What Do Plumbers Do?

A plumber fits and repairs pipes, fittings and other apparatus of water supply, sanitation or heating systems. 

A plumber installs hot and cold water, sanitation and drainage; sets up rainwater harvesters and lead soakers; installs central heating systems and domestic fuel-burning appliances; designs water and heating systems; cuts and joins pipes and fittings; measures and assesses sites, services systems and fixes faults; works at a client’s home or business; and responds to emergency call-outs such as boiler breakdowns or floods.

Types of Plumbers

There are different types of plumbers based on what they do. They include the following:

Commercial Plumber

A commercial plumber works in commercial settings. They work in manufacturing plants, hospitals, schools and colleges.

Service and Repair Plumber

A service and repair plumber is responsible for maintaining and repairing plumbing systems in commercial and residential areas.

Residential Plumber

A residential plumber specializes in the installation, maintenance and repair of plumbing fixtures in residential buildings. 

Sanitary Plumber

A sanitary plumber works on sanitary systems, clearing blockages, installing bathroom and toilet pipes, fixing suspended drains and installing water heating systems.

Water Supply Plumber

A water supply plumber installs and maintains water supply systems in bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms.

Duties of a Plumber

A plumber may perform the following functions:

Location and repair of leaks

It is the duty of a plumber to identify and repair leaks. Identifying leaks in a large building may be quite challenging and it is the duty of a plumber to do everything humanly possible to trace and fix such leaks by scanning the blueprints of buildings.

Changing and repair of plumbing parts

Sometimes, plumbing systems need the replacement of some parts in order to resolve some plumbing issues. It is therefore the work of a plumber to replace these components of the affected plumbing systems.

Choosing of equipment 

A plumber is responsible for choosing the right tools and equipment for each job. The failure to use the correct tools and equipment will most likely make things difficult for the plumber, increase costs and affect the quality of work done. 

Preparation of cost estimates

In an era of rising inflation, a plumber needs to be knowledgeable about the prices of goods and services in order to charge a client appropriately and based on the prevailing cost of materials, equipment and labour. If a plumber undercharges, they run the risk of losing their money. If they overcharge, they run the risk of losing their client. 

Regardless of the type or level of experience of a plumber, plumbers need technical, physical, analytical, problem-solving and communication skills to be able to function effectively.



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