Why Hiring a Licensed Plumber is Important

Americans practice strange double standards. For instance, you pay premium prices for top-of-the-line bathroom fixtures but scrimp on installation costs by hiring your cousin who can barely wield a wrench. Using your cousin’s plumbing services may save $50 off the costs of hiring licensed professional plumbers, but improper installation can lead to problems that will cost you big bucks and major headaches.

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Plumbing appears to be an easy job, but it is really more complicated than it looks. It requires knowledge of materials, tools and systems such as drain lines, water lines, sewer and gas lines. It means understanding enough mechanics and math to fit the right parts together at correct angles and inclines as needed. It also means having problem-solving skills and manual dexterity to work in odd places and tight quarters.

For these reasons, becoming a licensed plumber requires training preferably through years of apprenticeship. Some states may require basic coursework prior to taking a licensing test. Other states require continuing education to stay updated on building codes, equipment upgrades and safety issues.

Insurance Issues

A licensed plumber is bonded and insured. This is a condition to maintaining a valid license in most states. The plumbing contractor’s liability insurance should account for damages that may result from doing the work in your home. If you ever had to file a claim against your homeowner’s insurance, note that there is usually a clause restricting payments for damages due to unlicensed contractor work. Some states have a residential recovery fund that would consider your claim for damages suffered if the contractor had a valid license.

For professional plumbing companies, workers’ compensation would be part of the benefits package. This means that your licensed plumber has his own coverage for job-related injuries.

Background Check

To qualify and maintain a license, your plumber has to pass a criminal background check, which is important for all contractors who will be given access to your home.

You should also check out the plumbers’ background on your own. Ask for a copy of their license, and call the number of the licensing board to verify its validity. It is especially helpful to ask for references, contact these references and look up the project if you are considering a plumber for your own big-budget project. Check for outstanding complaints filed with the Better Business Bureau or similar channels, and verify how complaints were resolved. A licensed professional cares about the quality of their work and their reputation in the community.

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