Are You New to Florida Living?

The plumbing situation might be a bit different for you here in Florida compared to where you used to live! Or it might be similar! Either way, we hope to help answer some of those curious questions for you in this blog series: “New to FL Facts!”

Here to share his plumbing knowledge and expertise with you is Byron Thomson, Next Level Plumbing’s owner and master plumber.

Topic of the Day: Licensing

Each state can be different from another, and Florida is no exception. As a plumber I have talked to many people who have just moved down and are learning the differences, often the hard way. Some things are easy to tell, like we have alligators, it is very hot and it’s humid in the summer.

Some things are not as clearly evident, for instance, licensing.

In Florida we have different rules and regulations regarding contractors in comparison to what other states have. One significant factor is licensing. I do not know every state’s laws in this regard, but I do know there are many with higher standards than Florida.

Here in Florida the only requirement for a plumber, or any trade for that matter, is that the owner of the business holds a state issued master plumbing license. Nobody else in the company is required to have any license at all. So someone could literally pull random people off the street, put them in a truck, and send them out to fix plumbing.

What this means is that often the license holder is in the office, or on a boat, and most of the plumbers that get sent out to your house will not personally be licensed. This does not mean that they don’t know what they are talking about, but it does increase the odds that there is under developed talent working at your house.

I personally know of several plumbers without a license that are very good, but I also know of a whole lot who are not. It is important to hire a plumbing company who will send out qualified technicians to perform the work at your house.

Often times what happens is that plumbing companies get so busy that they hire helpers, and then start sending helpers out on their own too soon because they are so busy. This decreases the amount of training the technician has, and decreases the service you are paying for in the end.

At Next Level Plumbing we strive to hire qualified technicians who are very capable of handling your plumbing problems in the Sarasota/Bradenton area and we are continually training them to be better and better for you.

Interested? Curious to know more? Let us know! You can continue to read more of Byron’s blogs by clicking the links below.

Byron Thomson: Who Is He?

Storytime with Byron: “Toilet Truths”

Ask Your Plumber: DIY Toilet Fixes?

Hope you enjoy!
As always, if you are looking for a plumber to help you out with a maintenance call or plumbing emergency, feel free to give us a call or text at (941)504-3578, check out our website, or email us at We’d be happy to schedule a free estimate for you and provide you with all the professional help you need!

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