PSI Plumbing has diversified services, but plumbing continues to lead the way for this growing company.
Article by Marion Bond – PlumberMag
Planning and preparation are an important part of any plumbing job in the mountainous territory around Vail, Colorado, where PSI Plumbing Systems serves a mix of residential and commercial clients. Supply shops are anything but plentiful, so keeping a good inventory of parts and fixtures on the trucks and being prepared for anything is a critical component of the company’s success.
“In our company we probably do about 40 percent plumbing and remodeling, 30 percent drain cleaning and 30 percent HVAC,” owner Jim Harper says. “We do a lot of plumbing, which includes water heater replacement, kitchen faucet replacement, repairing pipes that leak, and the day-to-day plumbing problems that come up. Our other division, PSI Environmental Services, provides drain cleaning, which is an integral part of the plumbing industry on the sewer side. This allows us to be a full service provider. If we are fixing a toilet or sink, we want to be able to unplug the sewer drain or even the bath tub drain. We look at it all as a bold segment of our business where we can have our technicians specialize and become very proficient very quickly. It is a great way to grow our business.”
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PSI Plumbing owner’s education and experience provide unique perspective on joining the trade.
Jim Harper, owner of PSI Plumbing Systems in Edwards, Colorado, has a lot of satisfaction in his work, and he points to his background in the plumbing industry, beginning with his high school education at Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School in Franklin, Massachusetts, where at 15 he began learning the trade.
During his senior year, Harper had a job while completing his studies. He alternated between one week of school and one week of work throughout the educational process.
Harper took the training he received and moved a long way west to Vail, Colorado, in 1996. There he became a co-owner of Peak One Plumbing, and in 2000 he struck out on his own with PSI Plumbing Systems.
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Business Name: PSI Plumbing.
Date opened: May, 2000.
Owner: Jim Harper.
Contact info: 970-926-0500.
What goods or services do you provide? PSI Plumbing offers a full range of services and repairs to both residential and commercial customers. We believe that being proactive and not reactive is looking out for customers’ best interest. This philosophy has led us to expand our company to include jetting as well as grease, sugar and drain management systems for restaurants, bars and other business.
What’s new or exciting at your place? The most exciting new service in plumbing is power jetting. We have a specialized truck that can deliver up to 4,000 psi of pressure to completely remove drain line corrosion and blockage, preventing costly repairs and damage. The service can be done in both residential and commercial settings. It blows away the old way of simply snaking a drain to open a hole in a clog.
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