If you have a plumbing emergency, some annoying plumbing issues, or are considering an extensive plumbing project such as renovating your bathroom, you will want to hire a state certified and fully qualified professional plumber in Salt Lake City. There are several levels when being licensed as a plumber. Some certifications may include an apprentice level for a plumber in training, a journeyman level for someone who has fairly good experience or a master plumber level for someone with years of experience with several different types of plumbing scenarios. Depending on your plumbing problem, you will want to find a Salt Lake City plumber that is best for you.
Requirements for each level vary by state and may require additional training.
An apprenticeship plumber will likely receive the most comprehensive type of training for a novice plumber. An apprenticed plumber gains their experience from working with union locals and local affiliate companies including nonunion contractors and organizations. An apprentice is usually trained to the level of three to four years of paid, on-the-job experience in addition to classroom training.
A journeyman plumber is the next step up from an apprenticeship level. Once a plumber has finished their apprenticeship they can apply for a journeyman license. Most plumbers are journeyman. Obtaining a journeyman’s license requires a fee as well as successfully passing a comprehensive plumbing exam. Not all states require journeyman to be licensed. However, the amount of work a journeyman is able to perform can be limited. Journeyman plumbers can run their own trucks and must know plumbing codes so they can make plumbing repairs and installations up to code.
A master plumber supersedes the journeyman and the apprentice. To become a master plumber, a plumber must have a certain number of years of experience as a journeyman. In addition, a master plumber should have an Associate’s Degree or training at a Vocational or Technical School. A master plumber is required to pass a comprehensive exam that encompasses both written and practical knowledge. A master plumber must also complete continuing education units every year within their field. Most often, a master plumber is subject to inspection and must make sure that all journeyman who work under his or her company are in compliance with state plumbing regulations.
Now that you know a bit more about the types of plumbers, let’s learn a bit more about state licensing. Most states require a plumber to be licensed.
After considering the type of license your professional plumber has, you may want to know the right questions to ask regarding your plumbing situation. If you have a plumbing emergency just before a dinner party you may be thankful just to find someone willing to fix it at the right price and in the knick of time. Be careful, though. A plumber who isn’t experienced can do more harm than good. On the contrary, if you’re planning a costly renovation to your house that includes kitchen or bathroom areas, take the time to find the best plumber for you.
If you’re not considering a complete overhaul of your bathroom or kitchen requiring the help of a plumber, then maybe you are on the verge of a plumbing emergency. Oftentimes plumbing emergencies are not covered by your home insurance, especially if you have already attempted to fix the problem on your own. If you are in the midst of a plumbing emergency, what you need to know first and foremost is how to shut off your main water line.
If your home is supplied with city water, the water meter and main shutoff valve are often close to each other. First find the meter and consider where the meter leads directly into your house. The main shut off line is often on the first floor or in the basement or crawlspace if you have one. The valve within your house will be along the pathway of the main water line and on an outside bearing wall. You may find your water meter is an underground hatch near the street, alongside your house or between properties. Look along the edge of your property for a metal lid marked “water.” You can usually remove the water meter hatch with a single bolt.
Once you have located the rotating valve similar to an outdoor water line, use a wrench to turn the valve clockwise until it stops. This should shut down your water supply.
If your emergency allows time or if you are just testing in case of an emergency, first shut off the valves to any water appliances such as your water heater or sinks to ensure that you do not cause any additional water damage within your home.
Often times, in case of emergency, your local Salt Lake City plumber will have an emergency contact method so you can rest assured that your house is in the right hands with someone who will respond quickly to all of your plumbing needs.