Plumbers perform diagnostic, installation, and repair of plumbing equipment used for gas, air, water distribution, and waste disposal systems in residential, commercial, and industrial buildings. They are responsible for maintaining water piping and drainage systems for a variety of purposes, such as drinking, drainage, heating, venting, and sewage.
Plumbers are usually self-employed, but can sometimes be employed by Plumbing Contractors, Construction Managers, or by maintenance departments of buildings and other establishments. They work closely with maintenance, production, engineering and outside services.
Here’s a non-exhaustive list of common tasks Plumbers are required to complete.
- Reading, interpreting, and creating plumbing drawings/blueprints/schematics to determine the layout of plumbing system, water supply network, and waste and drainage systems:
- Locating and marking positions for pipe connections, passage holes, and fixtures in walls and floors.
- Providing on-site problem diagnosis, accurately estimating repair costs.
- Installing, maintaining, and repairing residential, commercial, or industrial plumbing fixtures and systems, as well as any other equipment used to distribute, supply, or dispose of water or wastewater:
- Measuring, cutting, bending, and threading pipes using hand and power tools or machines;
- cutting openings in walls and floors to accommodate pipe fittings, as required;
- joining pipes using couplings, clamps, screws, bolts, cement, or soldering, brazing, gluing, chalking, and welding methods/equipment;
- installing, repairing, and troubleshooting air conditioning equipment, steam and hot water heating systems, and other residential/industrial appliances, as well as backflow prevention devices, pressure relief valve (PRV) stations and other types of pumps; and
- installing and repairing gas, air, water, fire protection, and waste disposal systems.
- Inspecting and testing pipes for leaks using air and water pressure gauges to diagnose defects in equipment.
- Instructing customers on proper care and maintenance.
- Preparing estimates:
- Analyzing, collecting, calculating, and comparing data.
- Installing, maintaining and repairing plumbing fixtures and systems, including residential appliances, as well as heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.
- Inspecting and testing pipes and plumbing systems for leaks and repairs.
- Cleaning out drains and obstructions in waste and sewage pipes.
The average Plumber salary is $55,525 per year or $28 per hour. This is around 1.7 times more than the Median wage of the country. Entry level positions start at $39,000 while most experienced workers make up to $78,000. These results are based on 411 salaries extracted from job descriptions.
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