What Does a Plumber Do?

By Elvis Neckles, Owner
1800 Plumber+ Air Huntsville

Just about everyone is familiar with a plumber connecting water supply to homes, installing water heaters, fixing leaks, clearing clogged drains, fixing toilets, installing sinks, dishwashers, showers, faucets, bathtubs, and even garbage disposals.

Plumbers do much more than that. Plumbers install and maintain numerous types of piping systems found in residential and commercial properties, power plants, water treatment facilities, waste disposal plants, factories, and medical facilities.

Hospitals, nursing homes, dental practices and other medical facilities require the safe installation of medical gas piping. A licensed and certified medical gas plumber is required to perform the installation.
Patient safety depends on reliable, expertly installed medical gas piping with built-in safety features.

Oxygen is highly combustible, so the entire system must ensure safe operation including storage facilities, piping and delivery or use areas. Specialized tubing is required to maintain proper pressures and to prevent combustion.

The interiors of pipes must be free of certain materials such as oil or grease. Brazing (the process of joining two metals, typically copper together using heat) is completed in a manner that prevents formation of scale*. An appropriate flux is used to join dissimilar materials so that joints are properly sealed, and no materials are left inside the pipes.

A safely installed system includes alarms and monitoring systems to ensure consistent pressure and indicate when storage tanks are low. The entire system, including each joint, is checked after installation to ensure that gas flow and pressure are consistent and unimpeded.

Natural Gas: installing natural gas at your home is dangerous and should be done by a licensed plumber, certified to do gas. To connect a natural gas grill to your house, for example, you need to hire a professional. Working with gas lines is dangerous, so do not attempt this. A licensed and certified plumber or gas fitter are your best options to install your natural gas grill.

If you are designing or building the ultimate “Endless Summer” backyard with fire pit, outdoor kitchen, and tiki torches, you would also need to hire a licensed and certified plumber to install your natural gas lines.

Healthy Living: Many of us drink bottled water. Some of us suffer from dry or itchy skin. Still, even more of us are concerned with a healthy diet and lowering sodium intake.

A plumber can install a whole-house water softening/purification system to successfully address those concerns. With such a system in place you can now use refillable water bottles-lowering your environmental impact, cook with sodium-free water, alleviate dry or itchy skin, and even have whiter “whites” on laundry day.

Plumbers are highly skilled individuals. When selecting a plumber, make sure that they and their company are licensed and insured.

* Scale is an iron-rich film that can form on a part once it reaches high temperatures

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