Learning About Plumbing For Residential Dwellings

What Does A Plumbing Contractor Do?

If you're in need of assistance with your home or business' plumbing system, you probably know that you need to call either a plumber or a plumbing contractor. Whereas everyday jobs can be handled by a plumber — leaky faucets, appliance installations, backed up toilets, etc — there are some jobs that you need to hire a plumbing contractor for instead.

Below are some of the jobs that plumbing contractors perform most often. If you find yourself in need of any of them, be sure to call and schedule an appointment right away.

Oversee Plumbing Installation

Although plumbers are the ones that physically put in the sinks and toilets and lay the pipes, it's the plumbing contractors that are usually responsible for engineering the layout and overseeing the installation. Plumbing contractors are usually certified to handle multi-level plumbing installations and commercial systems, both of which are more complex than a standard residential home. Even if they don't oversee the process completely, they can still be called in as consultants on a project due to their expertise and experience. At the end of the project, contractors may also be called in to handle the final plumbing inspection as well.

Lay Gas Connections

Installing water lines and sewer pipes is one thing, but installing natural gas lines is another matter entirely. Not only is there the potential for something to go disastrously wrong, causing an explosion that can damage the house or cause severe injuries, but it may also actually be illegal to work on them unless you're certified to work on natural gas lines. Most plumbing contractors have obtained a whole list of certifications and licenses which include gas lines, so check with your local municipality to see if you'll need to hire a contractor instead of a plumber for your gas line project.

Hidden Water Leaks

A water leak inside your home is a big deal. If left unattended, it can cause damage to your wall or to your slab and cost you thousands of dollars in repair bills. While no one likes the idea of hiring out help to fix this specific plumbing problem, contractors are uniquely qualified to handle water leaks that may be in your slab or in your main water line. In many cases, they'll either do the project themselves or oversee a team of plumbers to handle it since the process is much more nuanced than a standard plumbing problem.