When you make the choice to become a Roto-Rooter plumbing technician, you are joining the ranks of some of the most highly skilled and most sought after professionals in the skilled trade services industry. Our plumbers enjoy effective and ongoing training, always finding better solutions to problems and learning the latest innovations while incorporating the latest technology in the plumbing industry.
Despite the common inaccurate image of a man in low-rise pants who crawls under a kitchen sink to repair a leaky pipe, being a plumber requires specialized initial and ongoing training to install and repair the fixtures and appliances that are connected to a home or business’ water system. To be a plumber requires knowledge of building codes, an ability to read blueprints, knowledge of pipe and construction materials, and increasingly, knowledge of water-conservation techniques. We continually reinforce this learning at Roto-Rooter.
There is no uniform national licensing requirement for plumbers but most cities, counties and states do require a plumber to operate under a license, ensuring that plumbers have the appropriate skills of the trade and knowledge of the local plumbing codes and regulations.
Plumbers install and maintain plumbing fixtures like bathtubs, sinks and showers for residential, commercial and industrial clients. They also install and repair water and gas pipes, drainage systems, waste disposal systems and appliances, such as dishwashers and water heaters. Plumbers often work on-call and may have to work nights and weekends. The nature of the job requires travel to multiple work sites on a regular basis. Injuries like cuts or burns are common in this profession. Some plumbers are self-employed and have the freedom to set their own schedules. Full-time and overtime are common for this profession.
Successful plumbers usually have solid math and problem-solving skills, high mechanical aptitude, good manual dexterity and a tolerance for working in cramped spaces. Together, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters earned a median annual salary of $50,620 in 2015, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
What does IICRC Certified mean?
IICRC stands for Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification. It is an accreditation for businesses in the restoration, inspection, and cleaning industries. The organization examines businesses that apply for certification, encouraging them to adhere to best practices and act in the best interests of the consumer.