It may seem to most that a plumber and a plumbing contractor are two of the same, however most of the time this is not the case. Although both parties will likely possess the same trade certifications or red seals, the work they specialize in is drastically different. When you need a clogged drain cleared or a leaky faucet repaired that’s usually a job for a plumber. When a new home, apartment or strata is undergoing construction or major repairs this is usually when a plumbing contractor will take the driver’s seat. Most larger companies offer both plumbers to fix smaller repairs and plumbing contractors to look after the much larger jobs. But when should you hire one or the other?
Most plumbing contractors will not service small projects such as clogged drains, running toilets or leaky faucets; that’s when you call a plumber. A plumber will be able to service any minor to urgent issues you may have related to your home, condo or apartment. As with any contractor you want to make sure your plumber is appropriately certified, possesses the proper workers compensation and liability insurance in order to protect you and your home.
If you are in need of a certified plumbing contractor more than likely you are doing a major renovation or are embarking on a new construction project. If this is not the case the need may arise to hire a certified plumbing contractor when major or extreme issues arise, such as large leaks in the piping, replacement of a septic tank or even major plumbing repiping. Plumbing contractor usually do not get involved in small projects and could advise you to call a plumber instead.
Certified plumbing contractors also are involved a lot of times in more than just plumbing. A plumbing contractor may be involved in running gas lines and fittings for stoves and other appliances, as well as running or repairing ventilation. Larger firms will usually have employees certified in the plumbing, heating, air conditioning and gas fitting fields, allowing them to provide you with a more streamlined process.
Hiring a Plumber or Plumbing Contractor
If the project is not an emergency it is always best to take the time to make sure that you hire the contractor whom you feel comfortable with. Someone who is certified and possesses valid certifications and insurance. Doing your research can help save you time and money in the long run.
ServiceGems provides a broad range of certified plumbing contractors and plumbers from Vancouver to Seattle, Edmonton to Dallas, and beyond. Request a free no obligation quote, read previous customer reviews, and view up-to-date licenses and certifications. By using ServiceGems as your guide and remembering to get references, making sure everything is in writing, verifying certifications and insurance documents your project is far less likely to encounter problems.
About the Author:
Brendan Huff is the Co-Founder of ServiceGems.com and is the resident property management and real estate expert. Bringing his 8 years of experience along with advice from industry experts, Brendan’s blogs are both informative to those who work in the industry as well as to home owners. Brendan Huff is also a Vancouver Luxury real estate expert and is passionate about the local market. If you have any questions or comments feel free to email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.brendanhuff.com.