July marks five years since I graduated from university, which means that I’ll have been an official fixture in the construction sector for half a decade. During this time, I’ve gotten the opportunity to work with many amazing skilled workers.
Because of these working relationships, I know things. For instance, I know the difference between an AZ and a DZ license, I know that saw cuts control cracking in concrete, and I know that line clearing is an essential part of utility line maintenance. I also know that plumbing seems to be one of the most underappreciated trades.
In comparison to some of the other trades, plumbing seems to be perceived as ‘less than’ – not as cool as electrical, not as exciting as welding, not as rewarding as carpentry. But in my experience, plumbing seems to be one of the most important trades.
Let’s take a quick poll:
Did you shower this morning?
Thank a plumber.
Drink water today?
You can thank them again.
Consumed any type of produce or meat?
Plumbing systems are essential for sprinklers to water crops, for providing drinking water for livestock.
If you stop and think about it, most of your day is somehow rooted in a system that a plumber put in place. Whether it’s brushing your teeth, boiling water for pasta, or loading your dirty cutlery in the dishwasher, a plumber made that possible.
Water, and the plumbing systems that make that water accessible, is essential to your everyday life. So next time you have the opportunity, thank a plumber.