It takes a great deal of skill, knowledge, and experience to be a plumber, that’s why hiring a licensed plumber versus an unlicensed one is so important. To become licensed, you need specific credentials and skills. These skills ensure that when a licensed plumber does work for you, they’re fixing the problem, not making it worse.
When it comes to one of the most intricate parts of your home, your plumbing system, you shouldn’t gamble. Improper plumbing can cause water damage and even mold that can negatively impact your home for years to come.
If you hire someone who is not licensed to do your plumbing repairs, the chances are that you will have to have it redone soon. The DIY or amateur repair will have to be redone by an experienced plumber. This means you will have to pay for the same job twice.
In some cases, the second repair can cost more than it initially would have. If any damage occurs because of the unlicensed worker, the next plumber you hire will have to repair that as well. If water damage occurs, the new bill could easily be double what it would have been.
In addition to the cost, plumbing can be hazardous to your health if the plumbing is done incorrectly. You and your family can come in contact with waste and other hazardous materials if the line isn’t secure.
To become a plumber in Florida, you have to go through an in-depth process to get your license. You must go through training as well as an apprenticeship so that you can learn from an experienced plumber.
You have to pass the Florida Plumbing Contactor exam and the Business and Financial Management exam. There is also a background check. A stranger may be coming into your home, but you will know you and your family are safe. The plumber will be held to ethical standards.
To get a license, you’ll also need four years of experience, proof of financial stability, and 14 hours of continuing education every two years. This helps keep plumbers up to date on the latest information, technology, systems, and safety protocol.
Most importantly, as a licensed plumber, you need general liability insurance in case something goes wrong. If you hire an unlicensed plumber, it’s possible your insurance won’t pay for any damage they cause.
While it’s never a promise that the work of a plumber will happen without problems or setbacks, you are guaranteed that a plumber will handle any setbacks safely and professionally. You can also be sure that any mishandling done by the plumber didn’t cause the setbacks.
Plumbers must follow strict guidelines for their license, but they also have to follow code regulations when it comes to your plumbing system. These codes ensure that your plumbing stays up to date. They also enforce a standard practice, so your plumbing system is in the best shape possible.
Plumbing and sanitation codes are also an important way to keep your family safe. They’re what prevent you from being exposed to hazardous matter and materials. If you’re exposed to waste, especially if you’re exposed on a regular basis, it’s possible you will come in contact with several different kinds of bacteria and viruses.
Some of these bacteria and viruses include e-Coli and salmonella. If the plumber doesn’t follow proper plumbing regulations, they could expose your family to these dangerous pathogens without even knowing it. Hiring an unlicensed plumber isn’t worth the risk.
By hiring a licensed plumber, you will be saving yourself time and money. If you live in South Florida and need a plumber, give us a call at 1-888-773-1524 today to schedule an appointment. Our specialists at Art Rooter, Sewer & Drain Cleaning, are licensed professionals. We offer top-quality rooter service and will have your problem fixed in no time.