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Professionally Plumbers are Trained to Do More Than Rod Sinks and Sewers
Plumbers are trained to perform many tasks. Some of the manual tasks could also be performed by pipefitters and steamfitters, as these professions overlap each other in training, i.e. cutting and threading pipe, soldering copper and some welding. However, we are concentrating on plumbing tasks today. You will find some further information below on these tasks.
A skilled plumber needs to know how to read blueprints to be able to chart the course of pipes on a new construction project and also in
the rehab of an older building. They are able to read the drawings not only to see where the plumbing pipes are running but also to be able to see where other the other trades are located to avoid conflict. All trades use the same space inside of walls and ceilings so meticulous coordination is necessary to ensure a smooth project.
Plumbing Materials and Equipment
A highly skilled plumber will be able to read the blue prints and order all the right materials for any given job. The material can include, PVC plastic, copper pipe and fittings (both DWV and water pipe), cast iron pipe and fittings, galvanized pipe and fittings, pipe hanger equipment, floor drains, cleanouts, roof drains, fixture carriers, water heaters and plumbing fixtures. A plumber can order all this material but he or she also has to know how to install it and what tools he or she may need. A plumbing job can be quite complex at times.
Local and State Plumbing Codes
Most plumbers are trained and maintain familiarity with local and state codes that govern any plumbing installations. This helps the plumbing contractor operate up to optimum standards in the locations serviced by their plumbers.
Inspection and Testing
A qualified plumber is trained to perform inspection and testing on the installed pipelines and pipe systems in and out of the houses and buildings. This ensures that any problems are identified quickly before they turn into major issues.
Installation of Specialized Plumbing Equipment
Plumbers are trained to install not only pipes, but also fixtures, sinks, toilets, tubs, showers and more. Most anything that needs a water supply today’s plumbers install it. This also covers many commercial applications that need pipes run to and from them for water needs.
Plumbing Repair, Plumbing Maintenance and Replacement
Of course, plumbing experts repair plumbing problems or even replace parts, when need be. Many times, this is the bread and butter for a plumber in between large new construction jobs. There are far more jobs that come up dealing with repair and replacing than in those times of slow construction work. Now, you will need to check with a plumber in your area to see exactly what tasks he was trained to perform. The more extensive the training the more tasks a plumber will be able to perform for you.
This post is provided by Paul Glapinski who is the president of Pj’s Plumbing, a plumbing specialist serving the Pewaukee and Waukesha community. For more plumbing tips you can visit or follow us on Twitter or our GooglePlus page