Your home does not exist in stasis: in many ways it can feel like a living, breathing entity. Plumbers deal with the hissing, thrashing, gargling pipes that keep us awake at night. They ensure that homeowners receive clean water and safe gas. It is easy to assume that “plumber” is a catch-all term. In fact, there are many kinds of specialist plumbers that fill niches within the field. For most jobs in the home any experienced plumber will do. In some circumstances, you definitely should hire in a specialist. Here are five types of specialist plumber that you will hopefully not have to call in that often.
Service And Repair Plumbers
Service and repair plumbers don’t typically take on installation or refitting jobs. Their trade is in repairs: simple jobs that an expert can conduct quickly and efficiently. If you have ever tried in vain to repair your boiler only to find that a repairman can solve the problem with a simple bash of a hammer, you’ll know the value of a good service and repair plumber. Many insurance companies require that you occasionally service your plumbing to ensure that breakdowns are less likely.
Drainage contractors are the people you should call if you suspect that you might have a sewage leak or complex drain blockage. Sewage systems are relatively complex, and any breakdown in the system can be dangerous. Human waste can emit toxic gasses, attract pests, and make your water supply unfit for consumption. Specialist drainage contractors use pinhole cameras and made-for-purpose inspection tools to find out what your problem is before fixing it.
This year saw an unprecedented freeze in Texas, and the work of emergency plumbers was never more requested by the citizens of the Lone Star State. Emergency plumbers were inundated with calls asking for help with burst pipes that had expanded after the freeze. They became truly essential workers, helping Texans access heat and water when the state was unable to assist them. A good emergency plumber is on call 24 hours a day, and can deal with most basic plumbing issues without calling in other specialists.
Natural Gas Plumbers
Gas leaks are thankfully far less common now than they were in the past, but they do occasionally still happen. Calling a specialist natural gas plumber as soon as you suspect a leak is absolutely essential. Gas has more difficult properties than liquid, so gas pipe repair needs to be conducted in a more careful fashion than water pipe work.
Underwater Pipe Fitters
It is very unlikely that you’ll ever need to hire an underwater plumber—unless you happen to live on an oil rig. The fitting of underwater pipes for the conveyance of natural gas, oil, or water is dangerous work that requires some specialist skills. Accordingly, underwater pipe fitters can earn up to 300,000 dollars per year. Underwater plumbing is essential for providing the world with natural resources and for moving sewage and water beneath rivers in large cities.
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