late 14c. (from c.1100 as a surname), "a worker in any sort of lead" (roofs, gutters, pipes), from Old French plomier "lead-smelter" (Modern French plombier) and directly from Latin plumbarius "worker in lead," noun use of adjective meaning "pertaining to lead," from plumbum "lead" (see plumb (n.)). Meaning focused 19c. on "workman who installs pipes and fittings" as lead water pipes became the principal concern of the trade. In U.S. Nixon administration (1969-74), the name of a special unit for investigation of "leaks" of government secrets.
Rooter, the plumbing and drain cleaning company has been included in the following prestigious rankings: AllBusiness's "AllStar Franchise Rankings;" Entrepreneur magazine's "Franchise 500," "Top 101 Home Based Franchises," and "Top Global Franchises;" Franchise Business Review's "Franchise 50 Awards (2008-2011); Franchise Times' "Top 200" (2007- 2012); PHC News' "Top 100 Contractors" (2008- 2012); Plumbing and Mechanical's "Pipe Trades Giant 2012;" and USA Today's "Top 50 Franchises for Minorities," as selected by the National Minority Franchising Initiative 2010.