You could be in the process of building a new home and have now reached the phase where the plumbing needs to be installed. Or you could be tackling a remodeling project and you need a reputable plumber to move plumbing to a new area or install plumbing to accommodate new fixtures.
A third scenario that might find you in need of a plumber is when your plumbing needs repair. In this instance, the need for a plumber is more than likely an emergency, or it could become one soon. Due to the urgent nature of this scenario, it is easy to overlook the need to find a reputable plumber who does quality work. This can be a costly mistake in terms of not only money but also additional inconveniences if the plumber was not well versed in the trade.
Plumbers offer a wide variety of services. These include the ones that immediately come to mind such as installing new plumbing systems for new houses, fixing leaky faucets and other repairs, and unclogging sinks, tubs and toilets. It may come as a surprise, however, to learn that plumbers must also know how to read blueprints correctly. In addition, a plumber might even be the person to create the blueprints since a plumber will be aware of the applicable codes.
When you are in need of a plumber, it is important to be aware of the criteria that a plumber must meet in order to be employed as a plumber. There is quite a bit involved. Anyone can certainly tinker around with the plumbing fixtures but any extensive work should be left to a master plumber or a journeyman or apprentice that works under the master plumber.
The regulations that govern plumbers vary from state to state. However, most states require that a plumber first work as an apprentice under a master plumber for a certain amount of work hours. This amount can vary by state. In addition, schooling in a variety of trade specific courses is required. Most of the courses will focus on the systems that utilize plumbing such as sewage systems, drainage systems, and systems that manage drinkable water. After successfully completing the course work, it is typical that a state test must be passed before the plumber will be licensed and able to practice the trade.
It is important to ask for the credentials of any plumber you are planning to use. Although the price for the plumber’s services is important, be cautious of the plumber who quotes you a lower fee than others you have inquired about. This might be a ploy to hid the fact that the plumber is not properly licensed.
It is better to pay a slightly higher fee and feel secure in the knowledge that your plumber knows how best to perform the job. Using an unqualified person can cost more money in the long term as you might have to hire another plumber to fix that which was not done properly in the first place.