If you're like nearly everyone else in America, you've got jobs piling up around your house that you either don't have the time or the knowledge to complete yourself. From painting walls and ceilings to fixing leaky pipes, you might be asking yourself, "When should I hire a neighborhood handyman and when should I call in the professionals?" While there is some debate around the topic, there are a few clear instances that require the services of a licensed plumbing professional.
Generally, a handyman or general contractor will have many of the skills necessary to solve your home improvement or repair challenges, but they may not be fully licensed to support all of your needs. For instance, a handyman can put in a toilet without a license, although they will still need some level of experience with the task as things can still go wrong! Anytime someone is changing water lines in your home, you want to be sure you're getting a true plumber, not just someone who "understands plumbing work."
Generalist vs. Specialist
A handyperson is generally someone who has a very broad general knowledge of a variety of subjects and is well-versed in minor household repairs or enhancements. Think chores such as painting, replacing flooring, stretching carpet, replacing light fixtures, repairing holes in drywall or other more generic tasks. While hiring a handyman may be less expensive than hiring a general contractor or plumber, it's important to know that you're not getting someone who hasn't been tested and approved by your state to perform the tasks you are paying them for.
Trusted Plumbing Team
While having your plumbing license is a good first step, it's also important to find an individual or organization that your community respects and who has years of experience. When you work with John Baethke & Son Plumbing in the Chicago area, you can be sure that you're not only getting the best service possible but that there is a trusted name brand behind your project.
When you're working with someone who is not licensed to do the work that you requested, there's always the potential that you'll end up needing to have it redone or paying for the work twice. You could even find yourself paying more if the handyman's work caused damage to your home! Life is frustrating enough, so why add to your problems by having a plumbing project done inexpensively by a handyman, only to have to hire a licensed plumber to come in and fix their "fix"? In most cases, you'll be ahead of the game to simply hire a professional plumber upfront.
Don't let plumbing woes get you down! John Baethke & Son Plumbing is ready and waiting to help with your next plumbing challenge. Our team is available 24 hours a day to help keep your home running as it should. Schedule your next appointment online or give us a call at 774-904-2659.