Choose a Licensed, Insured, and Bonded Plumber

October 19, 2016

You can do this simply by asking to see proof rather than just assuming the plumber is licensed.

When looking for a plumber, it’s important not to hire just any Joe Schmo who says he can do plumbing. Although there might be a few plumbing tasks that are do-it-yourself, big jobs should be left to a licensed plumber. A shoddy plumbing job can cause significant property damage or even pose a health risk to your family, which is why it’s important to choose a skilled, licensed professional to work on your pipes. The best way to ensure that a plumber is qualified and trustworthy is to confirm that they are a licensed and bonded plumbing contractor in your area.

You can do this simply by asking to see proof rather than just assuming the plumber is licensed. The difference between a licensed and unlicensed plumber could end up costing you a lot of money and grief in the long run.

Licensed vs. Unlicensed

A plumbing license is a certificate that a plumber has sufficient education and training and can legally offer plumbing services in your state. It also means that the plumber is accountable to the regulatory board that issues the license and can be held liable for violating its rules. Licensed plumbers also generally have to prove they participate in ongoing education to stay up-to-date on plumbing regulations in order to remain licensed with the board. Hiring an unlicensed plumber means that you have no guarantee that they completed any of the necessary training to install plumbing that’s reliable and up to code. When hiring an unlicensed plumber, you are putting your property and even your health at risk.

Insured vs. Bonded

After choosing a licensed plumber, you then need to be sure they are both insured and bonded. Ask the plumber to see proof of commercial liability insurance and a surety bond before allowing him or her to perform the plumbing services. Commercial liability insurance ensures that if a problem occurs that is the fault of your plumber, it will help cover any claims related to property damage or bodily injury. However, it doesn’t cover all damages you may incur, which is where the surety bond comes in. A surety bond’s purpose is to cover additional expenses such as fixing shoddy work done by the contractor, or paying damages related to a contractor’s illegal practices.

Now you can see why choosing a plumber that is licensed, insured, and bonded is so important. It is also just as important to choose a plumber with a good reputation for quality workmanship. If you’re in the market for a plumber that meets all the above criteria, choose JTM Plumbing! JTM Plumbing employs a professional team of experienced, dedicated, and knowledgeable plumbers. Call us today at 402-203-6193!

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