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We like to keep you (Naperville, Wheaton, Schaumburg, Elgin, Bloomingdale, Glen Ellyn, Carol Stream & greater Dupage county) informed of the Plumbing industry to help clarify your options and give you peace of mind!  Plumbing emergencies can be very stressful!

What do plumbers do?

Plumbers do a lot of things people are familiar with, and many things people are unfamiliar with.  Sure plumbers unclog sinks, drains, toilets and pipes.  They go beyond fixing kitchen items such as garbage disposals, lines to a refrigerator and more.  They install new faucets, toilets, water heaters, pumps, and piping systems.  But it goes well beyond your basic household maintenance needs.  Plumbers work in residential settings at homes, condos and apartments, but also work on large commercial properties, at power and nuclear power plants, water treatment facilities, waste disposal plants – wherever there are plumbing needs across the world, there is a need for plumbers.

What do plumbers typically fix?

Plumbers are typically repairing or replacing water heater’s, sump pumps, faucets, drains, toilets and piping systems in small, medium and large facilities.  Some are simple fixes, other are large scale projects that take time, thought and the right training and background to understand how to fix a problem.  As a plumber, you should be able to read blueprints, have a firm grasp of how to use tools that allow plumbers to do their jobs and also, you must have some basic carpentry/construction skills.  You must be able to get into a job and not be afraid to get dirty, troubleshoot a problem and make decisions to fix problems.  A plumber must know how to solder, thread pipe, braze, lead a joint, and on occasion weld in piping systems.

How do plumbers charge?

Plumbers charge in various ways.  Some charge by the hour, and some charge by the project, and some on the scope of the project.  It also depends on the company one works for.  Plumbers can work as part of a union, for a small company, large company or independently, such as through their own small business.  Be sure to ask your plumber how they charge prior to having a plumber come to your house.

What is the average life of plumbing products?

There’s a reason people need plumbers – wear and tear leads to the need for repairs, even replacement.  In order to increase the life of plumbing appliances, maintenance is required.  The better quality the product, the longer the product will last, correct installation also plays a big role in life expectancy.  You may pay more upfront costs by using more expensive parts/equipment, and a professional installation, but it should last longer, saving you money over time.

What type of education and certification do plumbers need?

There are a wide variety of educational opportunities, ongoing training and skill levels one can obtain as a plumber.

There are also various jobs within the plumbing trade, such as a pipelayer, pipefitter and steamfitter.  You can specialize in various aspects of the trade, or focus on all aspects.  Once you learn more about the profession and work various jobs, you will learn what you like, what your specialty is and what area you would like to pursue.  However, it’s best to make a decision while pursuing your plumbing education to make sure you get the right schooling and training before heading into the job market.

How do you get trained as a plumber?  Many plumbers go to a trade or vocational training program and then go through an apprenticeship program.  In Illinois the apprenticeship program is 4 years of on the job training by a journeyman plumber, followed by a competency test.

Common Questions to Ask a Plumber

The time is come and you need a plumber.  What do you ask to make sure you hire the right plumber for your job? It goes beyond the “what do you charge”.  Ask these questions to make sure you are getting the right plumber to do your job:

  • Are you a licensed plumber?
  • Are you insured?
  • What are your service rates?
  • Do these rates include a trip charge and/or is that waived if work is done?
  • Is the work you are completing a specialty of you or your company?
  • Do you have references?
  • How much time will it take to complete this project?
  • Can you estimate what overall cost may be?
  • Do you charge for travel time?
  • Are you a member of the Better Business Bureau?
  • If you don’t have parts, do you charge when you go buy parts?
  • What makes you stand apart from the rest of the plumbers competing for my business?
  • Is the work you perform going to have a warranty?