Plumbers must be able to perform the following tasks:
Install pipes and plumbing fixtures
Visually inspect equipment and operate test equipment such as pressure and vacuum gauges to determine the cause and location of trouble
Clear obstructions from sink drains and toilets
Troubleshoot problems and decide how to fix them
Repair pipes and plumbing fixtures
Estimate costs of installations and repairs
Present recommendations and related pricing to customers
Plumbers must be capable of performing these tasks to ensure the proper functioning of properties’ plumbing systems.
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What does a plumber do?
Plumbers install and repair pipes that supply water and gas to, as well as carry waste away from, homes and businesses. They also install plumbing fixtures such as bathtubs, sinks, and toilets, and appliances, including dishwashers and washing machines. Experienced plumbers train apprentices and supervise helpers. They work alongside other construction workers.