The nation celebrates "Hug a Plumber Day" on April 25 every year to acknowledge the men and women who perform the difficult-- and often unpleasant--tasks of keeping our plumbing systems clean and functional. As the holiday’s name implies, people are encouraged to hug plumbers as signs of gratitude.

However, with social distancing measures in place to minimize the spread of COVID-19, hugging is not recommended. We’re here to tell you that the new social norms don’t mean you can’t show your favorite plumber “some love” this “Hug a Plumber Day.”

Here are 4 ways you can show your favorite plumber appreciation without hugging:

Give a Shout Out on Social Media

Using the hashtag #NationalHugaPlumberDay, tag and/or share a picture of your favorite plumber on Twitter. This works on other social media platforms, as well. Of course, you don’t have to wait until April 25 to mention your plumber on social. Any day is a great day to celebrate a hardworking home service provider.

Write a Positive Online Review

You could also share your thank you note with the world by posting kind words about the plumber online. Explain how the plumber gave you a great experience and mention the professional by name. Adding the plumber’s name signals to his or her boss and prospective customers that providing exceptional service is a priority, which could lead to future opportunities for advancement.

Refer Them to a Friend

One of the best ways to show plumbers appreciation is to tell your family and friends about them. We are more inclined to trust referrals from people we know; furthermore, we are more likely to trust the people they refer. Referring a plumber to a friend will help the plumber grow his or her business, which we will make them feel appreciated, guaranteed.

Leave a Thank You Note

When’s the last time you received a handwritten note? We bet it left a lasting impression. In the age of technology, it’s so rare for someone to take the time to physically write a note, especially to say, “thank you.” The best part? It’s free and doesn’t take much time. If you need ideas on what to say, consider explaining how thankful you are that the plumber ensured that you have clean water, did the exhausting work to keep your family’s plumbing sanitary, or was respectful of your time. Trust us, your plumber will appreciate the gesture!

Even if you don’t see a plumber on the official “Hug a Plumber Day,” these are things you can do all year long to show your favorite plumbers that you appreciate all they do for your home.

If you’re looking for your next favorite plumber, we can help you find a professional, courteous, and trustworthy plumber near you. Search for the nearest Benjamin Franklin Plumbing expert.