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There is a stark difference between plumbers and plumbing contractors.  Many people think they are the same but upon closer inspection we see that there are some glaring differences that all consumers should be aware of.  When you have a leaky faucet, a clogged drain, or another common plumbing problem, you’re most likely dealing with a plumber to remedy these issues. Plumbing contractors On the other hand are usually called only when there is a major plumbing problem or brand new plumbing is being installed in an addition, a new home, or during a major remodeling project. There are certain advantages of hiring one or the other in specific situations, and in some instances, either may be able to fix the problem. There are few plumbing issues that can be taken lightly, however, and new installations and major plumbing problems are even more serious tasks! Knowing when and if you should call a plumbing contractor is the first step in a quick and effective fix that will last for years.

Plumbing Contractors Are Best for Major Plumbing Problems

When it comes to major plumbing problems, certified plumbing contractors are your go-to guys.

Plumbing contractors are not likely to take on small jobs like leaky sinks or backed-up shower drains; in most cases, plumbing contractors are only called in for large plumbing issues like removing and replacing faulty septic systems, the total or near total replacement of piping, or the complete reconstruction of radiator heating systems. In some cases, a smaller plumbing company is headed by a certified plumbing contractor; if you deal with such a company for your smaller plumbing tasks, you may be more comfortable (and perhaps even better served) by sticking with that company for larger issues. However, when major plumbing problems are present depending on your local handyman can be a gamble as they may or may not have the tools or man power to do the job fast and effectively.

Plumbing Contractors for New Buildings, Major Remodels, and Additions

While they are certainly the right folks to call for major plumbing problems, the majority of the work done by plumbing contractors is focused on completely replacing or newly installing plumbing for an entire room or structure. Here is where plumbing contractors and plumbers are simply not interchangeable; certified plumbing contractors have specific training that the average plumber doesn’t have, and it’s that training that prepares these professionals for these larger, far more involved jobs.

Hiring a Plumbing Contractor

When you are entering a major building or remodeling project or dealing with a major plumbing problem, taking a little time to find the right plumbing contractor could save you plenty of time, hassle and money to complete your project. Since the projects these professionals deal with are generally expensive, it important to put in the upfront legwork and research before you select your plumbing contractor. Before you hire, get recent references and estimates from at least three different companies before you make your decision. Another strategy is to meet the potential companies that you want to hire.  Meeting in person will give you a better idea of how well this company works with your needs, and may give you a few hints as to the service you can expect from each. In many cases, homeowners who meet with each company they get estimates from have no problem telling which company they should hire. And remember, no matter how great an estimate one company offers, a low price is never a substitute for good service!

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