The instant reaction is probably to say, the cost of hiring a plumbing company in Houston is “a lot” and it is true that a lot of plumbing jobs are costly. But an important thing to consider is that you’re not just paying for the pipes or the water heater that needs to be replaced. There is exceptionally skilled labor involved in all plumbing jobs, knowledge that is gained through a minimum two-year (or four-thousand hour) apprenticeship before a taking the state exam for their first tradesman plumbing license.
The next successive step is another two-year minimum process for acquiring their journeyman license, requiring a total of eight-thousand hours of documented experience. The final stage, the master plumbers license, can be obtained after one year with a journeyman license.
Why Does It Take So Long to Get A Plumber’s License?
The reason for such strict requirements is this simple; plumbing is the only industry that can flood your home, cause mold to grow, create gas leaks, and cause explosions, all by merely showing up. Every plumbing job has the potential for disaster, so the training that our plumbing technicians receive both before, and especially after acquiring their license, is ongoing and attendance is mandatory.
What Are Some of the Dangers That People in the Plumbing Industry Face?
Exposure to raw sewage, mildew, heavy metals and an array of deadly chemicals are just some of the awful things a professional plumber must deal with daily. To illustrate the risks, in the last twenty years, Nick’s Plumbing has had four plumbing technicians become sick from sewage exposure. Their downtime due to the related illnesses lasted anywhere from one to three months before they recovered, and one tech was left with a permanent condition.
Another major contributor to the cost of hiring a plumbing company in Houston is the equipment that is on the technician’s truck. Nick’s Plumbing and Sewer Services operates fifteen fully stocked trucks to ensure that we can provide any customer with any service at any time. We stock each of our vehicles with the latest in diagnostic equipment, sewer cleaning tools, and all the most popular parts and fittings your appliances.
What Sets Nick’s Plumbing and Sewer Services Apart from the Competition?
The most important point that we try to drive home to our customers and our technicians every day is that plumbing is a service industry first. Our only goal is to provide five-star service to each customer when they want it, which is usually “right now.” To provide that kind of service, you need a dedicated office staff taking the phone calls and answering customer questions.
While price is always an important consideration in any home repair job, the cost of hiring a plumbing company in Houston as opposed to a handyman is a “save now, pay later” situation that never works out well. We strive to provide a seamless customer experience from paperless invoicing, to the e-mail we send with a photo of the technician coming to your home, to the text messages we send when we’re on the way, all aimed at that five-star service goal.
In 2019, Nick’s Plumbing and Sewer Services is looking forward to celebrating our fortieth anniversary serving the Houston area’s plumbing needs. Nick’s Plumbing is the largest family owned and operated plumbing company in Houston with forty years of experience. Let us take the headache out of your family’s next plumbing emergency.