Being a plumber can be a very difficult job. A plumber is expected to do a number of varied tasks within the industrial, commercial, private and public sector.
In many cases the people with whom the plumber deals have no idea what plumbing involves. This often leads plumbers’ clients to expect shorter deadlines. The common misunderstandings surrounding what a plumber actually does will lead people to believe that when a plumber quotes a longer timespan for a plumbing job that they are simply being lazy or working slower so they can charge more. This is not the case, especially since sometimes a plumbing system requires a few days to settle in.
What people fail to realize is that plumbing pipes have to withstand an awful lot of pressure over a very long period of time. If plumbing systems are rushed and are not allowed to set correctly, then a pipe may bend or a leak may spring up.
But dealing with the unreasonable expectations of clients is not the only difficulty that a plumber is going to face.
Waiting for Parts
Sometimes a project’s end date is slightly longer because of a certain plumbing component that is needed that is simply not available at the time. This may extend their project deadline far beyond what the customer would have preferred and, sadly, since they have no control over the situation they often have to offer some sort of compensation for the people they are working for. Extenuating circumstances that are beyond the plumber’s control may become a problem and effect the plumber’s reputation.
Physically Demanding Work
A plumber’s job is also very tiring, so if you are planning to become a plumber, you should try to get into good physical condition because the work is often very tiring, especially for the upper part of your body. Plumbing involves a lot of lifting, bending, sawing and pushing, all of which becomes very tiring when done on a daily basis.