When an issue occurs in your home or building related to plumbing, it makes you wonder who to call. After some deliberation you decide it is time to call a plumber, but the better question is which plumber to call. There are different levels of plumber, and it can be hard to tell which kind of plumber to call. Between a plumber and a plumber contactor, it can be hard to know. Here is a short explanation of the two distinct plumber roles that will hopefully help you decide whether to call a plumber or a plumbing contractor.
Plumber: A plumber is a person who has been trained either formally or informally from an institute or apprenticed. A plumber is qualified to fix and install faucets, sinks, showers, or any number of other appliances in your home related to plumbing. They have been trained to work on these things and should be the first person to call in a plumbing emergency. However, larger things that are often controlled by a contractor in the building process are left to plumbing contractors who have a different specialty.
Plumbing Contractor: A plumbing contractor is who to call in the case of major changes. Let’s say you wanted to install a disposal system in your sink, installing more parts to a pipe system for more appliances, or installing gas connections between different pipes and heaters you should call a plumbing contractor. They are qualified to make larger changes and installations in a home or building. Their specialty is not so much repairs or upkeep like a plumber, but instead in installation or much more dangerous pipe leaks like gas or outside yard lines.
Hopefully the next time you need plumbing work done, you know who to call. Whether it is a repair or an install, calling a plumber or plumbing contractor can be vital to your success.