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What to Look for When Hiring a Plumber


There was a time when finding a plumber was a difficult job because you had to make a serious effort first to collect together a list of enough plumbing contractors in your local area and then start to work on narrowing down the list to the plumber who was best for the job. Today it’s still difficult to find the right plumber to hire, but for different reasons: it no longer takes much effort to find plumbers because you only have to type in a few words into a search engine—but you have so many more choices that it can be overwhelming to find the right plumber.

You’ve made a good start, however, since you’ve found a way to our site—probably through an Internet search. (If friends referred you, that’s even better!) We can offer you more information on what criteria to use when it’s time to hire a plumber.

Licensed and insured

This should be the first thing you look for when you arrive at a plumber’s website: a license from the state. This is how you can tell a professional plumbing contractor from an amateur. No matter what amateur plumbing may promise, you always want to go with a professional. Professionals are better trained, but they’re also insured, which is an important protection for you in case a plumber suffers an injury while on your property. (By the way, we are licensed in multiple states: #WSSC 70019, SC 1191, MD 19572, and VA 045283A.)


A good plumber will offer warranties for installations and repairs that go beyond the standard manufacturer’s warranties. We offer a 1-year warranty on new installations and 30-day warranties on repairs.

24-hour emergency service

Plumbing problems don’t like to follow schedules! It’s almost a rule that if something goes wrong with your plumbing, it will go wrong at the least convenient time. A plumbing contractor worth hiring understands that and offers 24-hour emergency service. The last thing you want when you’ve got an overflowing toilet, burst pipe, or loss of water is to have to wait for a plumber’s office hours to start!

A wide range of services

A plumbing system consists of an immense number of appliances and fixtures. Make sure that the plumber you’re looking to hire can do the job you need! It’s a good idea, in general, to stick with a plumber who can tackle many types of plumbing jobs—even ones you may never require, like commercial plumbing—because it indicates a plumbing contractor with the proper tools and experience to do every job right.

Recommended by the community

Always take a look at customer reviews for any plumber you’re thinking of hiring. You want to hear what other customers in the area are saying.

It’s easy to find a quality plumber in Rockville, MD, and the surrounding areas: simply call on us! We’re a licensed professional plumbing contractor with 24-hour service. We are also committed to using the best in current technology, such as sonic detectors, trenchless pipe replacement, and video inspection equipment.

Mallick Plumbing & Heating is Your Service Contractor of Choice for the Greater Washington Metro Area.