There are lots of people who have considered becoming a plumber at some point simply because they’ve heard that plumbers can make a lot of money.
That is certainly true, with some plumbers charging $300 per hour or more depending on the company.
However, if you are only interested in plumbing because of the pay you are bound to end up unhappy and stressed out in your job. Plumbing isn’t for just anybody.
You will have to deal with some difficult situations that you may not know how to handle, and the smells and liquids that will likely get on you will not be pleasant.
Here are some things you should know before deciding to pursue a career in plumbing:
There is a lot of training involved
First off, you need to have your high school diploma or a GED in order to become a plumber.
You should have a basic understanding of math, science, and computers in order to be effective in the trade.
If you have your high school diploma or GED already, you still need to complete a plumbing apprenticeship program and get licensed.
An apprenticeship is the best way to become a plumber because you are receiving hands on training from an already experienced plumber. This will require a lot of learning and dealing with unique scenarios so that when you are licensed you will know how to react no matter the job.
The process of completing an apprenticeship program takes around 4 to 5 years.
In order to get licensed and insured as a plumber you will need to have a minimum of 2-5 years of experience and pass a plumbing exam.
These qualifications vary from state to state but in general you cannot become a licensed plumber very quickly. And for a good reason.
It Gets Messy
If you didn’t come to the conclusion that being a plumber is a dirty job then you don’t know much about what plumbing entails.
Although only some of the work involves cleaning up feces and sewage, you are going to get messy constantly and smell bad at the end of the day.
A lot of plumbing works involves digging up pipes in yards, repairing pipes or adding in new ones.
As well, you’ll be doing a lot of fixture installation and toilet installations. Unfreezing peoples’ pipes will be quite common as well.
There’s nothing wrong with getting a little dirty if you’re making good money to justify it though, right?
You may screw up so get insurance
At some point throughout your plumbing career you’ll likely make a mistake and end up causing some damage in a client’s home or business.
This can be embarrassing and look poorly for you, but the important thing is that you have insurance to cover any unexpected damages which may occur.
Imagine if you ruptured a big water pipe in a place of business that caused water damage and made the shop close down while repairs are made.
That could results in thousands of dollars of damages that you are now liable for. Working without insurance is not smart and you will regret not paying for it one day if you mess up.
Many insurance policies for plumbing companies offer features like debris removal, commercial general liability, equipment breakdown, and commercial van insurance.
It will challenge you
Plumbing is by no means an easy job. There is loads of training involved in becoming a professional and you wouldn’t even want to try being a plumber without all that training.
There are too many unique cases and problems to solve when practicing plumbing to not be trained for years.
Doing something wrong will result in damages and ruin your reputation around town. To be a good plumber that people count on you will need to be confident in your skills.
Plumbing can be like solving a puzzle, which means having the right tools at hand and the ability to analyze a situation correctly.
There are often multiple ways to solve a plumbing issue; it’s up to you to know the most cost-effective, efficient, and effective way to solve it.
So after reading this article do you still want to get into plumbing? It’s an excellent trade for people looking for high pay after a long period of working.
Many contractors decide to start their own plumbing business so that they earn the maximum amount of money from jobs, but it is best to start out working at a reputable plumbing company first so you can learn the way it operates.
Best of luck to everyone out there trying to become a plumber!