What Does a Plumber Do?
Posted November 2, 2011on:
A plumber installs and repairs pipes that carry water, gas, sewage or wastewater.
When a new building or home is under construction, plumbers are usually on the construction crew. He or she may also connect gas lines used for heating and cooling and work alongside other craftsmen on the construction site, like electricians.
As buildings and homes age, pipes sometimes crack or break and need replacing — or even become obstructed or damaged by roots. The plumber may then need to call another professional out who can help fix the problem.
Plumbers also do basic repairs like unclogging toilets, fixing leaky faucets, or just repairing old pipes that may leak over time. Of course, no plumber is complete without his or her toolbox. You may carry such basic tools as a plunger, toilet auger, adjustable wrench, Teflon tape, pliers, gloves, hack saw, hammer and tape measure. Overall, you’ll use a variety of hand and power tools needed to get the job done.
Working as a plumber can be a good career if you enjoy working with your hands, occasionally getting dirty, and the freedom of being assigned to projects where you get to work on your own.