Why You Should Start a Plumbing Business
A national plumbing shortage is creating an enormous demand for plumbing services
How Big is the Demand for Plumbing?
No matter your thoughts about plumbing, every residential and commercial business in the country depends on their sinks, pipes and toilets working day in and day out. Suffice it to say, plumbers will always be in demand. Not only did the industry generate $113 billion in 2019, according to IBISWorld, but it’s also expected to continue growing.
A rise in new construction and building maintenance and repair is expected to propel the demand for plumbers. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, this demand is poised to increase the employment of plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 14 percent by 2028.
Another contributing factor to the plumbing industry’s growth is a demand in behind the wall plumbing products (pipe, valves, sprinklers, and fittings), which is expected to rise 4.6% annually to nearly $14 billion in 2022, per the Freedonia Group.
Additionally, the plumbing shortage is real — the average age of a plumber is 60 years old and the need isn’t going to go away. According to the Copper Development Association, more than half of America’s trade professionals are nearing retirement and only 3 percent of the surveyed 18- to 25-year-olds are considering a career in the trade. Plumbing is an industry that cannot be automated out of existence. It requires skilled professionals who are capable of delivering exceptional service.
How Does Z PLUMBERZ Deliver on Plumbing Solutions?
Since our founding in 2008, Z PLUMBERZ has since become one of the fastest growing plumbing franchises in the nation. As part of the BELFOR Franchise Group, the largest property restoration company in the world, Z PLUMBERZ offers the full suite of retail plumbing services and provides exceptional support, including a 24/7 call center.
Most importantly, unlike the rest of the industry, Z PLUMBERZ excels in plumbing, drains and sewers. This means we are more than capable of helping clients fix all of their plumbing problems, no matter how complicated the job may be.
“Plumbing isn’t rocket science,” says Matt O’Rourke, Founder and Brand President of Z PLUMBERZ. “It’s fairly simple once you understand how it works. We educate the homeowner so that they understand why the issue is happening and why it needs to be repaired. Instead of doing a simple, low-cost repair, and leaving it at that, we’ll recommend that a homeowner explore options to make their plumbing system more efficient. There are a lot of items that save water, and we educate what technologies are available. While many plumbers will simply fix the repair and move on, we always look for opportunities to provide a better overall experience for the homeowner.”
How Does Z PLUMBERZ Compare to the Competition?
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 your customers for life. Unlike other plumbing or rooter franchise brands, Z PLUMBERZ prides itself on professionalism, transparency with clients and work to demonstrate the value we bring to our customers at every step of the process.
“We define ourselves as retail plumbers,” says O’Rourke. “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.”
Fortunately, Z PLUMBERZ is working to change the negative perceptions of plumbers. This is why we wear jumpsuits to work and educate clients about what we are doing so they feel at ease and are more satisfied paying the rates we charge them. Additionally, if there is something we can have a homeowner do on their own, we try to educate them about how to do it. However, oftentimes, homeowners are so appreciative, they will call us to do the job.
Even better, Z PLUMBERZ exists to help plumbers take their business to the next level through franchise ownership. Whether you have plumbing experience or not, our comprehensive training platform goes above and beyond anything else in the industry. Our extensive training and ongoing support includes marketing coaching, financial performance, hiring and recruiting top talent, as well as a 24/7 customer service call center.
“Our mission is to help and support small plumbing companies that are struggling to take their businesses to the next level,” explains O’Rourke. “[Plumbing is in such high demand – there is truly an epidemic of a lack of plumbers.] We’ve put together a straightforward business model that offers customers what they need (reliable, professional service) when they need it (time is of the essence) that can be duplicated over and over again, all while turning a profit. Even if you’re a great plumber, and a leader in the plumbing industry, you might lack the resources in training and support. That’s where we come in. We’re going to work day in and day out to ensure that your business has everything it needs to prosper over the long-term.”
Do I Need Experience to Own a Plumbing Business?
If you’ve never worked in the plumbing industry, don’t worry. You can still own a plumbing business. The best part is there is no shortage of customers for this type of business. Pipe down, we understand your hesitation — plumbing isn’t the most obvious choice when it comes to investing in a franchise. However, consider that plumbing is a vital part of the more than 136 million houses and 930,000 rentals in the U.S., according to iProperty Management, a research and data company.
Whether you’re converting your existing business into a Z PLUMBERZ franchise or have no plumbing experience whatsoever, our plumbing franchise is a proven business model that emphasizes simplicity, efficiency and expertise. This is why we provide our franchise owners with extensive training and instruction at our state-of-the-art training facility so that they are not only equipped to provide exceptional customer service, they also hit the ground running.
“Plumbing businesses really struggle with training,” notes O’Rourke. “As a plumber myself, I developed our support platform with BELFOR Franchise Group because I know what resources plumbers need in order to grow their businesses. When it comes to training and support, no other brand even comes close.”
At Z PLUMBERZ, we pride ourselves on helping entrepreneurs thrive and prosper – and our track record speaks for itself. As part of the BELFOR Franchise Group, Z PLUMBERZ franchise owners have the full support of one of the nation’s leading franchisors in the restoration and home services industries. With 40-plus years of franchising under its belt, BELFOR is committed to not only helping entrepreneurs establish successful businesses, but also providing them with opportunities for continued growth.
Z PLUMBERZ is committed to making your plumbing business successful.
If you’re ready to begin the journey to a successful plumbing business, consider investing in Z PLUMBERZ. Our plumbing franchise is a best-bet investment in the booming $113 billion plumbing industry.
The path to business ownership is laid out for you at Z PLUMBERZ. This is why we offer a simple business model that is easy to scale. With our turnkey business, you will already have the necessary tools and strategy in place to focus on running your business successfully from the start. Even better, our thriving plumbing franchise will provide you with a large, exclusive protected territory which you will have the ability to expand.
Additionally, along with our exceptional training and ongoing support, you will benefit from using cutting-edge technology and advanced methods to perform top-quality, specialized services. Utilizing this state-of-the-art equipment allows our franchise owners to provide lasting results, solutions and improvements for customers, thus helping them cultivate strong customer-franchisee relationships.
Ultimately, Z PLUMBERZ is a low-cost opportunity with the potential for high margin returns in the booming $113 billion plumbing industry. Capture your share of the industry by investing in a Z PLUMBERZ franchise today.
“Now is a good time to invest in a Z PLUMBERZ franchise because the opportunity is unlimited,” says O’Rourke. “Every single homeowner is a potential client. We have the tools to quickly train those who know nothing about plumbing, sewers or drains. We have a career path to be able to retain employees long-term. With our “keep it simple” approach, centralized call center, training regimens and the different services we offer, we are truly a full-service retail plumbing company.”
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