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How to Find Good Plumbers in Marin County

Broken toilets and leaky pipes are just a fact of life. Fortunately, you'll find some plumbers in Marin County are available for emergency plumbing repairs in Marin County, as well as plumbing for new buildings or home repiping in Marin County. Remember, cheap plumbers are usually not the best plumbers in Marin County.

The following research by The Prime Buyer's Report identifies the best plumbers in Marin County and issues related to hiring them.

Updated November 7, 2014

 The TOP 10 Plumbing Companies in Marin County CA

Mike Testa Plumbing, Inc.
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(415) 479-0110
4244 Redwood Hwy
San Rafael, CA 94903
Contractor's License #519618
   Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10  Diamond Certified Marin Builders Association Pacific Sun - Best of Marin

Areas Served: Marin County incl. San Rafael CA, Sausalito CA, Mill Valley CA, Tiburon CA, Corte ...
Services: Marin plumbers for plumbing repair, residential plumbing, commercial plumbing, ...
Key Brands: Kohler, Moen, Bradford White, Noritz, Insinkerator, State Industries

Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating
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(510) 394-3836 ‚Äč
3333 Martin Luther King Jr Way
Berkeley, CA 94703
C36 License # 414359
   Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10  Diamond Certified  Better Business Bureau PHCC (Plumbing, Heating, Cooling Contractors Association) PSI (Plumbers' Success International) Green Plumbers RPA (Radiant Panel Association)

Areas Served: Bay Area incl. Marin County, San Rafael CA, Mill Valley CA, Tiburon CA, Sausalito CA,...
Services: plumbing contractors for all home plumbing repair and plumbing needs including ...
Key Brands: Bosch, Bradford White Water Heaters, Delta Faucet Company, Grohe (Grohe Plumbing ...

Gene Burch Plumbing
(415) 883-8135
14 Commercial Blvd # 135
Novato, CA 94949

Hiebel Plumbing
(415) 902-5443
456 Via Herbosa
Novato, CA 94949

Burkell Plumbing
(415) 332-3091
PO Box 1384
Sausalito, CA 94966

San Anselmo Plumbing
(415) 459-6680
PO Box 201
San Anselmo, CA 94979

Zak Plumbing
(415) 383-6317
PO Box 281
Mill Valley, CA 94942

How to Find Good Plumbers in Marin County 

 

Plumbers in Marin County are required to be licensed by the State of California, such as with the C36 license specifically for plumbing which legally allows them to construct or connect on-site waste disposal systems, piping, storage tanks and venting for gasses or liquids, all flues and gas connections, water and gas piping from utility meter to the building, installation of equipment for hot water including solar powered, maintenance and replacement of all previous items also including gas earthquake valves, gas control valves, back flow preventors, and regulating valves.

If the plumbing company has employees, they are legally required to have workers' compensation insurance to protect you the customer from being sued or having a claim against your property insurance in the event an injury occurs during work performed on your property. Plumbing contractors are not legally required to have general liability insurance, but all plumbing companies bearing The Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 designation do have that general liability insurance coverage which reimburses you in the event of any damages, in addition to passing all other requirements for Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 status such as phone calls to previous clients, hiring only documented workers, verified license and workers' comp insurance, clean complaint record, and more.


Good Plumbers in Novato, Sausalito and San Rafael CA Perform Numerous Services
The best plumbers in Marin County are capable of much more than fixing leaky faucets or a clogged toilet. They are required to be adept at all aspects of piping, connections, and waste disposal systems in your home. Basically, the plumbers handle anything that moves, removes, stores, or controls the temperature of gas or liquid.

With such a wide range of required expertise, it's understandable that some plumbers in Marin County specialize. Some are commercial plumbers in Marin County and others specialize in plumbing for new construction. Fortunately, you can still find good plumbing companies in Marin County by the specific service specialty you need.

General plumbers in Marin County have experience doing leak detection and leak repair, and fixture replacements. Plumbers also unclog drains and pipes with Hydroscrub jetting or other high powered jetting systems, which they can then outfit with backflow prevention systems. But if you need resolution to a more complicated plumbing problem, the best plumbers in Marin County can locate and perform video inspection of water lines and attend to underground plumbing issues. 

In addition to the actual labor, some plumbing companies are willing to offer their expert knowledge to other household issues. Specially trained, AWWA plumbers (American Water Works Association) are equipped to deal with escrow inspections, propane and natural gas leaks, and gas line installation. Master plumbers in Marin County are federally licensed plumbers, serious professionals with sound business practices and expansive industry knowledge.

 

Plumbers for Repiping in Marin County
Repiping is the replacement of all existing water piping with brand new pipes. Repiping in Marin County is often done to improve hot water delivery, permanently solve plumbing leak problems, or solve the problem of low water pressure. When repiping in Marin County, ask the plumbers about choices in pipe materials to repipe with. Many plumbers recommend repiping in copper as a safe, strong material that resists corrosion and carries warranties. There are different grades of copper piping however, so ask the plumbing companies to be specific in their repiping bids.

