unlicensed plumber

In every industry, there are legitimate and illegitimate contractors. Sometimes, it can be hard to tell who’s who. It doesn’t need to be that hard, though. We’ve all been there. You find a clog, leak, or burst pipe that you can’t deal with. So, you reach for the phone and call a plumber. Is that plumber actually licensed, though? Does it matter? We’ll go over everything you need to know about unlicensed plumbers in today’s post so that you’re informed and ready.


It Could Cost You More Money

The most significant difference, aside from the skill and experience that unlicensed plumbers present, is price. Unlicensed plumbers promise low prices. This is often true. Regardless, you need to think about this objectively: you get what you pay for. If you’re not willing to pay for a licensed plumber to perform the work, you should wait until you are. The cost of hiring an unlicensed plumber to do the work could be higher than if you hired a licensed plumber.

Look at it this way. Let’s say you hired someone to replace water lines under your home. If they don’t know what they’re doing or aren’t familiar with local code, you could run into issues when you try to sell your home. Often, a licensed plumber is brought in to perform an inspection to ensure everything is good and up to code. If a potential buyer finds out there are problems, that spells trouble for you. Worst case scenario: you have to pay another plumber to rip out and replace the existing plumbing. That could cost you thousands of dollars.


They Damage Your Property

Plumbing is one of the most highly skilled professions to exist. If they don’t understand what they’re doing, there’s a lot that can go wrong. You could end up with flooding, fires, or disease. Worse than that—they have no obligation to repair or clean up their mistakes. The license and insurance that a plumber holds keeps them accountable and puts their reputation on the line if they mess up.


They Don’t Have The Right Tools

Without the right tools, an unlicensed plumber can cause all kinds of damage and problems. Not only are plumbing tools highly specialized, but some of them are pretty expensive. That explains why unlicensed plumbers don’t have them. Suppose you’re undercutting the competition and don’t have return customers because of your lack of quality service. In that case, you’re living paycheck to paycheck. People respect licensed plumbers because they have experience, skills, and transparency that unlicensed plumbers don’t. Plus, the right tools help get the job done efficiently.


Call In The Pros In Plumbing & Drain Cleaning

If you’re not sure that your plumber has a license, use this free online database to verify their license. Additionally, you can verify their license number through their insurance company.

At Drain Express our team has their plumbing licenses, and we are expert drain cleaners. So, give us a call today to have us get your plumbing in great shape.