Tim Barnum: American Plumber Stories

Read his American Plumber story!

How did you get started in the plumbing trade? 

Joined the US Airforce. They trained me as a plumber. When i got out of the Airforce in 1992 i started working for Roto Rooter. In 1995 I started Barnum Plumbing with my wife. She ran all of the calls with me. We worked as a team. We built our milllion dollar business over the next 20 years. About 80% of our customers were regulars. On July 15, 2015 I sold the business. I then retired for a year and really missed being out there in the field. I did sign a 5 year non compete so, I couldn't work for another plumber or start on my own again. I went to work as a contractor for the Airforce doing plumbing and hvac. On July 16, 2020 five years after selling by business i started all over again. Me and my wife run service calls 7 days a week now.

What do you like most about your work as a plumber?


I love making my customers smile. I have the skills to get their plumbing up and running properly. I really enjoy making my customers happy.

What advice do you have for the younger generation entering the plumbing trade?   

Work on your skills. Take pride in the finished product. Always try to make your client happy. Life is short, Start saving your money because before you know it, you will be over 50.


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