 

Low Water Pressure Problem
Plumbers in Marin County can help you solve a low water pressure problem. Low water pressure can be due to something simple like sediment that is clogging a showerhead, or the removable aerator on a sink faucet, in which case unscrewing them off and cleaning them may be all that is needed.  But low water pressure can also be due to something more serious like restricted water flow in your main water line due to a kink, deposit build-up or clogs. A faulty water pressure relief valve can also cause low water pressure.   Plumbers can install two water pressure gauges, one on either side of your pressure relief valve (or pressure reduction valve) to determine the water pressure coming into your home from the city water main, or your well, and then compare that to the gauge measurement of the water coming out of your pressure valve to determine if the water pressure relief valve or pressure reduction valve is at fault.

Sometimes low water pressure is simply due to geography.  If your water is supplied by the city, compare your water pressure to that at other homes on your street. It may be that if your home is on a hill, or close to a municipal water tower, that low water pressure is not due to your plumbing but is endemic to the neighborhood.  If your water comes from a well, that may also be the reason for your low water pressure. In both instances, plumbers can install a water pressure booster pump to solve your low water pressure problem.

 

 

 


Some Plumbers in Marin County Are Better Than Others

The Prime Buyer's Report lists these plumbers in Marin County: Mike Testa Plumbing, Inc., Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating, Zak Plumbing, Hiebel Plumbing, Gene Burch Plumbing, San Anselmo Plumbing, Burkell Plumbing, Ameso's Plumbing, City Front Plumbing. Other plumbing companies in Novato, Sausalito and San Rafael CA that might still be in business include: .

 

 

 

 

Questions to Ask Plumbers in Marin County 

When choosing which plumber to hire, ask the right questions about their experience, range of services, credentials, and methods and materials before deciding.

• How long have the plumbing companies been plumbers in Marin County?

• How many plumbing jobs have the plumbing companies completed in Marin County?

• Can they give you customer names and numbers you can call as references? (All plumbing companies bearing the Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already had customer references called by research staff at The Prime Buyer's Report so you don't have to.)    

• Do the plumbers have experience with the type of plumbing repair work you've described?

• How long should it take for the plumbers to solve your plumbing problem?

• Will the plumbers be able to complete the plumbing repair work in a single visit?

•  Can they prove that all their workers sent to your property are legally allowed to work in the U.S.? (All plumbing companies in Marin County bearing The Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already signed an agreement to only hire documented workers.)    

• • Does the plumbing contractor have active workers' compensation and general liability insurance for your protection? (All plumbing contractors in Marin County bearing the Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already shown proof of insurance to research staff at The Prime Buyer's Report.) 

• Do they charge for plumbing estimates?

• What type of warranty do the plumbers provide? What plumbing services does it cover?

• Does the owner (the licensed plumbing contractors) do the work or do they send employees to do it?

• Will the plumbers in Marin County provide a written contract?

• Do the plumbers charge by the job (flat rate) or by the hour (time & materials)?


Once you've got answers to these questions, you're ready to review their bid.  Price should rarely be the determining factor since cheap plumbers in Marin County usually aren't the best ones and it can cost you more to repair or replace their faulty work or inadequate repair than if you chose the best plumbing company to begin with.

When you've chosen the best plumbing company in Marin County for your specific needs and priorities, make sure they are still licensed in good standing with a C36 license for plumbing contractors in Marin County CA. 
(All plumbing companies in Marin County bearing the Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already had their license verified by research staff at The Prime Buyer's Report.)    

 

 

Resources About Plumbers in Marin County 

The following is a list of key resources for the plumbers and plumbing companies in Marin County.

Licensing & Trade Organizations Related to Plumbers in Marin County
ABPA American Backflow Prevention Association (http://www.abpa.org/)
ASPE American Society of Plumbing Engineers (http://www.aspe.org/)
AWWA American Water Works Association (http://www.awwa.org/)
BBB Better Business Bureau (www.bbb.com)
CANVAWWA California-Nevada Section American Water Works Association (http://www.ca-nv-awwa.org/)
CSLB Contractors State Licensing Board (http://www.cslb.ca.gov/)
CWA California Water Association (http://www.calwaterassn.com/)
DCA California Department of Consumer Affairs (www.dca.ca.gov)
Diamond Certified www.diamondcertified.org
PHCC Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association (http://www.phccweb.org/)
PTA Pipe Trades Association (http://www.pipeta.org/)
UA The United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters (http://www.ua.org/)
WPC World Plumbing Council (http://www.worldplumbing.org/)



Media & Web Resources for Master Plumbers and Certified Plumbers
P&HE Magazine
Plumbing Engineer Magazine
Plumbing & Mechanical Magazine
Plumbing Standards Magazine
Plumbing Systems and Design Magazine


