If you’re looking to hire a plumber, one of the things you should consider is whether they’re properly licensed to provide plumbing services. While some unlicensed plumbing contractors may claim that they’re able to offer the same quality of service as a licensed plumber at a lower cost, this often turns out not to be the case. Hiring an unlicensed plumber to work on your project can cause serious and costly plumbers down the road. Here are some of the reasons why a licensed plumber is simply a better choice:
While there have been cases of licensed plumbers engaging in shady business practices, this problem is a lot more common among those who perform plumbing work without having the necessary licenses, insurance or certifications.
There have been numerous reported cases where they engaged in deceptive conduct, such as pressuring customers to purchase new plumbing fixtures or appliances when there was nothing wrong with their current ones, performing unnecessary work, charging for work that wasn’t done or parts that weren’t actually installed, as well as using highly misleading advertising.
Licensed plumbers are more likely to have built up a solid reputation over the years, giving them a strong incentive to do business in an honest way. This encourages their customers to refer them to others who need a plumber. On the other hand, many unlicensed plumbers run a fly-by-night operation that may gone in a few weeks. Some frequently change their business name and phone number, plus often work out of a truck with no fixed office location, making it a lot more difficult to get a hold of them should you later notice a problem with the work they’ve done for you.