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Plumbing Pitfalls

Anybody can claim to be a plumber. A licensed plumber is required to know, understand, and implement state, city, and local codes.

The scary truth is not everyone who claims to be a plumber is a licensed plumber. Choosing the right licensed plumber is essential to keeping your family safe when they visit your home. It can also help save you money when you have to call a real plumber to come to fix someone else’s mistakes. Below are some examples to help you avoid the plumbing pitfalls.

Unlicensed Contractor
Someone who claims to be the “handyman” type may be able to fix some routine plumbing problems in your home like unclogging a drain or repairing a leaky faucet, but you may be facing some serious problems if the job is more complicated. If you hire someone who is not licensed or qualified to handle a job like a gas leak, you may be putting your family in danger. Always be sure you understand the limits of someone you are hiring and their capabilities and what licenses they have obtained.

General Contractors
If you hire a general contractor to make improvements or additions to your home, be sure that they only hire licensed plumbers. If you fail to take this necessary step, you could be subjected to legal action if you sell your home in the future and don’t disclose any plumbing work you have had done by an unlicensed plumber. If you do the right thing and disclose you hired an unlicensed plumber to make these repairs or home improvements this can decrease the value of your home.

Flooring Contractors
When a flooring contractor is installing new carpet or tile in a bathroom, the toilet is removed and then it is reinstalled. The trouble usually comes when a homeowner changes to a floor covering thicker than the one it replaces. This puts the toilet mounting flange lower in relation to the toilet, leaving a bigger gap.

Non-plumbers often use a thicker wax ring, but we don’t advise this. When the extra wax is squeezed down, it can spread out over the opening and restrict the water flow. The right solution is to have a licensed plumber raise the flange so the gap remains the same.