Due to the ever-growing community of DIY experts, it is easy to get tempted to perform plumbing work on your own. However, you should know that, in many cases, the law actually requires homeowners to hire a licensed plumber.
Sandy is one of the cities in Utah where plumbing work should only be completed by a licensee.
When hiring a licensed plumber is mandatory
In Utah, all plumbers need to have a license in order to carry out almost all types of plumbing work.
According to Expert Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electrical, a licensed plumber should carry out any plumbing project that requires the use of hand tools, pipe machinery, and equipment as well as the installation of pipe lines (sewer, leader, soil, and waste) and hot and cold water systems. You also need to hire one for plumbing repairs and maintenance, installation of gas pipes, major fixtures (sinks, toilets, bathtubs, showers, etc.), and kitchen disposal systems.
When a licensed plumber is not necessary
There are only a few situations wherein it is fine for you to either complete the plumbing-related project on your own or have someone who does not carry a license do it for you. An example is when you only have to replace minor fixtures, such as faucets or unclogging a minor blockage for the first time.
Why hiring a licensee is the wiser choice
There are plenty of good reasons why you should stick to working with a licensee. One is to ensure that the work completed meets the local building codes. Another is to avoid compromising your homeowner’s insurance policy, in the event that you would have to file a claim because of problems that arise from that particular plumbing work.
Remember: your home is one of the biggest, most expensive investments you will ever make. You do not want to do anything that will put it at great risk, so hire a licensed plumbing professional.