Automation may not be taking over the plumbing industry any time soon, but technology is certainly helping plumbers get work done more quickly and efficiently.
Plumbers are using these five apps to improve the quality of their work and streamline the business end of things.
QuickBooks is the go-to bookkeeping solution for small businesses. Plumbers are no exception. The QuickBooks app makes it easy to keep track of your income and expenses.
With the tap of a button, you can access expenses, reports and invoices.
The mobile and desktop versions of the software also offer integration with other workflow applications to further improve efficiency.
2. ASPE Tables App
The ASPE (American Society of Plumbing Engineers) Tables app was made specifically for plumbing professionals.
This one simple app gives you access to pipe sizing data, equations, and important background information.
- Hazen-Williams formula
- Manning’s equation
- Joukowsky’s formula
- Bemouli equation
- Darcy-Weisbach formula
- Hunter’s curve
- Colebrook formula
- Spitzglass formula
Available piping material options include:
- Cast iron
- Stainless steel
If you download any app, this is the one you want.
3. Intuit GoPayment
Few people pay for goods and services with cash or checks anymore. Most people prefer to pay with a credit or debit card.
The Intuit GoPayment app allows plumbers to accept credit and debit cards from customers.
Not only do customers have more payment options, but their payments can also be verified while the plumber is still in the field.
When you sign up for GoPayment, you will receive a card reader that allows plumbers to swipe cards instead of entering information manually.
The great thing about this service is that it syncs up with QuickBooks and other plumbing software. This makes it easy to keep track of payments and customer information.
4. Google Calendar
Want to know the best way to impress customers? Show up on time. In order for plumbers to be efficient and manage their time properly, they need to have a schedule.
The Google Calendar app can help with that.
This app is compatible with virtually every mobile device, and it can also be integrated with many other software programs, like Smart Service and QuickBooks. With Calendar, you can schedule service calls, set up reminders and allow your plumbers to view their entire day’s schedule from one central location.
Calendars are updated in real-time, too, so if something changes, everyone will be on the same page.
5. DropBox for Business
Mobile devices can easily become bogged down by invoices, pictures and files. The DropBox app allows you to upload and store these files on the cloud. Not only will you be able to access everything on any device, but you can also save on storage space.
DropBox, like many other apps on this list, can be integrated with other mobile apps and desktop software, like Smart Service, iFleet and QuickBooks.
While apps may not be an integral part of a plumber’s job, they can help streamline the business end of things while improving efficiency in the field.