While there are many unlicensed contractors who do a superb job on a variety of construction or maintenance tasks, a homeowner takes a serious gamble when deciding to hire an unlicensed contractor to work on their home.
Ohio requires plumbers to be licensed with the state before doing any commercial work on someone’s home, and with good reason! It protects homeowners. Having a plumber with the proper credentials can be the difference between having a great experience or a nightmare.
First, many unlicensed contractors do not carry insurance, which opens up homeowners to a lot of unnecessary risk should a job go south. Being a licensed plumber gives homeowners the peace of mind that whoever is doing work on your home is carrying at least a $500,000 insurance policy as well as a full background check. Good luck getting an insurance company to pay for damages without that!
Second, it reassures homeowners that the tradesman doing work on the home has at least five years of on the job experience, or three years should the worker be a registered engineer with onsite business experience. A thorough examination is given to all prospective licensed professionals prior to being awarded their license.
Furthermore, there are a plethora of rules and codes that must be followed when doing any sort of commercial work on a home. Hiring a licensed plumber ensures that the work being done will hold up to any scrutiny by the local municipality. This is a common reason why inspections fail; without providing a current license number, projects often don’t pass.
Licensed plumbers also bring the assurance that that their skills and knowledge are up to date with the latest technologies and techniques by taking thorough examinations in order to renew their license once it has expired.
Narrow Path Plumbing understands the importance of giving customers piece of mind on any project, which is why we are fully licensed, insured, and bonded. This provides an additional level of protection for our clients and gives them the confidence in us to do an excellent job, no matter what the project is.
In short, no matter what kind of work is being done to the home, don’t take unnecessary risks. While it may save the homeowner short term, costs could add up in the long run through repeated repairs, failed inspections, or incomplete work.