What Is Plumbing?

If you own a house or you are handling your house’s issues when there is something wrong, even if you are renting it, you probably know that most of the issues happening around the house involve pipes, water, drainage, valves, or anything similar, you need to call a plumber.

Plumb works vary a lot, and depending on the problem, you might need a licensed plumber, so you can’t do everything on your own.

What Is Plumbing?

Knowing what plumbing is is important, and this article will seek to talk about plumbing.

What Is Plumbing?

What Is Plumbing

Plumbing is basically anything that involves some fluid to work in a variety of applications around a household or a building in general.

It is an important aspect of a household because it is critical to the household’s health and overall public health and sanitation since it involves the fluids that you use for anything in your house.

Some of its most common uses include potable water delivery, waste removal, water pipeline installation, and heating and cooling.

There are a variety of works that the plumbers most know how to do, and plumbers who do this work need to have a license to perform some of the important plumbing works, but not all works require a license to do.

However, it is recommended to know the details of the work with a license at hand.


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Different Types of Plumbing Work

Different Types of Plumbing Work

It has eight different areas of work, and all of the works fall under one of these categories.

Water Supply

Water supply is one of the most common ones and the one that most people are aware of.

It deals with leaking water pipes, toilets, taps, and anything related to water, including installation or removal of water issues.

Gas fitting

Just like water supply work, gas fitting focuses on works that include gas like pipe, fitting, flue, appliance, and any other thing that involves the use of gas.


Sanitary deals with connecting plumbing systems (toilets, basins, sinks, showers, washing machines, etc.) to sanitary fixtures underground to disposal systems.


Anything that involves a roof or roof drainage system is under the category of roofing, where the plumbers work to install, remove, or fix issues.


Any design, fix, installation, or removal work that involves problems between above-ground plumbing systems to underground disposal systems.


The heating, cooling, or ventilation works of a household or building is under the mechanical services category.

Fire Protection

Make sure that any fire fighting service that uses water is connected to the water supply.


Working with irrigation systems from where the water comes to the valve.

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Common Plumbing Problems

Common Plumbing Problems

A plumbing system comprises of a network of fixtures and pipes which work together to provide you with clean water for tasks like cooking, cleaning, washing, etc. Every once in a while, you may face plumbing problems. Some common plumbing problems include:

  • Running toilet
  • Low water pressure
  • Leaky taps or showerheads
  • Faulty water heater
  • Water heater problems
  • Clogged toilet, etc.


Plumbing Vs. Drainage

Plumbing Vs. Drainage

Some people use the terms plumbing and drainage interchangeably, but both these things are very different from each other. And it is important to know the difference between the two so that you know whom to call.

Drainage includes blockages in sewer pipes, and a plumber may or may not have the knowledge to fix the issue.

Here’s an example that will clarify the difference between plumbing and drainage. So if your toilet won’t flush, then that is a plumbing problem. However, if your toilet is blocked, then that is a drainage problem.

To describe further, plumbing involves bringing fresh water and gas into your house, while drainage involves taking away water from your house.

For example: when you flush your toilet, the water goes away, and that comes under drainage, and when you open a tap, fresh water comes in that comes under plumbing.


The Verdict

To conclude, it is actually a very wide area of work that has eight different categories.

This work is extremely important for the general health and sanitation of a household or overall public because it deals with anything related to water, fire system, mechanical systems, drainage, and many more other sanitation issues.

Even though it is not an easy thing to do, it is something you must do for your household by calling in a professional.

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Why is it important to have an emergency plumber?

You will face a plumbing-related problem in your life more than once. It could be a small issue such as a leaking pipe or running toilet.

You can wait till the weekend ends in some cases, but some issues, such as an overflowing toilet or water gushing everywhere, among others, require immediate attention.

To tackle such emergency plumbing-related problems, it is essential to have an emergency plumber.


What is the role of a plumber?

A plumber will take care of any issues that you may have, such as repairing, installing, and maintaining valves, drainage, fixtures, and fittings, among other things.

Some of them also coordinate with electricians, contractors, and other construction professionals to tackle more complex problems.

Can a toilet and shower share a vent?

Yes, the toilet and shower can share a vent, but the toilet should be connected last.

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