The Dangers of Hiring a “Cheap Plumber”
Think that you can save some money by hiring an unlicensed plumber? Think again. Sure, an unlicensed plumber might not cost much to hire, but you will end up with more than you bargained for. You could end up with shoddy work, plumbing that is not up to code, or no work at all. And an unlicensed plumber will probably have no insurance, so they may be able to sue you if they are injured while working on your home. With something as important as your home’s plumbing, you need to understand the risks you run when you hire an unlicensed plumber and the benefits of going with a licensed plumbing expert.
The True Cost of Hiring an Unlicensed Plumber
When you go with a “cheap plumber”, there may be a low sticker price, but that is for a good reason. With an unlicensed plumber, you are likely going to get work that does not meet your city’s plumbing codes, nor international building code. Not only could you face fines for this down the road, but your family’s safety could be jeopardized by this substandard work.
As it is, an unlicensed plumber’s quick fix may not even work in the short run. Even worse, you could be left with a plumbing disaster on your hands. Think of all that could happen if an inexperienced plumber tinkers with your water line, gas lines, and septic systems, etc. Licensed plumbers get a lot of business from being called in to repair the work done by a cheap plumber.
If you work with someone who is unlicensed, you are working with someone who is not a contractor. This means that if they make a contract with you, it will not hold up in court. If an unlicensed plumber runs off with your money before they finish the job, a court cannot help you if you sue that plumber. You will only be left with legal fees on top of everything else. In fact, that plumber can sue you. If they are doing work without a license, they are probably uninsured as well. If they or one of their workers gets hurt, you could be on the hook for their medical expenses. This also means that any damage they cause to your property is not insured either.
What It Takes to Be a Licensed Plumber
In many ways, the training and education it takes to be a licensed plumber are akin to getting a Master’s degree at a university. Even after years of experience, a plumber will have to pass a plumbing exam, proving that they know how to install, maintain, and repair literally “any plumbing system”, according to the licensing information provided by Kansas City’s government site. That means that a licensed plumbing technician has demonstrated that they have proficient knowledge of plumbing fixtures, water supply systems, isometric analysis, fuel gas, sanitary vents, specialty plumbing, and so much more.
Licensed plumbers will also be insured. This means they have workers’ compensation insurance, and that they carry insurance for any damage inflicted on your property. Licensed plumbers drive in company vehicles, wear company uniforms, have a good reputation, and clearly know their job. They will also have real, legally binding contracts.
When you experience a problem with your plumbing, you need to know that you are working with a reliable Kansas City plumber, one whose quality work will give you peace of mind and save you money. At A-1 Sewer & Septic Service, Inc., we offer emergency service, even on the weekends or in the evening. Contact our office today to get a quote for any issue you face with your plumbing.