Expand Your Construction Company with Plumbing

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Despite the pandemic, you can still grow your construction business. But you need to be more strategic, including adding cost-effective services. One option: plumbing.

Some experts call plumbing as a recession-proof job for a reason. First, not all Brits can manage plumbing tasks, especially if they involve the dirty work a.k.a. sewage and toilets. Second, although small, the population growth in the country is increasing. It means more homes, businesses, and industries that would need plumbing services once in a while.

The question is, how does one become a plumber in the UK? How much can businesses earn? Read these FAQs to get the answers you need:

How Do You Become a Plumber in the UK?

You can pursue several paths, depending on your level of education and working experience:

  • College course
  • Apprenticeship
  • Work
  • Direct application

If you have zero work history, choose between the first two. An apprenticeship can last for up to four years. You can take a fast-track course, which runs for at least a month.

Another option is to gain some experience. You can team up with existing plumbing services and work as an assistant. If you have been in the construction industry for some time and have considerable experience with ventilation or heating, you can start offering plumbing services to your clients.

Regardless of your position in the business, make sure you can get a Construction Skills Certification Scheme card if you wish to do plumbing work in the construction site.

How Much Does It Cost to Start a Plumbing Business?

The startup costs can vary, but they usually cover the following factors:

  • Supplies – Depending on the plumbing tasks you’re willing to do, you need supplies, such as underground drainage connectors, guttering and downpipes, soil and vent systems, and pipe insulation. You can save if you buy these items in bulk and work with a reliable vendor.
  • Liability insurance – The price can vary widely. According to AXA, public liability insurance can be worth nearly £120 annually, but if the business is small, the coverage can cost you less than £80 each year. You pay a different rate for employee liability insurance, although it can be as cheap as £10 a month. If you are an unincorporated business and hire family members, you might be exempt from employee liability insurance.
  • Salary – According to PayScale, the median wage per hour for plumbers in the UK is around £11.40.

Other expected costs include utilities, business permits, and licenses, cost of association memberships, and training.

How Much Can Plumbers Earn in the UK?

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Usually, plumbers charge up to £40 an hour. Replacing old pipes in an old house can reach over £15,000, but this project could also last for a few weeks to a month. It depends on the complexity.

Some plumbing companies specialize. For example, they might focus on drainage or sewage management. Others are into heating or replacement of old pipes, such as those made from lead.

Specialising can narrow down your market, but it can also help you command a higher price because of your level of expertise.

These days, it pays to be a lot smarter with business growth. If you’re already in the construction business, plumbing is an excellent choice to expand your list of services.

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