Few homeowners have the time to vet plumbers before hiring them. However, the vetting process is necessary if you want to avoid costly plumbing errors. The heating repair experts at R.A. Biel Plumbing & Heating explains what you need to do to vet a plumber below.
Choose a Licensed Contractor
Some homeowners get confused about the difference between a registered plumber and a licensed one. Most states require plumbers to have a license, which is proof that they’ve passed all the required exams. However, some states only require plumbers to be registered. In these states, a registered plumber doesn’t need to show proof of their competence to practice their trade.
Pick a Plumber With Enough Experience for the Job
Depending on the amount of training they’ve received, plumbers can be classified as an apprentice, a journeyman or a master plumber. Listed below are the requirements for each classification:
- Apprentice Plumber – As the name suggests, these plumbers are still learning on the job. They usually work with licensed plumbers on projects.
- Journeyman Plumber – After working for at least four years and passing an exam, an apprentice can become a licensed journeyman. Most states require journeyman plumbers to undergo ongoing education while practicing their trade.
- Master Plumber – You’ll need to check with your state to learn their requirements for master plumbers, as they vary from state to state.
In most cases, hiring a journeyman plumber is enough, but for extensive plumbing work like drain and sewer repair, we recommend hiring a master plumber.
Make Sure They’re Bonded and Insured
While experienced plumbers are unlikely to make mistakes, you can never rule out the possibility of accidents. Just to be on the safe side, hire a contractor that’s bonded and insured. Commercial liability insurance covers contractor errors that damage your property or injure other people. A surety bond will pay for any damage not covered by your insurer.
Looking for an experienced plumber? R.A. Biel Plumbing & Heating, a contractor with more than three decades’ worth of experience, offers plumbing and HVAC services including air conditioning repair. To get a free estimate, call us at (505) 672-7888 or (970) 884-3358, or leave us a message on this form.