Many people consider plumbers to be emergency services, and believe you only need to call one when you absolutely MUST get help for your current issue.
What most don’t realize is that water affects the entire integrity of your house, making it crucial to get ahead of any plumbing repairs.
The disconnect is that if you’re only bringing in a plumber for emergency repairs, they won’t have the opportunity to give you the guidance they were truly trained for.
Who Licenses Plumbers?
OCTAA is the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act.
Passed in 2009, it determines that the governing body of the College of Trades can establish things like the number of training hours that plumbers must complete.
The Ontario Colleges facilitate the training for these skilled trades, but plumbers must also go through an apprenticeship program where they learn to apply the theory from the classroom under supervision.
This well-respected program turns out plumbers who are experts in not just plumbing, but the relevant details of home construction so that they understand the big picture of your home.
Benefits Of A Licensed Professional Plumber
Licensed plumbers are trained and upskilled, using the most recent stats and research.
This means they know how to handle new-builds and new products just as well as the plumbing issues from century homes.
Licensed plumbers are held accountable by the licensing regulatory board, who will address any plumbers for violating its rules.
This serves as a little extra protection for you.
1. They Can Help You With Other Plumbing Issues
A licensed plumber will be up-to-date with your area’s or municipality’s current plumbing infrastructure and state of repair.
This is invaluable information when ensuring that your house is to code and there’s nothing outside your property line that could be impacting your home and family’s health.
Licensed plumbers are also experts of a home’s anatomy, and know the traits of a home the age of yours (whatever that may be).
They will be able to give you advance warnings for what conditions your home may be prone to, and they’ll be able to diagnose the issue faster than someone who hasn’t had rigorous training.
2. Peace Of Mind
The reason you establish a relationship with your own licensed plumber is the same reason you go to a licensed insurance broker – you want peace of mind against some kind of catastrophic event.
Water is one of the greatest forces known on Earth, and it can do serious damage to a house, especially – and maybe surprisingly – when it’s as small as a persistent, untreated drip.
Water that’s left to drip and rot into your house’s structure also causes mold, and this is the one that you most want to avoid, because it can impact your family’s health.
Take care of your home, and your home will take care of your family.
3. They Can See The Big Picture
Your house’s plumbing system is akin to your cardiovascular system – they are the arteries of your home.
Just like a cardiac doctor, a licensed plumber is intimately knowledgeable about all the weak and strong points, the common conditions and how to keep it all healthy.
By having regular checkups with your plumbing ‘doctor’, you can ensure that your house’s heart keeps beating, and doesn’t suffer from as much wear and tear as it ages.
4. They Can Help You Plan Better
Having a licensed plumber means being able to call up someone reliable at a moment’s notice to get feedback on a project you might be planning.
Homeowners will often have plans for the future of their house, even though those may change once or twice before coming to fruition.
It can be wise – and financially savvy – to plan ahead when you have repairs that can’t wait.
For example, if you’re planning on moving your kitchen in the future, but you’re having your basement renovated, that would be a perfect time to install the drains for their eventual location.
Call Triton Plumbing & Service
If it’s been too long since you’ve kept the number of a plumber you can trust on your fridge door, we recommend you give us a call.
We’ll be happy to chat with you about your residence’s situation and what you’re looking for, and we’ll be able to recommend the licensed plumber that’s right for you.
Just like a doctor, your plumber will be there to see your home through its lifetime, and keep it healthy and aging well.