As the saying goes, “if you always do what you’ve always done, you will always get what you’ve always got.” Even the most successful installer can find ways to improve, provided they are willing to explore new approaches and ways of working. Change is inevitable in any line of work, and making small, incremental changes, can lead to improved efficiency, quality, and profitability over time.
In this blog post, we explore how a plumbing installer can take their service to the next level by adopting a few simple habits.
Use Plastic Push-fit Plumbing Fittings!
Since it was developed more than half a century ago, it’s fair to say the plumbing and heating industry has warmed to plastic push-fit (pun intended!). And with good reason, plastic pipes have consistently been shown to enable a faster, simpler and more reliable installation than their copper equivalents.
One of the key reasons behind the popularity of Speedfit products is our patented twist & lock mechanism, which allows for pipes to be securely connected within a matter of seconds. These time savings add up over the course of a project and typically account for a 40% reduction in installation time when compared with traditional methods.
Suddenly, the prospect of soldering copper pipes together seems less appealing…
Keeping your House in Order
Unless you’re very lucky, we all have a responsibility to maintain an orderly working environment. One of the first lessons taught to trainee plumbers or an installer is the importance of keeping fittings clean and tidy. Even with the best will in the world, this doesn’t always happen, as installers are focused on other, more pressing areas of their work.
Who can honestly say they have never emptied several fittings onto a dirty floor when looking for a product in a hurry? The issue here is that this leads to a build-up of dust and debris on the O-ring, which has the potential to cause a leak when the fitting is in use.
The O-ring seal is an integral part of plastic push-fit fittings, therefore, keeping it clean can assure leak-proof connections, which is every plumber’s desire after a first-fix project.
Worth the Risk?
Due to time constraints and other pressures, there may be temptations to cut the occasional corner. All it takes is, one fitting installed incorrectly to cause a big problem on site.
When you consider the total number of connections involved in a large-scale project and the not-insignificant margin for error this brings, it makes sense to prevent any issues before they arise.
To make life simpler for any installer, Speedfit pipes are clearly marked to show the point that needs to be reached to ensure a leak-proof connection, allowing for a quick and easy visual inspection.
Prevention is better than the cure, and by taking the time to examine each connection, installers can take remedial action where necessary.
Get out of your Comfort Zone
The world of plumbing is constantly changing, and plumbers need to keep up with new technologies and methods to remain competitive and keep up with market demand.
A key development in recent years, for instance, has been the rise of underfloor heating, which accounts for a growing share of the heating and plumbing market. Keeping on top of new trends allows plumbers to stay ahead of the game.
At JG Speedfit, we have a dedicated technical team that not only works alongside colleges to help develop the next generation of plumbers but also provides installers with up-to-date technical and product information. Armed with this knowledge, installers are in a far stronger position to advise customers, helping them to make informed purchasing decisions.
Speaking regularly to our team of technical experts is a great way to future-proof your business, allowing you to make the most of every possible business opportunity.
Are you ready for New Installer Opportunities?
That’s just a few ways that our plastic plumbing fittings and pipes can offer new opportunities for installers to work effectively.
If you need expert advice on your project connect with our Speedfit Support team today.
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