When household repairs are needed, often many homeowners focus on factors like the cost and availability of who they hire.
One of (if not the) most important things to think about, is often overlooked. And that is whether or not the person doing the repairs is licensed in that field of work. In the state of Arizona, contractors need to have a Contractor’s License only if they are performing jobs over $1,000. This may lead many home owner’s to think that their larger repairs are being performed by someone who is knowledgeable and licensed to complete the work. This may not necessarily be the case. The license that is required is a Contractor’s License, which is a general license for performing work as a contractor and does not license an individual based on their expertise in a particular field. Licensed Plumbers in Arizona are not only required to have a Contractor’s License but must also take a two-part exam to ensure their full knowledge of the plumbing trade.
Part of the state licensing exam for Plumbers includes the knowledge of state plumbing codes.
Many of the codes required can be easily overlooked. For example, did you know that the center of the toilet flange (that part that connects the toilet to the drain line) has to be at least 15.5 inches away from the edge of your shower or tub? This may seem like a random unnecessary rule. However, it is the small detailed codes like this that help make the entire home function properly. Hiring someone who is not licensed specifically in plumbing runs the risk of codes being overlooked.
In addition to state codes, and general plumbing knowledge, licensed Plumbers are also tested in gas and other dangerous chemicals and the different materials needed for different applications of work. Caustic chemicals are sometimes required for performing plumbing maintenance and repairs. A lack of knowledge in how to use, clean, and dispose of these can lead to unsafe situations. Not only is it important to understand the chemicals needed, but also the different materials. Certain materials are required for certain applications and are not meant for others. Using the wrong material for a repair can lead to the repair failing or the material wearing out prematurely. Hiring a licensed Plumber ensures a full knowledge of what materials to use and why they are best suited for the given application.
Hiring an unlicensed tradesman can have numerous consequences that outweigh any short-term benefits.
The knowledge and experience our Plumbers have at Instant Plumbing and Rooter are why we can confidently back up all of our work. When you hire Instant Plumbing and Rooter you can rest assured that you will be hiring a fully licensed plumbing company with Plumbers who have the education and experience to perform the work properly.