iOS and Android Plumbing Apps to Take With You on Your Next Job
When you go out on a job, chances are your smartphone goes with you. We know because our JobFLEX plumbing estimating software has already become a staple for many plumbers (more on that below)! Using apps to calculate information about pipes and water flow or review information about different systems can help you to work more efficiently and more accurately. Whether you’re a perfectionist or want to branch out into new materials and systems, there’s an app for that. These iOS and Android apps for plumbers can make your life easier. And they’re all free!
JobFLEX Plumbing Estimating & Billing App
JobFLEX began as a plumbing estimating app but has expanded its scope over time and now also offers robust invoicing capabilities to help you efficiently collect payments. While this app isn’t completely free, it does come with a free trial and a low monthly or annual pricing structure. The beauty of JobFLEX is that you can import pricing lists (they’ve even set up pricing list templates with pricing and descriptions to get you started) that contain detailed descriptions and pricing that you can add with a tap while you walk the job site. Before you head to your next job you can have an email sent to the customer. Invoicing is just as easy, as you can generate them from scratch in a matter of minutes or turn an existing quote into an invoice and email it in just a few taps. Estimating and invoicing for plumbers has never been easier than it is with JobFLEX. Get it on the Play Store here.
Plumbing Systems Design Tables App
Put together by the American Society of Plumbing Engineers, this app lets you take the Plumbing Systems Design Tables in your pocket rather than trying to take the full paper version to every job. If you’re a member of the ASPE, you’ll have access to even more features. This app provides access to data on equations, design tables, and different plumbing systems and materials, making it an invaluable app for plumbing contractors. You can make quick calculations and jog your memory, even if it’s just to double-check pipe sizing. You can also quickly pull information from the International Plumbing Code, Uniform Plumbing Code, National Standard Plumbing Code, and more of the major plumbing codes used throughout the US. You can avoid making mistakes that can result in costly repairs and a damaged reputation. This free app is available for Android devices.
Plumbing Formulator App
The Plumbing Formulator App helps you calculate and convert just about anything with over one hundred formulas. Calculate pipe weights and water flow or refer to plumbing charts to size up your options. Check plastic pipe expansion or help your client figure out the cost of a water heater large enough to service their home, or figure out if a water heater is eating up too much gas. If you do HVAC work as well, you can use the app to calculate heat loss and the fresh air in a room. If you have an Apple phone or tablet and can’t download the ASPE’s app, this app is a great iOS alternative option available for free in the iTunes store.
Electrical Wiring Lite App
Sometimes you need to work with basic house wiring and central heating, and that’s where Electrical Wiring Lite (or the Pro version, priced at $1.99) for Android devices comes in. It’s another great little calculator app to make your job easier and faster, and help you to avoid small mistakes that you can’t afford to make.
- Free version: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.intineo.android.electricalprolite&hl=en
- Pro version: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.intineo.android.ewp2014
Copper Tube Handbook App
The Copper Tube Handbook app is pretty self-explanatory: available for iOS and Android devices, it’s a great tool for anyone who works with copper systems and copper pipes. The app was produced by the Copper Development Association and is completely free. If you ever find yourself trying to remember the right size of copper pipe for the job, it’s easy to pull out your phone and reference this app. The dimensions, physical characteristics, and rated internal working pressure for different kinds of copper tube are all available in the app.
Route4Me Route Planner
When you have multiple jobs waiting for you at different locations, Route4Me Route Planner picks out the most efficient route based on multiple address inputs. No more doubling back, which wastes your gas and your valuable time! It can also help you coordinate more easily with other obligations and jobs that need to get done on the way. As a bonus, Route4Me is available for iOS and Android devices and is completely free.
What are we missing?
If you’re a plumber with some insight into other great apps, please let us know!
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