Initial evidence suggests that the economic downturn has not affected the plumbing and heating industries as much as it has other industries. While there have been a few instances of companies reporting a decrease in billing hours, the majority of businesses are still doing well. The main change was in the type of work that heating and plumbing engineers are being employed to do.
Many heating and plumbing specialists were hired to install new systems while the housing market was booming. Despite the increasing trend towards homeownership, many new systems were designed and installed. It was common for professionals to be hired to design systems that would allow them to see the long-term trend of rising house prices.
To repair or renovate homes' heating and plumbing systems, plumbers and heating engineers are being sought. Instead of replacing heating and cooling systems, they are being retooled or cleaned. The majority of professionals' billable hours go towards boiler repairs, hot water cylinder repairs, and inspecting drains and vents to make sure they work correctly and are cost-efficient.
They are happy to work for you and will not ask you to redesign your home. These professional engineers can rely on their work for reliable work, and they are able to pay their bills. Many heating engineers discovered that diversifying their business, and learning how to use "green" plumbing and heating methods can dramatically increase their billable hours.
Recently clients expressed an interest in being more environmentally friendly. More people are interested in solar thermal panels, underfloor heating systems, and environmentally-friendly sewer systems.