Even though untrained plumbing technicians botch jobs every day, the possibility of a discount is too tempting for some Atlanta homeowners to ignore. The problem with getting discounted service is that you'll usually need extra work to fix or undo the job an unlicensed plumber bungled.
When you are dealing with your bathrooms and your home's water supply, there's no reason to take that gamble. Choosing a licensed Atlanta plumber will save you time, money and worry for a number of reasons.
Decades of experience
When you decide to give an unlicensed plumber a shot, you are paying someone with little professional experience to take control of the inner workings of your home. There are countless ways this decision could backfire. Most significantly, you are taking the chance that an amateur has never come across your problem before. Master plumbers who are licensed in Georgia have at least five years of experience, and licensed journeyman plumbers must have three years on the job.
As with any profession, the accumulated experience of a team ensures quality service. Look for plumbers who have at least a decade's experience on the job to make sure they've covered every type of emergency involving pipes and water lines.
Knowledge of the entire home's plumbing
Amateur, unlicensed plumbers may be good at unclogging drains and toilets, but they are just as likely to miss a bigger problem that may be brewing in your home. A licensed Atlanta plumber who knows when drain problems are building can help you pinpoint areas of concern and show you how to avoid trouble.
Licensed professionals serve as more than a Band-Aid. They protect you from future headaches.
Efficient work policies
Licensed plumbers typically offer the service you expect from a competent business. You'll get confirmation from receptionists, clear billing policies and emergency coverage in case disaster occurs outside regular hours.
Finding your unlicensed plumber during a holiday or in the middle of the night will be difficult or even impossible. Professional service providers with plumbers on call 24/7 won't hesitate when you call after hours. They're in business to provide Atlanta homeowners with the services they need.
You might wonder why a plumber wouldn't have a state license. It's usually because he or she doesn't know the material and is afraid to fail the exam. It may even mean the plumber has tried and failed. Either way, it represents a lack of skills and an overall deficit in accountability. A licensed Atlanta plumber has taken the time to obtain and renew licenses. This establishes a level of professionalism that you should consider the basic standard.
Before you mess with an amateur, call a licensed professional who will fix the problem the first time.
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