What does plumbing involve?

Plumbing systems in your home may include water supply, gas and water heating, drainage, and stormwater management, to name a few.

Plumbing in new construction

Plumbers are an important part of any new construction project.

For some major projects (particularly multi-family structures), the plumber may be given a design created by a plumbing consultant, who records a suitable design for the project’s requirements.

The plumber’s task is to decide where pipes should be laid and then install the piping systems if no plan is provided.

If you’re building a new house, it’s critical that your builder communicate with your plumber before work begins so that everyone is on the same page about where pipes will be installed.

The plumber will connect the plumbing to fixtures such as sinks, showers, and washing machines once the plumbing design is complete and the pipes are all in place.

A plumber may also work with gas lines for heating and cooking, and some plumbers pursue certification in heating and cooling systems, though these jobs are often handled by certified gasfitters or HVAC specialists.

In some cases, your plumber and electrician will work together on these parts of your home.

What exactly does plumbing entail?

Water supply, gasfitting, sanitary, roofing (stormwater), drainage, mechanical services (heating, cooling, and ventilation), fire protection, and irrigation are the eight categories of plumbing work.

A brief description of each of these areas, as well as what needs to be done in each, follows:

Water supply: We’re all familiar with this one: dripping faucets, faulty toilets, and leaking pipes are all water-related issues.

Plumbing in the context of water supply refers to the construction, installation, replacement, repair, alteration, maintenance, testing, or commissioning of any water supply service that needs to be done.

Gasfitting: Gasfitting refers to any work done on any pipe, appliance, flue, fitting, apparatus, control, or other object that is involved with the supply or usage of gas, similar to water supply.

Because gas plumbing is such a specialized profession, make sure your plumber is properly licensed to perform gas repair and maintenance.

Working with LPG necessitates further qualifications.

Sanitary: Any part of an above-ground sanitary plumbing system that connects sanitary fixtures (toilets, basins, taps, sinks, showers) and appliances (dishwashers, washing machines) to a disposal system or below-ground sanitary drainage system is referred to as sanitary.

Roofing (stormwater): Stormwater plumbing includes the connection of any stormwater piping to a drain or tank, as well as any roof covering or roof flashing, and any part of a roof drainage system involved in the collection or disposal of stormwater.

Drainage: Any work involving any part of a below-ground sanitary drainage system, from above-ground sewage or waste pipelines to the disposal system, as well as any design work related to it.

Stormwater drainage, on the other hand, connects the roof water downpipes to the drainage’s disposal point.

Mechanical services are plumbing jobs that include mechanical heating, cooling, or ventilation systems in a building and are related to the building’s heating, cooling, or ventilation.

This includes any and all work on flues, pipes, boilers, air conditioners, and related roofing or venting work, among other things.

Plumbing work that involves any part of a fire-fighting water service, from the point of connection to the water supply to any fire-fighting device or equipment that is part of that service.

Fire hydrants, hose reels, household fire sprinkler systems, and other items fall under this category.

Irrigation: Work involving irrigation systems, from the system’s water supply to the last valve or control to any pressurized zone.