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Where Have All The Plumbers Gone?

Plumbing is not the most sought-after career. Face it, when have you ever heard a kid say, “When I grow up I want to be a plumber?”

There’s actually a crazy high demand for plumbers as the plumbing industry is dramatically losing tradesman. This is because many current plumbers are retiring and less and fewer folks are going to trade school to fill their shoes. Sure, it’s a dirty job, but there is a side to plumbing that many aren’t aware of. There are attractions to plumbing no one seems to think about. High Demand. You’d be hard pressed to find many out of work plumbers these days. It’s a job that is always in high demand. Plumbers continuously have work to do because even in times of recession and financial hardships people need to call a professional to fix their pipes.

No College Debt. There’s also the financial benefit of avoiding college debt. While many of your friends are going to college and attempting to climb the corporate ladder in hopes of earning the big bucks; plumbing offers the opportunity to earn money here and now. While college is great, it can also be financially draining. The average student loan debt is $39,400 in 2018. So, if you’re interested in getting out in the field to start working and earning without the debt, then plumbing is a good option.

Financial Gain. You also have the opportunity to quickly gain on the job experience and start earning dollars. The moment you sign on as an apprentice you begin working on your job training (and making money). First, you will act as a Plumber’s helper, and as a helper with no prior plumbing experience, you will earn around $11-$13 an hour. During this stage, you’ll gain hours logged on the job while learning from seasoned professionals. Once completing your tradesman licensing, you can earn around $18-$20 an hour. The next step up is earning a license as a journeyman. As a journeyman, you can earn between $25-$40 an hour!

Help Others. We plumbers do diverse work (despite public perception). There is more to the world of plumbing than sewage and drainage. As a plumber you will have the opportunity to serve, assist, and contribute to the community. Our work ranges from working in folks’ homes and construction sites to working with the medical field’s nitrous gas. We work on people’s garbage disposal, bring piping up-to-code, install water heaters, work in construction, and also work with unique piping. We even impact people’s safety, helping to keep them safe from carbon monoxide.

Plumbing is not a glamorous job, but our work impacts people lives. So, if you or someone you know are a good fit for this role, get in touch with us! We’d love to get you started. At Quarter Moon we will help set you up for a career in the plumbing trade and begin making a difference in the community and in your wallet.

Spring Cleaning – Don’t Forget Your Plumbing! (Part Two)

This is part two of our spring-cleaning series. Remember your plumbing system needs TLC and maintenance, too. Check out our previous post to learn about maintaining your sump pump, toilet, and faucets.

  • Set your water heater temperature to 120°F or lower to prevent burns and save on your energy bill. If your water heater is more than 15 years old, it may be time to upgrade to a newer, more efficient model.
  • Drain your water heater of water to flush out sediment. Hard water contains sediment that corrodes your water heater, making it less efficient and shortening its life span.
  • Check outside hose bibs and faucets for winter-weather damage.
  • Pour one gallon of water into rarely used drains. The water will help flush out bad odors, fill any traps, and reveal problems if it does not drain. Slow-emptying drains should be snaked. Outside drains especially need to be snaked before the spring rainy season.
  • Low water volume might not be a big deal. Check your faucet aerators first. They may just have sediment in them. They can be cleaned by soaking them in vinegar.

Install strainers in inside drains to prevent hair, soap, and other debris from clogging up your pipes.

If any of these tips reveals a problem, give us a call at 210-651-5899. We can fix little problems before they turn into big, expensive ones.

Spring Cleaning – Don’t Forget Your Plumbing! (Part One)

Bluebonnets are blooming, and that means it's spring-cleaning time! In addition to wiping the baseboards and checking for dust bunnies, you might want to make certain your plumbing system is in tip-top shape with the following tips:

Inspect your toilet for visible for cracks and leaks. To find leaks you can't see use food coloring. Dye isn't just for Easter eggs – add 6 drops of food coloring to the toilet tank. If there is a leak, your bowl will have colored water in less than thirty minutes.

Make certain your toilet is flushing properly. If the handle is finicky and has to be jiggled just the right way, it's time to replace some parts. These parts are usually inexpensive and can save you money in the long run.

Survey your faucets for any leaks or drips. One faucet dripping three drips a minute wastes 1 kilogram a day, which is hard on both your wallet and the environment so give us a call.

Five Money-Saving Tips for Homeowners and DIY-ers

Texas weather is changeable. You could need to heat your house one day and air-condition it the next. The following recommendations may cost some money up front but will pay for themselves in both heating and cooling costs.

 

1. Install a programmable thermostat. These thermostats can be set to change the temperature when you are out of the house or sleeping.

2. Determine if our house is properly insulated. Walls, ceilings, and floors should be well insulated to reduce the loss of heat to the outdoors.

3. Go on a hunt for cracks and leaks. Caulk around windows and doors. Search for places where you have pipes, vents, or electrical conduits that go through the wall, ceiling, or floor. Don't forget to look under the kitchen sink and in closets.

4. Invest in some new windows. Insulating windows are known as double-glazed, double-pane, and Thermopane® windows. Storm windows also stop warm air from escaping and are set over your current windows.

4. Replace your old gas appliances with an ENERGY STAR® water heater or furnace.

SECTION 8A OF THE PLUMBING LICENSE LAW REQUIRES THAT ANY PLUMBING CONTRACT IN THE STATE OF TEXAS MUST CONTAIN THE NAME, MAILING ADDRESS, AND TELEPHONE NUMBER OF THE TEXAS STATE BOARD OF PLUMBING EXAMINERS.  THAT ADDRESS IS AS FOLLOWS:

TEXAS STATE BOARD OF PLUMBING EXAMINERS
929 EAST 41ST ST. - AUSTIN, TX 78751
P.O. BOX 4200 - AUSTIN, TX 78765-4200

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