You’ve got a major plumbing problem and you need help fast. Of course, this plumbing issue came as a bit of a surprise, so you also don’t want to spend too much money on repairs. Luckily, your neighbor’s friend’s son is a local handyman, someone who’s good at things like fixing loose mounts, hanging shelves, and plumbing. He may not have any formal training, but he’s got a good eye for it…isn’t that enough?
In most cases, we don’t think so, but we don’t expect you to take our word for it. Read on to learn about the differences between most “handymen” and professional plumbers, and call our team to let us prove to you that the invaluable experience of a plumbing contractor cannot be matched.
How Plumbers Train for the Job
Plumbers are not just general handymen who focus on one thing. Plumbers go through many years of formal training and an apprenticeship before taking on the tough jobs. They learn about the newest equipment and technology to make a job move faster and to ensure a longer lifespan for your plumbing.
Plumbing apprentices usually train for many years alongside a journeyman or master plumber before getting one of these titles. That means that they see it all, and know how to address the toughest situations, before they are ever left on their own to solve a plumbing problem. This is experience a handyman simply doesn’t get.
Cost of a Plumber vs. Cost of a Handyman
Here’s what you really want to know: will it cost significantly more to hire a professional plumber. We’ll be honest: many (but not all!) handymen charge less than what plumbers charge. But there is a reason for this!
In the end, you may end up paying more than you bargained!
Upfront, the hourly rate for a handyman may seem low. But there’s a lot that can change.
- Without the right experience, a handyman can spend hours on a job that a plumber could do in 30 minutes. That low hourly rate goes up and up as the hours pass, and you may end up paying more.
- You might have to pay extra for expedited delivery of products they don’t have on hand, or you may even have to get a new plumbing tool for the handyman to use.
- We’ve seen it too many times: in the end, you might have to call in a plumber to fix the handyman’s mistake, at an added cost.
What It All Comes Down to: Quality
You might be more concerned about that initial price right now, but in a few short years this can turn into a problem. That installation may turn out to be leaky, or a water heater may not provide as much hot water as expected. Plumbers ensure things work properly, and they can also see that the installation looks clean.
So when SHOULD you call a handyman? There’s a time and place…like when you’re trying to help a friend out so you hire her brother-in-law to fix your squeaky front door. Otherwise, choose specialists to do a job right.