Plumbing is the system that transports water from a building to the outdoors. Without it, we’d have to travel to a body of water to wash our hands or perform other household tasks. It also helps prevent contaminated water from leaking into our homes. Plumbing systems also help carry stormwater from a building to the outdoors.
Plumbing involves installing and maintaining a building’s plumbing system. This can include installing new plumbing fixtures, altering existing fixtures, or even installing a new venting system. It can also involve designing, installing, and maintaining public water systems. Plumbing professionals usually work with copper, steel, and plastic pipes to install and maintain these systems. Plumbing systems are made up of three parts: an adequate water supply system, safe drainage, and fixtures.
Plumbing is crucial in new construction projects. Often, a plumbing consultant will provide the plumbing design for the project, which the plumber can then install. In addition to installing the piping system, plumbers determine where the pipes need to be located. These experts also check and repair leaks and clean up afterward. Plumbing is a multifaceted career, and there are many different types of plumbing professionals.
Plumbing professionals use specialized tools and equipment. These tools include pipe wrenches, flaring pliers, pipe cutters, and joining tools. As technology advances, new tools and equipment are being developed to make plumbing jobs easier and faster. For example, plumbers are increasingly using video cameras to perform inspections and high-pressure hydraulic pumps to replace sewer lines. Plumbing regulations in Australia are regulated by the Australian Building Codes Board.