Risk of Hiring an Unlicensed Plumber: Why It’s Not Worth It
Depending on where you live like London or Birmingham, hiring a plumber might not be a big deal. Yet the challenging question is,
- How do you find a reliable plumber?
- How do you find if the plumber is licensed and certified?
Normally, contacting various plumbing service providers might be the only way to find if the plumber is licensed and certified. Nor going through their online reviews could give a hint about plumbing company reputation and their service quality. Especially, if you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to fix your plumbing and heating problems, you should know the risks involved.
Unlicensed plumbers can be cheaper than their licensed counterparts. However, hiring an unlicensed plumber could lead to further damages, hidden charges, unprofessional behavior, and sometimes you won’t be able to claim insurance for your plumbing and heating repairs. These unlicensed plumbers could put your safety and your wallet in jeopardy.
Check out these risks before hiring an unlicensed plumber and why it’s not worth it;
Risk of Hiring an Unlicensed Plumber: Why It's Not Worth It
What Are the risks of hiring an unlicensed plumber?
Hiring an unlicensed plumber is like getting into further problems voluntarily. You don’t know what you’re getting into and there’s only a small percentage of chance that the service from an unlicensed plumber is up to par.
Here are the types of risks and problems you will face by hiring an unlicensed plumber;
It’s one of the common norms for the plumbing and heating service providers to state/list all the hidden fees and charges before starting the work. So a customer can understand what the charges are and what service they’re about to receive?
However, an unlicensed plumber may not state the hidden charges until the service is completely done. Most of the time, these hidden charges may go over the roof and many customers have raised complaints, which didn’t go well as planned because it’s the responsibility of the one who hires.
There is a famous saying: What you don’t know can hurt you?
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to pay a small fortune for a quality plumbing service. In fact, you can get to know the complete cost from a licensed plumber before he starts to work on your plumbing problem. Contact us for a free consultation.
Penalty for hiring a unlicensed plumber
As per the British law, an unlicensed plumber does not need to comply with the rules or regulations as a registered plumber. In many regions around the United Kingdom, unlicensed plumbers are not allowed to perform certain plumbing services like burst pipe repairs, gas line work etc…
Most importantly, if you hire an unlicensed plumber, you can’t claim insurance coverage, as it is one of the primary norms of insurance companies.
No Insurance covers your Plumbing and Heating repairs
You should know that insurance companies and appliance manufacturer warranties will only cover the plumbing and heating repairs done by a registered or licensed plumber.
For example; If there is a burst pipe within the wall, then the repairs would come under the home insurance coverage. However, if the leak was fixed by an unlicensed plumber, you won’t be able to claim insurance to cover the service cost. Similarly, if your radiator or boiler is serviced by an unlicensed engineer, you will never be able to claim manufacturer warranty and insurance.
It's not worth hiring Unlicensed plumbers, Contact us Now
Before hiring a plumber or heating engineer, make sure you do your research and find a reliable plumbing company like ESBAH Emergency Plumbing Services.
If you have a plumbing and heating problem in Birmingham, West Midlands and surrounding areas, just call our local certified professional and we will be with you within 45 minutes of your call. We will take care of your plumbing and heating problems efficiently and effectively.