Improperly installed plumbing can cause significant property damage as well as pose a health risk to your family, which is why it’s important to choose a skilled, qualified professional to work on your pipes.
At Benicia Plumbing, you can rest assured that we are licensed and bonded, to give you that peace of mind and the confidence of working with a legal and highly accountable and transparent plumbing contractor.
The best way to ensure that a plumbing company is trustworthy is to confirm that it is a licensed, bonded & insured plumbing contractor in your state. It’s easy to assume that the person you contact for plumbing services is legitimate, but it’s always best to ask to see proof. The difference between licensed and unlicensed plumbers is vast, and that difference could end up costing you a lot of money and grief in the long run.
Licensed vs. Unlicensed Plumbers
A plumbing contractor’s license essentially certifies that a plumbing contractor has sufficient experience – and legal permission – to offer plumbing services in your state. It also means that the contractor is accountable to the regulatory board that issues the license and can be held liable for violating its rules. The licensing body may also require that plumbers prove participation in continuing professional education to remain licensed.
A plumbing contractor in California must provide a means for a supply of safe water and proper disposal of wastes from the premises. This includes gas piping for all units EXCEPT for forced warm air units. Also places, installs, erects or connects any electrical wires, fixtures, appliances, apparatus, raceways, conduits, solar photovoltaic cells or any part thereof, which generate, transmit, transform or utilize electrical energy in any form or for any purpose.
Training requirements for plumbing contractors will vary from state to state. At minimum, the job requires a highly specialized skill set involving math, mechanics, manual dexterity, and sharp problem-solving abilities – and that’s just for starters. Professional plumbers also spend thousands of hours working on the job in order to learn the best methods and practices for dealing with all types of plumbing repairs and installations.
Once plumbing contractors complete their on the job training, they must then apply for a professional license from the state’s Contractors Board (or equivalent regulatory agency). The process varies depending on the state, but in general a plumber must do the following to obtain a contractor’s license:
- Pass a criminal background check
- Complete any additional prerequisite training required by the state board
- Pass a licensing exam
- File a business name
- Show proof of commercial liability insurance.
About Benicia Plumbing
If you ever want to check us out before working with Benicia Plumbing, simply inquire and we will show you all of the documentation you'll need to ensure that we are a licensed and bonded company. By stressing quality and follow-through in everything we do for each customer, Benicia Plumbing has established a reputation for being honest and fair as well as guaranteeing all our work.