33 QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE SELECTING A PIPING CONTRACTOR

When you are managing a piping project, what criteria do you use to select a contractor? Here is a list that may help you get started: Are they easy to do business with? Do they have the appropriate trade licenses? If so, can you see them? Are they current? Have they been in business for at least 10 years? Do they have adequate General Liability insurance and Excess Liability insurance? (Today’s standard is $2 million plus $5 million excess liability.) Will they supply credit references from their vendors? Do they do the design and construction with their own crews? Are
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THE CHEAP PRICE SPIN-OFF

Does this describe the way your piping projects go?: The job is awarded based solely on the lowest price without regard to service or quality. Many purchasing decisions of piping, plumbing and fire protection systems are set up this way, and the purchaser really does not know how to discern what constitutes a quality installation versus a shoddy one. The job is installed and when completed, does not work as intended. The purchaser tries to get the contractor back to “fix” the problem. The contractor explains that he/she did it according to the “specs” and any repairs will be at
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