When you search “cowboy plumber” you wont get a definition or exact description of what they look like. The last thing you want is to pay hundreds of dollars, or even worse, thousands of dollars to a cowboy plumber. A cowboy plumber is a unlicensed plumber, who doesn’t fully know what they are doing. They are in a rush to just get the job done, instead of trying to do it right. Most cowboy plumbers don’t know all the plumbing codes, so the last thing on their mind is following plumbing codes and rules.
Anybody can advertise that they are a plumber. Newspapers, yellow book, business listing sites, business marketing sites, don’t go out of their way to find out if these so called plumbers are actually licensed plumbers. It is your job to ask the plumber to see their plumbing license.
We know at times when you are dealing with an emergency you just want to fix the problem right away. We don’t blame you. You just need to do a little research before hiring a plumber. Make sure he is licensed, bonded, and insured. Look up the company’s name online. Look for reviews. Ask friends and family members for a plumber that they have previously used.
After doing some quick research, have your license plumber come out and check your problem. Have him explain to you what the problem is and what they can do to solve it. You are the customer. As the customer, you should ask as many questions as you’d like. At the end of the day, nobody can make you do anything you don’t want to do. Make sure you are making the right decision by choosing the right plumber.
Here are some plumbing nightmares. Some are quite funny.