Everyone complains about the awful plumbing issues that arise during winter. From heating problems to boiler breakdowns, winter is a tough time for us. And while there may be alarming problems for homeowners, it’s nothing compared to the horror we plumbers feel every winter.
What’s the hardest thing about being a plumber in winter, you ask? Well the list is endless, but we’ve narrowed it down to five
Here are the top five hardest things about being a plumber in winter.
#1 - The Cold
I think we can all agree that being called to attend to somebody’s frozen pipe is the stuff of nightmares. Not only is it absolutely freezing, but more often than not the pipe is on the verge of bursting, or, worst case scenario, it already has.
#2 - The Gross Stuff
Dealing with clogged up pipes means you’re very likely to come across some disgusting stuff lodged in them. From rotten, stinky food to human waste, nothing you find in a blocked pipe is ever good.
#3 - No Heating
Working in the cold months of winter is bad enough, but it’s even worse when you’re working somewhere where the heating has gone bust. Nothing is more frustrating than than when you’re trying to get the job done as quickly as possible so you can get back to your warm home, but your hands are way too cold to even do anything.
#4 - Difficult and Impatient Customers
As if your job wasn’t stressful enough already. Winter plumbing problems and emergencies mean stressed out homeowners who just want the issue to be fixed as soon as possible.
That means they’ll be venting their frustrations on you, pestering you to get the job done faster and better, leaving you with the urge to just smash your head against a wall.
#5 - Emergency Hours
Just when you think your long, exhausting day was over, you get called out to an emergency plumbing job again.
You’re never truly off the job in winter - at any given moment someone’s boiler could break down or their pipes could freeze and burst thanks to the cold weather, and you’ll have to leave the comfort of your warm home to go and fix it.
What do you hate the most about being a plumber in winter?
We’ve barely scratched the surface when it comes to all the terrible problems we plumbers have to deal with during winter.