Installing and checking pipes and making sure the water and sewer systems in a home are all up to standard and working properly are parts of a plumber’s job. Plumbing is a trade in the Construction Industry. a plumber would be involved in installing, repairing and maintaining pipe systems in commercial, residential or large industrial buildings. Hospitals have the added requirement of medical gas, which also falls under the plumbing category.
There are pipes, fixtures, equipment, fittings, and even welding to deal with. a plumber would also prepare cost estimates and need to interpret blueprints and know how to understand complicated designs. A senior plumber may be in charge of supervising an apprentice. safety procedures are always of paramount importance especially in Lethbridge plumbing repairs.
Even though most industrial plumbing jobs would take place during weekday hours, emergency plumbing needs in residential homes can often cause plumbers to work long overtime hours.
Anywhere there is new construction, you will find the plumbing profession. contractors, maintenance departments and service companies will all hire plumbers.
Plumbing and drainage systems require the special care of a good maintenance person. there could be airlock, which is an air bubble in a pip that stops the flow of liquid. Sometimes a toilet gets backed up, or a sink gets plugged.
A general list of basic plumbing tools includes the following: a tape measure, hack saw, claw hammer, ball-peen hammer, vise grip pliers, wood chisels, crow bar, tin snips, step ladder, multi-tip screwdriver, needle nose pliers, socket set, round and flat files, long and short shovels, safety gloves, safety goggles, ear plugs, sledge hammer, hand saw, reciprocating saw, trowel, flashlights in a variety of sizes, drywall knife, hole saw kit, wire strippers, Allen keys in imperial and metric sizes, caulking gun, mini pipe cutter, PEX crimpers, steel pipe cutter, PVC hand saw, spud wrench, flaring tool kit, pipe wrenches in all sizes, strap wrench, cast iron snap cutter, basin wrench, pipe extractors, ratcheting pipe threading set, pipe tapping tools, plastic tube cutter, internal pipe wrench, pipe reamer, sparking igniter, torch head, gasket cutter and a fire extinguisher. Of course, there could be a variety of other necessary tools and supplies.
Consumable supplies a plumbing contractor would need include lead-free solder, teflon tape, sand cloth, flux and soldering paste, gasket material, silicone, fitting brush, nails and screws, copper strapping, pipe dope, plumbers putty and more.
A good plumbing tool kit and other supply carrying cases would also be essential for hauling tools and supplies on and off each job site.
If you’re deciding to take up the plumbing trade, doing small DIY jobs yourself around the house may help you gain some experience and help you decide if it’s the kind of work you will enjoy.
The best place to start is fixing a leaky faucet. The dripping water sound is very annoying, plus there are many liters or gallons of water going to waste down the drain. The waste alone is sad because of the impact on the environment and the leaking away of the valuable resource of clean water.
Here are some steps to fixing your own leaky faucet.
1. Turn off the main water line in your house. It’s probably located in the basement. Once it’s turned off, drain the pipes of excess water by turning them on. The downstairs taps turned on will drain the water completely from the top level of the home.
2. Plug the drain to stop any lose pieces going down the drainpipe once you begin working. Using a flat headed screwdriver, pry off the top of the faucet. It’s usually the little cap that indicates H for hot and C for cold.
3. Once the cap is off, loosen and remove the exposed screw. this will allow you to remove the handle. You will probably need a Phillips screwdriver for this part.
4. Next, use a wrench or pliers to remove the release valve. place a towel under your area to catch loose dirt and one on the faucet so you don’t scratch it with the pliers.
5. Remove the valve. Remove the washer and replace it.
6. Put everything back together by reversing the process.
7. Turn on the tap to the main water supply. Test out your new tap. Good job!