Mr. Rooter Franchise vs. RooterMan: How They Compare

Mr. Rooter Franchise vs. RooterMan: How They Compare

Compare Mr. Rooter franchise and RooterMan costs, services, return on investment (ROI), and more with our complete guide.

Plumbing Industry Outlook

The plumbing industry represents a stable and lucrative business opportunity, largely insulated from economic fluctuations. Whether in periods of economic growth or recession, the need for plumbing services remains constant. Issues such as leaking pipes, clogged drains, and malfunctioning water heaters are perennial concerns for both residential and commercial property owners. The average homeowner requires routine plumbing maintenance once per year.

Although commercial demand dipped following the pandemic outbreak, growth in the residential market helped the industry continue to flourish. The plumbing industry is forecast to generate $125.2 billion in the U.S. and employs 537,000 people by the end of 2023, according to IBISWorld.

Additionally, the initial capital requirements for starting a plumbing business are relatively modest as most plumbers operate mobile locations. Unlike other business models that necessitate significant upfront costs for retail space and inventory, a plumbing venture can often get started as a home-based operation. This lean business model minimizes overhead and may accelerate the path to profitability.

The franchise business model allows you to launch a plumbing business with the support and training you need to be successful. As part of your initial plumbing franchise investment, you’ll get a proven brand model with a financial history of success, and a network of peers to provide guidance and support. Tapping into a franchisor’s supplier network can also lower overhead costs.

To explore your franchise options, let’s take a side-by-side look at two industry mainstays and determine the best fit.

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Mr. Rooter: An Industry Leader

Mr. Rooter was founded in 1970. The locally owned and operated chain of hundreds of locations in the U.S. and Canada prides itself on offering upfront pricing and no overtime charges. The brand has advanced with specialized equipment, such as trenchless sewer line replacement technology, to provide a wide range of services to its customers. Mr. Rooter is part of Neighborly, the franchisor of one of the largest and fastest growing families of home service brands. Neighborly has 29 home service brands, including HouseMaster, Mr. Handyman, and ShelfGenie, and more than 4,800 franchises in nine countries.

However, investing in a Mr. Rooter franchise may be out of reach for many entrepreneurs trying to gain a foothold in the industry. The initial investment for a Mr. Rooter location ranges from $83,100 to $225,390, including a $42,500 franchise fee.

On the other hand, RooterMan is a budget-friendly option, with initial investments that start at $45,075. Our lower initial investment has the potential to contribute to a faster break-even point, allowing you to start reaping an ROI sooner.

“I've been involved in several different franchises, from corporate levels to consulting, and I feel that RooterMan has the most to offer for us and our family. I think it's a great opportunity,” said Peter Allad, a RooterMan franchisee in Tampa, Florida.

Why RooterMan Stands Out

RooterMan also started serving customers in 1970. By relying on hard work, honesty, and a passion for solving the plumbing and drain cleaning problems of our customers, RooterMan grew to become one of the largest plumbing, sewer, and drain cleaning companies in North America and Bermuda. The brand began franchising in 1981 and has more than 722 locations. The full-service plumbing chain also offers emergency plumbing and a full range of bathroom remodeling services.

RooterMan not only offers a more flexible and cost-effective franchise opportunity but also focuses on continuous improvement. Our commitment to evolution and adaptability makes RooterMan a compelling choice for anyone looking to invest in a plumbing franchise.

When you join the RooterMan family, you’ll be joining more than just a plumbing franchise. You’ll benefit from our national buying power and exclusive discounts on equipment and products and have the support and backing of Premium Service Brands (PSB), the franchisor of nine home service brands. PSB strives to be the “lifetime connection” for all our customers’ home service needs. Some of PSB’s other home services brands include 360° Painting, ProLift Garage Doors, The Grout Medic, and House Doctors.

Learn More About RooterMan

If you’re ready to launch a plumbing business with a low, initial investment, get started to learn more about partnering with PSB to open a RooterMan location.