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Verify licensure and insurance. Little-known fact: There are different types of plumbing licenses. Be sure you know exactly who will be doing the work — some plumbers subcontract jobs out — and his or her licensing status.
Plumbers generally start as apprentices to their fully licensed colleagues. Apprentices in some states are allowed to operate independently after a training period. A plumber must have spent several years as an apprentice and must pass a state exam to earn a license. To qualify as a master plumber, he or she is required to maintain that license for a certain number of years and pass another state exam.
Ask for license and liability insurance confirmation before the plumber begins work.