An apprenticeship is the most common pathway to becoming a plumber. Many unions and businesses mandate that an apprentice receive a minimum of 246 hours of technical education, which could include instruction in math, applied physics and chemistry, and up to 2,000 hours of paid, practical training working with an experienced plumber. Safety training is also an important component of the process, since injuries are common in this line of work. "We have many hours worth of [Occupational Safety and Health Administration] training before we go on to a job site," says Patrick Kellett, the administrative assistant to the general president for the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing, Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States, Canada and Australia. "We're very conscious of the dangers that come with working in construction."
As first time homeowners to a 1950s home, we began to experience issues with our water drains (lucky us). We had bubbles of water coming out of our toilets after literally two minutes of taking a shower... if we continued to shower, it would back up and our tub would flood up with dirty water! We tolerated this for a good two months and decided we really needed to get this fixed because the smell from the back up was becoming intolerable! I am so happy we went with Charlie's Rooter Service! Louis is extremely personable and knowledgeable! He kept both my husband and I in the loop at all times. I was able to view through his video camera of the roots that were penetrating into or already inside the pipes almost every 4ft-5ft. I was even able to videotape it so I can share it with my husband while he was working at the hospital. In addition Louis noticed these clay pipes were not aligned (probably from earthquakes and the intrusion of roots).... we also only had two original clean outs (one by the kitchen sink and one by the laundry)- we had zero around our bathrooms! They were reasonable in price adding 3 additional clean outs and replacing all of our pipes that were in the most awkward places in our front corner lot. We appreciate their transparency and were vocal in sharing ways where we can save money without hindering the quality. Lifetime warranty on parts and labor are a plus! Charlie also came in every so often to check in on the team and answer any additional questions. We can tell they take pride in their work and value their customers. These guys really know what they are doing! We will never have to worry about a plumbing issue at this point and consider this a very good investment to our home. Thank you to Louis and the team for everything. We truly felt like we were working with family! We 110% recommend Charlie's Rooter Service to anyone experiencing plumbing issues!