Customers are often wondering about the differences between plumbing contractors and plumbers. Most will ask, “are plumbing contractors known as plumbers too?” Although these terms appear to be synonymous, there are a few differences that can help you decide the difference between the two. Here’s a quick guide to these two service providers to help you find the right help.

For starters, if there’s a problem in regards to the plumbing system at home (e.g. clogged faucet leaks, etc.) a plumber is the perfect person for this kind of repair. Meanwhile, the duty of contractors is exclusively for remodeling, renovations, constructions, work that involves fixes and installation in the home’s water supply, the septic system, and many more.

Additionally, the contractors are mainly owned by a plumber or group of plumbers or those who have the knowledge of plumbing.

A Plumber’s Duties

Plumbers are often called by homeowners for an efficient solution to emergencies. They can also handle various needs such as burst pipes repairs, or even the overflowing toilets.

Plumbers are the perfect people to handle minor repairs or installations to the plumbing system. These includes:

  • Faucets
  • Toilets
  • Sinks
  • Bathtubs
  • Showers
  • Shower drains
  • Food disposals
  • Hot water dispensers 
  • Water filtration

Now, what does it take to be called a professional plumber?

Well, plumbers are trained or acquired skills through official or informal training from their fellow plumbers. Also, most plumbers are experienced and can repair any home’s plumbing problems. 

These professionals may be employed by a plumbing contractor or run their own small businesses.

What Do Plumbing Contractors do?

A plumbing contractor is familiar with a plumber’s day-to-day practices but focuses on long-term, complex projects such as new construction and renovation. The type of job that these contractors usually deal with is more difficult than a plumber. They are responsible for constructing a home or building’s waste or water disposal system. Plumbing contractors can also work with electric or gas water heaters, as well as tankless water systems. Gas control valves, water control and softening equipment, and any other equipment that requires professional installation can also be installed by the contractors.

Moreover, these contractors can be a consultant for clients that are currently in the planning phase. Plumbing contractors also ensure that the maintenance or construction that they are running, is in accordance with the legal codes of the state, and of the federal regulations.

One of their main responsibilities is ensuring that the final inspection of the plumbing system is properly evaluated and assessed.

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