When there is a plumbing issue, you need to have someone sent out to fix it. It is where a plumber comes in, but do you need to find the best of the best or just someone that will get the job done?
Who is a plumber?
A plumber is a tradesperson specializing in installing and repairing pipes, tubing, and fixtures to bring water into or take it out of a building. They install or fix plumbing systems such as sinks, toilets, bathtubs, showers and other fixtures related to the water system.
What does a plumber do?
Plumbers usually do the following tasks:
- Installs or repairs pipes, toilets, sinks, bathtubs, and other fixtures used to carry water into or away from buildings.
- Repairs clogged drains, removes debris blocking drains, and installs new piping systems for water supply.
- Installs backflow prevention valves for homes with well water.
- Cleans or repairs grease traps or interceptors installed in restaurants, industrial or commercial establishments to prevent sewer fluids from backing up into the establishment’s drainage system.
- Install pumps to remove sewage and wastewater from basements, crawlspaces, and other areas where the water level has risen, usually due to heavy rainfall.
- Installs or repairs water tanks, pressure vessels, and other large storage containers used to hold purified water for the general public or large groups.
It is a fundamental look at what a plumber does. Many things need special training that the average homeowner doesn’t need to worry about.
What type of education and training does a plumber require?
A person can become a journeyman or master plumber by completing the following requirements:
- Attending post-secondary school for three years to earn a diploma in vocational studies (a community college may offer shorter programs)
- Passing a written exam
- Working as an apprentice for four years under the supervision of a licensed plumber.
- Passing another written exam called the “registration exam.”
- Completing other requirements set by the province or state where they live to become certified or registered with their particular association or governing body.
- Continuing education programs that enhance their knowledge and skills after they become registered.
A plumber cannot provide any plumbing services in a home if they do not have the proper certification and registration.
Qualifications of a qualified plumber
When looking for a plumber, consider these qualifications:
- Has the proper certifications and registration, with an up-to-date license
- Has liability insurance (if they are not bonded or insured, they won’t be able to work on your home)
- Have an established business that is up to date with all requirements for city, county, and state codes for plumbing
- Has a reputation for completing their work in a timely and professional manner.
- Provides references from previous customers you can contact to determine if they would hire them again or refer them to someone else.
- Will provide you with an itemized quote before starting any work, so you’ll avoid any surprises when paying the bill.
When you consider these qualifications, it can be easier to see why just anyone cannot come into your home and begin the work. They need to have all of their paperwork in order before they can even start working on your home.