Have you ever been in a situation when you need a plumber quick? Hiring professional plumbing services can be tricky because not all plumbers are licensed.
What does that mean? It means there may be consequences in choosing a licensed vs unlicensed plumber.
What happens if you hire an unlicensed contractor?
While it may be a lot cheaper to use an unlicensed contractor for simple things like replacing a water heater, chances are you won’t have any protection from your insurance company if things aren’t up to par. Here are 5 risks of using an unlicensed plumber:
1. Lack of proper training
Licensed plumbers go through a rigorous program to ensure they have the education and training from the state. They must also pass an exam that proves they are knowledgeable and able to handle certain tasks. Codes and other criteria consistently change over time, so licensed plumbers have an obligation to keep up with local, state, and federal codes and regulations.
Unlicensed plumbers — you guessed it — don’t!
2. It can cost you double
One of the risks of plumbing without a license is the quality of work being delivered. There may be a new pipe or different standard for material based on code updates, and an unlicensed plumber may not know about it. Unlicensed plumbing work can be shoddy. If the job isn’t done correctly, the owner will have to pay a licensed plumber to come to fix the error, causing you to double the time and money spent on this project. An unlicensed contractor may cause any warranties on the products purchased for the job to be null and void.
3. Deceiving Promises
The risks of plumbing without a license are significant. Do your due diligence before hiring.
Don’t just go to the Yellow Pages to find a plumber. Anybody can make an appealing ad, but that doesn’t mean they are legitimate. In this industry, it’s easy for a plumber who develops a poor reputation to advertise under a different name.
Look for a plumber who is well established in the community. Check the Better Business Bureau, read customer reviews at sites such as ServiceMagic.com, AngiesList.com, or Citysearch.com.
4. Increases your liability
Generally, unlicensed plumbers are uninsured. That means if they are hurt on your property while illegally fixing something, you may be liable for their medical bills. A licensed plumber has liability coverage and will cover their own injuries.
5. No certifications can mean lower standards
A licensed plumber has the permission of the regulatory agency of their state behind them, certifying they are able to perform everything required by a general plumbing contractor. Although you can report an unlicensed plumber and they may be penalized, the stakes are much higher for a licensed contractor, as they will not only incur fines but maybe in jeopardy of losing their license.
Additional Tips to Consider
- Always ask for the license. You want to see it and be able to look up the number to make sure it’s legitimate and know they have the education.
- Read the reviews. You’ll find out how the contractor works with others, how they treat their customers, their pricing, and the quality of their work.
- Never pay in full upfront. If you are working with a general contractor and they want all the money upfront, sound the alarm. Why are you paying for contracting work that hasn’t been started? They may require a deposit on the work to be done, but paying upfront leaves the door open for the job to never get completed.
Platinum Plumbing Can Help
Don’t put yourself through unnecessary stress. The team at Platinum Plumbing is licensed and insured, guaranteeing quality work from start to finish. With upfront and honest pricing, you’ll know what you’re getting and for how much without consistent changes or hidden fees throughout the project.
The time, knowledge, and expertise needed to become a licensed plumber in the state of New York are tedious, but you’ll know you’re getting someone who can get the job done. We take pride in knowing our team has put in the work and dedication to get those licenses and is able to service our clients in a higher capacity.
For more information on how Platinum Plumbing’s team can assist in Staten Island, contact us for a free estimate and save 10% by booking the appointment online.