Recently, there’s been some controversy in Texas over licensing for plumbers. That’s because the state legislature did not reauthorize the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners, which oversees certifications and licensing for plumbers in Texas.
That led many to wonder whether the state authority for plumbing licenses would disappear. However, on June 17th, Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order to reauthorize the Board. It remains to be seen whether this order will be challenged, leaving many to speculate about the future of the Board.
While uncertainty looms, there’s one thing we know for sure—no matter what happens with the Board in the future, you always want to hire a licensed plumber when you need plumbing services for your home or business. Here’s why.
Licensed Plumbers vs. Unlicensed Handymen: What’s the Difference?
A plumber’s license is more than just a piece of paper. It’s proof that a professional has undergone the necessary training and has the required experience to provide plumbing services according to state standards.
This is crucial because:
- Modern homes have complicated plumbing systems.
- Best practices and tools of the trade are regularly evolving.
- An unlicensed handyman will not be required to keep up the latest training or innovations. Additionally, an unlicensed handyman may never have had the proper training, to begin with.
Ultimately, that means that you cannot count on an unlicensed handyman to perform plumbing services correctly. And that, in turn, can mean that you end up with shoddy workmanship, subquality results, and temporary fixes that will cost you more in the long run.
If you go with a licensed plumber, like the fully certified and licensed team at Mercy Plumbing, you can be confident that you’re getting the quality service and reliable solutions you need and deserve. Here are some additional benefits you’ll get with licensed plumbers.
With Licensed Plumbers, You’ll Save Money on Repairs
Unlicensed handymen may offer service at lower rates than licensed plumbers. This can seem like a money-saving option initially.
However, their lower prices do NOT come with a guarantee that you’re getting the service and results you need and expect. And that can mean you end up with a cheap band-aid—and that’ll mean you need to call for more repairs in the near future.
In contrast, licensed professionals have the most up-to-date industry knowledge, empowering them to provide the service and solutions necessary for high-quality, lasting results.
While that can minimize the need for future plumbing repairs, saving you money in the long term, it can also help you:
- Avoid catastrophic damage to your plumbing system and your home
- Prolong the life of your plumbing system and equipment
Licensed Plumbers Can Predict & Avert the Unexpected
Often, unlicensed handymen don’t have the experience to foresee things that can go wrong when they’re performing a service. That can lead to unnecessary delays, additional inconveniences for you, and more costs, as they rack up hourly fees.
On the other hand, licensed plumbers will have the expertise to know what could go wrong, giving them the insight to plan ahead and avert possible complications and delays. That means more efficient service and greater value, especially when you need the right solutions as soon as possible.
Licensed Plumbers Have Legally Binding Obligations to You
The licensing and certification process is long and daunting, illustrating a strong commitment to the trade. Not only are licensed plumbers required to receive ongoing training and meet licensing and certification standards, but they are liable for their customers’ satisfaction in ways that unlicensed handymen are not.
In fact, if licensed plumbers fail to full their legal obligations when providing services, their license can be revoked. This can give you priceless peace of mind that you won’t get with an unlicensed handyman.
Schedule Service with the Texas State-Certified & Licensed Plumbers at Mercy Plumbing
Mercy Plumbing only staffs state-certified and licensed plumbers who are committed to excellence and first-class service. We proudly offer flat-fee service, a 100% money-back guarantee, and 24/7 emergency service.
So, when you need residential or commercial plumbing services in Katy, Richmond, and surrounding areas, don’t hesitate to contact Mercy Plumbing! We’re here for you, ready to help!