I know we all go through this. We want to use someone who is the cheapest. We want more bang for our buck. We want something done, and we want it done now. We are in the instant gratification world. But, don’t we want it done right? There are several words that come to mind when I think of other service oriented businesses our there. Integrity, Honesty, Professionalism, Fairness, Trustworthiness, Licensed, Insured. I am sure everyone would agree on the first 5. We all strive to have these characteristics in life and in business.
Over the last 18 years that we have been together, I have proudly watched my husband grow in this industry. He learned and worked under one of the best men in the industry, which the majority of plumbers don’t get these days. Having a true mentor is rare. I pray that he can be a mentor and train a young man, as he was once trained. Bear has worked so very hard to build up his reputation in the Klein area and plumbing industry. Plumbers from all over still call him for advice while out on jobs. Yes even plumbers who do not work for us. He is always willing to help and educate others when he has the opportunity. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11
The last two characteristics listed above are very personal to me. Licensed and Insured. If you are using someone for plumbing who is NOT working under a Master Plumbing Licensed company or is not a Master plumber himself, I assure you that person is not insured. In the state of Texas you cannot legally operate a plumbing business without a Masters Plumbing License (MPL) and a minimum of $300,000.00 in liability insurance.
Did you know that you can easily look at the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners website to see if the plumbing company you are using is licensed with a Masters plumbing license? Here are the steps below to help you out. If you do not see that the company you are using has a valid license then you will know they do not have insurance either. The State of Texas will not issue a license to a company if their insurance is not current. https://licensing.hpc.state.tx.us/datamart/searchByName.do
There are four professional levels for a plumber in Texas:
- Master Plumber – This license is required to own & operate a company.
- Journeyman Plumber – This licenses an individual to work under a Master Plumber but not on their own. Any work performed by a journeymen plumber on his own accord is not insured.
- Tradesman Plumber – This level has a limited license and is required to work under a Master Plumber.
- Plumber’s Apprentice – Required to register with the State, this level is not licensed, and is required to work under a Master Plumber.
Just remember when you call your handyman to fix any of your plumbing and your home is damaged, he does not carry the proper insurance to cover damages. You will be on your own to repair damages in these cases.