Plumbing contractors have the team members, the expertise and the experience to design systems that include your sinks, toilets, baths, showers, hot water heaters, pipes, vents and insulation work. Plumbing contractors also install water conditioning equipment, back-flow prevention equipment and even gas earthquake valves. The best plumbing contractors design efficient systems that minimize your utility expenses and your energy footprint.When You Need to Hire a Professional Plumbing ContractorLeaky Faucets and Clogged Drains: Doing it yourself is great, but sometimes getting it done right, quickly, is even more important. If you don't have the tools, time or know-how to stop a leak or clear a drain yourself, it can actually be more cost-effective to get a professional to do it for you.Replacing a Water Heater: A busted water heater can be an inconvenient,and even dangerous, mess. So if your water heater is more than a decade old, you may want to consider getting a new one. Today's water heaters are more energy efficient than ever, and a good plumber can help you select the one that's the right size and style for your home.Remodeling: Even the most dedicated do-it-yourselfer should hire a plumber when doing a major bathroom remodel. Any time you're moving fixtures or drains or adding new ones, it's a job for a licensed professional.Plumbing Emergencies: Everyone should know where the main water shut-off valve is in their home. After that, they should also know the name of a contractor that has plumbers on call who can help them with busted pipes, major leaks and sewage back-ups.How to Hire a Plumbing ContractorVerify that the plumbing contractor you plan to hire holds the required license. Reputable plumbing contractors are happy to provide their license number and a copy of their license certificate. Check that the plumbing contractor has sufficient insurance, especially worker's compensation insurance and liability insurance. Hiring an uninsured contractor could leave you liable for damages or injuries sustained on your property. In addition to estimates, ask for a plumbing contractor's references. Call all of these references and ask about the quality of the contractor's work, even if the contractor was recommended by word of mouth.Need More Help?If you need professional help with your project, LendingTree Home Pros can help.The good news is that LendingTree Home Pros maintains a directory of home service professionals and can match you with a home pro in your area. All the home pros listed in the LendingTree Home Pros directory are properly licensed and insured and are backed by a $10,000 money-back guarantee!Let LendingTree Home Pros help you find a pro today!