So, you just moved to Tampa just a couple years back, bought a house and have been living there happily with your family. Suddenly, you realize that your beautiful house has some fixing-up to be done. It can be that whenever you shower, water collates until your ankles and takes time to drain indicating a blockage or that your heating system isn’t working as efficiently as it was or that you have noticed a stain on the slabs indicating a pipe leak.
What do you do?
Well, the first thing you should definitely do is look to hire a licensed plumber to fix any issues your house may have. Lucky for you, Matt’s Plumbing Services is just the right company for the job! Whether you think that the plumbing work you need is minimal or not, you should always make sure that you hire a licensed plumber.
Plumbing is a skill that is needed by every building that has a water system in it. In order to work as a plumber, one is required to meet certain criteria and apply for a license. In Florida, a plumber may be allowed to be locally registered or licensed by the state.
Some of the requirements for applying for a plumbing license include:
- One is aged 18 or older
- One should have up to 3 years of proven experience as a plumber and at least 1 year as a foreman
- One must pass a criminal background check
- One will be able to prove that they are financially stable using bank statements and, in some cases, a proof of bond may be required
- One must possess both public liability insurance and property damage insurance and provide workers ‘compensation insurance for every single one of your employees
What are the benefits of hiring a licensed plumber?
As tempting as it can be to hire the local handyman to fix your plumbing issues for you at half the cost everyone else has quoted, and as much as he reassures you of his skill in plumbing, you should always work with a licensed plumber. As much as his offer may be enticing, an unlicensed plumber would cost you much more in the long term than a licensed plumber would.
Having a license shows that the said plumber is willing to comply with all the current laws, regulations and recommended safety measures even when traditional or potentially harmful methods may be easier to use. It also shows a level of professionalism of the plumber who is dedicated to his field and not just trying to earn a few extra dollars on the side.