Codes & Licensing Help Define Professionalism

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The integrity of plumbing systems relies on the experience and know-how of professional plumbers. Their know-how has been incorporated into the National Standard Plumbing Code administered by PHCC. It is one of three model plumbing codes used by local communities throughout the United States as a basis for codes suitable to their local environment. Scores of code committees exist in …

Professionalism In Education

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What separates the professional plumbing contractor from the “fly-by-night” operators who are in it only for the money? Usually it boils down to education. Most contractors come from the ranks of trade workers who decide to go into business for themselves. These former plumbers and HVAC mechanics tend to be top-notch performers with the tools of the trade. Unfortunately, few …

Professionalism Translates To Heating & Cooling Expertise

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Early plumbers adapted naturally to the allied craft of providing central heat to buildings using steam and hot water — known collectively as “hydronics.” Both plumbing and hydronic heating involved tapping a water source and conveying it through an intricate system of closed piping. Many early master plumbers found heating a natural business extension of their tradecraft. With the rise …

Professionalism Is Just As Relevant Today

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The plumbing trade has come a long way in the last century and a quarter. Manufacturing standards, along with plumbing codes and licensing, have made American plumbing systems some of the most advanced in the world. At the same time, there are many who believe that in some ways the industry has regressed in recent decades. Unprecedented growth in building …

Professionalism Is Labor And Management Working Together

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The distinction between labor and management always has been blurred in the plumbing field. That’s because the vast majority of plumbing firm owners come from the ranks of trade workers who go into business for themselves. Small shop owners often continue working with the tools alongside hired help. As a result, master plumbers (owners) and plumbers (employees) have never been …

The Leap Toward Trade Professionalism

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The forefathers of this organization rallied around the issue of “trade protection.” They sought to restrict the sale of plumbing products by manufacturers and dealers to certified tradesmen. From today’s perspective, that may seem like nothing more than economic protectionism. Back then, antitrust laws were just being formulated to combat the common practice in various industries of companies banding together …

The Essence Of The Plumber’s Craft

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Plumbing is not just a matter of conveying water in and out of a building. Most mechanically adept handymen can figure out how to do that. The tricky part is providing a system that will do so without sewage mingling with the drinking water and noxious odors permeating the building. This is the essence of the plumber’s craft. It takes …

PHCC STANDS FOR Professionalism

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When PHCC got its start 125 years ago, plumbing had just begun to evolve into a trade unto itself. During the 1880s, the transition from outhouses to indoor plumbing was moving at a rapid pace, starting with better homes and commercial buildings. The burgeoning market for indoor plumbing spurred some gasfitters and other metal workers to specialize in this work. …