Don’t Cut Corners, Hire a Licensed Plumber
Would you send your kids to a school with an unlicensed teacher? Would you want an unlicensed doctor prescribing medicine to you? Probably not. The same goes with plumbing problems. If the issue is something that can’t be easily fixed on your own, then it’s time to call in a professional.
Many people want to cut corners by hiring an unlicensed plumber, but they end up finding cutting corners does even more damage (and costs more) in the long run. Here’s why you need to avoid unnecessary risks and use a licensed plumber when issues arise:
Hiring a licensed plumber like the trained experts at Allen Plumbing ensures that your plumbing appliances and materials are safe. There are plenty of things that can go wrong and cause property damage and as a result become very dangerous. Ensuring safe operation of all your plumbing appliances depends heavily on a trained expert’s inspection and work.
Ensuring Good Craftsmanship
Reconsider the school or doctor comparisons above. It doesn’t seem like cutting corners with something as important as plumbing is the way to go. Hiring a licensed plumber gives you the peace of mind that an experienced and knowledgeable professional is working for you. If you need a plumbing appliance fixed, replaced or installed a licensed plumber will demonstrate professional work and craftsmanship in every aspect of the job.
In addition to accreditation, it’s important that your plumber is insured to work in homes or commercial buildings in your area. Usually, licensure requires at minimum general liability insurance for contractors working on plumbing. This helps to protect you in case any damage occurs on your property. It’s smart to ask a plumbing company for proof of insurance before it sends someone over to you, just so you can be sure.
Protect Your Warranty
You may have a warranty on some or all of your plumbing appliances. For example, your water heater likely has a warranty on it. If you use an unlicensed plumber, that warranty can be voided. The requirement that you hire a licensed plumber for installations and repairs may be written in the appliances’ manual. But if something should go wrong with the appliance, the manufacturer may deny warranty repairs unless the appliance was professionally installed.
Avoiding Risks Of Using An Unlicensed Plumber
Using an unlicensed plumber can make your problems much worse. You could end up paying a lot more than you should and could even put your family in danger. Using an unlicensed plumber can put you at risk for the following:
- Water, oxygen or gas leaks
- Incomplete or dangerous repairs
- Taking too long to do the job
- Overcharging for the job
- No insurance in the event of a problem
- Exposure to dangerous chemicals
- Damage to drains, water lines, and sewer
Here are some questions you may want to ask when considering which plumber to hire:
- Are you licensed?
- Do you carry general liability and worker’s compensation insurance?
- Do you guarantee your work?
- Do you have any customer references in writing or online?
- Will you provide me with written lien contracts?
- Do you belong to any professional organizations?
- Do you pull all required permits?
Avoid The Risk, Make It Allen Plumbing
Hiring an unlicensed plumber can lead to disaster – in more ways than one. Go with a company that puts the customer first, and that includes sending a professional craftsman with the proper credentials.
Allen Plumbing has been a staple in residential and commercial plumbing in Indianapolis since 1963. Contact us today or call us at 317-912-1740 for a licensed plumber to take care of the job right the first time!