Plumbing is any machine or system that carries fluids for various uses through pipelines, tubes, and fittings. Most often, plumbing is used in residential homes to carry water to the different rooms in a home and it also carries waste water back to the main sewer line. However, plumbing is also widely used in industrial, commercial, institutional, and municipal buildings. In the United States, plumbing is the most used form of plumbing; it contributes to more than 30% of the construction costs of new homes.
Plumbing also consists of numerous individual components, such as plumbing fixtures, pipes, tanks, valves, and other apparatuses. In order to ensure that the plumbing system functions properly, it must be properly connected to the main water supply or the entire system could be at risk. The plumbing fixtures are the basic components that carry the liquids and materials that are passed through the pipes. The pipes may be man-made or natural. There are many types of pipes, such as PVC (polyvinyl chloride) and copper, which are more commonly used in residential plumbing systems. Other plumbing systems commonly used in industrial and municipal buildings include pipe lines, common water hoses, piping, and flexible hoses.
To protect the household appliances from possible damage, sanitary tee covers are installed around the drains. In addition, other sanitary products are used to prevent the spread of diseases. The most common plumbing materials that are used in the residential and industrial sectors are rubber, corrugated plastic, and polyvinyl chloride. These materials are very expensive and they are not usually found in commercial establishments.
Aside from the different materials and plumbing fixtures used to carry out plumbing services, there are other specialties that plumbers also excel in, such as drain cleaning, trenchless sewer cleaning, and kitchen sink and faucet installation. Drain cleaning is one of the most important aspects in plumbing services because clogged sewers are a major health hazard. A clogged toilet can lead to skin infections, nausea, and stomachaches.
Another specialty plumbing service is the grease trap. In the plumbing heating and cooling systems, the trap is used to collect the black trash that collects in the pipes. This trash is usually grease, hair, food scraps, and small metals. It is transferred to a waste transfer station or a sewage treatment plant for sorting.
Sewer and drain cleaning is another specialty plumbing services that a plumber provides. Plumbers also provide specialized training to home owners on how to maintain their drainage system. Regular pipe and drainage maintenance help keep your pipes working effectively. Professional plumbers also perform root barrier pipeline and crack repair on sewer pipe lining.