Helpful plumbing tips – What Is A Bonded, Insured, Licensed, Plumbing Contractor?

Hiring a contractor can be daunting.plumber fixing sink to prevent water damage

Something is wrong in your sanctuary, your home, and you do not know how to fix it.

Plumbing is especially mystifying because it is all hidden by walls and buried underground.

So you have to call someone that you do not even know to come into your home and put this delicate system back together.

Even master plumbers sometimes get temporarily stymied by the problems they see and have to keep running back out to the store to get another part.

Sometimes you worry that the contractor does not seem like he knows what he is doing.

There is a legitimate reason to be cautious. Sometimes unscrupulous people set themselves up as plumbing contractors but really do not know about installation and repair.

This can obviously lead to water damage that can cost thousands to fix. Water damage restoration Houston is one company that can help if this happens to you.

But there are several things you can do to make sure you hire a trustworthy plumbing contractor.

Bonded

If your project is big enough, be sure to hire a bonded plumbing contractor. A bond is a sum of money that the contractor must give to the state to cover any complaints from angry customers in civil court.

In most states, the bond for a plumbing contractor ranges around $10,000.

That way, if the customer feels the contractor bilked him out of a small amount of money, the customer can go to court, and if his case is proven, his restitution will come out of the bond.

Insured

State governments also require plumbing companies to be insured.

In general, the bigger the company’s projects, the bigger the insurance that is required.

If you are commissioning a big project, like adding a bathroom, it is of utmost importance to hire an insured plumbing contractor.

If a mistake happens and, say, your plumber breaks a public water main, it is better to have insurance to deal with this.

Licensed

Licensing requirements for plumbing contractors vary from state to state. Most states require plumbers to have competency certification on file.

This is a test that a plumbing contractor must retake periodically to verify his skills are up to date.

Doing Research

Before hiring a plumbing contractor to take on a big job in your home, find out your states requirements for a plumber to be bonded, insured, and licensed.

Many states maintain a hotline or webpage that list all the states contractors that meet requirements.

The state can also tell you how often a contractor has been involved in court.

Generally, these services are located under the state Department of Labor.

CONSERVING THE OLD, BUILDING THE NEW

Octavio Paz, poet extraordinaire, essayist and diplomat from Mexico was a friend of India.

India, its peoples, cultures and philosophies left an indelible mark on Paz.

He was deeply moved and inspired by the multiplicity of times and civilizations that comprised the idea of an Indian Nation.

He said of India,

” The past is not past, it is still passing by …………”

shree swaminarayan temple

India is both a land of ancient culture and a major society of the modern world. However to the rest of the world the issues of poverty and overpopulation, as important as they are, have precluded the appreciation of certain areas of achievement one of which, is the work of India’s Architects.

Comparatively little has been published about design activity in the developing world. The limitations of a developing economy can actually result in a creative response rather than a constraint on architectural solutions.

India ranks amongst the largest construction markets in the world.

While perhaps much of this construction is a response to rudimentary needs, it has generated an inspired and compelling architecture.

Ritual, religion and living craft tradition descend from a cultural heritage of genius and beauty.

These traditions are a perennial source of inspiration to architects who attempt to embody identity and meaning in the design of new buildings.

This is often a subconscious link and exists in many of us born and brought up in India.

The other part of the challenge for practicing Architects in India is the dependence on a labor-intensive building industry.

Mechanization and prefabrication do not yet compete on a cost saving basis with the sheer abundance of manpower in India.

Technical backwardness is one facet of the remarkable presence of the past in modern India and the building process today maintains an almost ritualistic link with the heritage of skilled craftsmanship, high quality building stone and the availability of other traditional materials.

So where do today’s Architects fit into all this?

Many have lived and trained in the west and are committed to the planning principles of modern architecture.

They use archaic techniques in their work often giving the buildings a visceral quality of execution.

Apart from the planning and building process the difficulties of designing and building in a developing economy affect the profession in other ways as well.

For instance do Architects have a role to play in the environment of the poor?

Few are professionally committed to the solution of the housing and environmental problems faced by them.

The domain of most current architectural work is the marketplace of India’s affluent middle class.

Hotels, offices, housing, factories and recreational buildings form the bulk of this work.

The contemporary architecture of India today, as distinguished from the autonomous traditions of its ancient Hindu and Buddhist past, has to be seen as the built expression of an interaction between a global culture and the acute sense of place and the past of India.

Hindu, Buddhist and Islamic traditions were followed by the colonial influence and finally post independence the legacies of Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn in the 50’s and 60’s respectively.

In fact some might shrink from the very idea of an `Indian’ architecture at all.

But slowly in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s the Indian architect has come into his or her own.

In India like in all countries the architecture of today is more than just the work of a few superstars.

There is a whole generation of Architects at work who clearly contribute to the architecture of our time and our intent is to give others an opportunity to see their works.

Our rich heritage has enabled us to modify tradition, but not reject it and to continue on this journey in time and space.