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Tips from the Pros – Insight into the Plumbing Industry

Posted on: April 12, 2013

Most people do not give the plumbing system of their home or business a second thought until a problem strikes. Once a problem occurs, priority number one becomes finding an experienced professional plumber to fix the situation as quickly as possible. With these tips from the pros, you can gain insight into the plumbing industry and learn what it takes to become a certified plumber and how to find the best plumber to meet your unique needs.

What Professional Plumbers Do

Plumbers maintain, repair and install water, sewer and gas lines for homes, commercial businesses and municipalities. Plumbers are also responsible for the installation, maintenance and repair of appliances that utilize gas and water, such as hot water tanks, instant water heaters, dishwashers, washing machines, and sprinkler systems. Many plumbers specialize in an area of plumbing such as gas line installation or water heater repair. Other plumbers act as a general tradesman and work on fixtures and routine pipe issues. After many years of experience, some plumbers go on to become plumbing inspectors or work with architects to engineer complex plumbing systems for large buildings and cities.

Becoming a Plumber

To become a plumber, individuals attend a trade school. Some people may also try to gain industry experience through participation in a local plumber’s union or with an apprenticeship under a master plumber. Plumbing repair companies in need of additional staff might agree to take on a prospective plumber to work alongside of someone with years of experience. In some places, certification for working with natural gas or other specialized equipment and systems might be necessary.

Finding a Plumber

To find a plumber to help care for your residential or commercial plumbing system, many people get recommendations from friends and family. Simply asking trusted coworkers, friends and family members whether they have recently engaged the services of a plumber and their opinion about the service they received will go a long way in helping you find the best person to do the job. You can also use online review websites, the Better Business Bureau, and referrals from plumbing companies themselves to find a plumber to do work in your home or business.

Plumbers are part of the team of professionals needed to achieve and maintain indoor comfort in a home or a building. A professional plumber will do his or her best to answer all of your questions, explain problems and suggest methods of repairs. For more information about the plumbing industry, contact our staff at the Illinois Plumbing Consultants at any time.

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John Bertram

John Bertram has been in the plumbing industry since 1985. He has worked in both commercial and residential shops for over twenty years, and John has been a plumbing inspector since 2005.

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Rick Sperando has been in the plumbing industry for over 35 years. He successfully owns and operates a local plumbing and mechanical company as well as IPC.

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Scott Underwood brings over 20 years of industry experience along with 10 years of instruction. He currently holds his IL Plumbers License as well as his CCCDI license. Scott is currently a co-owner of a successful plumbing company in McHenry County.

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My duties as the City of McHenry plumbing inspector include plan review of all new plumbing work as well remodeling projects, inspection of all plumbing being installed or repaired in the City as well as the Village of Prairie Grove, property maintenance issues related to the State Plumbing Code, working with the County Health Dept.

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