Plumbers Insurance Guide: Introduction

This page provides you with all the necessary information to make an informed choice about plumbers insurance. Furthermore, we can connect you with an experienced insurance broker who will find the best rate across numerous insurers.

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What insurance protection do you need as a plumber?

As a plumber you typically specialize in installing and maintaining water systems related to sewage, drainage and drinkable water (including pipes, drains, fittings, fixtures, valves etc).

As a professional plumber there are several pieces of protection that you need to have in place to perform your job with peace of mind. Here is quick description of each protection along with an example:

Insurance Brief description Do I need it? Example
Commercial General Insurance
Insurance that covers risk of liabilities resulting from various claims such as bodily injuries, personal injuries, property damages that are caused by business operations, products, services or take place on the business premises. Yes You need this one as a plumber to make sure that you are covered if your customer got hurt through stepping on a pipe resting on the floor, scratched by a sharp fixture corner or dropped a hammer on his/her foot
Commercial Property Insurance
Insurance that covers any type of commercial property from a number of risks such as theft, fire, natural disasters Sometimes You need this one if you have any type of expensive equipment such as electronic measuring devices, electric saw, etc. This insurance will protect them from unexpected surprises
Commercial Car Insurance
Insurance that covers business use of cars, trucks, vans and any other means of transportation. This policy can include coverage of vehicles (e.g. damages), drivers (e.g. medical costs, rehab, loss of income, funeral expenses), liability (e.g. damages to the third-party), uninsured motorist protection, comprehensive coverage (e.g. theft, fire etc.) and number of other protections. Sometimes If you, as a plumber, have a vehicle to drive to your customers, you will require a commercial car insurance
Equipment Breakdown Insurance
Insurance that covers costs associated with physical and financial damage resulting from a breakdown of equipment. It includes the cost to repair or replace damaged equipment, lost business income and costs for temporary replacement equipment, the lost value of spoiled products or materials caused by a covered breakdown, business recovery expense. Sometimes Should you have any equipment that you, as a plumber, are really dependent upon, such as special stationary drilling machine, you might consider it.
Group Insurance
Combination of the following types of insurance that you can offer to your employees as a part of the compensation / benefits package: life insurance, health insurance / health benefits, critical illness insurance, disability insurance, drug plans etc. Sometimes In order to attract the best talent, you want to consider offering group insurance packages comparable with those offered in the industry. Without that you might be loosing great candidates who could be interested in that form of benefits.
Commercial Building Insurance
Insurance that covers various types of commercial property from pre-determined risks (also called perils) such as theft, natural disasters, fire. Rarely Typically no. You do not need it unless you own a building and use it to operate your plumbing business.

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Important things to know

  • Must-have elements of plumbers insurance: As a plumber you often do not need all the insurance types, but there are a few which are must for you: commercial general insurance (also called professional liability) and commercial property insurance (to protect your tools). If you have a vehicle to drive out to your customers, add a commercial car insurance.
  • Broker vs agent: Plumbers insurance can be purchased through insurance agents or insurance brokers. The key difference is that an insurance agent can offer products from one company only, the one he/she works for. An insurance broker works with multiple insurance providers and can compare insurance policies from multiple companies, offer you more options and, often, better rates
  • Costs for plumbers insurance: These costs can vary greatly and thus working with an insurance professional to get insurance that is right for you is very important. As an example, commercial general insurance can vary from $500/year to $10,000 depending on type of your business. In similar situations with commercial car insurance – depending on location, your driving record, use of the vehicle etc., the insurance can start at as low $800/year and go up.

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