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So You Are Considering Becoming A Plumber

Plumbing is a highly skilled profession that can be obtained without a degree. It is well paying and offers great job security, making it a career worth investigating. If you are considering entering into this field, here are some things to consider first.

Tip: Frozen pipes are on of the worst plumbing problems. Prevent the pipes from freezing by insulating any sections of pipe that are close to the outside walls, and never allowing the temperature inside to be below freezing.

Most plumbers obtain their experience through trade school or an apprentice position with a more experienced plumber. While the trade school route is often easier to enter into, becoming an apprentice can offer more real life experience and, often, a guaranteed job upon completion. Consider these two routes carefully when deciding how you will enter into the field.

Tip: If your pipes freeze, turn on the water from the faucet nearest them to let water out when they start to thaw. If there is too much pressure within the pipe, it may burst, causing other forms of damage in the home.

In addition to considering the educational aspects of this career, take some time to investigate the salaries offered. Plumbers are typically paid higher in urban areas than they are in rural areas, and those willing to work odd hours can make even more. On average, expect compensation in the range of 30 to 50 dollars an hour once you have established yourself as a professional.

Tip: Knowing all your different tools and how they are used will be a great help when you work on a plumbing job. Read all the user manuals, and make use of the library and internet to learn all about projects you can do by yourself.

Aother thing to consider when entering this career is whether you would prefer to work independently or for a company. While independent plumbers can make more money, they must handle their own advertising and overhead, as well as work hard to establish their independent reputation. With a company, the business is provided for you and a salary is guaranteed, but you often must work set hours and have less flexibility. Both options have their pros and cons, so consider which will work better for your unique situation.

Tip: If you discover a problem with the garbage disposal, don't ever reach into it with your hands to attempt to fix it. Garbage disposals pose a serious risk, even when flipped off.

When it comes to actual working conditions, there are some concerns that should be addressed before making the decision to enter this field. Plumbers spend a lot of time bending under sinks, crawling into crawl spaces and stooping or squatting to reach plumbing lines and fixtures. This can put a strain on the back, and so, this career is sometimes not a good fit for someone with extensive back problems. In addition, crawling into crawl spaces or damp attics can expose an individual to mold, mildew, pests and rodents, so gauging your own comfort level with these things is important. While this is an overall safe career, these things should not be discounted when considering it as an option for you.

Tip: Never put fat, grease, or oils into your drain. When they cool, they'll harden and clog your drain.

Finally, keep in mind the hours plumbers must sometimes keep. While this is typically a nine to five job, after hour emergencies do occur. This might mean heading to a house at midnight or on the weekends. If you work for a company, you might be obligated to accept such shifts. If you work for yourself you risk losing customers if you are not willing to tend to emergencies. Make sure to consider things like child care needs in the middle of the night and your own comfort level with occasional late night hours before deciding on this career.

Plumbing is a great career choice for many reasons. Before deciding to embark upon it, consider the information in this article. By doing so, you can make sure it is the right career choice for you.

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