Boston plumber explains why licenses matter
Is it safe to hire an unlicensed plumber? Joe Wood, owner of Boston Standard Plumbing & Heating, explains why it's important to use a professional with the proper credentials.
What licenses or certifications are required of a Boston plumber?
To perform any plumbing or gas utility work in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, you must be a registered journeymen plumber or master plumber. An apprentice plumber may practice plumbing and gas work under the direct supervision of a master plumber.
In addition, there is also the gasfitter license which allows only gas work. To perform any gas work in the Commonwealth, one must possess a journeymen gasfitter or master gasfitter license - this license does not allow any plumbing work whatsoever and is usually reserved for gas utility employees only.
Why is it important to have a properly licensed plumber?
I believe the primary consideration against hiring an unlicensed person to do work in your home is the lack of knowledge. Most illegal and unsafe work that winds up on the evening news is performed by unskilled and unlicensed people.
There are, of course, people who possess a license that are not the best in the industry, as in all industries, but most licensed plumbers and gasfitters know how to perform work in a safe and effective manner.