How Big Is the Plumbing Industry?

Z PLUMBERZ is ready to help you capitalize on the growing demand for plumbing services

The plumbing services industry is often overlooked by potential new business owners, but wherever there are sinks, pipes, and toilets, there’s always a job.

Unlike other jobs and services that are subject to booms and busts, plumbers are always in demand, making it one of the most dependable and reliable professions to get into for the long haul.

Plumbing, research has shown, is one of the largest expenses in a home, and one of the most necessary ones. If plumbing fails, life can become miserable very quickly. Unlike other home improvements, plumbing is a need, not a want.

According to industry research from IBISWorld, a leader in market research, the plumbing industry was $95 billion strong as of 2013. But in 2019, that number shot up to more than $110 billion, and it’s expected to continue growing*.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the plumbing industry will grow nearly 25 percent over the next decade**.

Despite this demand, however, there’s a nationwide shortage of plumbers, as many experienced professionals are at an age where they’re ready for retirement, and there’s not enough young people to take their place.

ZPLUMBERZ Franchise owner giving business card to customer

“It might soon be more lucrative to be a plumber than a doctor,” Shawn McCadden, a remodeling industry specialist, told Forbes Magazine in August 2018. “Professional craftsmen are going to be few and far between. Demand has outstripped supply and it’s getting worse.”***

What’s more, research shows time and time again the plumbing industry makes it through even the toughest of economic times. Shortly after the 2008 recession, for example, industry growth was expected to return to normal growth rates of more than 2.5 percent.

Exceptional Customer Service Makes Z PLUMBERZ Stand Out

How would it make a homeowner feel if the plumber they hired showed up on time, looked professional, and took the time to explain exactly what needed to be done and what they would be charged? A homeowner wants and needs to be part of the decision making in their household, and Z PLUMBERZ is committed to giving them that opportunity. Not only does Z PLUMBERZ get the job done, but our staff also takes the time to educate the client, provide options and are completely transparent every step of the way.

There’s a ton of money to be made simply by focusing on educating consumers, and if you can demonstrate your value, you can keep customers for life.

Z PLUMBERZ franchise owner knocks on customer's door

This is the promise we make to our clients:

We are the Plumbing, Drain, and Sewer Experts, and we are proud to be:

  • A company that is fully licensed and insured.
  • A company whose Technicians are polite, and background & drug tested.
  • A company that works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • A company that lets you approve the price before we do any work.

When you call Z PLUMBERZ with a plumbing, drain, or sewer problem, you can rest assured you’ll be working with a knowledgable, responsible, and trustworthy team of plumbing professionals.

“We define ourselves as retail plumbers,” says Matt O’Rourke, President and founder of Z PLUMBERZ. “A retail plumber works directly with the homeowner, educating them on the various products and technology available to them today. I believe that educating consumers is the most important thing for plumbers because we have a bad history. There are plenty of jokes about plumbers overcharging, not dressing properly, and not providing the customer with the information they need.”

Ready to bring Z PLUMBERZ to your community?

If you’re ready to join the plumbing services industry with a Z PLUMBERZ franchise, simply fill out a form on this site and begin a conversation. We can’t wait to learn more about you!

*IBIS World, “Plumbers Industry in the US: Market Research Report,”

**U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Occupational Outlook Handbook: Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters,”

***Forbes, “Construction Labor Shortage Creates Increasingly Lucrative Career Paths,” by Jim Morrison,

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