Virtually all types of plumbing work other than the most basic repairs should always be done by a licensed, professional plumbing company. Hiring an unlicensed handyman or trying to work on your home’s plumbing yourself is usually a recipe for disaster and will often end up only making the problems worse or leading to issues like leaks. To help you better understand why it’s so important, here is an overview of the benefits you’ll get when you hire a professional contractor for all of your plumbing needs.
Licensed and Insured
Professional plumbing contractors are required to carry insurance and be licensed and certified by the state. Choosing a licensed plumbing company is important because many types of plumbing work require a permit, and only a licensed master plumber can apply for and receive the necessary permit. Minor repairs or more simple tasks like replacing a faucet or toilet don’t require a permit, but major repairs and things like relocating a fixture or repiping a home generally always require you to have a permit.
A permit is also necessary before performing sewer line repairs or replacing the sewer line. If you don’t hire a licensed plumbing company and don’t have the necessary permit for the work, you could end up facing a steep fine. In addition, you will often have to pay to have all of the work redone by a licensed plumber.
The fact that all licensed plumbers are required to be insured is also important for avoiding potential liability issues and injury claims. If the plumber does any damage to your home while performing the work, their insurance will pay for any necessary repairs so you don’t have to cover everything out of pocket. Their insurance will also protect you from a potential lawsuit should anyone get injured while on your property. This isn’t the case if you hire someone who isn’t licensed and insured.
Workmanship Guarantees and Warranties
Hiring a professional plumbing company will also give you added peace of mind knowing the job will be done properly and the work will conform to all relevant building codes. Most professional plumbing companies provide a workmanship guarantee on all services. Apollo Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning is no different, and we will always fix any issues at no extra charge if the job isn’t done right the first time.
It is especially important that you choose a professional, licensed plumber if you need to install a new water heater. Most water heaters come with a manufacturer’s warranty, and the terms of your water heater warranty will always stipulate that the unit must be installed by a licensed, certified plumber. If you were to try to install the unit yourself or hire someone who isn’t properly licensed, the warranty would automatically become void. This means you could be left footing the entire bill if the unit has any defects that lead to it needing repair or replacement.
Honest, Transparent Pricing
When you choose Apollo Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, we will always provide you with a full quote before performing any work. This means that you will know exactly how much the work will cost before you commit to it, and you won’t have to worry about any unnecessary charges or hidden fees. If you hire someone who isn’t licensed, you may not have any legal recourse if they suddenly try to overcharge you or don’t complete the work.
Leak and Water Damage Prevention
Hiring a licensed plumber for all of your repair and installation needs is also important for preventing leaks and minimizing the possibility of serious water damage or mold issues. Even minor things like not fully tightening the P-trap or drain pipe under your sink or not installing a toilet correctly can allow lots of water to leak out and damage your cabinets, flooring, walls, etc. Larger leaks can often cause extensive damage and could force you to pay hundreds or thousands of dollars to repair everything. Even worse, leaks can quickly lead to a mold infestation that can potentially harm your health. These issues are yet another reason why you should always hire a licensed plumber for any plumbing work you need done. Competent professionals will take the time to ensure that the job is done correctly and there is no chance of anything leaking.
Lower Monthly Utility Bills
Hiring a plumber whenever you have issues like a dripping faucet, leaky shower, or a toilet that constantly runs is also important for preventing your water bills from increasing. A faucet that continually drips can end up wasting more than 250 gallons of water per month, while a leaky toilet that constantly runs could waste nearly 200 gallons of water a day or around 6,000 gallons in just one month. The average home uses somewhere around 300 gallons of water per day, which means a leaky toilet could lead to your water bill nearly doubling.
Having your water heater flushed, serviced, and inspected by a professional plumber every year can also make a big difference in your monthly gas or electricity bills. Flushing and servicing a water heater will help to keep it working effectively and improve its energy efficiency. Having a plumber inspect your water heater is also important for identifying any issues and repairing them, which will again help the unit to work more effectively and not use as much energy.
Specialized Equipment and Services
Many plumbing tasks require the use of specialized equipment that only a licensed plumbing company will have. For instance, the only way to inspect a sewer line for clogs and damage is to use a special CCTV camera that can be extended throughout the entire length of the pipe. If the pipe is clogged by solid waste or has lots of tree roots growing inside, the only effective way to clear the pipe is by using either a rooting machine or a hydro-jetting machine. Many leaks can also only be detected by using specialized tools such as microphones and listening equipment or thermal imaging cameras.
At Apollo Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, we continually invest in the latest equipment and technology to allow us to detect issues quickly and accurately so that we can perform our jobs more efficiently. Whether you need leak detection, sewer inspection and repair, or any other drain or sewer service, we have the cameras, hydro-jetting equipment and all other tools necessary to get the job done effectively.
Expert Plumbing Repair and Installation Services
Apollo Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning is a family-owned company, and we specialize in plumbing, drain, and sewer repairs. We have a team of highly experienced, certified plumbers that can quickly identify any plumbing issues your home or business has and determine how you can overcome them in the most efficient and cost-effective way.
We also offer professional plumbing installation and gas line services as well as a full range of heating and air conditioning services. Our team proudly assists customers throughout a large area, including Vancouver WA, Portland, OR, and Boise, ID, and we’d be happy to aid you as well.
Contact us today to get the professional plumbing and HVAC services your home or business deserves.