Plumbers aren't necessarily the toughest tradesmen or tradeswomen to track down but they are certainly one of the most heavily scrutinized. Bad industry practices include charging for bait and switch tactics like charging for inferior parts, bringing in unnecessary sub-contractors, charging higher rates for the first hour, low-balling estimates to get in the front door and giving quotes sight-unseen. The rule of thumb is always get a quote after the plumber has inspected the issue at hand and try to get it in writing! At Contractors.com we review plumbers based on crowdsourced research done by our content team. We look at consumer experience, trustworthiness, value and how many years they've been in the business. Here are some of the top plumbers we've selected from the Seattle, Washington area:

1. ZesBro Plumbing

This local company has been serving the Greater Seattle area since 2011 with a nearly spotless consumer experience record. Estimates are given based on the job at hand instead of hourly with some additional charges for weekend work. They specialize in commercial, residential, remodels, new construction, rough in, trim, special orders, water heaters, sewer lines, leaky faucets, toilets, burst pipes and just about any other plumbing jobs you can think of. Some people have complained about slow response times from Zesbro Plumbing but that's likely because they're in such high demand.

2. Joe's Plumbing

This small company started back in 2009 and has quickly risen to be one of the shining stars of Seattle plumbing. Held up in high accord for their dedication to professionalism and cleanliness. One consideration before calling Joe's Plumbing is that they do charge at a fixed rate of $30 per quarter hour and tout that this is the lowest rate in town (which is up for debate). Service calls for minor fixes are $25 which is very reasonable. Their payment system is simple and easy to understand and they even have an online scheduling tool so you can make an appointment 24/7.

3. Whitelaw Plumbing

They've only been around a few years but Whitelaw Plumbing has already been hailed for it's passion for plumbing. Consumer's have gone on and on about how happy they were with their service and stating that they exceeded expectation, going out of their way to make the customer happy. If you're looking for someone who is going to understand all your needs for that upcoming bathroom remodel Ben at Whitelaw Plumbing is your guy. Attention to detail and dedication to getting the job done are paramount for this small Seattle company.

4. Butterfield Plumbing

Herb Butterfield started Butterfield Plumbing in 2010 and has been providing his expertise to the Greater Seattle Area with great integrity. His no non-sense approach and the get the job done attitude makes him a great choice for looking for prompt service. Baring in mind that it is a small company and getting an appointment with Butterfield isn't always easy, but when you do you know you're being provided with someone who knows what they're doing. The small accomplished team at Butterfield Plumbing knows their field just about better than anybody in the city. This company also provides 24/7 emergency service (at additional cost).

5. Fritz's Drain Service

This specialty plumbing company has been serving the greater Seattle area since 1996. One of the big advantages of going to a drain specialist like Fritz's Drain Service is that you can trust when you have a drain issue their experts will have likely come across it before. If you're having problems side sewers, sink lines, roof drains, driveway drains, showers,  toilets or downspouts then there's no question who you've gotta call. Because this is a slightly more established company you can be assured that their telephone dispatch service will always answer the phone during business hours and you won't be left calling every plumber in the phonebook!

6. Green Planet Plumbing

This local company is eager to please! Since 2006 Green Planet Plumbing has been providing service in a number of areas including commercial, residential, sewer service, sump pump service, tankless water heater installation, water heaters and water lines. Many customers have admired their pleasant demeanour and willingness to go beyond expectations. A bonus is that Green Planet is open 24/7 and ready to serve in emergencies.

7. Mike's Plumbing and Drain Cleaning

This small family based company in Edmonds, Washington has been serving the Greater Seattle and Snohomish County Area for the past 14 years. Customers recommend Mike's Plumbing and Drain Cleaning based on their very competitive prices and speed. If you're having trouble finding a plumber closer to you then Mike's might be the best option. They are usually booked a week out but have recently taken on more staff to meet the high demand for quality plumbing service in the area. Mike's provides service to water heaters, pipes, faucets, water lines, drains and much more.

8.  Premier Plumbing and Mechanical

Premier Plumbing and Mechanical has only been around since 2013 but has yet to tarnish their customer record. These guys are still hungry and will offer competitive prices and prompt service. Based in Kirkland, Jesse of Premier Plumbing almost always provides a same day call back which is more than what can be said for most plumbing companies in the area. Be sure to call these guys if you're looking for reliable and affordable service.