When it comes to bathrooms, kitchens, pipes and general plumbing there isn’t much you’d want to attempt to fix on your own. That being said, fixing simple things like cleaning out a showerhead or using a plunger to unblock a drain is much like changing a plug or replacing a light bulb – tasks easily accomplished without the help of a professional. But, when you need to hire someone else with the right tools and the know-how to navigate the intricate piping within your walls or replace toilets, tiles and towel rails, who do you call? What’s the difference between a plumber and a handyman and do you have to hire a plumber or will your local, professional handyman do?
To draw the best conclusion, here is a list of common plumbing tasks performed by a qualified handyman:
- Shower and toilet repairs
- Repairing and replacing grout
- Resealing baths, basins, sinks and showers
- Sourcing and fixing leaks
- Fitting/replacing taps
- Waste disposal repairs
- Unblocking toilets, sinks & urinals
- Replacing/fitting radiators and repairing radiator valves
- Installing water softeners
- Installing geysers
In addition, a professional handyman can also:
- Install bathroom cupboards
- Tile/lay laminate or vinyl flooring
- Shave swollen doors
- Fit shelves
- Draft proofing
- Fix light fittings/fixtures
- Replace light switches and plug points
A handyman is ideal for minor plumbing repairs and general maintenance. They’re perfect if you’re looking to add new fittings or fix a few things, from a leaking faucet to hanging a bathroom mirror or installing bathroom cupboards. Much like a certified plumber, a professional handyman’s work is often guaranteed, which adds peace of mind, and their toolbox is comprehensively stocked to ensure they have the right tools to get the job done quickly and proficiently.
On the other hand, hiring a qualified plumber is ideal if you need specialised plumbing work done. A plumber is extensively trained in dealing with both water and drainage pipes within a building, which connect up with to the local sewage and water systems. This expert knowledge makes them fully capable to install both entirely new plumbing systems, if you’re building a house, apartment, or want to update the current plumbing system for remodeling purposes.
If you’re still unsure of who to call, get in contact with both handyman and plumber. Talk to each about what you need done and get a quote. Often, our final decision ends up being based on price, as hiring a plumber might not be within your budget.