What Are The Different Types Of Plumbers?
Article Date: 11/7/2019 | Posted By Nick
What is a Plumber?
Whether you need plumbing installation or repair, you're going to want to hire a plumber. They're trained and experienced professionals who can maintain and repair your plumbing system as well as install or replace any plumbing fixtures you may require, such as toilets, water heaters, and more. An expert plumber should be capable of maintaining not only your plumbing but your water heating system, gas lines, and sewer lines as well.
What are the Types of Plumbers?
Licensed Residential Plumber
If you own a home, you have most likely hired a licensed residential plumber to repair some part of your plumbing system. Licensed plumbers are highly trained and experienced with the plumbing issues found in residential buildings. Residential plumbing problems can be quite different from those of a commercial plumber and require specific expertise. Licensed residential plumbers have trained in new installations as well as the replacement, repair, and maintenance of old plumbing fixtures in your home. Some common replacements and repairs can include toilets, water heaters, garbage disposals, whole house repipes, and more. It is recommended you only hire a licensed plumber to perform any residential plumbing you may need.
Licensed Commercial Plumber
Large buildings such as multi-level offices, schools, hospitals, and malls require a licensed commercial plumber to repair and maintain their plumbing systems. They know, and most importantly, they have experience in dealing with the unique concerns that a more complex plumbing system can have. Commercial plumbers have more to deal with than residential plumbers based on the number of pipes, fittings, and fixtures for which they are responsible. Additionally, the range of sizes that the plumbing pipes can be is much more extensive and requires heavy-duty equipment to install. Multi-level buildings create even more challenges when it comes to waste removal, and a licensed commercial plumber will be the most experienced in maintaining these types of sanitation systems.
Licensed Service and Repair Plumber
This is a category of plumbers that specialize in only "service" or "repair" calls and do not have experience with installing water heaters or repiping a house. These plumbers most commonly perform minor repairs such as float valve replacements to fix a running toilet or a faucet replacement to fix a drip. Make sure you research the company you're hiring to ensure they regularly perform the service you require. You do not want an unqualified service and repair plumber to perform any significant installation or repair of plumbing systems like your home's heating, gas, or main sewer line. We recommend you only hire a licensed plumber that has experience with jobs like that.
Unlicensed Plumber (Chuck in a Truck)
You DO NOT want to hire an unlicensed "Chuck in a Truck" plumber for any reason. Even if they can save you money, the customer has no legal recourse if an issue arises from the work they perform. Let's say you hired them to do a simple faucet replacement and they accidentally tighten a fitting too much and create a small leak in the pipe. You may not notice this leak right away, but it could quickly become a bigger problem. At that point, you can only hope that the unlicensed plumber you hired will come out and fix the problem at their expense. With a licensed plumber, you usually have some form of warranty that compels them to make it right. In Texas, it is illegal for a "Chuck with a Truck" or other handymen to perform plumbing work in your home.
What Type of Plumber Should You Hire?
The obvious factor in determining what type of plumber you should hire is whether you need a residential plumber for your home or a commercial plumber for your business. When it's time to hire a plumber for a small repair like a leaky faucet, you'll have many experienced residential as well as service and repair plumbers to consider. If you require significant plumbing services such as a water heater replacement or a whole house repipe, we suggest you only consider a licensed plumbing company with proven experience. The best way to confirm a plumber's expertise is by researching their reviews for the plumbing service you require. You have licensed plumbing companies that are well established and will have hundreds of positive online reviews, like Nick's Plumbing and Sewer Services.
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