1.Make sure the area the Plumbing is going to work in is clear of debris or hazards chemicals and cleaners. Remove boxes or any books furniture also that may be in the way. Why because some Plumbers will not work in hazards condition and If they do have to move every thing in the way out of the way to make plumbing work area safe and clean it will cost Plumbing rates or more.
2.Your kids are very cute, but please make sure your child or children are not in the way of the plumber and not playing with the plumbers tools, YES! this happens. A plumber would love to answer all your kids question after all the plumber is on the clock.
3.Please any animals dogs cats etc. I love animals my self , but put your animals away when the plumber is there. You never know some plumbers may be allergic to animal.
Dont help the Plumber unless he or she ask. Although your gesture is very much appreciated its just that some time home owner may be in the way and make the job more difficult. As Plumber I know you want to be helpful and we are grateful for you kindness.
4.Following the Plumber all around the house not a good idea. Even the best plumber needs to focus on he or she job. When the costumer is following plumber around the house and talking it makes it hard for the plumber to concentrate on what he or she should be doing. We love to answer all your question, but this should be done before the job starts. Its kind of like a back seat driver or some one reading over your shoulders.
5.Before the Plumber starts. Give the plumber some history of the problem if you can, be honest about the problem if you worked on it before the plumber got there thats OK we all do it. I work in my car before I go to the Auto shop and Im not a car mechanic Im trying to save money like you it happens whats done is done. Who knows you just may not have had the time to wait for the plumber. The more you tell the truth about the problem the faster the plumber can fix it. Ask your question before the plumber starts not after the job is done.
6.Know were your water or gas cut off is. Yes the Plumber can find it but if you want to get the plumber in and out fast and cut down on you hourly rate know as much about your plumbing has possible. Time is enemy dont let it get away.