Meet Adrienne Bennett, the First Black Woman to Become a Master Plumber

The Legacy of a Plumbing Pioneer

When people think of a plumber, they generally don't think of a woman. Plumbing has been a male-dominated industry throughout its history, but several women have made names for themselves among their peers. Adrienne Bennett is one of those women who put in the hard work to go from the bottom to the top of her industry. Her story should encourage everyone, regardless of color or gender, to work hard for what they want.

How She Started Her Journey in the Plumbing Industry

From the age of 9, Adrienne Bennett lived in Detroit, MI, which she considers her hometown. She was an excellent student, excelling in math and science, and came from a large family. She wanted to pursue metallurgy and engineering in college, but a racist incident caused her to be disillusioned with the university setting. 

Bennett was looking for her next career move when she was asked if she would like to make $50,000 a year at a political rally. She listened and signed up for the training to become an apprentice in plumbing.

Hard Days and New Challenges: Going From Apprentice to Master Plumber

contractorThe beginning of her career was filled with surprising and heartbreaking stories of what she had to overcome. She was often bullied and emotionally and physically harassed at her workplace, where she was often the only woman on a site with over a hundred men. They often tried to get her to quit. 

On her first day as a journeyman plumber, Bennett was left alone on a job site in the cold for hours. They were surprised to find her still there when they returned. Some of the jobs she has held during her long plumbing career are a journeyman plumber, a master plumber, a project manager, a plumbing inspector, and a code enforcement officer for the city of Detroit. Once she passed her master plumber exam, she became the first black female master plumber in the United States. 

The Last Rung: Becoming CEO of Her Own Company

contractorAfter all the plumbing jobs she has held, Bennett became an independent contractor and opened her own business, which she is the president and CEO of. One of her company’s specialties is green building solutions, and they are involved in an effort to rebuild Detroit and have landed big contracts. 

Due to her perseverance, she has forged a successful career in a male-dominated industry and is an inspiration to others. She continues to help upcoming generations of tradespeople by sitting on the Architectural Engineering Advisory Board for Lawrence Technological University. 

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They Grow so Fast: Leaks Can Become a Problem

A common misconception is that the only serious water leaks are the ones on a roof, and that really only happens when there are heavy rains and damage to the roof tiles.

The fact is, an unattended household leak can cost about 10,000 gallons of wasted water a year. That’s approximately 588 showers!

There is another way to put it… a leak is a warning that there is something worse coming on the horizon. It is always best to catch it before it gets too late! However, many people are not sure how to react, this article is here to help. 

Water Leak

From Little Leak to Burst Pipe

A tiny little crack never hurt anyone, right? Wrong! Having a cracked or leaking pipe can be considered a time bomb. As hot water of different pressures goes through a home’s plumbing system, it chips away slowly at the integrity of the structure.

Over time, the inner walls of the pipe will give in and rupture, leaving a dangerous flooding and a heavy repairment bill. The most common household leaks come from:


  • Water Heaters - This occurs when the tank is old and corroding. Leading to a huge burst so it’s best to keep an eye out!
  • Toilets - The water supply, or flange and wax ring. This can be damaging to walls so tending to it as soon as possible is imperative or puddling water can form around the floor.
  • Washing Machines - A broken cold or hot water supply hose.
  • Fridges/Dishwashers - Usually, this happens behind the machine and can go unnoticed for a long time. Inspecting it regularly must be done in the event that something sounds off. 
  • Sinks/Showers - Occurs behind wall tiles usually and can be hard to detect.
  • HVAC Systems - An AC can leak when it runs, but long-term dripping can cause water damage.

Burst Pipe

Saving Money Now, by Fixing a Leak

People often wait for a little leak to turn into a giant problem. A single leaky faucet can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year.

Leaks can occur for a variety of reasons, from misaligned washers and gaskets to loosened traps, to straight-up cracks in the piping.

Once the cause of a leak is determined, homeowners should take action. Most of these issues can be solved with a simple wrench for tightening or using pipe tape to seal a stubborn hole. It’s never good to allow these things to worsen, because it is much more cost-effective to repair than replace an entire broken pipe.

It is also important to remember to inspect the outside of a home for leaks as well. Most irrigation systems that are exposed, or even underground, are affected by extreme hot or cold temperatures, causing them to rupture. Underground or out-of-sight irrigation systems are more difficult to inspect for leaks and will require a professional.

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Better Safe Plumbing Than Sorry Plumbing

A good way to weed out any undetected leaks is by monitoring water meters and examining the water usage bill. Inspect a water meter in a two-hour period where no water has been running.

If the meter changes, it’s time to go in deeper. The only way to be 100% certain that a house is leak-free is by calling in the pros

Safe Plumber

About PAC Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning

For Staten Island, NY professionals in the field of plumbing, heating, cooling, air quality, and even commercial services; PAC Plumbing, Heating, & Air Conditioning techs have been around as a staple since 1979. They serve from homeowners to businesses and large facilities, and focus on maintenance plans to prevent emergencies all over NYC.