28 Jan

Plumber vs. Plumbing Contractor: How Do They Differ?

A plumbing contractor generally takes care of more complex tasks

Most homeowners and property developers have heard of a plumber. Unfortunately, some of them cannot tell the difference between a plumber and a plumbing contractor. The truth is that the two are quite different from each other, mainly in terms of the works they undertake.


Plumbers are usually the first people homeowners call whenever they face a plumbing issue. This ranges from a burst pipe, blocked sinks, or an overflown/blocked toilet. Plumbers only handle minor repairs.

Plumbing Contractor

A plumbing contractor generally takes care of more complex tasks. They can also comfortably sort out any plumbing problems the same way a plumber does.

Plumbing contractors deal in the installation of gas connections, water disposal systems, water heaters, water softening equipment as well as other equipment which you may require in your home.

Hiring a Plumbing Contractor/Plumber

The process of hiring a plumber or a plumbing contractor varies in some ways. Unlike their counterparts who typically expect about 1/2 the cost of the project to be paid upfront before commencing the job, plumbers usually expect payment once the invoice has been sent out, which is as soon as the job is done.

To get the most reliable one, you could always start by asking for references from other homeowners such as family and friends. If it’s your first time building a home, there’s no need to worry. Most of the general contractors could refer you to a plumbing contractor whom they trust and have worked with in the past.