No matter what the task, preparation often makes the difference between success and failure. This definitely is true in the field of plumbing. Clogged garbage disposals or drippy pipes are upsetting enough. The last thing a homeowner needs is a delay that results when a plumbing truck arrives half-stocked. Unfinished jobs are seldom pretty or fun.
Believe it or not, the majority of plumbing projects and repairs are completed in a single trip. As a rule, plumbers arrive in well-stocked repair trucks. This minimizes the chances of a small job lingering unfinished because of a parts shortage. So make sure your plumber is fully prepared.
Of course, there are exceptions to every rule. Once in a blue moon a plumber will lack a needed part. In that case, a trip to the local repair shop is necessary. If luck is smiling on the homeowner, the shop will be close by so delays are kept to a minimum.
On rare occasions, a part must be special-ordered. This leaves the plumbers only choice to wait until the part arrives and install it on a return trip. Again, this situation is a rarity. The vast majority of plumbers will be fully stocked and ready to go. So brace yourself. That leaky pipe probably will be repaired before you get home from work.