A plumbing system is one of the most crucial components of your home. When it’s working, it’s probably the last thing you think about. However, when it fails— daily routines are interrupted. After all, when toilets back up— mayhem sets in.
Homeowners will go to great lengths to restore their plumbing service as soon as possible. Some even attempt to make the repairs on their own. This can lead to improper repairs and extensive damage to homes.
Hiring a licensed plumber does not guarantee that everything will go smoothly during a plumbing repair. However, it does provide you with increased assurance that the person doing the job carries the knowledge and expertise for the project. Why?
- Licensed plumbers spend thousands of hours in apprenticeship programs. This helps them learn the skills necessary for the trade from experienced and licensed plumbers before ever getting a license.
- Professional plumbers must be proficient in math, mechanics and manual dexterity. They must also possess acute problem-solving skills.
The process to become a licensed plumber varies from state to state. Once they complete the required hours in an apprenticeship program, they are eligible to apply for their license through the state contractor’s board. To obtain their license, they must:
- Pass a criminal background check
- Complete any additional training requirements
- Pass a lengthy plumbing contractor exam
- Register and file their business name
- Provide proof of commercial liability insurance to the board
- Complete annual continuing education required by the board
Since one of the prerequisites of becoming a licensed plumber is liability insurance, you and your home are protected against any plumbing mishaps or damage incurred during the plumbing repair.
Hiring an unlicensed plumber carries several risks for the unsuspecting homeowner:
- Many states have laws against hiring unlicensed contractors. This means you could be subjected to persecution or become a participant in criminal or civil cases involving the unlicensed individual.
- Incorrect plumbing repairs can be harmful to your health or cause severe injury and/or extensive property damage.
- Unlicensed plumbers are more likely to make plumbing mistakes and/or behave in an unethical manner.
Before hiring a professional plumber, verify their state plumbing license, liability insurance as well as workers compensation insurance. In addition, make sure they are bonded. Many states maintain websites dedicated to contractor verification. You can also contact the Better Business Bureau or the Consumer Protection Agency to inquire about complaints and pending lawsuits.
For answers to any additional questions you may have, contact The Pink Plumber today.
Image Source: Flickr