When I was a young lad, and still in school, I had several friends who were learning a trade, and if I think back, I can clearly remember a few of us making fun of our friends who were studying to become plumbers. These days however, I can’t avoid seeing the irony, because I still know some of those old friends who became plumbers, and each one of them have done exceptionally well for themselves.
Yes, we can laugh at plumbers having to do certain jobs which are by all accounts unpleasant, but the fact of the matter is, they are very well paid nowadays. One also needs to remember that plumbers don’t only fix blocked toilets and leaking faucets. They install gas lines in homes, and even intricate central heating systems as well.
Imagine what a monumental task plumbers have when they’re tasked with the plumbing of a massive skyscraper in the center of a large city like London or New York. All of a sudden, it’s not just about installing a toilet and a shower, and connecting a few PVC pipes.
Obviously, if you only require the services of a plumber for your home, it won’t be necessary for you to use one of the major plumbing services in your area. In fact, that’s the last thing you would want to do. Those massive companies aren’t particularly interested in small scale domestic jobs, and since they have very high overheads, their rates are usually very high.
When it comes to home plumbing, it’s always best to use a local plumber that works almost exclusively in people’s homes. Choosing a local plumber that operates mainly in your immediate area also means that he or she will have got to know the owners of local hardware stores, which in turn means they’ll almost certainly get the best possible prices if they need to purchase and parts.
One of the best ways for finding a reliable plumber is to ask friends and family if they can recommend one to you. That being said, you could still run into problems. Just because your neighbor used a particular plumber and experienced no problems, that’s not to say you’ll have a similar experience. For example, if they used one of the slightly bigger pluming services, you may not even have the same guy or lady call on you.
When you’re using, or you’re thinking about using plumbing services that employ several plumbers, you should always ask for references. Alternatively, if they have a website, then take the time to read through a few customer testimonials. When it comes to plumbing jobs, you want a job to be done right the first time.
Imagine moving into your new home, and then two months down the line, one of the water pipes which are buried in a wall start to leak. You would have to call a plumber out, and depending on where about the leak is, they may have to remove wall tiles in order to get to the pipe in questing. What is essentially a ten minute job turns into a job that can stretch over the course of a few days, and don’t forget, you’ll almost certainly be charged by the hour.