When you have a plumbing crisis in your home- whether that’s a clogged pipe or a major leak- it’s crucial to hire a licensed plumber. You may be tempted to hire a handyman or ask for help from a family member or friend. While they may be willing to help, we’re talking about a major component of your home and the wrong equipment or lack of experience could end up escalating the issue and costing you money. Our licensed plumbers have the right experience, tools, and equipment to complete almost any plumbing services in Birmingham, AL and surrounding communities. We’re not trying to hate on your handyman or cousin, we’re only trying to point out the necessity for a professional to handle something as serious as the plumbing system in your home. Here are 5 reasons why you should go with a licensed Plumb One plumber instead of a handyman:
1. Qualification and Knowledge
Being a plumber requires a license and/or certain certifications through the Alabama Plumbers and Gas Fitters Examining Board and sometimes even locally. Training requirements vary from state to state, but you can be sure of one thing- a certified plumber is more qualified than an unlicensed plumber. Additionally, they’ve spent hours and hours working as apprentices to learn the best (and right) practices.
Alabama has 3 different plumbing certifications- apprentice, journeyman, and master. Getting a Journeyman certification requires 2 years of being an apprentice under a Journeyman or Master Plumber. And a Master Plumber must be a Journeyman plumber for at least a year to be able to take the test.
In addition, licensed plumbers undergo ongoing training to stay up-to-date with the newest products and technologies, unlike your friend or family member. They’re also aware of building codes and will make sure all plumbing work carried out on your property is in accordance with state and county regulations. So it’s clear to see that a licensed plumber has been properly tested, trained, and prepared for any plumbing problem.
2. Legal Permission
A plumbing license certifies that the plumber is properly educated and trained, and it also certifies that they are legally allowed to provide plumbing services. Here in Alabama, you must be licensed to perform any type of plumbing work. If you hire a handyman or your uncle, it’s not necessarily illegal, but if you come across a company that’s not licensed, you need to ask yourself if it is worth the risk to hire them if they couldn’t pass the requirements to get their license.
This one is so so important- an unlicensed plumber, plumbing company, or your friend who likes plumbing stuff, will be uninsured. “Uninsured” equals “liability” — you’ll be liable to pay medical bills and lost wages if they get injured while working on your property. Similarly, if something happens to your plumbing system or home due to the uninsured party. Hopefully you have good coverage… On the other hand, licensed plumbers are insured and carry liability coverage so you won’t have to worry about anything, should something happen to your property or to the contractor. Typically, licensure requires a minimum general liability insurance for plumbing contractors. It’s always okay to ask for proof of insurance before work begins.
Trust Our Licensed Team for Plumbing Services in Birmingham, AL
Since whoever you’ve hired for plumbing work will take care of the important parts of your home- pipes, water heaters, toilets, and drains- you can’t ignore the importance of hiring a good, licensed company. The benefits of hiring a licensed plumber over an unlicensed one are clear. When making the important decision on who to hire, consider licensure and insurance first! You’ll be glad you did!