Plumbing is an industry that’s growing. In fact, the United States Department of Labor expects jobs in the industry to grow by as much as 26 percent from 2010 through 2020. Many plumbers enroll in and finish apprenticeship programs to learn the skills of the trade.
After they get trained, plumbers generally take licensing examinations through their state’s licensing department before they start repairing household and commercial pipes and other equipment. However, just because someone has a plumbing license doesn’t mean that they will do a commendable job for you.
State Licensing Is Not A 100% Guarantee of Workmanship
State licensing departments work to ensure plumbers working in their jurisdictions have the knowledge and skills to provide you quality service. However, state regulations may not prevent some plumbers from doing less than satisfactory work.
One way you can increase the likelihood that you’ll get your money’s worth of service when you contact a plumbing company is to check in with your family and friends.
Ask them to give you contact information of reliable plumbers they’ve used to repair leaks and other plumbing work in the past. You specifically want to ask for plumbers that they would give high ratings to in areas of customer service, knowledge, skill and pricing.
Shop Around for Local Plumbers
As a tip, to get the best prices on plumbing services, consider reaching out to several plumbers. In fact, if you find a low price offered by a lesser known plumbing company, you may be able to negotiate services with a more skilled plumber just by letting them know that you received a lower quote from their competitor. Plumbing is a very competitive field so do not underestimate the power of this simple negotiation tactic.
To save yourself time, you can contact plumbing companies via telephone or email. Because State licensing departments often record licensing information for responsible master plumbers, these are the ones you want to aim to get in contact with first.
Plumbers who have active State licenses generally are at least meeting the State’s minimum requirements. For example, they may be taking ongoing courses and completing hands-on training to advance their knowledge.
Choose An Experienced Plumber for Your Particular Project
Lastly, find out if plumbing companies you want to work with have experience working on the types of projects you want them to perform for you. For example, if you are building an addition to your home or business, you may want to verify that a plumber has experience reading blueprints and building codes.
You also may want to ensure that plumbers know how to install pipe systems, test pressure systems, repair steam systems and pipes on household equipment like washing machines, dishwashers and refrigerators if these are the services you need. It’s best to make sure upfront to avoid problems and misunderstandings, not to mention a waste of money and time if you and your plumber are not on the same page.