24-7 Plumbing’s Complete Plumbing Services for Your Florida Home or Property
24-7 Plumbing’s ever-increasing list of satisfied Florida plumbing customers is evidence of our plumbing success. Referrals and repeat customers make up a large portion of our current business. As professional plumbers, we provide professional quality plumbing at an affordable cost. Our extensive list of services include, but are not limited to:
- Bathroom Plumbing
- Bathroom Remodeling
- Cleanout Installations
- Diswasher Problems
- Drain and Sewer Lines
- Drain Care Products
- Drain Pipe
- Fixtures Installation
- Floor Drain Clogs
- Garbage Disposals
- Installation of Sewer Lines
- Installation of Water Filtration Systems and Water Softeners
- Installation of New Plumbing
- Kitchen Plumbing
- Outside Faucets and Pipes
- Pipe Replacement
- Plumbing Installation
- Plumbing for Remodelling
- Plumbing Repair
- Refrigerator Water Line
- Root Removal and Prevention
- Sewer Drain Repairs and Replacements
- Sewer Main Clogs
- Sink Clogs
- Sink Installation
- Sump Pump
- Toilet Clogs
- Toilet Repairs
- Tub Installation
- Tub Repair
- Underground Leaks
- Water Filter Systems
- Water Heaters
- Water Lines
- Water Meter
- Water Testing
- Water Treatment Systems
Protect Yourself Against Unlicensed Contractors
As a State Licensed Contractor, we feel that anyone who acts as a contractor should follow the same rules and building codes set forth by the state of Florida and the county where the work is being performed. Homeowners need to be aware of the dangers of using unlicensed contractors or people who do work for extra money. Make sure you choose the right contractor for your needs and protect your family, home, and neighbors in the process.
Did you know you could be arrested for using an unlicensed contractor? It’s true. In states that require licensing, hiring an unlicensed contractor is illegal. And, if that’s not bad enough, an unlicensed contractor who injures themselves on your property can sue you… and win! Unlicensed contractors are unlikely to carry proper insurance, so it has happened. True, these examples are the extremes, but even the average experience with an unlicensed contractor can be devastating. Most consumers who call us for help complain that the unlicensed contractor did shoddy work. Others report the contractor made off with their money, completing no work at all.
Dangers of hiring an Unlicensed Contractor
Adapted from the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation website.
- Possible Criminal Background
Unlicensed persons often have criminal backgrounds that may include fraud, theft, violent crime, sexual offenses, and substance abuse.
- Poor Qualifications
Unlicensed Persons typically do not have the education, insurance, or qualification required of a licensee.
- Poor Quality Work
Unlicensed contractors typically do poor quality work or do not finish the project, leaving the homeowner on the hook to repair or finish the project.
- Likelihood of Being a Scam Victim
Unlicensed persons often disappear after taking your money, and the department cannot discipline an unlicensed person, help get your money back, or require the person to finish or improve the work done. Scams in the construction industry, especially home improvement, are sadly widespread. Con artists pose as contractors and often target vulnerable people and take advantage of the homeowner’s need for urgent post-disaster property damage.
- Limited Resources for Broken Contracts
When you have a dispute with a licensed contractor, you call the department, which has the authority to discipline and even revoke the license. This gives the licensee more incentive to play fair. However, this type of action is not available against unlicensed contractors, and homeowners often find the only answer is an expensive, and generally futile, civil suit.
- No Insurance and Liability for Injuries to Others
You may end up being liable for personal or financial injuries to others. An unlicensed contractor is typically uninsured and will have no way to pay you back for any property damage.
- Noncompliance with Building Codes
Most projects, even small ones, require permits and inspections that unlicensed contractors ignore or are unfamiliar with. If you project is not permitted or does not comply with the building code, you may have to remove or repair the work at your own expense and be subject to fines by local government.
- Liens Being Imposed on Your Property
You may be subject to liens placed on your property by subcontractors or suppliers. Visit the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation website for more information regarding the Florida Lien Law.
- No Coverage Under Your Homeowner’s Policy
Most homeowner’s policies require that work must be done by a licensed contractor and provide no coverage for work that is not.
YOU can be subject to a $5,000 fine for hiring an Unlicensed Contractor!
Some of the Risks for Using an Unlicensed Contractor Include:
- According to Florida Statute 455.228, if you hire an unlicensed contractor, the Department of Professional Regulations (D.P.R.) may issue a cease and desist order and may take you to Circuit Court, which has the authority to impose a civil penalty up to $5,000 for aiding and assisting unlicensed activity. You could also be liable for court cost.
- If you pull a permit for an unlicensed contractor, you are held responsible for the work – not the contractor.
- If you hire an unlicensed contractor, you may actually pay more for the job than if you hired a licensed contractor. Especially, if the work is done incorrectly or never finished, you may have to pay twice or more for the same job to be corrected or finished.
- If the unlicensed contractor fails to pay his sub-contractors or suppliers, you may be required to pay them – even if you have already paid the contractor.
- Plumbing, electrical, heating, and air conditioning work should be done only by contractors and craftsmen certified in those trades and require separate permits.
- Home improvement contractors must be certified by the State of Florida as either a General, Building, or Residential contractor.
- Plumbing contractors are required to be certified or registered by the State.
- There is no such thing as a “legal” Jack-of-all-trades.
- An “occupational license” is not a regulatory license or a certificate of competency. An “occupational license” is a tax for the privilege of engaging in or managing a business, profession, or occupation.
- You may be held liable for injury on you property if the unlicensed contractor has no insurance or Workman’s Compensation.
When you need a properly licensed, expert plumber, you can count on the professionalism, care and attention you receive from 24-7 Plumbing, Inc.
Good Home Plumbing Tips
It’s time to get a new water heater if:
- the tank leaks.
- you hear a rumbling noise.
- the efficiency is down from where it was previously.
The toilet needs repair if:
- it is leaking from the tank or base.
- you hear a vibrating noise when it is flushed.
Your Garbage Disposal
- If your garbage disposal suddenly stops, check the plug under the sink to see if it is still plugged into the electrical outlet.
- If any object falls into your garbage disposal, DO NOT attempt to remove it on your own; a plumber must be called.