John the Plumber Kanata here to talk to you about something that can be a bit of a challenge in the plumbing industry: the cost of a good plumber. Plumbing is a little bit like going to the dentist – necessary but not exactly an expense many people like to pay. Like the dentist, a temporary fix will only hold for so long…opting not to fix it properly and your small job could become huge and pricey in no time. Also like the dentist, sometimes emergencies happen and sometimes they are not in the planned budget and schedule. So what exactly are you paying for?
First and foremost, you are paying to have a trained, licensed professional coming to do the work. The plumbing industry is a competitive one, and most small businesses have similar labour and material ratios. Any small company like John the Plumber Kanata will have overhead costs that will be factored into your cost, though no one likes to think about that. Companies have employees to pay, offices to run, liability insurance, WSIB, additional support staff, vans to upkeep and advertising to do. But the most important is the plumber. Knowing you can trust the person working in your house to get the job done in the best way possible is worth a lot.
Materials also make up a huge portion of how much you are paying. Different materials are necessary for different plumbing fixtures, whether the work is residential or commercial is also a factor. Many times, we have to come in to do a repair or replacement and we need to bring the plumbing up to code. If the city is doing any rebate programs or you need a permit for certain work being done at your home, you will definitely need to have a licensed plumber to do the work, as fer provincial law.
The amount a plumber charges depends on many factors. Does the job fall into after hours or emergency weekend time? Sometimes the work requires an assistant to get the job done in a timely manner or requires the plumber to travel outside of city limits. Comparing the cost of a licensed, professional plumber to a handyman or your brother in law who helped you out on your home reno 3 years ago is like comparing apples to oranges.
John the Plumber Kanata has a 2 year warranty on our work and an unbeatable team of top notch plumbers and support staff. John himself oversees the company and we genuinely care about our business and our customers