Oakland, California (EastBayDaily) — Because property owners must have the private sewer lateral tested and certified when they sell their homes, there has been an increase in the demand of qualified contractors. However, Harry Clark Plumbing and Heating Inc., an Oakland trenchless sewer and plumbing service, is concerned that this increase in demand has caused potential problems and liabilities that were not previously considered.
“Homeowners and their agents are responsible for the workman on their property,” Mark McQuillan of Harry Clark Plumbing and Heating said. “Even though contractors are required to have workers’ compensation insurance, homeowners should request an insurance certificate for their records, but that is not enough. Contractors should also be screened for their work practices and questioned on how they will complete the work.”
Home sellers naturally want to get the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) certificate at the lowest possible price. But hiring the cheapest contractor may have unintended consequences as many contractors are cutting corners to provide the lowest bid possible.
Don Marshall, co-owner of Harry Clark Plumbing and Heating, witnessed one example of unsafe working conditions. Marshall saw workers in the middle of Harrison Street with no traffic plan, cones, flagmen or barriers. The workman had a 10-foot deep hole with no shoring or ladders. A cord was strung across three lanes of traffic.
"It was one of the most unsafe conditions I have seen to date," Marshall said. Contractors are required to have at least one person on-site who is trained and certified in trench safety. Don and Brad Marshall of Harry Clark Plumbing and Heating require all of their workers to be trained and certified.
"We want to be competitive, but we won't put our workers at risk just to save or make a few bucks," Marshall added.
For more information about any of Harry Clark Plumbing and Heating's services, call 510-444-1776, view the plumbing services company on the Web at http://www.hcplumbing.com or visit 3026 Broadway in Oakland.
About Harry Clark Plumbing and Heating Inc.
Harry Clark Plumbing and Heating Inc. is a full-service plumbing, heating, air conditioning, trenchless sewer and water heater replacement contractor that specializes in residential and light commercial service and repair. Harry Clark has been in the plumbing service business since 1946. The types of systems it uses includes York Heating and Air Conditioning units, Takagi, Eternal and State water heaters, Toto and Kohler toilets, and trenchless sewer replacement. Its affiliations are PHCC, Consumer Checkbook, NATE, York Comfort experts, Energy Star and Preferred Alumni Partners.