Why You Should Only Hire a Licensed Plumber

| December 17, 2017 | Plumbing

Sure, plumbing issues at your house can be too ridiculously easy. But the truth is, there isn’t a clear-cut answer for each and every plumbing issue. You might be able to find popular solutions for ordinary plumbing issues but there will still be times that you may contemplate hiring a licensed plumber to help with your would-be household plumbing problem.

In most tasks, it’s not necessary to do everything on your own – especially when it comes to protecting your family’s safety, sanity, and your peace of mind. Many clients try dealing with their plumbing problem on their own and end up making it into a weekend project. Unfortunately, that often backfires and they are left wondering if it’s too late to get a licensed plumber to help and deal fix it the right way.

There are many egregious errors that improperly trained plumbers (DIY dads, looking at you!) can cause. These can include but are not limited to creating a health risk for their family or significant property damage and loss. Oftentimes, the premier option is to have a licensed professional do the job. Because if it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right!

Benefits of Hiring a Licensed Plumber

Many homeowners hesitate due to the risk of additional costs, but there are many rewards in keeping a licensed and insured plumber on standby. Some benefits of hiring a licensed plumber for your home’s needs follow:

  • A plumber can see the inner workings of your home’s existing plumbing system. Much like certain medical fields, plumbing is an ever-growing body of knowledge and licensed plumbers take their credentials quite seriously. They actually take exams and keep up to date through continuing education on trends in plumbing, broadening their knowledge year by year. They can take your home’s plumbing drawings (if they exist), access procedures, and systems layouts that would not mean much to regular homeowners. You can trust they’ll know how to read and interpret any schematics dealing with plumbing in your home.
  • Hiring a licensed plumber can give you peace of mind when it comes to tasks you can’t handle DIY style. So, that shower cartridge wasn’t as easy as it looked in the YouTube video? Have no fear. Not all plumbing problems can be turned into a do-it-yourself project. If there’s an electrical problem, people will call an electrician, but if it’s plumbing, they always think they can DIY it because water won’t fry you like electricity will. This just isn’t true. Well, water won’t shock you, that’s true, but many plumbing issues are just as serious (if not more so) than electrical issues.
  • You should always consult a licensed plumber for home improvements and upgrades. You may be thinking about converting your water heater into a tankless. Or you could be thinking about finishing a basement bathroom full with a toilet, sink, and shower. There are very few unlicensed plumbers who are even qualified, much less that possess the know-how to complete these projects. Our plumbers can fill you in on the risks associated with doing big projects like this on your own.

Now that you’ll be hiring a licensed and insured professional for your plumbing requirements, be sure to check your plumber’s credentials. Their license number, among many other things, should not be hidden or obscured from view. Reviews online about them should also help you know what you may get for your money.