Plumbers might hit the endangered species list!
At Nationwide Homes, we’re hearing stories from builders about a troubling trend. Though there are many causes, it comes primarily as a result of the recent housing crisis. The trend: A dramatic reduction in skilled tradesmen, including plumbers. With little construction activity, tradesmen have had to find other means of work or have left the industry altogether. Some might shrug this off & state: “When business comes back, the trades will come back.”
I’ve read some articles that conclude that it won’t be that simple (see one here). The article & the study referenced show a larger picture of the state of plumbers in this country. Put simply: Skilled trades, like plumbing, are not careers being pursued by the younger generation. It doesn’t seem evident that there will be enough entering the pool to offset the large number likely to retire from an aging generation of skilled plumbers.
Couple this potential shortage with the expected building recovery, and it could make it even more expensive, difficult and time-consuming to build in the traditional, on-site manner. With modular home construction, however, most of the plumbing is done in our production facility, making this manner of construction less dependent on the supply-and-demand of independent trades.