Starting your own plumbing business can offer autonomy over your career as well as the lion’s share of the profits generated by your work. In order to produce the best results for clients, you need to have the right tools. Here are supplies you’ll need when starting your own plumbing business.
As a private plumber, you will encounter situations where you need your own valves and connectors. Unfortunately, they don’t always come with pipes, fixtures, and appliances. Having stainless steel valves and fittings on-hand will save time, providing a better experience for the client. Stainless steel is the most popular material, as it’s affordable, strong, and attractive. Most clients will want stainless steel. In the rare situation that a client prefers copper, brass, or plastic, you can special order them.
Most clients can handle a minor local clog with a drain cleaner or a manual drain snake. When a client calls you for a drain clog, you should anticipate a deep, stubborn clog. The best tool for a stubborn clog is a powered auger. A powered auger feeds into a drain and rotates to dissolve the clog at the source. Pick an auger with a deep reach, such as 100 feet. Have smaller drain snakes on hand, too, for minor clogs.
Naturally, every plumber needs a quality tool kit. While you will find many basic tool kits on the market, those tool kits don’t usually have the specialized tools used by plumbers. Plumbers require much more than a plumber’s wrench. They will also need keys to remove fittings and faucets, pipe cutting tools, a torch, and various types of sealant. Find a tool kit specifically designed for plumbers.
Starting a business requires marketing, whether it’s your favorite part of the job or not. To market yourself, you’ll need merch. Create a logo and place that logo on hats, tee shirts, and even your truck. You will also use your logo to create business cards. Wear your merchandise both on and off the job. Hand out your business card every chance you get. Even if the people you meet don’t need plumbing services at the moment, everyone needs a plumber eventually. Let acquaintances know that they can call you.
When you have the right tools, you will have a better chance of success. These four supplies will get you started, but you’ll add more supplies as you grow your business.