Homeowners often ask what’s the difference between plumbers and plumbing contractors. Aren’t they the same?
The terms are used interchangeably, casually, and can get confusing.
But there is a difference.
If you have a common plumbing problem — a clogged toilet or sink, a leaky faucet — a plumber is someone you call. That person may work for a plumbing contractor or he may own his own small business. He may or may not have the training or licenses needed to be a plumbing contractor.
A plumbing contractor — an individual or company — deals almost exclusively with new construction, remodels and renovation, and handles plumbing tasks that involve water supply, septic systems, and so on. A plumbing contractor holds additional training and licenses and may work for a larger plumbing company in an expanded capacity.
Many small companies in the area are likely owned by a plumber. He, or she, may or may not have the experience, depth of knowledge, or licenses required for new construction, remodeling and renovation, and advanced plumbing needs.
In this post we look at plumbers vs. plumbing contractors and specialty plumbers.
The most common plumbing problems are clogged toilets, sinks, and drains. These usually happen at the worst possible time: in the evenings or over the weekend.
But the biggest of all common plumbing problems may be finding a plumber in the area to do the work, especially when you’re under the gun in an emergency situation. Plumbers, especially if they are any good, are booked solid and in demand. Will they be available when you need them? If not, what do you do next?
In this post we look at finding a good, responsive plumber or plumbing contractor — there is a difference between the two — in our area and provide a few basic questions to ask.
In the next post we’ll examine the types of plumbers, and the differences between plumbers and plumbing contractors, available to meet your specific needs. Not all plumbers are created equal.
Face it. Upgrading plumbing fixtures isn’t cheap.
In the previous post we looked at popular plumbing upgrades for homeowners available at area home improvement centers, plumbing supply stores, or directly from plumbers.
But how much will those upgrades cost? In this post we examine the costs of typical upgrades, helping homeowners plan for future purchases.