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Starting a Plumbing Business

Don't Know a Thing about Plumbing? You Don't Need To.

Start your new career with a time-tested franchise model from Mr. Rooter® Plumbing

If you didn't work your way up as a trained technician in the plumbing industry, you might think a plumbing business would be the last type of franchise you would own. However, while many of Mr. Rooter's franchise owners have previously worked in the industry or owned a plumbing business, there’s a growing number of our franchisees who were successful businesspeople from entirely different backgrounds.

Our 50+ years of experience and established systems make it possible for entrepreneurs of all types to own a plumbing business and thrive in this growing industry. According to a report this year from a research firm, IBS World1:

"Increasing demand is likely due to accelerating construction markets." – IBIS World1

Of course, you have options when considering starting your own company. Unfortunately, you may begin without brand recognition and a huge to-do list when you start a plumbing business alone (as an independent). There's market research, people to meet, marketing to plan, toilets to fix. With so much on your plate, you may hit a wall and find yourself unable to grow your business further without sacrificing your quality of life.

Choosing a Mr. Rooter Plumbing franchise instead will start with a tried-and-true business model and an internationally recognized brand. From vendor deals to marketing strategies to day-to-day advice, Mr. Rooter's support frees up your time to grow your business and enjoy yourself.


Why Mr. Rooter?

Flexibility, Freedom, and All the Resources You Need

Being your own boss can help you take control of your future. But if you don't have the right business model to follow and the proper systems, you may find yourself married to your job with no time for family or friends. That is one reason why over 230 entrepreneurs have chosen to own a Mr. Rooter franchise. We provide the resources and platform you need to have a flexible work schedule and a balanced professional/personal life.

What We Offer

  • Complete marketing and operations support with a digital focus

  • A widely recognized brand in the Neighborly® franchise system
  • Recession-resilient industry and needs-based business
  • Access to the technologies you need, including a recruiting/onboarding platform
  • ProTradeNet® vendor buying power for discounts and rebates
  • Designated territory

An Award-Winning Franchise Second to None

Mr. Rooter is the second-largest full-service plumbing and drain cleaning company in the United States. But it's not just our size that earns us industry-wide recognition. We believe the accolades we consistently receive are because of our service, integrity, and customer focus.

  • 230+ franchises in U.S. and Canada
  • Entrepreneur Franchise 500®
  • Entrepreneur Franchise 500® for Veterans
  • Franchise Times® Top 200 
  • Franchise Business Review Satisfaction Award
  • Franchise Business Review Rockstar Award
  • Global Franchise Awards Category Winner

What We Do

World-Class Marketing and Support

Our franchise owners provide over 20 different plumbing services for residential customers. From simple drain cleaning and fixing leaking pipes to complete water line replacement and installation, the skilled technicians who work for our franchisees are prepared to meet any plumbing need.

You are our top priority

We understand that feeling secure in your business means being prepared, so we give you the information, tools, and resources you need. You will have a dedicated Sure Start Consultant who will guide you through the opening of your Mr. Rooter franchise, and once you are set up, you will have a dedicated Franchise Business Coach.

Our goal is to help you succeed

To do that, we provide you access to ongoing training and support in the following areas:

  • Setting up office systems and day-to-day operations
  • Technology training, including operation of our proprietary software systems
  • Education in the Mr. Rooter business systems, culture, and team development
  • Tested marketing systems, local marketing consulting, and access to marketing collateral
  • Ongoing training and development

Preferred Vendor Discounts

At Mr. Rooter, as part of Neighborly®, we are excited to offer franchise owners the opportunity for membership in our preferred vendor discount and rebate program. ProTradeNet® is an asset that greatly differentiates us from our competitors. With the power of this program, we can offer supplies and products to our franchise owners at discounted prices not available to independent business owners. In addition, we offer a rebate program, which has resulted in hundreds of thousands of annual rebates systemwide.

Regional and National Conferences

Mr. Rooter and Neighborly offer regional and national conferences to allow franchise owners to gather, share, and learn. There's nothing quite as valuable as franchise owners talking and sharing success stories with each other. In addition, every year, the home office provides training on best practices and highlights emerging trends and new technologies.

Why The Plumbing Industry?

"According to the 2011 American Housing Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, the median year in which homes were built was in 1974. That makes the average home now in 2020, 46 years old." – Univeresaldesign.org1


Aging homes means aging pipes, which spells a growing opportunity for residential plumbers. According to IBIS World, a research firm that tracks different industry sectors, the forecast for the plumbing industry is good.

"Following the economic fallout related to the 2020 pandemic, demand for the Plumbers industry's services is expected to accelerate over the next five years." - IBIS World2

By the Numbers – Plumbing Industry

Market Size 20202:
$124 billion
Growth in 20212:
Number of Businesses2:
Industry Employment 20212:

Ideal Franchise Owner

How Do You Know If Mr. Rooter is Right for You?

With 50+ years of experience working with our valued franchise owners, we know the qualities required to succeed. If you conduct yourself with honesty, integrity, adaptability, and an eagerness to succeed, you might have found the perfect franchise with Mr. Rooter!

The System

Why own a Mr. Rooter® Plumbing business?

More Resources, More Possibilities

Owning a Mr. Rooter® Plumbing business means working in a recession-resilient industry where your services will always be in demand. And when you have unlimited access to Neighborly® support systems, tools, and network, your success will continue to flow.

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