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Should I Hire a Plumber?My short and direct answer is NO! We do not recommend installers... and especially plumbers. Most plumbers work under the idea that they need to bill you at least $500 an hour, including parts and labor. Some plumbers are at $600 to $800 per hour. Of course, you can't do that charging for labor only, so when they show up, the usually say something like "Oh my God, you didn't buy that did you?" Then they proceed to try to sell you their water treatment system (which is always an inferior system and one they generally know little about). All they know is that they get a commission for selling it and their boss is happy that they are billing you at $500 to $800 per hour. Plumbers are also famous to us for installing equipment backwards and breaking parts, because they won't (or can't) read the directions. Our systems are simple to install - we have videos, manuals and tech support 7 days a week. We have the least problems with installation from homeowners who care about their work. However, if you are not the mechanical type and want someone to install a system, I suggest calling a Handyman Service. If you Google "Handyman Service" you will have a multitude of options. Hire someone who is not afraid to call us and ask a few questions. Don't get me wrong. Plumbers are necessary and I personally know many good plumbers, but many are not that good and are trained to "sell you stuff" and bill at $500 to $800 per hour. All of the big name brand plumbers in your area are likely of that type. "Mom-and-pop" plumbers are not so much like that. The guy who does my HVAC is a "one-man-band" but he gives me great service and has saved me thousands of dollars. When my neighbor had his heat pump go out, he asked for his name. The other companies quoted from $6,600.00 to $8,800.00 for the job that he did for $3,600.00! Cheap is not always better, but getting ripped off is not good either. You need to remember that when you buy from US Water Systems, you are buying direct from the manufacturer and cutting out the middlemen. So, if a plumber has something for close to the same price, it is generally dramatically inferior. There are many reason, why you may not want to hire a plumber to install your water treatment system, however, the best payoff in not hiring a plumber is not having to see their buttcrack.