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Plumbing 10/3/13

Bill Howe Knows Confined Space Plumbing!

Did you know that there are some instances that require special certifications for plumbing repair? San Diego requires all plumbers that will be working in confined spaces to have special certification, as well as a three-man crew and all necessary equipment.  Many work spaces that a San Diego plumber from Bill Howe finds himself in at any given time is deemed “confined.” The “confined” space restricts movement and/or entry and is not conducive to continuous occupancy. When the layout of the job site hinders the activities of the Bill Howe experts who must enter, work in, or exit them, they must be specially certified.

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Ryan Cook, confined space-certified, works to restore services to sewer line outside of Serra Mesa business.

Since 1980, Bill Howe has been the leading expert in all manner of  plumbing repair. San Diego residents and business owners have been relying on the highly skilled plumbers to fix leaking pipes and drain lines and sometimes they must enter areas that are both dangerous and scary. Some examples of OSHA’s “Permit-required confined spaces” include underground vaults, tanks, storage bins, manholes, pits, silos and pipelines, as well as spaces that may be hazardous.

There must be a three-man crew, each of whom is certified in “confined” space conditions, a special rig that includes a tripod and pulley to lower the technician into the space and a harness for added safety at all times.  Air quality is also a major concern. Prior to entering the space, each San Diego plumber from Bill Howe will test the oxygen levels. Once lowered down, they remain harnessed and in constant communication with the crew in case the oxygen levels become dangerously low.

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Matt Tolar, Ryan Cook and Hector Godinez utilizing best practices in confined space plumbing repair.

For over 33 years, Bill Howe plumbers have encountered many broken drain, water and gas lines. Often, these lines are underground or inaccessible. That is why we have trained and certified our employees to ensure we can solve any issue, large and small. And, at Bill Howe, safety for customers and employees is a priority. We take every measure to assess the job site and ensure all areas are clear and marked for customers, and that each technician has all of the equipment and training they need to complete the job safely.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with a highly trained and skilled San Diego plumber, please contact us at 1-800-Bill-Howe (1-800-245-5469).

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  1. I definitely agree that it is mandatory for plumbers to have certification. Lack of training and experience only leads to a more serious complications, even accidents!

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