The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Plumbers in Marin County within the following zip codes:

94957, 94949, 94950, 94924, 94904, 94930, 94938, 94920, 94901, 94974, 94948, 94912, 94977, 94947, 94946, 94965, 94903, 94964, 94963, 94929, 94914, 94973, 94937, 94941, 94940, 94956, 94979, 94915, 94976, 94945, 94971, 94933, 94960, 94970, 94925, 94942, 94939, 94978, 94913 and 94966

 

 



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Miller Plumbing Bolinas CA 94924

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Ross Plumbing Corte Madera CA 94925

Plumbing Companies Fairfax CA
Benjamin Franklin Plumbing Fairfax CA 94978
Diebel Plumbing Fairfax CA 94930
O'Connell Plumbing Fairfax CA 94978

Plumbing Companies Greenbrae CA
Rooter-Man Plumbing Greenbrae CA 94904

Plumbing Companies Kentfield CA
Starving Plumbers Kentfield CA 94914

Plumbing Companies Mill Valley CA
ICCI Mill Valley CA 94941
Stanley Searles the Plumber Mill Valley CA 94942
Wimmer Plumbing Mill Valley CA 94941
Zak Plumbing Mill Valley CA 94942

Plumbing Companies Novato CA
Baswell Plumbing Novato CA 94948
Bragg Plumbing Novato CA 94949
Carl J Augusto Plumbing Novato CA 94945
Clear Flow Plumbing Novato CA 94949
Gene Burch Plumbing Novato CA 94949
Gleason Plumbing Service Novato CA 94947
Greg the Drain Man Novato CA 94945
Hiebel Plumbing Novato CA 94949
J Pontes Plumbing Novato CA 94947
Levy Co Novato CA 94945
Marin Plumbing Brian Cooke Ent Novato CA 94948
Marin Plumbing Novato CA 94949
Plumbing Connection Novato CA 94947
Premier Plumbing Novato CA 94948
RCA Plumbing Novato CA 94949
Rooter-Man Novato CA 94948
Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Drain Novato CA 94945
S Waters Plumbing Novato CA 94948
SE Cervantes Novato CA 94945
Travis Plumbing Novato CA 94947
Underhill Plumbing Novato CA 94949

Plumbing Companies Point Reyes Station CA
West Marin Plumbing Point Reyes Station CA 94956

Plumbing Companies San Anselmo CA
Daggett Plumbing San Anselmo CA 94979
Dorius & MacCarthy Plumbing San Anselmo CA 94979
Grier Argall Plumbing San Anselmo CA 94979
Mason Plumbing San Anselmo CA 94979
Ongaro & Sons San Anselmo CA 94960
San Anselmo Plumbing San Anselmo CA 94979
Streckfus Plumbing San Anselmo CA 94960
Ted Perez Plumbing San Anselmo CA 94960
Wilson's Plumbing San Anselmo CA 94960

Plumbing Companies San Rafael CA
A&J Plumbing San Rafael CA 94901
Absolute Leak Detection & Plumbing San Rafael CA 94903
Ace Drain & Plumbing San Rafael CA 94912
Affordable Plumbing San Rafael CA 94903
All American Plumbing San Rafael CA 94903
Ameso's Plumbing San Rafael CA 94901
Caron Plumbing San Rafael CA 94913
Certified Plumbing San Rafael CA 94903
City Front Plumbing San Rafael CA 94901
Classic Plumbing San Rafael CA 94901
Denny's House of Plumbing San Rafael CA 94903
Doke's Plumbing San Rafael CA 94915
Ducor Plumbing San Rafael CA 94915
Gotelli Plumbing San Rafael CA 94901
Jeffrey Deehan Plumbing San Rafael CA 94901
Kiwi Plumbing San Rafael CA 94901
Lehmann Plumbing San Rafael CA 94901
Marin County Plumbing Service San Rafael CA 94903
Marin County Plumbing San Rafael CA 94903
Marin Mechanical Contractors San Rafael CA 94901
Mike Testa Plumbing Inc San Rafael CA 94903
More Plumbing San Rafael CA 94912
North Bay Plumbing San Rafael CA 94912
Northern Marin Plumbing San Rafael CA 94901
Ostaggi Plumbing San Rafael CA 94901
P Femenia & Sons Plumbing San Rafael CA 94901
Peter Levi Plumbing San Rafael CA 94901
Plumbing Repair Specialists San Rafael CA 94912
Sdl Plumbing San Rafael CA 94912
Tarantino Plumbing San Rafael CA 94901
Taratnino Plumbing San Rafael CA 94903
Three R Plumbing San Rafael CA 94903

Plumbing Companies Sausalito CA
Burkell Plumbing Sausalito CA 94966

Plumbing Companies Woodacre CA
Absoluteleak Detection & Plumbing Woodacre CA 94973