Plumbing repairs can be costly, so when you need to call someone to handle repairs beyond your skill level, you may be tempted to choose a plumber based on price, rather than opt for someone you know is licensed. Or you may go with a friend of a friend, who came recommended to you. In either case, you may be buying trouble. For trouble-free, competent service in SWFL, contact the professionals at Plumbing Nerds.
Why Licensing is Important For Plumbers
Being licensed means that the plumber you hire is compelled to follow state or local codes so that they do not risk losing their license. The license also lists what the person is permitted to do. In 44 states, plumbers are licensed on the state level, while the other six (Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Pennsylvania and Wyoming) leave it to municipalities to require licensing.
While an unlicensed plumber may adequately do the work you need, they may unknowingly cause you harm by making improper connections and overlooking what is necessary to do to a safe and competent job. In the worst case, an unlicensed plumber may knowingly defraud you by overcharging you for sub-par work. By the time you realize you still have a problem, you may have to hire a licensed plumber to complete the job correctly.
What Characterizes a Licensed Plumber?
Having a license means that plumber has been educated at a trade or technical school, in addition to practical experience in the field. They have studied the codes and applied them under the supervision of a master plumber. When you hire a licensed professional, you have more guarantees that the work will be done correctly and to code, compared to a non licensed plumber.
- Licensed plumbers pull the permits from your local municipality and have the job inspected after completion to make sure it was done right.
- They have general liability insurance to protect you from damage and losses that you would sustain if they did not complete the job. Even a licensed plumber can cause accidental damage or make a mistake; the difference is that a licensed professional will take responsibility and rectify the situation to your satisfaction.
- They have worker’s compensation insurance for their work to prevent you from being responsible for injuries that occurred on your property.
- In addition, licensed contractors guarantee their work as their reputation is on the line.
How to Verify That You Are Hiring a Licensed Plumber
When you hire a plumber to do work in your home or at your business make sure to find out if they are licensed. They should be able to provide their license number and proof of insurance. You can verify with the state or municipality and with their insurance company that they have a current, active license, no claims against them, and the insurance they claim to have.
In SWFL, Plumbing Nerds has impeccable credentials as licensed plumbers who stand behind our work. We proudly display our license number on our website and can offer you the proof of insurance you need but can also provide you with hundreds of referrals from satisfied residential and commercial customers in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Naples, and nearby cities in the area.
Give us a call today at 239.471.7557 or schedule an appointment online. We provide routine and 24/7 emergency service for residential and commercial customers.