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25 Things Plumbers Know That Most People Don't

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25 Things Plumbers Know That Most People Don't

Posted by Trade Academy

April 26, 2022

Black and white photo of plumber's hands holding piping as he glues the rim of the ends to connect.

The average homeowner is not equipped to think like a plumber. A professional plumber has the experience and knowledge to know things about a home that most people don't. A professional plumber knows the ins and outs of your home's plumbing system. They know where all the pipes and valves are, and what needs to be repaired or replaced.

There are a few things that plumbers know that most people don't. For example, they will usually warn you about possible problems before they become serious. This way, you can take appropriate measures to protect yourself and your family. One example of a warning sign is a noise coming from the water heater that you didn't make yourself. Another example is if there is water leaking from the ceiling or walls. If you notice any of these signs, it's important to take action right away so that whatever issue is happening doesn't become worse.

Plumbers have a wealth of knowledge and experience that can be invaluable in resolving plumbing problems. It's usually not until you need their assistance that you realize how important their work and expertise is. Let's take a look at some of the skills and knowledge a plumber possesses. 

Here are 25 things plumbers know that most people don't

1. A plumber knows how to fix a leaky faucet. 

2. A plumber knows how to fix a clogged drain.

3. A plumber knows how to fix a broken pipe.

4. A plumber knows how to fix a frozen pipe. 

5. A plumber knows how to fix a water heater.

6. A plumber knows how to fix a gas leak.

7. A plumber knows how to fix a dishwasher.

8. A plumber knows how to fix a toilet.

9. A plumber knows how to fix a shower head.

10. A plumber knows how to fix a refrigerator water line leak.

11. A plumber knows how to replace a new flush valve.

12. A plumber knows how to fix an overflowing sink or toilet bowl.

13. A plumber knows how to properly unclog drains during winter season when the ground is frozen and water cannot escape easily.

14. A plumber knows the warning signs of a burst water main and can alert you in time so you can take appropriate action before the disaster happens. 

15. Plumbers can estimate how many people live in a home by working on their plumbing system.

16. A plumber will figure out what you flushed down the toilet. So if it's clogged, might as well disclose what it is. They're going to retrieve it either way. Don't be embarrassed, they've seen it all.

17. A plumber can tell you a lot about the water quality you're getting from your supply and how that may affect different appliances in your house.

18. Depending on where you live, there are plumbers that have been around so long that they claim they can smell rattlesnakes under a house before even starting a job. They typically request the client have an exterminator get them out before attempting to work underneath the home.

19. A plumber understands plumbing codes and the terminology associated with such building codes. They also have comprehension around the importance of permits and inspections of the work they complete.

20. A good plumber understands that they need to do their job properly for customers to enjoy good health.

21. A plumber  is not just a technician. They have the experience to handle difficult customer service situations. Many manage businesses and large teams. They know how to coordinate with their colleagues as service calls are received. The good ones work efficiently and don't just fix plumbing problems, they deliver satisfactory customer service to their clients.

22. A plumber is not afraid to get his or her hands dirty. In fact, many plumbers actually enjoy getting their hands dirty while they're working.

23. A good plumber will be able to tell you what needs to be done and how much it is going to cost you, so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not to proceed with the work .

24. A plumber is familiar with all types of water filtration systems and can help recommend one that will best meet your needs .

25. A good plumber knows how to fix most common plumbing problems and can offer solutions that are less expensive than replacing the entire system.

Of course this list could go on as there is so much that plumbers know that the average person does not. We are grateful for their skilled knowledge. Want to learn more about what training opportunities there are around you? Check out this list of trade schools as it's broken down by region. This could be the start of your new career!