Why people should hire licensed plumber to do the job
The plumbing system in your home is one of the most important components of your home. In fact, you probably rarely think about it, until there’s a problem. When there is an issue, however, it can disrupt your day-to-day life in a myriad of ways.
Because of the disruption involved, homeowners will try to have the issue fixed as soon as possible, and often delve into the problem themselves. This, of course, can actually make matters worse. Some jobs are just better left to the professionals.
While hiring a licensed plumber is not a guarantee that the job will go smoothly, it does mean that a professional is on the job. That means training, experience, and credentials the average homeowner does not have. For instance, a licensed plumber has spent thousands of hours as an apprentice, learning the trade. They learn the skills and methods of the job from an experienced plumber before they get a license. They must also be good with math, mechanics, and with their hands. It’s a specific skill set, and licensed plumbers have it.
The process to become a licensed plumber varies from state to state, but they all must complete a required number of apprenticeship hours, and they must apply for a license through the state’s contractor’s board. Requirements include:
- 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
Requiring plumbers to carry liability insurance means that your home is protected, should something go wrong with the repair.
There are other reasons to hire a licensed plumber. Hiring an unlicensed contractor to do work could lead to legal problems. Several states have laws on the books prohibiting unlicensed contractors to complete jobs, meaning that you could be persecuted. Additionally, repairs that are done incorrectly can negatively impact your home and health. You may also be at risk for scam artists and poor workmanship.
Before hiring a plumber, you’ll want to verify that they’re licensed, have liability insurance, and worker’s compensation insurance. You may also want to check their reviews online, to see what other people have said about the plumber. Afterall, you’ll want the best work you can get for your home.
Plumbing experts in the Schererville, IN, area
If you’re looking for a licensed, professional plumber, or have any other plumbing questions for that matter, feel free to reach out to Reichelt Plumbing. Schedule an appointment today at (219) 322-4906.