Choosing A Local Plumber

If you were to search online, you can find a million articles on locating plumbing contractors in your city or state. We thought we would give you are real-time example of what you should be doing if you are searching for an expert plumber online. There are many different sites, blogs, and forums dedicated to finding the best plumber, but not all the information you find online is valid. Just like the real world of politics, you will also find “fake news” and fake information when it comes to selecting your plumber. We are going to walk you through the steps we have taken to find the best plumber in your area.

Choosing A Plumber In Leesburg

We chose a random city to help you find the best service provider. We wanted to choose an area in Loudon County Virginia that was up and coming, had a lot of new people moving into the area, and had some decent competition when it came to plumbing services.  We started our search with Google, and simply searched Leesburg Plumber. iPlumb Home Services, Crown Plumber, and Flowthrough Plumbing were the three companies we see listed in the Google search results right below the ads.  If we were really in a plumbing emergency, we may go right away to the top of the page and click on one of the companies paying Google for this prime piece of advertising real estate. However, we have a little more time, so we are going to dig around and see if we can find a reputable company to hire.

image of Google's top plumbers in Leesburg VirginiaAfter our initial search on Google, we see that the results show the top 4 placements on the top left all containing ads from Google. This means that this search term is something worth value, and plumbing companies are willing to pay money just to have a click to their website in and around the city of Leesburg.  You will also notice on the right hand side that Google has already given us one of their recommendations for a company to choose. As mentioned before, iPlumb Home Services was one Google thought would be a wise choice.  Google has also tried to make the review process a little easier, by giving us reviews not only from other Google users, but they are now also including reviews on iPlumb for HomeAdvisor, Yellow Pages, and Facebook.  By having more reviews from different sources on the web, you are able to really determine if the reviews are valid, or it is simply the work of a good online marketing firm.  From here, we are able to click here to the service providers pages, gather relevant information about the company in question, and also see if the 5 star ratings are valid and true.  In this case, we clicked on the website and found that iPlumb Home Services does in fact have a solid reputation in the industry.

Find Reviews On Websites Other Than Google

There are a few very prominent companies that offer reviews online that can be trusted. One of the biggest and most well-known would have to be Angie’s List. If a company has achieved a high rating in Angie’s List for plumbing repair or emergency plumbing services, you can bet that they have earned that reputation. Angie’s List scrutinizes reviews and makes sure that they are as valid and truthful as possible. You actually need to pay a subscription to get the reviews and highest rated plumbers in a particular city.

Another great site for reviews is Home Advisor. Home Advisor offers a variety of services for homeowners. You can do a search right in Home Advisor plumber near you. Not only can you find up to date information on plumbers, you can find roofers, siding contractors, painters, window installation companies, and just about any other home improvement service imaginable.  With a few clicks of your mouse, you can easily weed out the top companies from the pretenders.  Home Advisor is paid based upon the contractors you choose, so you have to be just a little more cautious with this site compared to Angie’s List.

Once Your Narrowed Down Your Choices, Find Out About Guarantees

The plumbing industry is just one of those home improvement categories that has a bad reputation.  You want to make sure that your new plumber has some sort of price guarantee or written offer that will stand up after the plumbing project is completed.  You don’t want to have a new sewer line or tankless hot water heater installed only to have it go out just a few weeks later with no recourse. In the case above, we were able to find that Iplumb Home Services offers estimates in writing, as well as a 100% price protection guarantee.  We feel that through a bit of research, we have found a company that can handle our 24 hour plumbing emergency.