When you need a plumbing fix, there’s a pretty good chance you need it fast. Therefore, you’re likely tempted to contact the first person you can find who will do the job for the cheapest price. So, should you just go with a general handyman, whose services you would pay less for?
We know this seems like a quick fix, but the experience you have with this person simply won’t be the same as if you’d gone with a pro. Our plumbers have been in the business for years, and we know what can happen when homeowners choose an amateur to complete work in their home. Even something as simple as unclogging a drain can turn into a much bigger problem if not handled correctly. Keep reading to learn more about why it’s important to only work with a pro, and how to determine if you are working with a pro.
Do They Have Proper Licensing?
All plumbers in North Carolina must have the proper state licensing to do work in the state. In order to qualify for this license, they have to meet particular standards, such as having a set amount of experience in order to qualify for what’s called a journeymen level or specialty plumber certificate. This ensures your plumber can legally handle any type of plumbing job in any type of residence.
Due to these specific requirements that state licensing holds for plumbers, you don’t want to trust these services to just a general “handyman” or amateur, for risk of a job done poorly, or additional damage beyond what was being repaired to start with.
Do They Have Proper Insurance?
Next comes insurance. It’s vital that license plumbers also be insured to work in homes in your community. In almost all cases, licensure requires minimum general liability coverage for plumbing contractors. This means if a plumber causes any damage to your property, you’re not liable for the repairs.
Have They Had Extensive Training?
Professional plumbers staffed by any reputable company will have gone through extensive training in order to tackle whatever plumbing task is asked of them accurately. Under the guidance of an experienced team, they’re able to learn the ropes on the job. This includes learning how to diagnose issues as well as repair them.
Don’t Trust Any General Handyman
As we stated above, we understand how it can seem like a wise choice to hire a general handyman who will typically charge you less for the repair you need. But you know the phrase, “you get what you pay for”? It’s true. When you pay for a licensed, insured, and experienced plumbing professional you are paying for reduced mistakes, in addition to materials and equipment that only a pro has access too. With a general handyman, you can end up with:
- The wrong tools to solve your plumbing problem, resulting in even more damage to your pipes.
- The wrong inspection equipment, so not all leaks or clogs are found.
- Failure to follow local codes, resulting in problems for you now or later when you try to sell your home.
We don’t want you to face any of this! Please be sure to trust a pro.