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What Is a Master Plumber?

A master plumber is a journeyman who has undergone extensive training, and has attained diverse knowledge of plumbing. In essence, they’re the most qualified type of plumber to trust in handling your plumbing needs. Being a master plumber is something that we at Michael Runk Plumbing and Heating take very seriously, and we want our clients to know what it means to work with a master plumber. 



What is a Master Plumber?

A master plumber has earned the highest professional level of plumbing. To attain the title of a master plumber, one must complete an apprenticeship, become a licensed journeyman, and earn a master plumber license. A master plumber can specialize in an area of plumbing, such as:

  • General plumbing
  • Pipefitting 
  • Steamfitting
  • Pipelaying
  • Sprinkler fitter installation


What Does a Master Plumber Do? 

A master plumber installs, maintains, and repairs plumbing systems in a highly skilled style that exceeds the expertise of regular plumbers. People hire master plumbers when they want help with things like:

  • Maintaining and repairing urinals, toilets, and faucets
  • Maintaining and repairing radiator valves, steam valves, and condensation pipes
  • Performing troubleshooting tasks and repairing water, steam, and gas distribution systems
  • Interpreting blueprints to plan how to conduct repairs and modifications 
  • Repairing and replacing steam and hot water exchangers 


What it Takes to Become a Master Plumber 

There are multiple steps to becoming a master plumber.


  1. Graduate High School: Master plumbers are required to hold a high school diploma or a GED. 


  1. Complete an Apprenticeship: The next step to becoming a master plumber involves completing a government-approved apprenticeship program. While every apprenticeship program is different, most programs emphasize training and not time in the classroom. Throughout the program, journeymen gain valuable skills and experience that put them on the path to becoming master plumbers. 


  1. Pass the Journeyman Plumbing License Exam: After completing an apprenticeship program and gaining experience working without supervision, journeymen take a state licensing exam to become a journeyman plumber. The exam tests the individual’s knowledge and skills learned throughout the apprenticeship.


  1. Pass the Master Plumbing License Exam: After three to four years of working as a consistent journeyman plumber, individuals can take the state licensing exam to become a master plumber. 


Why Hire a Master Plumber?

It’s always a good idea to leave your plumbing in the hands of a master plumber. As they are the most skilled and knowledgeable plumbers in the industry, you can rest assured they know what they’re doing. From simple leaks to complex plumbing problems, a master plumber should be your go-to for all your plumbing needs. In doing so, your plumbing system will run effectively and efficiently. 


Need a Master Plumber in MD?

When it comes to your plumbing, don’t let just anyone repair it. Instead, let the master plumbers at Michael Runk Plumbing and Heating tend to your plumbing system. With over 20 years of experience and thousands of completed plumbing projects, we know a thing or two about plumbing. From residential plumbing to commercial plumbing, we do it all. Contact us today to schedule an appointment. 


What Our Customers Say

"Great experience. Moved into a new home and experienced major plumbing issues (flooding) the morning after New Years. The plumber arrived that morning within the hour and relieved the issues, also provided some recommendations that benefited us in the long-run."

-Matt Lewis

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Frederick County: Frederick (21701, 20702, 21703, 21709), New Market (21774) , Mount Airy (21771), Urbana (21704), Ijamsville (21754), Walkersville (21793), Libertytown (21762), Damascus (20872), and more.

Howard County: Clarksville (21029), Columbia (21044), Cooksville (21723), Dorsey (21075), Elkridge (21075), Ellicott City (21043), Fulton (20759), Glenelg (21737), Glenwood (21738), Granite (21163), Hanover (21076), Highland (20777), Jessup (20794), Lisbon (21765), Marriottsville (21104), North Laurel (20723), West Friendship (21794), Woodbine (21797), Woodstock (21163), and more.

Montgomery County: Olney (20832), Damascus (20872), Laytonsville (20882), Silver Spring (20910), Clarksburg (20871), Gaithersburg (20878), Germantown (20876), Bethesda (20816), Chevy Chase (20815), and more.

Baltimore County: Arbutus (21227), Catonsville (21228, 21250), Cockeysville (21030, 21031, 21065), Dundalk (21222), Edgemere (21219), Essex (21221), Garrison (21055), Lansdowne (21227), Lochearn (21207), Lutherville (21093), Middle River (21220), Milford Mill (21244), Overlea (21236), Owings Mills (21117), Parkville (21234), Park Heights (21215), Pikesville (21208), Randallstown (21133), Reisterstown (21136), Rosedale (21237), Timonium (21093), Towson (21204), White Marsh (21162), Woodlawn (21207), and more.

Carroll County: Eldersburg (21784), Finksburg (21048), Hampstead (21074), Manchester (21102), Marriottsville (21104), Taneytown (21787), Union Bridge (21791), Westminster (21157, 21158), Mount Airy (21771), New Windsor (21776), Sykesville (21784), Woodbine (21797), Taneytown (21787), and more.

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