In Maryland, MD plumbers handle both repairs and remodeling jobs. Repairs include fixing leaks, drips and clogs whether for emergency or for situations you’ve endured for a while. On the other hand, replacements require extensive analysis of the situation, a plan, and then execution follows. Plumbing isn’t something to attempt on your own without an expert’s assistance. Even a simple DIY repair of a dripping kitchen tap is more costly if you buy the wrong replacement part or fail to fix the replacement perfectly.
Unlike simple repairs, replacements of entire water or gas lines require a specialist with years of experience.
Hence, a plumber is an apprentice, a journey or a master plumber. An apprentice must work alongside either a journey or master plumber. A journey plumber provides plumbing services under supervision of a master. On the other hand, a master plumber handles both gas and plumbing jobs.
For any plumbing job, you need to call in a plumber who is licensed by the Maryland Board of Plumbing, by the Baltimore County or the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC). These three bodies license MD plumbers in respective administrative jurisdictions. In addition to a license, your plumber should have insurance. The Maryland Board of Plumbing requires MD plumbers to have a general liability insurance and property damage insurance totaling not less than $400,000.
Another question you can ask before signing a contract for a remodeling job is whether they will clean up after the work. You don’t want to end up with a yard full of old pipes dug out from a leaking water line.
Discuss the cost of the repair or remodeling job beforehand. Preferably, the plumber should evaluate the job before giving a quote. On your part, don’t expect to add new plumbing jobs that you had not indicated.