Plumbing – As a Profession
Water management, sanitation, waste disposal and treatment all depend on the plumbing facilities
available. This makes plumbing an important part of any commercial and domestic structure. The
work of plumbers differs from industry to industry. A household plumber is generally concerned
with the laying of bathroom and kitchen fittings, troubleshooting, managing and installation of
sanitary fixtures and water heating systems. He will perform the installation of pipe fittings in the
building and make sure that the whole water and waste disposal system works fine.
A commercial plumber will be responsible for installing pipes in a factory and transferring water
and sewage across huge distances.
The efforts and work of a commercial plumber is very different compared to the domestic plumber.
A household plumber will be responsible for appropriate water and sewage transportation for a
single household. However, both household and commercial plumbers share the responsibility to
maintain and troubleshoot the fittings as well. Both domestic and commercial plumbers have to
make sure, there are no blockages, no leaks and that the pipes are fitted in accurate alignment.
A plumber needs to have suitable technical knowledge of the property he / she is working on. After
his due diligence on the property, the domestic plumber will be able to make a fair assessment of
the nature and type of materials needed for the job.
For example, a household plumber will use thinner pipes as fittings to carry water than a
commercial plumber. The water movement and dynamics will be different in a factory and will
possibly require more robust pipes. Also they need to have accurate knowledge of angles and
dimensions so that they can understand how to set the pipes and at what angles.
Water is normally pumped up from the basement to the upper floors. In order to make sure that
the water reaches all floors and rooms, optimum pressure needs to be maintained. While plumbing,
the workmen will need to identify which type and thickness of pipes will better aid in creating the
A career in plumbing usually starts from £16,500 to £ 21,000 per year for beginners. More
experienced plumbers make up to £35,000 per year. Plumbers are mostly either self-employed or
work with private firms. Other might also choose to work with government agencies or form a part
of unions. Commercial plumbers mostly work on a contractual basis. They move on to their next
project once they are finished with their current project.
To become a qualified plumber, one will require an industry-recognized qualification at either level
2 or level 3. The qualification level will mainly depend on the experience they have.
The advantages of this kind of a job include freedom to set your own hours and be your own boss.
Self employed plumbers set their own rate and decide when to work and when not. Quality service
and professional attitude will help you everywhere you go.
The challenges in this kind of a job however, can be the fluctuating nature of business. There is
lack of security and there is no guarantee that there will be work the next day. Though they have
the capacity to control the hours they work, they might be involved in working overtime and odd
hours as well.
This is a guest article by Plymouth Plumbers
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