Plumbers are professionals who install and maintain systems used in residential, commercial and industrial plumbing systems for potable water. Their role is critical as they ensure the smooth flow of water and prevent leaks from occurring that may cause serious damage to property and injuries. They are also responsible for repairing and installing any types of drainpipes, including sewage systems, jetting systems and pressure pumping systems. A plumber must be licensed by the relevant body to ensure competence and professionalism. Some states even have a Plumber’s Bill of Rights that protect consumers from substandard services.
One of the most important duties of plumbers is inspection of plumbing systems that include the testing of water pressure, temperature, solids level, flow rate, and temperature. They test fixtures and fittings for defects and determine whether repairs are required. They perform steam and water tests to ensure the condition of drainage and piping. In addition, plumbers evaluate drainage and plumbing fixtures for defects. This is vital in ensuring proper installation of drains and pipes and timely repair if necessary.
A typical day of work for plumbers includes installation or replacement of copper pipes, faucets, fixtures such as toilets, sinks and tubs, vent fans, showers, bathtubs, wash basins, dishwashers and more. They are also called on to visually inspect exposed pipes, ductwork, pipelines, pipes under sink, and sewer lines. Plumbers are also typically called to provide maintenance services on copper pipes, heating and cooling systems, sewer lines, gas and water heaters, septic tanks, water softeners, fire pipes, water drainage systems, garbage disposals and more. In short, any typical day of plumber work requires them to deal with large items such as sinks, toilets, tubs, faucets, cooking ranges, laundry rooms, showers, washing machines, dishwashers and drains.
Plumbing tasks are usually categorized into two fields: preventive and maintenance. For the former, they check for leaks, cracks, broken pipes, clogs, blocked drains, etc; while for the latter, they repair pipes, line up replacements, clean out drains, etc. In order to perform these activities, plumbing tools are essential including sinks, augers, drain unclogged, toilet auger, drain snake, pipe wrench, pipe snaps, water pump, plunger, pipe snake, water line cutter, pipe bender, and pliers. For smaller jobs such as replacing faucets and toilet fittings, some plumbing companies may rent equipment such as hose reels and pliers. For larger jobs such as repairing or installing gas and electric appliances, plumbing contractors may hire professionals for the job.
With plumbing systems being such an important part of our daily life, it’s no wonder that many plumbers are willing to work overtime and handle any job. There are some plumbers who actually take pride in their workmanship. Such plumbers are referred to as skilled technicians. These skilled technicians are usually employed in building construction projects or in water system improvement projects. Typical day of a typical plumber working on residential or commercial plumbing systems include carrying out routine maintenance work like checking valves, faucets, toilets, drains, etc; removing dirt and debris from drains; installing new plumbing fixtures; testing water pressure and temperature; repairing plumbing equipment; and installing safety equipment like fire extinguishers, emergency exit signs, and other emergency equipment. They are also responsible for making sure that all the needed safety equipment is in proper working condition at all times.
While most plumbers do the majority of their repair work themselves, it’s still wise to call a licensed and insured plumber to do major plumbing repairs like installing new plumbing fixtures or repairing leaky pipes. It is highly advisable to contact your local plumbers before something major happens because they can provide you with expert advice. They are the best people to call when problems arise because they are more knowledgeable on what to do than the average homeowner. When calling a plumber, make sure you have all the details about the problem at hand and what the probable repairs are. That way, the plumber can estimate the cost of the repair and give you an estimate of what it will cost to fix the problem.