Whether you need a water heater install, a bath remodel, a kitchen faucet repair, or a local plumber to fix your toilet, choosing the right plumber isn’t always as straightforward process as you might initially think. Sure, if you are going the route of a bathroom or kitchen remodel, we strongly recommend doing your due-diligence, asking your friends about plumbers they might recommend, and even do a little online reputation-investigating for yourself.

But if you have a situation where your insufferable roommate, Chad, has devastatingly clogged the toilet in a seemingly irreparable way, you don’t have the luxury of taking your time with the research process — you need a plumber to fix your toilet, and you need one fast.

If you haven’t read part one of this two-part series about choosing the right plumber, stop what you are doing and go back and read it. Well, you don’t have to, especially if you are the pragmatic type and just want a few tips to help you on your way. If that boot fits, maybe you should scroll down a paragraph or two…

If not, buckle up. Go back and read part one so you have a pinch of context, and we are good to go.

Back To Chad & The Deluge

So you’ve exhausted your plumbing ability and knowledge, but you are smart enough to know when to admit you don’t know something, unlike that brainless invertebrate, Chad. Chad, by the way, has returned to his lair, having been sated by witnessing your clogging struggles. At this point, we wouldn’t be surprised if he’s forgotten about the entire event. Clearly, finding an affordable plumber worth their salt is left up to you, never mind who clogged the toilet in the first place!

So what do you do? Should you simply type into your smartphone “plumber near me” and call the first listing that appears? You might get lucky, and it would save time. The towels you’ve laid down are doing a decent job of confining the pooling water, but it’s not a fix that will last the night. You’d like to avoid structural damage as well. And maybe clicking on that first listing isn’t the worst idea in the world, especially if they have a solid star-rating with more than two or three reviews. Fixing the clogged toilet should be relatively inexpensive as well, to your knowledge anyway. But are you sure about that? Could a plumber take advantage of you without you knowing? Can you really trust two reviews that were written a couple of years ago?

What’s more, you’d bet half your paycheck that Chad won’t end up paying you his fair share of the plumbing bill. You can’t afford to be paying a plumber any more than the job should cost for that reason alone. Getting a toilet replacement would really make life hard on you at that, but let’s cross that bridge when we come to it.

As luck would have it, you’ve made your way to this shockingly refreshing and strangely accurate blog post by Bears Family Plumbing, Heating, & Cooling, which somehow has miraculously mirrored the last thirty minutes of your life. You continue reading to learn how to choose the right Fort Collins plumber.

Tips For Choosing A Good Local Plumber

Before we provide you with the much-anticipated tips for choosing a Loveland plumber (or a Denver plumber, or a Fort Collins plumber), a quick disclaimer: some of our readers might think that a few of these tips are exceedingly obvious in nature. Yet others might spark a light bulb above your head, tangibly helping you find the right plumber for the job. That being said, this isn’t an art or a science; it’s just a basic tip-giving guide to point you in the right direction.

One other disclaimer: we obviously have a horse in this race. We are Loveland plumbers, after all. At Bears Family PHC, we want folks to find reliable plumbing services no matter where they are in the state, country, world, etc. But, obviously, we can only do our part in Northern Colorado. For our readers who are local to the same region we are, we hope you choose us. If not, these tips should still orient you appropriately.

Use The Internet

Seeing as how this blog post is housed on the internet, we’d be surprised if many of our readers were unfamiliar with this idea. But to go a layer further, we’d recommend that you look for plumbers that have solid online reputations. Now, this isn’t the end-all-be-all, especially because many reliable plumbers have been going about their business for the past 30 years or so, totally having the internet/social media boom pass them by in the process.

However, it’s certainly not a bad thing when a plumber nearby has a fair share of reviews on sites like Yelp, Google My Business, or Angie’s List. We’d recommend checking out the Better Business Bureau to make sure there aren’t any glaring red flags associated with the prospective plumber you have in mind.

Ask Your Friends And Family

If you are a relatively normal human being, not like Chad, who only associates with gargoyles and mutants from the deep, we’d bet that there is someone in your life who has recently used a plumber they enjoyed working with. Word-of-mouth referrals will never be done away with for no other reason than the fact that if the recommendation is bad, you can go straight to the person who provided it to you and tell them off. You get to shave their head too. Rules are rules, you know.

And if you happen to be new to the region, and the only person you know within 500 miles is your roach of a roommate, go ahead and knock on your neighbor’s door. Or be brave and ask a coworker. Or save yourself the trouble and give Bears Family Plumbing a call. Either way.  

Additionally, find a plumber that has experience in the job you need. When it’s unclogging a toilet, that isn’t as big of a deal.

Plus you want to make sure that the plumber is insured, licensed, and has references.

Luckily, Bears Family PHC meets all of the above criteria, and then some. You gave us a call, we fixed your clogged toilet, and the bill was reasonable. Chad never ended up paying, as you predicted, but he ended up winning the lottery a week later, and never came back after grabbing his Avenged Sevenfold anthology and splitting one day.

You never saw him again and you live happily ever after.