How Plumbers Can Stay Safe During COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 may have put the “normal” way of life on hold, but that doesn’t mean that plumbing work – especially plumbing emergencies are on hold.

Plumbers are essential workers since we help keep homes and businesses safe and functioning. As the pandemic has had an effect on many aspects of life, leading to a shortage in certain toilet supplies which causes people to flush things down the toilet they aren't suppose to, it has increased business for plumbers. With plumbers putting themselves at risk every day, here is a list on some of the things plumbers can do to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic while doing their jobs.

Implement “No Contact” Servicing

The folks calling to have a plumbing project taking care of (especially those in plumbing emergency situations) should be understanding and receptive to the idea of a “no contact” service.

These kinds of services can be scheduled when the initial phone call to create an appointment comes in, explaining fully to the client that you will be doing everything you can to stay away from anyone at home when you go to perform the service while requesting that they do the same.

Digital contracts can be sent and signed, payments can and should be processed over email or over the phone, and a six-foot social distancing protocol should be in place at all times. 

Maintain Social Distancing Whenever Possible

Social distancing has had a hugely positive impact on the spread of the COVID-19 virus, helping flatten the curve and giving our hospitals, first responders, and medical experts plenty of time, space, and resources necessary to focus on defeating this virus. 

As a plumber, you’ll want to make sure that you are doing your best to socially distance from your customers and any people you encounter. Stay six feet away from anyone that you come in contact with and if you absolutely must try and stay away from small enclosed spaces. 

Wear Your PPE 

Both the CDC and OSHA recommend wearing personal protection equipment (PPE) that includes masks and gloves whenever possible, and you want to make sure that you are wearing your PPE every single time you enter a new job.

Try to continuously switch out your working equipment like gloves and clothing after each project has been completed to reduce the chance of spreading anything to a new site. 

Wash Your Hands and Disinfect Regularly

It’s obviously a good idea to wash your hands on a regular basis while combating COVID-19 as a general rule of thumb, but plumbers are going to want to make sure that they are doing so even more frequently – while making sure that they avoid touching their face as much as possible. 

You also want to think about disinfecting and sanitizing your tools that you use on a regular basis. Anything that enters a new job site should be cleaned and sprayed down with disinfectant at every opportunity, ensuring that the potential for cross-contamination is minimized as much as possible. 

Ask Customers About Symptoms of COVID-19

Lastly, you should be asking customers before any job has begun if they have any symptoms. If you arrive at a job and notice that anyone within your distance is displaying symptoms, it’s best to keep your health and safety in mind and consider what your options are.

Similarly you’ll want to be sure that you aren’t coming into work and potentially exposing anyone to COVID-19 if you exhibit any symptoms. Otherwise, if a lot of employees get infected with the virus the plumbing business will to shut down temporarily.   

High fevers are just one of the signs and symptoms you want to be on the lookout for, but if you see or exhibit any other symptoms yourself you’ll want to make sure you leave the area. 

These are difficult times for everyone and you should try to reduce the risk of infection as much as possible. Plumbing emergencies aren’t taking a break – and plumbers aren’t either – but you’ll want to do everything you can to stay safe and keep others safe too.

About the author 

Ryan Thompson is a residential and commercial plumber from Miami, Florida. He has over 20+ years of plumbing experience. He is also a huge DIY enthusiast who does all types of improvement projects around the house.

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