Heating contractors spend a lot of time fixing, replacing, installing and uninstalling furnaces and heating equipment. So, why would a heating contractor subcontract out some work to a plumber? There are actually several good reasons why this might happen.
The Heating Contractor Is in High Demand
When a heating contractor has a lot of customers requiring his or her time and services and does not have enough assistance with fulfilling customer needs, he or she might subcontract a plumber. The heating contractor does most of the work, leaving behind that which a plumber is equipped to handle. Then the plumber comes in to finish the job while the heating contractor moves on to the next job on the list. It is a more efficient way to get a long list of jobs done in a short amount of time.
Some Complicated Plumbing Work Requires Help
Another reason why a heating contractor may subcontract some work out to a plumber is because there exists some complicated plumbing issues with a project. A boiler and a water heater that are currently spaced too close to each other needs a plumber's second opinion regarding installation of a new water heater and/or a new boiler. That is one such example of complicated plumbing where a plumber might be able to offer some solutions on how to go about installing and/or removing and repositioning this equipment.
A Maze of Pipes Is Confusing
In some really old houses and buildings, the structure of the pipes and electrical wiring threaded through pipes is confusing. There may be dozens of pipes but not all of them are water pipes. The plumber would be able to identify which pipes are electrical channels for several wires and which pipes are actually water pipes. Tracing the path of the water pipes and the electrical pipe channels helps the heating contractor figure out where to connect electrical wires, gas lines, water lines, etc., without damaging the pipes that currently exist. The plumber can also label the pipes so that the heating contractor can follow the pipes with minimal confusion back to their sources (e.g., main water intake valve vs. fuse box).
Who Pays for the Extra Contractor
Usually, if your heating contractor already knows that he/she will need an extra subcontracted plumber on the job, it will be part of the work estimate and order supplied to you before you hire the heating contractor. It is at your expense, but not without good reason. If the heating contractor finds out part way into the job that he/she may need help from a subcontracted agent, he/she will consult you first and discuss costs and who will pay.
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