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Need a Black Friday plumber? L&I says check for certification

TUMWATER — Grease and food down the drain, along with extra houseguests, can put a strain on household plumbing. That’s why the day after Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year for plumbers.
If you find yourself in need of a Black Friday plumber, the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) advises Washington homeowners to choose carefully.
“Not all plumbers are created equal,” said Bruce Springer, Technical Specialist of Plumber Certification at L&I. “Professional plumbers have specialized training and certification from the state.”
To get your pipes working again, L&I advises homeowners to do the following:

  • Before a plumber starts work on your home, ask to see their state license declaring them a certified residential or journeyman plumber.
  • Ensure the company the plumber is working for is registered with the state as a general contractor or a specialty plumbing contractor. You can look up any plumbing contractor using the contractor look up tool on the L&I homepage. Contractor registration ensures the company is bonded and insured should something go wrong with the job.
  • Those learning the plumbing trade must maintain an active trainee card. Plumber trainees are required to be supervised by a certified plumber while on the job, which means they shouldn’t be sent out to jobs alone.

Also, get your bid in writing before work begins to avoid confusion.


Media contact: Selena Davis, L&I, 360-902-6878

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