If you have a plumbing issue that needs immediate attention, you may be asking yourself why you need to hire a licensed plumber in Arizona when this is something you or a handyman can do?
The keyword here is “licensed.” A lot of people opt for a cheaper plumber, especially if their budget is a primary concern. However, you tend to get what you pay for when you hire someone less expensive, and unfortunately, this may mean an unlicensed plumber. And an unlicensed plumber can cause you more headaches than he’s worth.
Check Their License
Even if you hire a licensed plumber, that’s still not a guarantee that you’re getting what you think you’re getting. Check out the website for the Registrar of Contractors, which will confirm the plumber’s license. They also list any complaints against that particular plumber on their website, which can be invaluable information to know before you hire someone.
A licensed plumber, like the ones we have at Plumbing by Jake, must complete a comprehensive program in order to become a licensed plumber. A professional plumber must complete years of vocational training, and his education is never over. There’s always more to learn when it comes to advancements in the field.
Once the plumber completes his training, he starts off as an apprentice, working under a master plumber. Here in the state of Arizona, the state must approve the apprenticeship program before the plumber can begin. And before the plumber can apply for a plumber’s license, he must complete four years of documented experience working with the master plumber.
Once he has done this, he can apply for a plumbing license through the Arizona Registrar of Contractors. Once he receives his license, he then has to pay for and pass two exams.
So, as you can see, a licensed plumber, like those who work at Plumbing by Jake, goes through a lengthy process before he can officially work as a plumber on his own. This is why licensed plumbers are more expensive – you truly do get the experience and education you would hope to expect when you allow a licensed professional into your home.
Handyman vs. Plumber
Handymen can fix anything, right? So why not just hire them instead of a plumber? Why the specific need for a plumber in particular? Well, for one thing, if something goes wrong, a handyman can simply walk away. Most of them are uninsured and don’t have a license, so they don’t have as much to lose as a licensed plumber would if he failed to fix his mistake.
Plus, licensed plumbers, due to their ongoing education, have all the updated information when it comes to state and building codes. If a requirement changes, they’re the first to know about it. With a handyman, on the other hand, this isn’t his only trade, so he doesn’t have as strong of a desire, or the need, to keep up with the latest trends in plumbing the same way a licensed plumber does.
Additionally, handymen don’t always come with all the tools necessary to fix a plumbing issue. With plumbers, however, this is all they do. So, they tend to come more prepared than someone who is more of a jack-of-all-trades.
Having a Plumbing Issue? Call the Licensed Plumbers at Plumbing By Jake for Help!
When it comes to your plumbing, something that seems like a simple problem can become a catastrophic flood in no time. This is why you need to make sure you are hiring someone dependable with the experience and education necessary to handle your plumbing issue right the first time.
No matter the time of day, we’re open! Just give us a call at (928) 377-5910, and we can have one of our licensed plumbers on-site in no time to help. In the event of a non-emergency, you can also use the contact form on our website, and we will schedule you for the next available timeslot during normal business hours.
At Plumbing by Jake, we pride ourselves on the level of service we provide to our customers. However, in the event you are unsatisfied for any reason, we offer a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee on all our repairs and installations.
We also try to be as punctual as possible. We know you have things to do, and that the last thing you want to be dealing with right now is a plumbing emergency. We service much of the great state of Arizona, so if you have a plumbing issue that requires immediate attention, don’t wait – call Plumbing by Jake today!