Have you ever wondered why plumbers are so expensive? What training do they go through? How does the State track their licenses to ensure only qualified plumbers are working in your area/home? These very valid questions will help you understand not only some of the costs but why it’s so important to hire a qualified plumber to work on your home.
Do Plumbers Need To Be Licensed?
The State of Texas requires plumbers to be licensed. A lot of times, however, a company cannot guarantee a specific plumber because emergencies happen. If that’s the case, before they start working on your home, you can require them to show you their license (which they must carry with them at all times).
Texas requires all plumbers to go through at least 8 hours of training per year so that they are up to date with all current municipality code changes. You wouldn’t want someone to work on your natural gas water heater who has not been taught proper venting techniques, would you?
Is Training Required?
The state also requires technicians to have hands-on training in their chosen field. In order to progress through each level of training, the employee has to put in thousands of hours of hands-on training under a Master licensed plumber’s supervision as well as additional training if subjects such as OSHA protection. Plumbers are required to publish their license number (M-40822) on all advertising/documents provided – if they can not provide this information to you, it is best to look for someone who can.
Do Plumbers Need to Have Insurance?
A qualified Plumber/company will be required to carry insurance on their company, employees, vehicles, equipment, etc. This means that should something happen, the company will have proper coverage to ensure your home is well cared for.
Is There A Set Of Rules A Plumber Must Follow?
A qualified Plumber should also do all work to “Code,” meaning they work within the governing municipality guidelines to pull a permit, do the scope of work, and all necessary inspection visits.Because the scope of work involves the water heater does not mean that the city inspector will be limiting their inspection to strictly the water heater. They will be inspected to ensure your home has proper air/gas venting, backflow prevention on your hose faucets to keep contaminants out of your clean/drinking water, that your home has the necessary safety alarm equipment in case of any gas leaks or fires. These are just a few of the items that qualified plumbers are required to assess when doing a job for a customer.
Should Plumber Provide Job Estimates?
None of these items take into account the administrative fees it takes to run a successful business from gas and maintenance on the trucks; to equipment to log and dispatch the technicians; to materials to complete day to day vs large scale remodeling projects; all the way down to those who answer the phones and ensure that every caller is assisted in a timely manner by the wonderfully trained technician staff. A qualified plumber will always provide you on site pricing before a job is started, as well as consult you if any changes are required to the scope of work prior to continuing their project on your home.
How Important Are Customer Reviews?
It is important to do your research by reading reviews from other consumers who have used the Plumber before. An honest plumber will always be able to direct you to their review pages. Do you see a lot of positive reviews?
A qualified plumber is one who can help you with anything from a clogged sink, to a clogged main sewer line. A qualified plumber can flush a water heater for you or replace it. A qualified plumber can help you remodel your bath or kitchen; a qualified plumber will go above and beyond to help you maintain your home sewer lines – whether they be through the slab or under a pier and beam home.
Need reliable plumbing services in Austin, TX? Get in touch with Plumb Masters Inc. today by calling (512) 957-0485.