Here at Intersmooth Developments Ltd, we operate in the Orpington area as both a plumber and heating engineer. With a wide range of skills, training and qualifications in both fields, we offer our customers and clients complete coverage for their plumbing and heating needs. From boiler installations to underfloor heating, and from boiler servicing to bathroom installations, we find bespoke solutions for every request our clients have.
However, a common question often arises at the outset of such projects: what’s the difference between a plumber and a heating engineer?
To try and clear up some of the confusion, we’ve given our answer below.
Part of understanding the difference comes from the history of both roles. The term ‘plumber’ can be traced back to the Latin term ‘plumbum’, which means lead. This demonstrates that plumbers in Roman times predominantly worked with lead piping in order to create plumbing systems. In fact, modern plumbers have since spent numerous years removing these lead pipes from homes and workplaces as they were found to be unsuitable for channelling water.
However, modern plumbers in Orpington and the surrounding areas still primarily work with pipes in both dry and wet forms. With the added ability to also work on heating systems, plumbers have the versatility to cover everything from new bathroom installations, underfloor heating as well as boiler installations, servicing and repairs. Needless to say, they must hold the required Gas Safe certification in order to work on boilers.
In comparison, heating engineers work solely on the heating systems of buildings. This includes installing and maintaining the pipework, fixtures and fittings used in the process of heating an Orpington property. Heating engineers cover the domestic, commercial and industrial sectors, implementing solutions for optimal heating. They do not venture into any other aspect of work.
This makes heating engineers the ideal choice for boiler installations, servicing and repairs.
It appears, then, that any confusion lies in the fact that an Orpington-based plumber’s trade covers numerous tasks, be it kitchen wet pipes, bathroom installations with underfloor heating, dry pipes or boiler maintenance.
So, while a plumber can undertake most of the tasks a heating engineer can, a heating engineer can’t perform the traditional work of a plumber. We hope that clears things up for you!
Property owners in Orpington and the neighbouring areas can rest assured that we operate as both a plumber and heating engineer to the very highest of standards. This includes holding Gas Safe certification for boiler installations, servicing and repairs.