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Plumbers vs. Handymen

In an emergency involving water pipelines in your home, there are important decisions one must make to tackle the issue. The first thing to begin thinking about would be who to call. Most people would call a licenced plumber right off the bat, while some Hamilton homeowners may think hiring a local handyman would get the job done.

While it’s true, a handyman could be useful in other home maintenance projects, we’re here to show you why a call to a professional plumber is the most reliable choice to make when your pipes go on the fritz.

The Difference Between a Plumber and a Handyman

Although some homeowners may believe that there is no difference between the two professions, there is actually quite a gap to cover. The biggest difference is that a plumber is trained to tackle issues in a home specifically regarding pipelines that are the pathway for your water supply, sanitation and heating systems.

A handyman is someone that is more of a general contractor that focuses on home repairs. While they may say they work on plumbing, the DIY approach (illegal with most plumbing jobs) that they take may be better suited for home improvement projects like painting, or carpet installation.

Licensed Plumbers Are Highly Trained

In Ontario, it is required that one must have a practising license to be a plumber. So when you hire one, you know that they already come with the training needed to get your plumbing problems corrected. A licensed plumber is trained to perfect many skills that include:

  • Repairing sewer lines
  • Installation and repair of water heaters
  • Maintenance of plumbing and pipelines
  • Relieving clogs or leaks in toilets and sinks
  • Taking precise measurements for specific types of projects such as bathroom renovations

Your plumbing is something that you want to be fixed correctly and expertly the first time. While a handyman may admittedly be the “budget-friendly” option at the start, you may end up paying even more money to repair anything that could have gone wrong on their watch.

Licensed Plumbers Can Help With Emergencies

Dangerous and hectic plumbing emergencies can arise at any moment. Trying to schedule a handyman for an emergency at an odd hour is not only a huge technical risk but may also be nearly impossible to confirm.

Although not every plumber is able to tackle emergency issues, the most experienced and reliable licensed plumbing expert will be on-call and prepared to handle emergencies like:

It’s absolutely essential to keep your home’s plumbing health in the best shape this spring. If you find yourself in a plumbing emergency or just have a clog that won’t quit, Royal Flush Plumbing and Renovations can help. Contact us today to learn more about our services.


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