We all take it for granted that everything in our homes works as it should; toilets are expected to flush, the shower works and sinks always drain – until they don’t. While you could easily fix the simple plumbing issues that tend to crop up over time, that may not always be the norm. Even the most skilled homeowners eventually find a problem they are simply unable to deal with. It could be due to a lack of expertise, tools or manpower but whichever the case, your best option is to hire a licensed plumber.
Unfortunately, that can be harder than you expect. In the middle of a plumbing emergency, inquiring about licensed plumbers and getting recommendations may seem like a waste of time when you could just call a local handyman or a friend ‘with good hands’. Even though it seems cheap and convenient at first, never opt for an unlicensed plumber. Here are 4 compelling reasons why you should always hire a licensed plumber.
Assurance of quality plumbing service
An owning a license, a Toronto plumber provides more than sufficient proof that they are qualified and experienced. To acquire a plumbing license in Toronto, a plumber needs to complete some plumbing courses in in-class training and finish an apprenticeship where they get practical experience. As such, once you hire one, you won’t see a licensed plumber messing around in your plumbing system trying to figure out the problem using trial and error. A professional will know exactly what to do and fix the plumbing issue in a timely manner. You certainly won’t have any regrets about the work done.
To ensure your plumbing is up to code
Plumbing isn’t just about connecting pipes and fixing leaks. There are a lot of regulations that come into play especially when making new installations during building or expansion of a home. The province of Ontario’s building codes are particularly strict and you must adhere to the water bylaws if you want to keep your building up to code. A licensed plumber remains certified by following all the rules and regulations that define the job hence you can rest easy. On the other hand, an unlicensed plumber may not even be aware there are regulations to follow and may cut some corners to your detriment.
A licensed plumber will save you money
Subpar plumbing work only leads to more costly repairs in the future, and that’s the fate of so many homeowners who hire unlicensed plumbers. Most unlicensed plumbers lack the skill and experience necessary and therefore require much longer project timelines. Even in the best case scenario when the work done is satisfactory, it’s still a huge inconvenience to homeowners and eventually ends up costing more. More frequently, the plumbing work done by unlicensed plumbers is riddled with mistakes causing even greater damage. You may have to hire another plumber to fix the previous one’s mistakes. A licensed plumber guarantees satisfactory work for a good price.
Licensed plumbers are insured
Even in the rare cases when an unlicensed plumber you know is sufficiently skilled and experienced, that’s no reason to forego a licensed plumber. A licensed plumber is required to have insurance which is a great relief for those who hire them. Plumbing can be very dangerous and the safety of the plumber is a major concern. If a mistake or accident occurs, the insurance covers medical bills and cost of damages that may result. Insurance could determine whether or not you fork out thousands for damages and other bills.
It should be obvious now why a licensed plumber is the better choice. You should always investigate the credentials and experience of any plumber to ensure he or she is licensed. A licensed plumber will provide the best service and cost you a lot less in the long run.