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Considering A Career As A Plumber? What A Typical Work Day Is Like

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Working as a plumber has its benefits. For one, you will probably work for yourself, and since your profession is an in-demand one, you can earn even better wages that way. If you work for someone else, there is still no end to the amount of work you will have because there is always a broken pipe, faulty faucet or troublesome toilet somewhere. To get a better idea of how your workday as a plumber would go, the following is provided.

Getting Ready for Work

Your work day starts just as early as everyone else's, possibly earlier if you operate a 24-hour emergency plumbing business. However, instead of a suit and tie, you don clothes you don't mind getting wet or coated in, uh, you know. Over the top of your clothes you probably will want to pull on a set of zip-up coveralls, which will help keep most of the unpleasant stuff off of you. Throw an extra set of socks, pants, a shirt, waterproof work boots and underwear in your truck just in case.

Checking Messages and Making Calls

Once you arrive at the office, you have to check your emails, voicemails and other messages. These are typically calls made by frantic clients who need services, or by people with some plumbing issues that would like to talk contract work. You have to prioritize the worst cases first, and then make contact with these people right away. If they have not already received help from another plumber, give them an estimated window of arrival. Acknowledge the other potential clients, then load your truck with supplies and tools and get on the road. 

Toilets, Sinks, Tubs, Showers, Pipes ALL Day

Overflowing or backed-up toilets and raw sewage jobs take precedence over most other tasks as a plumber. These are situations where human waste is going to cause health problems, so they have to be addressed right away. If you take these jobs, you have to do them first before you tackle problems with sinks, tubs/showers and leaking pipes. The only exception to this rule is burst pipes, which can spill and accumulate a lot of water or human waste very quickly and create thousands of dollars of damage. However your day goes, it is an endless stream of toilets, sinks, tubs, showers and pipes all day, for about twelve to fourteen hours or more.

End of Shift

Your shift does not end until you process your work orders and enter them into your computer. Adequate records of your daily work is necessary for both customers and payroll. Then you clock out, take a long hot shower, and go home in whatever reasonably clean clothes you have.