Plumbing is one of those systems in the home and workplace that we rely on without much thought. Much of the plumbing is hidden away and we take it for granted. Plumbing covers everything from the water we wash with to that we drink, as well as the bathroom and appliances such as washing means. Each of these needs plumbing to work, as does the sewerage system in general. That’s why we often feel the need to call on the services of a plumber.
If you are a plumber and you’re reading this to see where it’s going, or you are thinking of training as a plumber, we’re not going into much detail here. We want to talk about what a plumber needs to know, and why. Let’s get down to business!
All About Plumbers
Choosing a career as a plumber is not a bad decision at all! Plumbers will always be in demand as there will always be plumbing systems that need attention. If you’re setting out as a domestic plumber, you will have a wide customer base and an opportunity to promote your services to local residents. So, what does a plumber need to know?
In your training you’ll be taught about how plumbing systems work, from the basic elements of a home plumbing system to the various types of systems that can be employed to service a home or other building. You’ll get to learn about maintenance of plumbing from the pipework to faucets and so on, and you’ll get to know the safety aspects of plumbing and where you need to be careful.
Make no mistake that plumbing is a profession. It is a skilled job that enables the service provider to perform jobs that are not suitable for DIY, and that need to be done carefully and using the right materials and tools. So, where does a plumber perform most of their work? Let’s talk about that.
Kitchens and Bathrooms
There are many young people signing up for plumbing apprenticeships as it is a career that can be lucrative and also enjoyable. There is a lot to learn before you become a fully qualified plumber, and an apprenticeship is an excellent way to ensure you get the best training possible. Look for apprenticeships offered by plumbing service providers in your area. As well as working alongside a qualified and experienced professional you will be undertaking a part time college course to learn about the trade, and will come out with the knowledge to take on jobs yourself.
A plumber works mainly where water is used in the home. This means they will be required for fittings in bathrooms, maintenance to water in the kitchen, and also for heating systems that require water. All of these aspects of plumbing need a different skillset, and you may find that you want to specialize in one area – perhaps bathroom fitting and maintenance – that you find you are good at and enjoy. There is plenty of scope for work when it comes to plumbers, so you are choosing a sensible and worthy career.
Plumbers are a key profession who will never be out of work. Whether you set up as a jobbing plumber servicing the local area or take on commercial and industrial jobs you will find that your skills are very much in demand. We recommend, as above, that you have a look around for apprenticeships and learn the trade alongside an experienced professional, as that is by far the best way to get first hand on the job training for what is an essential role.