The Essential Plumbing Podcast List for Contractors
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Listen to these plumbing podcasts for tips and inspiration on growing your plumbing business.
Are you ready to work on your plumbing business instead of in it? Have you spent years crawling around on your hands and knees to fix routine residential plumbing problems, only to hear more creaks and groans emitting from your aging body than the pipes?
Plumbers are certainly in demand, as the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports an average 14 percent expected job growth over the next 10 years. Now’s the time to take your plumbing company to the next level by hiring more techs to do the work, freeing you to get caught up on plumbing industry news, and learn new plumbing business tips to grow your business.
Not sure where to start? Like most contractors, plumbers talk to each other to share their dirty job stories or compare tricks of the trade. They also communicate on social media channels, attend trade shows and conferences, and listen to plumbing podcasts and audiobooks to learn from others in the plumbing industry.
For instance, Chris Yano wastes no time with his To the Point-Home Services Podcast for contractors in the plumbing, HVAC and electrical trades. As co-founder and CEO of Ryno Strategic Solutions, a digital marketing company only for the trades, Yano talks to contractors every day, often inviting plumbers and other industry leaders to chat with him on the podcast.
“The whole purpose of this podcast is to give listeners tactical takeaways they can implement that don’t cost them anything but sweat equity,” Yano says. “We bring on big players in the industry and ask them for their knowledge and wisdom on how to execute certain things, what people should think about that they are not thinking about.”
In a recent episode of To the Point, Yano discusses “The ‘E-Myth’ Way to a Successful Service Company” with Michael E. Gerber, a New York Times bestselling author of 19 E-Myth books for a variety of industries, and Ken Goodrich, a contracting superstar who built two $100 million service businesses. Gerber and Goodrich joined forces to co-author the book, “The E-Myth HVAC Contractor: Why Most HVAC Companies Don’t Work and What To Do About It.”
“We talk about top takeaways and changes contractors can make without costing them anything,” Yano says. “I ask my guests to ‘share your secrets,’ or ‘share things you do that made you successful’ … the must-dos and the don’t-dos.”
Yano launched his weekly podcast in January and says it’s already doing exceptionally well on the charts, with “tens of thousands of downloads and streams in just a few weeks.” His guests include contractors from the plumbing, HVAC and electrical trades, as well as contractors who do all three jobs as part of their company’s operation.
“Anything tactical would be applicable to anyone in the trades,” Yano says. “It’s like sitting in a war room with this company that went from $1 million to $250 million. Here are the things they talk about and here’s how they find solutions. You’re going to learn wisdom and knowledge to help you grow efficiently and effectively.”
Ready to feel more productive and learn something new by listening to an informative plumber podcast? It’s a good place to start if you’re ready to move your plumbing company to the next level.
What is a podcast and how do I listen to one?
A plumbing podcast could discuss anything from the latest in water conservation technology, the best tools to use in a trench, or smart home options for water treatment systems. Most plumbing podcasts are free and easy to download online.
The term “podcast” originates from the words iPod and broadcasting. This means listeners can download a plumbing podcast audio file from their favorite podcasting website to listen to on their computers, laptops, tablets or personal digital audio players.
Plumbing podcasts can be an incredible resource to help grow your business and stay up to date on plumbing industry news. To find the best plumbing podcast, look for podcasts with lots of reviews, a high rating, and a currently active show with episodes released weekly or biweekly. In addition to Yano’s home services podcast, here are some others to get you started.
Tune into these top plumbing podcasts
Potty Talk LIVE | The Show for Plumbing Entrepreneurs: Based in Indianapolis, host and longtime plumber Richard Behney takes you into the trenches, crawl spaces, basements, kitchens and bathrooms to discuss the business of plumbing. Known as the Million Dollar Plumber after selling his company in 2017, Behney interviews industry experts and owners for tips, strategies, and techniques to help grow your plumbing business. It airs once a week, and sometimes more. You can also catch the show live Monday through Friday at 7 p.m. (EST) on Richard’s Facebook page.
“Toolbox for the Trades,” a podcast hosted by ServiceTitan's Jackie Aubel, features insightful interviews with some of ServiceTitan’s most successful customers. These industry experts give contractors the tools they need to grow, scale, and sell their businesses. From Ellen Rohr on understanding your financials to Ken Goodrich on paying it forward and Weldon Long on developing a streamlined sales process, Season 1 of “Toolbox for the Trades” included a wealth of advice for improving yourself and your company. Season 2 debuts in the Fall of 2020.
Fire Up: Start your morning off right, every other Thursday, by listening to members of the PTEU (Plumbing and Pipe Trades Employees Union) discuss issues affecting workers in the plumbing and pipe trades. The PTEU takes a tongue-in-cheek approach to current happenings, from work-site conditions to the politics of employment. This show airs at 6:30 a.m. every other Thursday, alternating with the MUA (Maritime Union of Australia).
The Plumbing SEO Podcast: Based in Fort Worth, Texas, the Plumbing Webmasters discuss the nuances of plumbing SEO and help contractors achieve success. Hosted by founder and longtime plumber Nolen Walker, this podcast provides a wealth of knowledge about SEO, social media channels, pay-per-click campaigns, web design, and more. This show airs about once a month.
Plumbing & HVAC Marketing Profits Webcast with Josh Nelson: Based in Miami, Fla., this podcast is hosted by industry expert Josh Nelson, who interviews the nation’s leading plumbing and HVAC business owners for tips, ideas and strategies on which marketing efforts actually work. This podcast airs once a month.
Listen to a plumbing podcast with these apps
Anyone with a computer or smartphone can easily access the apps for iTunes and Spotify. Just navigate to the podcast section, browse your favorite plumbing podcast, and click play. Apple and Google Play are also among the best podcast apps to stream your favorite program.
If your plumbers aren’t interested in adding an app to their phones, simply schedule a training session and livestream an episode for everyone to listen to in your shop’s breakroom. Finding inspiration together will go a long way in helping you build a cohesive plumbing team.
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