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What are the risks of using a plumber without a license?

Did you know California plumbers are only required to be licensed for plumbing jobs that cost over $500?

Your would-be quick-fix leaky-faucet could become a major headache if done by a plumber that is inexperienced and unlicensed.

As a licensed plumbing contractor ourselves, we understand the level of knowledge involved in maintaining our licensed status and we’re going to give you a brief breakdown of the risks involved in hiring an unlicensed plumber.


First of all:

If an unlicensed California plumber takes on a job over $500, they are breaking the law and should not be conducting business. But even for smaller jobs, you may be running the risk of hiring someone who is uninsured.


That’s right!

More often than not, an unlicensed plumbing contractor is also uninsured. That tiny leaky faucet could become an entire nightmare of water damages and you would have to pay for the damages yourself – or deal with a lengthy legal battle that no-one wants to get dragged into.


What can you do to make sure your plumber is licensed? 

You’ll often find a California license number on a plumber’s website. You can look up the legitimacy of this number online. Here’s a link to our own current and active CSLB number. If a local plumber doesn’t have a website or has failed to list their CLSB number on their website, make sure to ask for proof of license and if the license is expired or not.


You’ll probably get what you pay for:

Many times, an unlicensed plumbing contractor will under-bid more experienced, licensed contractors. The old adage “you get what you pay for” holds very true here. Make sure to calculate the risks that you’re willing to take before taking on any unlicensed plumber (we highly recommend using a licensed plumber).


  1. Abhishek on August 31, 2018 at 5:32 am

    Very true – you get what you pay for – an attempt to save a few dollars can turn into a nightmare if an unlicensed plumber messes up with your fittings. Hence you must hire someone who is insured.

  2. lhyn on September 26, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    Absolutely! In this regard we should take to consideration the skills of our plumbers. Maybe you are thinking to save money but in fact you are just wasting it because of choosing inexperienced ones to take care of your plumb issues at home.Choosing the right plumber is so vital here.

  3. lhyn on September 26, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    Choosing an experienced plumber will help you solve future problems with your plumbs at home or at the office.

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