The Role Of a Plumber
There are those people who keep asking themselves what exactly a plumber does. Generally, a plumber deals with water, gas and waste disposal piping systems. These piping systems can be residential or commercial.
Plumbers are no strangers to many of us and we know them to be those guys that visit our homes to fix a pipe that is leaking. Plumbers install, repair and also maintain a variety of pipe systems that exist in our homes and in public as well as commercial buildings. Among the many water pipe systems that there are, some carry water from large water reservoirs to plants set aside for water treatment. From the water treatment points the pipe systems then deliver the treated water to peoples’ homes, public and also commercial buildings. There are also pipe systems that enable wastes disposal, gas supplies to furnaces and stoves and also others that are specifically for the provision of residential cooling or heating needs.
Generally, a good plumbing contractor is associated with the installation and repairs of pipe systems for water, drainage, gas, and disposal of wastes. These pipe systems can be residential or commercial.
Plumbers are also charged with fixing of things like the bathtubs, sinks, toilets, sinks among other items that are directly associated with residential systems for water supply. Not surprisingly, some plumbers may also be well versed in repairs of appliances such as water heaters and dishwashers.
Plumbers deploy different kinds of materials as well as techniques of construction all dependent on the project type on hand. For example, water supply systems for residential purposes deploy steel, copper or plastic pipes. In many cases installing a water supply system for a single household requires just 1 or at most 2 able plumbers. In contrast, municipal systems for water supply and sewerage require large numbers of plumbers since there is normally a lot of workloads. These large number plumbers also need to be highly skilled, since the process of connecting the pipes is much more cumbersome and complicated. The plumbers need to plan their work carefully and organize the tasks over the number of days they will be working. They also need to constantly keep liaising with the municipal engineers regarding the progress of work. The pipes used in the case of municipal water and sewerage systems are also very different from the residential ones. This is because the pipes used in this case are large, heavy and mainly made of iron.
The plumbing profession has transformed greatly and is no longer the simple handyman job as it used to be. Plumbers are now getting to learn on in-depth planning and designing of the piping systems to be worked on be it residential or commercial, simple or complicated. This enables the plumbers to have a more professional approach to work and to meet the plumbing needs of their clients with a high degree of efficiency. Such design and planning can be computerised using special soft wares.
A good plumber must be able to have good improvisation techniques in areas that pose a challenge with the common household plumbing issues. For example, a plumber may in the course of their work, unexpectedly encounter electrical wires that can’t be tampered with and have to think on how to navigate around the problem.