Hiring A Plumber Or A Plumbing Contractor

by | Sep 8, 2014 | Plumbing

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Occasionally, you run across the term “plumbing contractor.” While it is common to use plumber and plumbing contractor interchangeably, this is not accurate. There are very clear distinctions between the two professions. They each have specific functions in the overall world of plumbing.

What Is a Plumber?

When you have a leak, a burst pipe or any other type of plumbing emergency, you call for a plumber. He or she is capable of and trained to handle any type of emergency that may affect your plumbing system. A plumber may receive training at a trade school and apprentices under another licensed plumber. Among the most common tasks a plumber may be required to perform are:

* Installation of such bathroom and other plumbing fixtures as bath tubs, faucets, food disposal units, showers, sinks, toilets and water dispensers

* Repair plumbing equipment

* Remove clogs from drains and pipes of all sorts

In other words, a plumber is someone a homeowner, tenant or landlord will call to install basic plumbing items and/or repair common plumbing problems.

What Is a Plumbing Contractor?

A plumbing contractor plays a different role. He or she tends to focus on such aspects of plumbing as:

* New Builds

* Remodeling

* Renovation

As a result, a plumbing contractor is more likely to handle such things as installation of the water supply system or address upgrading the septic system. They are likely to handle the following more complex tasks. He or she can

* Build waste disposal systems

* Install gas connections and flues

* Work on water heaters – electric, gas or tankless

* Install gas control valves

* Put in back flow prevention

* Fit water conditioning and softening equipment

Moreover, in addition to installation, he or she is usually involved in the repair and maintenance of any of the above plumbing systems.

The work of a plumbing contractor is quite extensive. To be able to achieve this, he or she must have received some training in construction. They also need to be more than slightly aware of such things as building codes and specific regulations regarding the installation of plumbing systems. Their profession may also result in home builders consulting them during the initial stages of home design and planning. A plumbing contractor is usually the person who inspects than signs off on the final inspection of plumbing.

Who to Choose?

If you have a simple plumbing installation or emergency, you need to call a plumber. However, if the work involves a new build, renovation or remodeling, you will probably require a plumbing contractor. Make sure you understand the difference before you arrange for a visit by one or the other professional.

Since 1983, Apex Plumbing in Chicago has provided our clients with skilled plumbers and experienced services. If you are planning to build, renovate or remodel, talk to our Plumbing Contractor. No matter what the plumbing issue, we can help. For further information, contact us online at www.apexplumbingchicago.com.

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