Making a Distinction Between Plumbers and Plumbing Contractors

Making a Distinction Between Plumbers and Plumbing Contractors

Making a Distinction Between Plumbers and Plumbing Contractors

13 March 2018
Construction & Contractors, Blog

The Internet is flooded with information on so many different topics. However, it is down to online readers to ensure that the information they are reading is helpful, authentic and accurate.

Many homeowners looking to hire a plumbing professional over the Internet often encounter the generic terms "plumber" and "plumbing contractor" and presume that the two terms mean the same thing. Well, this assumption couldn't be further from the truth. Even though the terms "plumber" and "plumbing contractor" are often used interchangeably, they mean different things.

If you need to have a plumbing job done, but don't know the distinction between the two types of plumbing professionals, you should continue reading on below.


If you are a homeowner and you are searching for a professional over the Internet to handle a plumbing issue or emergency in your home, you probably need a plumber and not a plumbing contractor. Plumbers are the people that homeowners approach for help when faced with plumbing problems such as low to no water pressure, leaky water pipes, burst pipes, blocked drains, etc. These tradespeople will arrive at a home equipped with the plumbing tools and supplies needed to fix the problem and allow the homeowner to continue enjoying reliable service from their plumbing connections and systems.

Plumbers can also install plumbing fixtures such as sinks, toilets, bathtubs, showerheads, and more. Generally speaking, plumbers are the go-to guys when it comes to dealing with basic plumbing issues around the home.

Plumbing contractor

A plumbing contractor is basically a plumber that can perform more complex jobs and perform work on a much bigger scale. If you are looking to build a new house, you will need a plumbing contractor to 

  1. install the water pipes that will supply water to your house (water supply plumber)
  2. install the drains that will facilitate the exit of wastewater and sewage out of your home (sanitary plumber)
  3. install gas connections (gas fitter)
  4. install hot water systems (hot water plumber)
  5. install roof gutters and downpipes (roof plumber)

As there are many different types of plumbing jobs to do during house construction projects, you should look for a specialist in each specific area of work.

Now that you have learned about the difference between plumbers and plumbing contractors, it should be easier for you to hire the right professional online the next time you are faced with a plumbing issue or want to build a new home.

For more information, contact a business such as A and C Plumbing.

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If you are planning to carry out construction work on the interior or exterior of your home, you should first take professional advice. My home is located on quite a steep hill and I decided that I would like to build an extension. Not only would this involve digging a new foundation, it would also involve backfilling some areas of land so the new extension would be properly supported. I decided to call my friend who works as a contractor for a construction company. He offered me lots of great advice and thanks to him the job was a complete success.