We had pending Legislation back in 2013 in Washington State that could have ceased false advertisements of plumbing services to the consumer by people who were not licensed but we never got it passed. The reason it failed was that no one but the cheaters had some interest in the bill. Deficiency of effective Plumber permit authorities in Washington State is changing a skilled licensed trade into a commercial con game costing consumers and skilled craftsmen dearly. The Issues Affecting Licensed Plumbers and Plumbing Contractors Unlicensed Plumbers – inefficient enforcement of plumber licensing Fake Plumbing Firms – General Contractors Advertising Plumbing Services.
The Cost of Promotion – Is incredibly high because of unfair competition in the unlicensed Deficiency of Consumer Awareness – They do not know that actual plumbers are a certified trade. Drain cleaners are not plumbers Other trades Wishing to do plumbing services – i.e. Builders, General Contractors and the HVAC trades The plumbing trade is A industry in Washington State. All plumbing work must be carried out by those who have a certificate of expertise; in other words – a permit. Through the years there is a concerted effort by people not in the plumbing trade to violate the law which limits who may participate in the trade. The assault on the plumber and the plumbing contractor has come from several directions. There Is not 1 enemy of the licensed plumber, but many. The most crucial root cause of this plumber license losing value and credibility over the years is that the passivity and inattention of the licensed plumber. Generally, once we have the permit in our hand we do not think much about it other than to whine about the renewal fees or the imposition of this continuing education requirement.
A plumber license Represents years of research, certified training and official permission to participate in a regulated profession. The dictionary defines permit aAs consent granted by competent authority to engage in a business or occupation or in an activity otherwise unlawful. Others are excluded by A permit .If enforcement of a Law is feeble or ineffective – nobody will comply with the law. Today the plumbing Business is under attack from the ones that wish to get engaged in the business of plumbing without a permit. The sad reality is that there has not been much resistance from those people that are most influenced licensed plumber, plumbing contractors and homeowners. The plumbing industry has been invaded by anyone that wants to represent themselves as plumbers with no permit since nobody has had a keen interest in the enforcement of plumber licensing.