Why Should You Hire A Licensed Plumber?
Tim´s Plumbing Company is licensed by the State of Wisconsin, we are also Bonded and Insured.
We specialize in residential plumbing service, which includes faucet & fixture repair / replacement, waterheater replacement, sewer & drain cleaning, etc...
Finding someone you can trust to work on your home and plumbing can be a daunting task. So whether you need a plumber, electrician, general contractor, or other home repair specialist, here are some definitions and tips to assist you.
A plumbing license is required to install plumbing in the state of Wisconsin, with a few exceptions. Below are the circumstances in which plumbing installation may be completed by the homeowner without a license.
The plumbing is located inside the building.
The project is in a single-family residence.
The home is your primary residence, not a cabin, summer home, rental property, business, etc. Primary residence is determined as the address where he or she claims permanent residency for voting and received state or federal tax mailings, etc.
You occupy the home, so this exemption does not apply to new construction. There are code requirements regarding plumbing fixtures that must be installed for a home to be occupied, including at least; one water closet, one wash basin, one kitchen sink and one bathtub or shower to meet basic requirements of sanitation and personal hygiene.
The Plumbing is in farm buildings, other than a new, one-family home, on property owned and occupied by the property owner except where a license may be required by local ordinance.
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Journeyman Plumber License
- A license issued after a plumber has successfully completed a training term of at least five years and successfully passes a journeyman's exam.
Master Plumber License
- A license issued to a Journeyman Plumber who has worked for a minimum of 3 years and who successfully completes the master plumber exam issued by the prevailing licensing authority in their jurisdiction. This license is required to do business as a plumbing contractor in the State of Wisconsin and allows the plumber to advertise to do work for the home or business owner.
How to Find a Contractor
Hiring a contractor who's been recommended by someone you know is the best choice. Word of mouth from a happy customer is the best source. Ask your neighbors and friends about Tim's Plumbing Company!
Call your local Better Business Bureau and your local consumer affairs office to see if they have any information about any contractor you're considering.
Ask the contractor if the company is insured against claims covering workers' compensation, property damage, and personal liability in case of accidents (we are). Ask to see a copy of certificate of insurance or ask for the name of their insurance carrier to verify that the contractor has insurance.
Licensing and/or bonding is required by State Law, so ask to see a copy of the document to ensure that the contractor is properly licensed and/or bonded.
Permitting of Project:
By State Law, any plumbing work associated with the waste system or water system in a commercial or residential building must have a Plumbing Permit filed with the local municipality and a Plumbing Inspector must inspect the aforementioned work. This includes (but is not limited to) Waterheaters, Toilets, Sinks, Garbage Disposals, etc.
- This insurance covers property damage or bodily injury to non-employees of the contractor while performing his/her duties. The limits vary.
- This is coverage protecting the owner from liability involving an injury to a workman on the jobsite. Some coverage excludes the company owner. If the owner is performing work on the jobsite, he/she should be required to show proof of coverage. Property owners can be held responsible for an injury to a contractor or contractor's employees while working on their property, if the contractor does not have worker's compensation insurance.
- This is required by many municipalities. This bond guarantees payment of all permit fees and other regulatory fees accrued for a particular job up to the bond limit.