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What is a Plumber?

According to one dictionary, a plumber is defined as a tradesperson that fits and repairs water pipes. However, when one considers what a plumber actually does, the reality is much more complex than that plain definition. Despite the common image of a man in low-rise pants who crawls under a kitchen sink to repair a leaky pipe, being a plumber requires specialized training to install and repair the fixtures and appliances that are connected to a home or business’ water system. To be a plumber requires knowledge of building codes, an ability to read blueprints, knowledge of pipe and construction materials, and increasingly, knowledge of water-conservation techniques.

There is no uniform national licensing requirement for plumbers but most cities, counties and states do require a plumber to be licensed, ensuring that plumbers have the appropriate skills of the trade and knowledge of the local plumbing codes and regulations.

Learn more about a career in plumbing and how to get started by following the links on the right.