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Plumbing is the system of pipes, fixtures, drains, valves, valve assemblies and devices installed in a building for the distribution of water from that particular building. It also includes the skilled trade of working with pipes, tubing and plumbing fixtures in plumbing systems. A plumber is someone who installs plumbing systems and makes sure there is availability of water in a building. Plumbing is a big industry for any country because it provides safe water, sanitary collection and transport of wastewater.
The major categories of most plumbing systems are potable cold and hot water supply; plumbing drainage venting; septic systems; rainwater, surface and subsurface water drainage and fuel gas piping. Plumbing may also include hydronics which involves heating and cooling systems which utilize water for transporting thermal energy. Plumbers also install fire-stopping systems in buildings which turn on in case of fires.
Plumbing originated during ancient civilizations as the development of public baths and need for portable water and drainage of wastes for a larger number of people began. Real work in plumbing started in 1800s to prevent and control epidemic of diseases. Present day water supply systems use high pressure pumps and copper, brass, plastic and other non-toxic material pipes. Drains are also made of plastic, cast-iron or lead these days. Apart from pipes and drains, plumbing systems also use pipe fittings, which include valves, elbows, tees and unions. There are basically three components of plumbing systems. These are pipes and plumbing fittings, valves and plumbing fixtures. Plumbing fixtures are connectable devices as they are semi-permanent and are not usually maintained separately.
The equipment used by plumbers includes water meters, pumps, expansion tanks, backflow arrestors, water filters, UV sterilization lights, water softeners, water heaters, water exchangers, gauges and control systems. Pipe wrenches, flaring pliers, and joining tools are also required by plumbers. The tool industry is coming up with better tools to aid the work of plumbers which is based on precision and man-power. Plumbing also helps in saving the environment and energy. Hot water heat recycling units are being installed in many buildings. Most of the plumbing work and plumbing firms are regulated by the government or quasi-government agencies due to the direct impact of plumbing on the welfare of people
Plumbing will provide the customer with safe and clean water for use and will ensure that waste water is disposed properly. This safe water can be used for drinking, showering, cooking, washing clothes and other chores. Plumbing will take care of clogged pipes and ensure that the water is available at all times. Plumbers can make sure the plumbing system is working efficiently. Waste water is taken away in pipes and disposed which makes sure than no waterborne diseases originate. In this way, plumbing ensures a healthy environment. Waste water will not accumulate outside the building so subsoil water will not get polluted. Plumbing will also take care of any leaking pipes or toilets in a building. In short plumbing will help a person live in a healthy environment with an ample supply of water for use.
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