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Get insight into a day in the life of your local plumber

At Watermaster Plumbing, we’re committed to providing top-shelf plumbing services.

Our team are constantly on the road, responding to plumbing problems and emergencies all day, every day.

A typical day might see us bounce between Frankston, the CBD and a couple of spots in between.

But what does one of those days look like?

If you’ve ever wanted to join a plumber on a ride-along, you might need to wait a bit longer.

Luckily, we’ve got the next best thing: a blog that covers a day in the life of your local plumber.

Mature plumber fixing a sink at kitchen

6am: Rise and shine

A plumber’s day starts early. That’s because plumbers don’t keep a banker’s hours – early, after-hours and weekend call-outs are part of the territory when it comes to plumbing. As such, we need to wake up extra early to make sure we’re ready for the day.

A plumber’s day starts with a hearty breakfast. Like most trades, plumbing can be physically demanding so a filling breakfast is crucial!

Over breakfast, we’ll go through our daily planner, planning out routes and slotting in any new jobs forwarded to us by Josie, our admin lady.

Once we’re fed and organised, we make ourselves presentable, get dressed in a fresh uniform and off we go.

7:15am: Emergency plumber needed – now

You might find yourself needing an emergency plumber at any time – that can include early in the morning too!

Halfway through our morning routine, we receive a call that’s been diverted from the office number to the mobile. The call is from a frazzled cafe owner a few suburbs away.

They’ve come into work to start their day, but have noticed a terrible leak underneath the sink.

Luckily for them, the problem sounds like something we can fix on-the-spot without a detour to the warehouse. Plus, our first scheduled job today isn’t until 9:30am, which gives us enough time to check the situation out.

A short time later, and their leak is fixed and the client can confidently continue with their day!

Now, we’re on our way to our first scheduled job.

9:30am: hot water installation

First job of the day: replacing a worn-out water heater.

At 8:45am, we’re back at our HQ doing some quick admin work before once again hopping back in the van and heading south down the Peninsula to Sandringham, to be precise.

Hot water system installation is a big, time-consuming job:

  1. Properly disconnecting the old hot water system can take up to 60 minutes
  2. Placing the new system: can take 30-45 minutes depending on size and location
  3. Connecting your pipes, gas supply and testing it for function can take another hour

By midday, or first big scheduled job of the day is done, and our client has saved themselves from reaching a hot water disaster come winter time!

12:30pm: Lunch time

With a few minutes to spare, we take the opportunity to sit down, rest, and fill up on a hearty lunch to keep us going throughout the day.

1:30pm: A routine plumbing inspection

Once we finish lunch, we’re back in the van as we head to a home in Bentleigh to perform a  routine plumbing inspection.

In this case, the client has just purchased a new home and wants the current plumbing system assessed. We already know that the house is a small, single-level home that was built in the late 90s.

We know this job isn’t going to be as time-consuming as others. But we still assign a little extra time, in case we uncover any hidden problems.

We attend the property and spend 30 minutes assessing the plumbing. We uncover two minor yet significant problems: weak water pressure and a partially blocked sewer near the toilet bowl.

Luckily, we’re able to fix both of these problems on-the-spot before they get worse – and at a a reduced price, too, which thrilled the new homeowner!

Since we already allocated a little extra time, we’re still on track to meet our next client…

3:30pm: Meeting with an architect

At Watermaster Plumbing, we don’t just do plumbing for homes and businesses. A lot of our work is with builders and architects.

The first step in this process is meeting with architects and property owners to establish what type of plumbing their building plans need. During this meet, we’ll look at their architectural plans and designs, provide our feedback.

From there, we’ll put together a proposal and quote that fits with the architects vision and falls under the property owner’s requirements and budget.

This was the first of a few meetings we’ll be having, and it runs for around an hour and a half.

Close-up Of Male Plumber Fixing White Sink Pipe With Adjustable Wrench

5:30pm: Another emergency call

For most people, their day ends around 5pm.

But in this case, not for us!

Shortly after we finish up with the architect at 5pm, an emergency plumbing call comes in.

The problem?

A backed-up toilet at a restaurant in Glen Waverley. The business owner has tried some of their own remedies to fix it, but is desperate for help.

They’ve called an emergency plumber to offer a rapid response!

Luckily, our schedule for the latter half of the day is pretty sparse. We’re on-site by half-past, snaking the toilet with long, flexible drain snakes.

By 6:15, the problem is fixed just in time for the dinner rush. We quickly clean up after our work, wiping everything down and disinfecting the room.

Need an emergency plumber in Melbourne?

These are the types of problems our team solve on a daily basis.

No two days are identical – plumbing emergencies take on many forms and can happen at any time, and a lot of the time, need to be scheduled in between already-booked jobs!

If you need any plumbing emergencies tended to, don’t be afraid to call your local emergency plumber.

Watermaster Plumbing offers a huge range of emergency plumbing services, offering a rapid-response service that gets you out of strife sooner.

Give us a call today for all your emergency needs: 1300 156 650.

For less urgent problems or to request a booking, fill in this form and we’ll get back to you.

2024-03-28T03:31:41+00:00 December 20th, 2018|Blog|