For many people, the idea of being a plumber is not at all appealing. Specially for women. Even though, most female plumbers and tradies are working hard in their respective fields.
Because we’re always dealing with pipes, water and septic tanks, the job probably isn’t ideal for those who don’t like to get their hands dirty. Yes, it can certainly be quite a messy business cleaning drains and fixing toilets, but that’s not to say it isn’t rewarding helping people out of their plumbing emergencies. Being a girly female plumber, we’re available all around the clock, that actually makes the plumbing job even more unpredictable.
Let’s take a look at some of the most common aspects of a plumber’s job on a typical day.
It’s generally an early start for any plumber. You rise out of bed at the crack of dawn and look ahead to another day on the job, whatever that may bring. But irregular hours are also common, especially for emergency plumbers in Melbourne Eastern Suburbs and nearby areas. You could get a call at any time of the night or early morning and next thing you know you’ll be driving over to the other side of Melbourne to help someone out with a blocked pipe or a clogged up toilet!
A lot of what plumbers do is in a home during the building phase. This involves making sure the water gets from point A to point B as quickly and efficiently as possible. There’s obviously a great deal of work required in installing pipes and fixtures in a home and ensuring it is all in proper working order. Not to mention the gas and hot water installation, which is generally the responsibility of the plumber as well.
Dealing with Blocked Drains
A lot of a plumber’s work is to do with maintenance – things inevitably break down, pipes leak and perhaps most commonly, toilet manage to get themselves blocked. Unclogging a toilet can actually be quite a challenging task, but plumbers are generally equipped with all the necessary tools and equipment needed to get the job done. We’ve had jobs where all we needed was the good ol’ plunger and others where the blockage was so great that high-pressure hydro jets and air guns were required!
Pipes aren’t invincible, and at some point or another, you’re bound to have to deal with a leak as a homeowner. Often this comes about simply because the pipes are old and start to experience corrosion. Otherwise, putting too much strain on a pipe may cause it to break and leak. We often see people put too much weight on the faucet by hanging things off taps, and it’s very easy to make the mistake of hitting a pipe while digging. Generally, this requires that the pipe be replaced.
Plumbing might not seem all that glamorous at the best of times, but it’s actually quite a specialised skill. Plumbers have an understanding of how to get water from one place to another, which might sound simple but is anything but!