When a plumbing problem strikes, many homeowners are quick to think that it is going to be a simple fix and try to patch up the issue by themselves. However, when you have limited experience and understanding of plumbing, a DIY job is an unnecessary risk. The same risk applies to hiring an unlicensed plumber. In most cases, an unlicensed plumber is not equipped with the knowledge nor the credentials to work on any part of your plumbing system.
Despite there being a myriad of people who call themselves handymen (and women) with skills to perform small tasks, you need to hire licensed plumbers to have problems dealt with properly. Here are a number of reasons why you should use a licensed plumber.
- There is no way to prove that an unlicensed plumber has the level of expertise required to complete the job.
- Hiring an unlicensed plumber can void warranties and even get you in trouble with the law. While it is not illegal to hire someone who is unlicensed to assist with plumbing problems, you should also be aware that there are consequences for fraudulent and deceptive business practices. Should something happen during the project that you want recompense for, you might not be able to get it. A licensed professional plumber will handle all matters with complete legality.
- Unlicensed plumbers will put your household and family at risk. For example, if you hire something who is inexperienced, they may not repair the problem fully, and the issue to worsen overtime without you noticing. Then, you have to deal with a much larger and more expensive problem.
- Unlicensed plumbers are usually unlicensed for a reason. They cannot be trusted. These people can treat you unethically—scamming you or stealing from your home. This is because an unlicensed individual is not obligated to make reports to a regulation board.
- Licensed plumbing professionals will have the correct tools and experience with using those tools while unlicensed plumbers will not. Training is important, and only those who have completed training can become licensed. Furthermore, plumbing tools are expensive, so only a professional is likely to have access to said tools.
- An unlicensed plumber may end up spending more time trying to repair something than a licensed plumber, thus costing more due to increased labor. On the other hand, licensed plumbers are trained to complete work as promptly and correctly as possible, so they cannot charge anymore than what is necessary.
- Licensed professionals usually have at least 10 years of experience in their field. You will find that most licensed plumbers have completed continuing education and may even have specializations, making them more knowledgeable than those with less education and experience.
In the end, you should use a licensed plumber because they save you both time and money. Unlicensed plumbers come with a bunch of risks, and there is no guarantee they will do as promised. Trust a professional to do the job right and ethically.