Barry Jolly is the owner of Jolly Plumbing in Wilder, KY. , where he has been serving clients throughout Northern Kentucky and the greater Cincinnati area for 31 years. He has won numerous awards of his expertise in the industry. Here, Jolly explains whether homeowners can expect to save any money by buying plumbing fixtures and parts on their own.
Homeowners who try to buy their own plumbing parts might be saving a little bit of money upfront, but they are usually sacrificing quality and the warranty that comes with the pieces.
In rare cases, buying your own fixtures with the help of a plumber would be fine. For example, if you are remodeling your bathroom and want to pick out your own toilets, faucets, and other fixtures, that would not be so bad. However, as far as general plumbing repair parts and pipes are concerned, I think that homeowners ought to let their plumbers provide those pieces, because the parts that a plumber provides are going to be better quality pieces than what you could buy on your own at a hardware store, and they will have a warranty attached as well.
Buying your own plumbing fixtures may cause the warranty issue. If the plumber is not buying the parts that he’s using on your project, he is not going to warranty them. And if you buy a fixture on your own, you will be responsible for its lifespan and quality if something goes wrong. That is why I don’t recommend that homeowners try buying plumbing parts on their own.
In terms of the length of the warranties, it can differ from fixture to fixture. And the homeowner should definitely ask his plumbing company to find out for sure what’s included. For example, everything included with a faucet repair is often guaranteed for one year —the repair, if the faucet is leaking or dripping, and the faucet itself, in case you have any problems with the finish or mechanisms. And with water heaters, different warranties are offered by different brands or companies. However, a typical water heater warranty is usually around six years. So if your water heater starts leaking within six years of its installation, you can get a new one, and all you as a homeowner would have to pay for would be the labor to install the new heater.
At Jolly Plumbing, we are committed to providing professional, honest and affordable residential and commercial plumbing services. We typically provide our own fixtures to clients. Everything we offer has a good warranty, so the homeowners who we work with have no problems getting coverage on the parts that we repair. For more information or to receive a free estimate, give us a call today.