Should I choose a licensed plumber? The short answer is yes, you always want to choose a licensed plumber. Licensing requirements vary by state. In Indiana, anyone performing plumbing services must have a current plumbing license in the State of Indiana. If they don’t have a current license, they are working illegally as a plumber in Indiana.
To get a license, plumbers must meet rigorous training standards and pass a test to prove that they have the knowledge and experience required to perform plumbing work that meets state code. In Indiana, the plumbing license law requires 4 years of classroom instruction and at least 7600 hours of on-the-job training. In addition, apprentices must pass both a practical exam and a written exam before becoming licensed as a plumber.
This is one way in which the state licensing agencies ensure that consumers are protected against fraud and sloppy work. Improper plumbing repairs could cause expensive damages and risk your family’s health. Your plumbing pipes carry not only your drinking water but your wastewater as well. Unlicensed and untrained plumbers may inadvertently create a cross connection that puts your health and the health of your community at risk, so it is important to ensure that everything is correctly installed or repaired.
Although it is tempting to believe that everyone listed as a plumber in a directory is licensed, there are some plumbers who operate outside the law and are not legally able to perform the work.
It is best practice to request a license number from the plumber you are considering, and to check that it is valid and has no complaints against it before allowing the plumber to begin work.
Licensed plumbers should have their plumbing license number (which begins with CO or PC) on their website. In the State of Indiana, all licensed plumbers must have a license available to view if requested. In addition, Indiana plumbers must have their license number clearly visible on their vehicle.
For example, experienced local Indianapolis plumber Hamm & Sons Plumbing has their License number CO10000101 visible at the top of each web page on their site and on every truck they dispatch. If the plumber you are considering doesn’t have their license available and doesn’t have it on their vehicle, those are danger signs that signal that you might not be dealing with a licensed plumber.
Once you have the plumber’s license number, you can check your state licensing agency to ensure that it is valid, and to determine if there are any complaints or violations against it. In Indiana, follow the process below to verify the status of a plumber’s license:
Many states have contractors’ associations that are dedicated to ensuring that consumers can easily find licensed contractors in their area. The Indiana Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors Association (Indiana PHCC) has a directory of its members, including details such as their corporation license. For more information, see the Indiana PHCC Membership List here: https://www.iaphcc.com/membership-list/.
In addition, it is best practice to check out other customer’s experiences and ratings on review sites such as Angie’s List (www.angieslist.com) to ensure that others are telling an overwhelmingly positive story about the contractor you are considering. Many different factors such as experience, price, emergency service and scheduling all factor in to finding out who is the best plumber for your needs. However, regardless of the plumber you choose, always ensure that you are choosing one that is properly licensed for your state.
Hamm and Sons Plumbing offers expert plumbing services to the Indianapolis area. We have been in the plumbing business since 1984 and are licensed and insured. We want you and your family to be safe, so we do background checks on our employees for your protection. We maintain a large warehouse of repair parts so that we can get your problem solved right away. We are well known in the Indianapolis area for our fast, professional service and would be pleased to assist you with any residential or light commercial plumbing repair or installation need. Our experienced, courteous team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays and weekends, 365 days a year. To see what our clients are saying about us, check out our many positive reviews on Angie’s List.
To schedule routine or emergency service, call 317-202-9853.