plumbing questionsEver wondered what actually goes on when you have a plumber turn up at your door? Many homeowners have no idea what is actually going on behind the scenes, so we decided to put this together so you have some sort of idea how it all works.

Plumbing. It’s been with us since Roman times – the system of pipes, drains, fittings, valves, and fixtures installed for the distribution of potable water for drinking, heating and washing, and waterborne waste removal. The straight sections of plumbing systems are called “pipes” or “tubes”. A pipe is typically formed via casting or welding, whereas a tube is made through extrusion. The difference between the two is that a pipe normally has thicker walls and may be threaded or welded, while a tubing is thinner-walled and requires special joining techniques such as brazing, compression fitting, crimping, or for plastics, solvent welding.

In the early days of plumbing, a plumber used to work with lead mostly. Lead was great for cutting and the running of water, but it was also good for roofing and other jobs involving lead. As plumbing evolved so did materials such as Galvanized Steel Pipe, Lead Pipe or as we know it today, Black MDPE. In addition to pipes, pipefittings are used in plumbing systems; examples of such are valves, elbows, tees, and unions. Pipe and fittings are held in place with pipe hangers and strapping.

Plumbing appliances are exchangeable devices using water that can be connected to a building’s plumbing system. They are considered to be “fixtures”, in that they are semi-permanent parts of buildings, not usually owned or maintained separately. Plumbing fixtures include the sinks, tubs, showers, toilets, and faucets. The most important part in laying out a plumbing system is identifying where to place these fixtures.

Once company that we know well – Sydney Plumber Co, employ a wide range of expert drainers and gas fitters who have been trained to deal with all aspects of plumbing. They have worked in the Sydney area for over 7 years and in that time, have employed many of the local high school leavers as apprentice plumbers.

“Starting the boys early is a great way to make sure they are not taught any lazy habits which may lead to poor work ethic further down the line” – Jack Jones, Sydney Plumber Co.

Plumbing follows the basic laws of nature – gravity, pressure, and water seeking its own level. Knowing this, you can understand its “mysteries” and make dozens of fixes to your home’s plumbing system. You can save yourself time, trouble, and lots of money.

The difference between today’s plumbing and that of the past is the addition of many innovative products which require further training. Most tradesmen pick this type of training up on the job, when they come across new appliances. Having to read a new set of instructions each time they come across something new. As more appliances and fixtures come onto the market place there is a greater chance of an accident happening in the home while performing a DIY task. It is always best to leave large scale jobs to the professionals who are trained to face all sorts of water works problems.