The Beginner’s Guide to Plumbers

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How to Choose a Reputable Plumber If your plumbing at home messes up, you can always try to DIY. But remember that specialized knowledge and skills, along with the right tools, are a must in ensuring a plumbing project’s success. Working with a professional plumber is certainly the smarter option, but how in particular must you choose one? Types of Plumbers Apprentice
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An apprentice plumber is one who trains with a union or non-union contractor organization. Such training includes classroom instruction as well as paid hands-on work. An apprentice normally works with a journeyman or master plumber.
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Journeyman A journeyman plumber has complied with all the apprenticeship requirements and received a state license. He can do most types of plumbing work but doesn’t operate his own plumbing business. Master The most qualified type of plumber is the master plumber. He is one who has many years as a journeyman, often has an associate’s degree obtained from a vocational school, and has passed both written and practical exams. Most states oblige master plumbers to finish a certain number of hours of continuing education year after year. Aside from being qualified to do all kinds of plumbing jobs, master plumbers are also allowed by law to run their own plumbing business. License A license is required of plumbers in most states. They should also have a clean complaint record, and this is something you can check by calling a certain number on your state government’s website, or by calling the Better Business Bureau. Insurance While you may have homeowner’s insurance that provides a certain level of protection, your plumber must have workman’s compensation and no less than $500,000 of liability insurance for your and the plumber’s protection, in case a worker is accidentally injured on the job in your premises. Experience Know how long the plumber has been operating in the business and how experienced the actual plumber who will work on your project, is. IF they’ve been around for five years at least, you know they must be good or they wouldn’t even last a year in this highly competitive industry. It can also help to ask for customer references and to actually talk to these people. Nothing beats hearing it from the horse’s mouth. Warranty Choose a plumber that provides at least a one-year guarantee for his work and any parts he will use. If they can’t stand by their work, forget it. Rapport Whether you like it or not, plumbing issues may be something you’ll have to deal with more than once in your life. So it’s smart to choose a plumber you’re comfortable and can get along with. In fact, the moment you feel you’ve found the right plumber for you, try to start a real relationship with them. You won’t only get extra special service, but extra special discounts too.