Your home’s plumbing system plays a vital role in your daily life, even though you likely don’t think about it much when it’s functioning properly. However!: when plumbing issues arise, they arise and can easily disrupt your daily routine and cause general mayhem at the homestead.
Sometimes brave, enterprising, curious (etc.) homeowners are compelled to attempt DIY repairs, but frankly, this often leads to improper fixes and/or further damage. Hiring a licensed plumber provides assurance that the job will be done correctly and efficiently, minimizing risks and ensuring peace of mind—where you really need it most…
Read along below to learn more about the considerable benefits of hiring a licensed plumber.
Their Knowledge and Expertise
Licensed plumbers have undergone extensive training and apprenticeship programs, accumulating thousands of hours of experience under the guidance of experienced professionals before obtaining their license. This comprehensive training equips them with the necessary skills and knowledge to handle a wide range of plumbing projects and scenarios. -Suffice it to say that, long prior to arriving at your home, a licensed plumber has seen—and fixed—it all.
Their Professional Qualifications
Of necessity, licensed plumbers must possess a range of essential qualifications beyond rote knowledge of what tool to use for what part and how; a multifaceted education is part and parcel of the plumber’s path, along with the critical thinking acumen to intuitively apply their knowledge. They must demonstrate proficiency in math and mechanics but also possess (e.g.) the manual dexterity to “convert” these disciplines into actual problem-solving skills. Such qualifications ensure that licensed plumbers have the necessary expertise to effectively assess and address any plumbing issues at any time.
Their Licensing Process
The process of becoming a licensed plumber varies from state to state, but a general outline can be described easily enough. Once apprenticeship requirements are fulfilled, plumbers can apply for their license through the state contractor’s board. The licensing process typically includes a criminal background check, additional training requirements, a comprehensive plumbing contractor exam, registration of their business name, proof of commercial liability insurance, and some form/amount of mandatory annual continuing education.
Their Protection and Accountability
Licensed plumbers are required to carry liability insurance as a prerequisite for licensure. This insurance safeguards both you and your home in case of any mishaps or damage during the plumbing repair process. Hiring a licensed pro ensures that you are protected and have recourse in the event of any unforeseen issues.
Risks of Hiring Unlicensed Plumbers
Opting for an unlicensed plumber exposes homeowners to various risks and potential problems. For instance:
- Legal Consequences: Many states have laws prohibiting the hiring of unlicensed contractors. By hiring an unlicensed plumber, you may unknowingly subject yourself to legal repercussions, including persecution or involvement in criminal or civil cases related to the unlicensed individual.
- Health and Safety Concerns: Incorrect plumbing repairs can pose health risks, cause severe injuries, or lead to extensive property damage. Unlicensed plumbers are more likely to make mistakes or behave unethically, compromising the safety and well-being of your home and family.
Before hiring a professional plumber, be sure to verify their state plumbing license, liability insurance, workers’ compensation insurance, and bonding. Most states provide websites for contractor verification, and you can also consult organizations like the Better Business Bureau or the Consumer Protection Agency online for information regarding any complaints, pending lawsuits, et al.
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Call Mahon Plumbing Today
If you still have more questions regarding your plumbing, we here at Mahon Plumbing are here to help. We have been serving the wider Baltimore area since 1994, so we have 25 years of experience to back up our fantastic service! Call us at our Baltimore location at 410-766-8566 or our Pasadena location at 410-636-7944. Be sure to keep up with us on social media by following us on Facebook or Twitter.