The piping industry is wide-ranging one, with one end of the spectrum involving gas pipe lines and others involving simple home plumbing fixtures. Contractors who provide pipe line and mechanical system work may offer ditching, pipe installation and repair, fabrication, welding, and excavations. They are typically skilled at detecting leaks, coating pipes with insulation, replacing corroded pipes, and inspecting existing pipes.
Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) specialists may offer cleaning, installation, and repair of vents and ducts. Home piping contractors may focus on fixing leaks, clogs, and drips occurring to faucets, plus installing kitchen and bathroom fixtures.
Good skills to have in this business include excellent time management skills, communication abilities, and excellence eyesight and use of hands. Piping contractors may also have to be able to lift heavy ducts and piping, so physical strength is also important.
Piping contractors in general may offer services such as 24 hour emergency services, residential and commercial pump inspections, sink and toilet installation, and mechanical system repair. Some contractors have websites where they offer free quotes and estimates on jobs like leak detection and repair. Some prefer to go over the process with customers over the phone or in person.
Related professions include pipe line companies, piping wholesale, plumbing fixtures and supplies, sewer line and drain cleaning, and water heater sales and service. When customers call a piping contractor, they should expect helpful, direct service by qualified, licensed technicians. They may first speak with a company representative who can book and schedule appointments to meet with the contractor. They can also provide rates and service outlines for repairs and parts replacement.