about plumbing rates so as not to be overwhelmed once the work is done.
What are the Factors to Consider when Hiring a Plumber?
It is one thing to identify the type of service that you will require for a plumbing job and a different thing to hire a plumber. At Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services, we encourage clients to look into different aspects before making their choice. Here’s a list of the most relevant factors to consider:
Plumbing websites provide ample information on the quality of services, but this information isn’t unbiased. Reviews provide details based on the first-hand experience and are unbiased. It’s important to hire a reliable professional for big projects like sump pump installation Ottawa. Read as many reviews as you can before making a short list of good candidates.
- Reliable plumbing companies
It’s always a good idea to compare different companies before you hire one. Consider their rates, reputation, level of service, license/insurance information, etc. before deciding. You will find there are a number of companies providing similar services, but it’s important to compare them on the basis of aspects like services and pricing too. Comparing companies gives you a fair idea of what to expect and plan accordingly.
- Emergency plumbing
Most plumbing problems happen unexpectedly, without warning. They require prompt action from experienced professionals. Some companies don’t provide emergency services or they aren’t very responsive. You need a technician who can handle unexpected early morning or weekend calls without delays. Some establishments provide emergency lines but don’t answer them outside office hours, which is a problem when you need a fast response. Search for a company with a good emergency response system in place.
How Much to Pay to a Plumber?
Finding out how much you have to pay for a plumber can be difficult to determine. We want to make sure that you have a clear indication of what to expect so the invoice does not actually scare you.
1. Call-out Fee
Oftentimes a plumber will charge you a call-out fee. This means that they come to your home and assess the damage or needs. Most jobs are going to have a call-out fee. Sometimes plumbers advertise with having no call-out fee, but you often find that it is supplemented by the cost of the work. Keep in mind that emergency plumbing is going to cost more than normal plumbing.
2. The Hourly Rates
Most plumbers charge an hourly rate for their services, though there are exceptions to the rule. Plumbers set a fixed price for large-scale and time-consuming projects like drain replacement. This is one of the first factors to consider when you check local ratings. Average Ottawa plumber rates can be between $90 and $120, we recommend getting a detailed quote instead of relying on average estimates.
3. Get A Basic Estimate
It is important that you get a fully itemized quote (including the cost of any materials and brand of parts used) before you start a job, regardless of the size of the job. This is just to make sure that you are being treated fairly and getting the best value for your money.
4. How Your Invoice Can Increase
You should always expect an accurate quote, but sometimes your final invoice will be higher than expected for unexpected reasons. Sometimes a plumbing professional needs specific parts or fixtures. Other cost increases might include special equipment or scaffolding.
5. Getting The Best Price
We understand that the costs associated with a plumbing emergency can seem daunting at first. That is why you should work with professionals who always check the work before they offer you a detailed quote. You should work with a provider who keeps you up-to-date on what is happening throughout the job.
What are the Plumbing Rates in Ottawa?
Unlike in most other parts of the world, the government of Ontario has set the basic plumbing rates. The average rate is between 75 and 200 CAD per hour for plumbing services in Ottawa. However, you should expect to pay higher rates during holidays and weekends when the rates could be one and a half times more or even double the average cost. It is important to note that this is the cost of labor and does not include any plumbing parts and materials that will be used.
For most experts, plumbing rates will also include the time that they wait for you, even when not working. It is advisable to be clear on what is captured in the final bill that you will receive
Why choose Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services?
At Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services, we understand that your time is essential. We are committed to providing our customers with the best possible experience from when you call us. We value your time and will work quickly and efficiently to get the job done right. Our plumbers are always punctual and will call ahead to let you know they’re on their way to ensure minimal inconvenience. They take pride in their work and will leave your home clean when they’re finished. Our team uses the most efficient solutions to get the job done quickly and satisfactorily in every project.
Look no further than our experienced professionals. We not only provide top-quality plumbing services, but we can also help you navigate the sometimes-confusing world of insurance companies and city red tape. We’ll ensure you receive all the necessary permits for our jobs and guide you through any City of Ottawa rebates for which you may qualify.
Our customers can attest to our excellence if you’re looking for a high-quality craft. Visit our testimonials page, and call us today to schedule your free inspection.