Plumbing Services Information

Man performing plumbing servicesPlumbing is a system of pipes, fittings, valves, drains, and fixtures installed for the distribution of tap water for drinking, heating, and waste removal. On occasion these systems need to be extended, modified, or repaired, requiring a particular skill set provided by plumbing services. Plumbing generally denotes the system for a single building or continuous structure, distinguishing it from water supply and sewage systems that serve groups of buildings or whole municipalities.


Plumbing services incorporate a range of activities. A common plumbing service is drain services, which generally involves cleaning the traps and piping of a variety of drain types, including sewer drains, toilet drains, sink drains, and grease traps.  Plumbing services can also include faucet services, sewer line services, water heater services, sump pump services, piping/leak services, toilet plumbing, etc.


There are a number of signs that may indicate plumbing services are needed. These can include discolored water, unpleasant/sewage odors from drains, mold around pipes, poor water pressure and flow, pipe noise and vibration, flooding, frozen pipes, leaks, and water temperature issues.


Plumbing services can also be used for preventative purposes or for extending or expanding existing plumbing systems. These services can include winterizing the plumbing system by disconnecting outside hoses, making sure no external faucet is dripping or leaking, checking that pipe locations are adequately heated, ensuring interior shut-off valves leading to outside faucets are closed, flushing out water heaters to remove sediment build up, testing water heater pressure relief valve, temperature setting check on water heater, and inspecting sump pumps.


Other maintenance and preventative services include providing strainers for all drains to prevent debris from entering piping, pipe inspection for leaks, proper drainage speed, clearing mineral deposits from shower heads, pouring water into infrequently used piping to fill the traps, and installing flood alarms.


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