Let’s face it, these days everyone is looking for a good deal. A fair or even excellent price can give one a feeling of victory. It is a feeling one would even like to show off or tell people about….but, why? That is a question to leave for the psychology majors to sort through. What I would like to address is why it is important to hire a licensed professional plumber. It truly is a wise and economical choice, especially in the long run.
It seems as if everyone knows a plumber, or even better yet “a guy who can do plumbing”. But what is the difference? Changing out a faucet is pretty darn easy. Most of the time, the job goes smoothly. When “the guy down the street” only charges $60 to install, why that’s amazing! And what about the toilet you bought that is still sitting in the garage? Your wife has been on you for months to get it set. Well, hey! The “guy” only charges $40 to set that. Are these situations too good to be true? They certainly can be.
In the short term, these replacements can seem like a great deal….a real victory! You may have saved some money this month and can take your spouse out to dinner or afford an extra treat. Maybe even take your kids to that ball game you promised them. Unfortunately, there are issues that can arise from the unlicensed plumber. A fairly common occurrence is that sometimes, when changing out a toilet, the flange needs to be raised. Instead of using protocol, the unlicensed plumber throws down an extra thick wax ring to compensate rather than properly raising the flange. I have seen this all too often and this can prove to be disastrous. I have, on numerous occasions, been called by an owner to re-set the toilet only to find that the flange needed to be raised. They end up paying the “guy” and then the licensed plumber to fix the error. That is not a bargain!
Did you know that 80% of water damage in a home is due to a toilet either leaking or overflowing? The average repair for this damage is $10,800! Faucets are also one of the top five causes of water damage right up there with water heaters. Definitely, improper installation is one cause of these issues, along with malfunction. For this reason, a wise consumer needs to consider the long term, not just the short term money out of pocket. There are laws that protect you as a homeowner. These laws state that plumbing is to be performed by licensed plumbers who must carry insurance. This protection is for you, the consumer. If in fact there is a call back to be made either for a leak or for something as gut wrenching as water damage, what is the guy down the street’s answer going to be?
Hiring a professional, insured plumber is a wise choice for performing these seemingly simple tasks. It may be more out of pocket in the short term, and in fact can feel painful! But, it is by far the best option a wise consumer will make for the long haul. You will be working with a professional who is regulated by the state. Plumbers are held to high expectations. They answer to a board of officials protecting you as a consumer. You, the consumer, have a bargaining chip when dealing with a plumber licensed by the state. I cannot argue with cheap. I have found myself, on occasion, looking for a deal first, rather than thinking about who is the most competent to perform the service. I do however try to remind myself of a quote by Warren Buffet: “Price is what you pay, Value is what you get!” Think about it.
Hancock Plumbing, Inc.
CBIA Board of Directors