If you see a plumber’s truck going around Sandy with the quip, “We repair what your husband fixed”, laugh by all means, but take it to heart. The plumbing of your house is not something you want to mess around with, unless you want to make a mess around your house! Plumbing contractors need a license to work in Sandy, or anywhere else in Utah, for that matter, and there is a reason for that. In fact, there are three good reasons for it.
Plumbers Train for Years
Utah requires home plumbers go through 6,000 hours of training, which is close to three years. They have to learn eight different work process areas, including:
- fire suppression
- gas piping
- hydronics piping
Once they successfully complete the training, they have to go through another 9,000 hours of hands-on training before they can even apply for a license to do check your toilet. No wonder they charge so much per hour!
Plumbing Contractors Have it Worse
Plumbing contractors charge even more, and they should. A residential plumbing license means the plumber can fix your pipers. When you have a plumbing contractor license, you can do commercial buildings and industrial complexes. This is because they train longer (8,000 hours), learn more processes (9), and need more experience (16,000 hours). They also need 300 hours of supervisory and business experience. Overall, plumbing contractors study and train longer than do most medical doctors.
Plumbers Have to Update
Like any other licensed profession, plumbers have to renew their licenses every two years. Before they can do that, they need to have at least 12 hours of continuing education units in state approved courses. They can lose their license if they do a poor job, so they are very careful about the work they do.
Knowing what you know now, you should think twice about complaining about the bill you get from your plumbing contractor. You should also think twice about trying to do any plumbing yourself, or having an unlicensed plumber do it for you.