Every home or business needs a licensed plumber from time to time. Perhaps you need an upgrade to a kitchen or bathroom, or there is a clog or water leak that needs an urgent fix to avoid flooding and water damage. This is the time when you need a licensed plumber with the skills, experience, and specialized tools to get the job done right the first time. In this article, we will illustrate why it’s important to hire a licensed plumber to work on your plumbing system.
Hiring a “Handyman” to Work on Your Plumbing
Every homeowner and business manager wants to get the best value for their dollar, and we live in an extremely competitive time. So, in order to reduce costs, many people hire an unlicensed handyman that will work for cheap. This may seem like a smart move, but it isn’t worth the initial outlay, and you may even spend more in the future. It’s always a better idea to hire a licensed plumber to work on your home or business, and in this article, we will show you five main reasons why in more detail.
- Always Consider Potential Liability Issues
In an ideal world, all work would be carried out to a high standard, and there would be no problems to worry about after the job is completed. Sadly, this isn’t the case, and if you use an unlicensed plumber to work on your plumbing system, you may be creating a number of problems for yourself later on. An unlicensed plumber is unlikely to comply with the state requirements or any other industry standard for that matter. The nature of unlicensed workers is to cut corners; this can lead to faulty work and poor quality materials. The results of poor quality work could lead to legal issues with neighbors, tenants, or employees. The only way to guarantee that your plumbing work will be up to code is to use a licensed plumber to carry out the work. This will prevent any potential infrastructure and health problems that could arise, and the job will be completed correctly the first time.
- Safety Should be the Number One Priority
During and after renovation or other emergency work, the number one priority should always be safety. A well trained licensed plumber understands all of the risks associated with carrying out high quality plumbing work. An untrained, unlicensed handyman may be unable to assess risk, and this can lead to unsafe working practices. The issue of safety doesn’t end when the installation is finished, or the repair is completed. If a plumbing job is carried out incorrectly, it can lead to hidden water leaks where mold is encouraged to grow. This is bad for any person’s health, but it’s particularly dangerous for people with existing breathing issues, and it can trigger allergic reactions. Also, water leaks can create rot in a floor or wall, and this can weaken the structural integrity in that area leading to falls and damage. Poorly installed sections of pipe can lead to water quality and sewage issues leading to poor health in the home or business.
- The Quality of Work is Important
When a person wants to become a licensed plumber, they must undergo a period of specialized training under the guidance of experienced plumbing technicians. Keeping up to date with all the required certifications and ongoing plumbing experience all build an impressive level of knowledge on plumbing systems. This helps the licensed plumber to quickly identify and resolve a wide variety of plumbing issues. A professional plumber will have up to date knowledge on the best ways to conserve water and save energy in your home. An unlicensed plumber doesn’t have this experience to draw upon, and it can take them a long time to located and attempt to fix a problem. In many cases, they don’t fix an underlying issue, and the plumbing problem will be back again in the near future. A licensed plumber will be bonded and insured for the work they carry out in your home and business to protect you if something does go wrong.
- Your Peace of Mind is Important
It’s extremely hard to put a price on the peace of mind of any person. If you want to feel good about a plumbing repair or installation carried out in your home, it’s important to use a licensed plumber. If you have a problem with the plumbing work that’s been carried out, a licensed plumber will return to fix the problem at no extra cost. They will have insurance in case something does go drastically wrong, and they will be easy to get hold of in a crisis. The same cannot be said for an unlicensed handyman, and in many cases, they disappear as soon as they have your money. If you want to relax and have peace of mind after a plumbing job has been completed, hire a local licensed plumber with a good reputation.
- “Saving Money” with DIY Plumbing?
In recent years we have seen an increase in the popularity of DIY as a hobby. Developing new skills is important and rewarding, and this is a great way to carry out projects on your home. But, there are certain areas that should be tackled by a professional, and plumbing is one of those specialized fields. If you make a mistake on a plumbing project, it will waste money if a professional needs to step in to fix the problems. But, that isn’t the only potential problem; after all, a plumbing mistake can lead to leaks, these may not be noticeable right away, and water damage is extremely expensive to fix. DIY plumbing may sound like a great way to save money, but in many cases, it’s more expensive than hiring a local licensed plumber.
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By Giovanni Longo President Flood Brothers Plumbing
Giovanni Longo is a 3rd generation master plumber who has been practicing his craft and trade in the greater Los Angeles area for well over a decade and a half. A plumbing and hydraulics-engineering innovator, Giovanni’s particular world-class expertise focuses on dealing with challenging sewer system designs as well as resolving complex commercial and residential draining issues. As a certified Flood Mitigation expert, he is also well versed in a wide variety of water damage and remediation solution.