Plumbers Insurance

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Why do plumbers need insurance?

Every project introduces liability. An employee could sustain an injury while soldering pipes, or a customer could sue over damage from a leaky water heater. The right insurance coverage for plumbers helps you recover quickly from losses. Some policies, like workers' comp, may be required by law.

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Plumbers can save money by comparing customized quotes from top insurance companies.

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What types of business insurance do plumbers need?

These insurance policies cover the most common risks of plumbing.

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General liability insurance

General liability insurance covers third-party risks, such as damage from a pipe carried in a customer's home. Bundle it with commercial property for savings in a business owner's policy (BOP).

  • Legal fees from third-party accidents
  • Product liability coverage
  • Personal injuries and advertising injuries
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Business owner's policy

A BOP bundles general liability coverage and commercial property insurance at a discount. It's often the most cost-effective type of insurance for plumbers.

  • Medical bills from client injuries
  • Client property damage
  • Stolen or damaged business property
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Workers’ compensation insurance

Most states require a workers' comp policy for plumbing businesses with employees. It also protects sole proprietors from work-related medical costs that health insurance might deny.

  • Employee medical expenses
  • Disability benefits
  • Employer's liability coverage
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Commercial auto insurance

This auto policy covers bodily injuries and property damage caused by a plumber’s vehicle. Each state has its own auto liability insurance requirements.

  • Property damage caused by your vehicle
  • Auto accident injuries
  • Vehicle vandalism and theft
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Contractor’s tools and equipment insurance

This policy helps pay for repair or replacement of a plumbing contractor's pipe cutters, blowtorches, and other tools and equipment. It's a type of inland marine insurance.

  • Equipment less than five years old
  • Equipment that travels to job sites
  • Small tools
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Professional liability insurance

Professional liability insurance helps cover legal costs when a plumber is sued for late, incomplete, or negligent work. It's also called errors and omissions insurance (E&O).

  • Undelivered services
  • Work errors and oversights
  • Professional negligence
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How much does plumber's insurance cost?

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A contractor who works alone will have a smaller insurance premium than a larger plumbing company.

Factors that insurance providers look at during underwriting when calculating plumbing insurance costs include:

  • Services offered, such as residential or commercial plumbing
  • Business property and equipment
  • Business income
  • Claims history
  • Types of insurance purchased
  • Coverage limits, deductibles, and exclusions
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How do I get plumbing insurance?

It's easy to get plumbing business insurance and surety bonds if you have your company information on hand. Our application will ask for basic facts about your company, such as revenue and number of employees. You can buy a policy online and get a certificate of insurance with Insureon in three easy steps:

  1. Complete a free online application
  2. Compare insurance quotes and choose policies
  3. Pay for your policy and download a certificate

Insureon's licensed agents work with top-rated U.S. insurers to find the most affordable insurance and surety bonds that fit your plumbing business, whether you're a contractor, subcontractor, or employer.

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Common questions about plumbing insurance

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Do I need a license, permit, or bond for my plumbing business?

Most states and municipalities require plumbers to be licensed, as well as carry certain types of insurance and bonds.

Even in states that don’t require plumbing contractors to be licensed, you might still need a license at the local level to work as a plumber.

In most cases, you’ll likely have to have a high school diploma or GED, and work for about four to five years in a plumbing apprenticeship, before you're eligible to take a licensing exam within your state.

Beyond licensure, having proper permits shows you run a legitimate, reputable business, and buying insurance and bonds reassures clients they won’t be held liable for damages if something goes wrong during a costly project.

Some insurance and bonds are often required by your state and local government, like workers' compensation, commercial auto, or various types of surety bonds.

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The licensing, insurance, and bonding requirements for plumbers vary by state. Having the right insurance and bonding can help keep you financially protected, and may be required for some jobs within the plumbing industry.

What other types of coverage do plumbers need?

While general liability insurance and workers' compensation provide crucial protection against workplace injuries and third-party claims, they don't cover every risk. Plumbers should also consider the following types additional coverage:

Builder's risk insurance provides coverage for a structure under construction, along with materials like pipes and PVC glue at a construction site. It's sometimes called course of construction insurance.

Inland marine insurance protects a plumber's tools and equipment in transit, stored off-site, or at a job site. A common type of plumbers tool insurance coverage is installation floater insurance, which covers materials being installed or built by a contractor during a construction project.

Commercial umbrella insurance boosts the coverage on your general liability, commercial auto, and employer's liability insurance once the policy limit is reached on covered events.

Does my plumbing business need professional indemnity insurance?

Professional indemnity insurance, also called professional liability insurance, protects your plumbing company from claims of errors, mistakes, or negligence that negatively impacted your client.

Businesses usually aren't required by state laws to carry plumber liability insurance. However, it's particularly useful for businesses that primarily sell their industry expertise.

Let's say a plumber incorrectly diagnoses a slab leak within a home. The customer could sue the plumbing business for the cost of fixing the water damage, including flooring repairs, new pipes, and mold remediation.

Claims protected by professional indemnity insurance include:

  • Professional negligence
  • Breach of contract
  • Oversights and errors
  • Breach of confidentiality
  • Inaccurate professional advice
  • Missed deadlines and undelivered services

No matter how careful you try to be, human error is inevitable, and the out-of-pocket costs associated with legal action can be expensive. Having the right professional liability insurance policy can protect your business in the event of an unsatisfied customer lawsuit.

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