Have you ever required a plumber after hours or on a weekend to unblock your toilet? How appreciative are you when they arrive and fix the problem….and when you know what they have been required to do. Plumbers however do much more than just unblock toilets. By definition a plumber is a person who installs, repairs water pipes and other fixtures and fittings for the supply of water, sanitation and water heating systems.
So when considering hiring a plumber would you choose a licensed plumber? While we all wish to save money and keep costs down there are too many negatives and possibilities of problems to risk hiring an unlicensed tradesman.
The dangers of using an unlicensed plumber include:
- Their questionable work ethics – have they demonstrated the effort to commit time to study and the associated costs to become qualified?
- Trust – would you place your hard earned money in the hands of someone who may not know what they are doing?
- Guarantee – if they are not licensed, can help and assistance if something goes wrong be available? Are you prepared for this? Unlicensed work is work uninsured.
- Ownership – if you hire an unlicensed plumber, you become the employer and the unlicensed plumber becomes the employee. Therefore you become the contractor and own all the ramifications that come with it i.e. liability and workers compensation.
- Responsibility – you not only become responsible for the work the unlicensed plumber performs, but also for any damage they cause to your own property and/or the property of others. Of most concern, you become responsible for any injuries the unlicensed tradesperson and associated staff/family members might suffer on the job… and anyone who enters your home afterwards. What if your family member was burnt due to incorrect installation of a hot water unit?
- Certification – using an unlicensed plumber means that the end work is uncertified – not passed. Did you realize this means for it to become certified, under Australian law, the work would need to be replaced for your home to be able to be sold. Are you prepared for these unnecessary costs?
A licensed plumber has evidence that they have become qualified to meet the Australian standards. They also hold insurance, to cover you should an issue arise. The licensing and insurance requirements are in place to protect you, the consumer. So think twice when you consider hiring an unlicensed plumber. What are you really gambling with – saving a few hundred dollars by using an unlicensed person could cost you more than you could ever imagine!