The simple answer to that is that plumbers understand how your home’s water system works, and the question to that is: “do you?” Even an experienced home maintenance guy will not necessarily understand all the intricacies and difficulties involved in plumbing services. Water sometimes seems to do illogical things, in terms of when it will flow and when it will not. Plumbers need a great deal of training before they can deliver plumbing services across the vast array of different plumbing problems and situations which may arise.
It is possible for a non-specialist to work with gas systems because then all you must do is close the gas valve and you can be sure everything is safe. With electricity, shut it off at the mains. But with water, as all plumbers know their cost, the problem is that even if you shut the system off by closing the valve on the supply pipe, the system remains full of water. Even experienced plumbing services providers can fall foul of this problem. When is it safe to simply shut off the supply, and when do you have to drain all or part of the system? Experienced plumbers understand how water flows and how water pressure works, but even then, they are always careful, because the cost of getting it wrong can be high.
Plumbing can also do much damage. If plumbing services make a mistake, they can, quite literally, bring the house down. The damage caused by plumbing disasters, when plumbers get it wrong or, much more often, when someone decides to save a few dollars, and do it themselves, can be even worse than that of a minor gas explosion. It’s not advised amateur plumbers to touch plumbing at all; always get qualified plumbers in. It is easy to imagine just how lousy plumbing-related damage can be. When you walk into a room to find the ceiling on the floor, then you will know why quality plumbing services are so important.
BUT WHAT PLUMBING SERVICES DO PLUMBERS PROVIDE?
Plumbers do anything that you need to keep your house safe and dry, and to keep the water flowing through and around and out of your home. Plumbers must know not just about water flow and water pressure but about drainage systems and washing machines and dishwashers and garden hoses and heating systems and how toilets work (and why they stop working and what to do about it.) All those who provide plumbing services understand how water works but they also must know a great deal about how electricity works too because the two systems are intimately linked. Plumbers also need to know about gas-fired heating systems and oil-fired boilers and a lot more.
So, plumbers must be very experienced and well trained, and they must know a lot about many types of different systems. They also must be fit and agile. For example, in China, almost all plumbing is open-exposed. Pipes run in kitchens and bathrooms are mostly visible, and therefore, Chinese plumbers can easily see where the problems are, and those problems are accessible for the plumbing services to work on.
In the west, we like our plumbing to be tucked away and hidden. That makes our homes prettier perhaps, or at least less functional. It also means that plumbers and plumbing services companies will often have a difficult time accessing the plumbing pipes and connections and valves and all the bits and pieces of a complex plumbing system that hidden in cupboards, or under the bath, or buried in the walls or under the floors.
WHAT PROBLEMS DO PLUMBERS FACE?
Plumbers have a difficult job, but what kind of things do they find themselves doing? Well, the apparent plumbing services jobs are the easy ones, like making sure the hot water is at just the right temperature or fixing a dripping tap in the hand basin in your en suite. Sometimes plumbers can complete this kind of job in five minutes, by simply replacing a worn-out washer perhaps. But other times maybe that is not possible.
Plumbing services might find that the taps are too old, or the valve mechanism has corroded away, and the taps must be replaced. However, in many houses, the sink is embedded in a vanity unit, and the pipes are tough to access. And perhaps the taps are so old they have corroded onto the pipe endings and won’t free up. Then taps must be cut off, which means the pipes are now too short and the plumber have to splice in a new piece of pipe, but the old metal welds are too weak, so moving the pipes to replace the tap has split the welds which are hidden down behind the bath so now, . . . . .
With plumbing, what could be a simple five-minute job can turn into something that will take even the best plumbing services operators two days to fix and might entail ripping your bathroom apart.
Let me tell paint a picture of the plumber’s woes. As mentioned before, a home heating system is a combination of a complex water system controlled by an even more complex electrical system. The problem is that while the cold-water tank is often placed as high as possible, up in the loft space, unfortunately, the hot water system and the boiler are generally placed in an accessible location, for ease of maintenance.
Why do we say that this is unfortunate? Well, while ease of access makes life easier for the plumbing services people, it also makes it far too accessible, and therefore tempting, to the non-plumbers who live in the home. The number of times plumbers are called in to fix the heating system, only to discover that it has been disabled by the inept meddling of those worst of all plumbers - the homeowners - are beyond count. Indeed, many plumbing services operations count meddling amateurs as a source of revenue.
Homeowners sometimes, to save on plumbing services, will fiddle with their boiler and its attachments, often with very little understanding of how the plumbing systems are connected and how the system as whole works. In these cases, it is not at all unusual for plumbers to be called out, not merely to get the heating system back up and running, but to deal with the flow of warmish brown water flowing down the stairs and dripping from the kitchen ceiling.
CONCLUSION ABOUT PLUMBERS AND PLUMBING SERVICES
There is, in fact, only one possible conclusion when it comes to household plumbing – “if in doubt, call them out!” Call out your neighborhood plumbers or your preferred plumbing services company, for even the most trivial plumbing requirement. Indeed, it probably makes sense to have an annual plumbing repair and maintenance contract with a plumbing services company you know, and you can rely on to hustle on-site when the necessity arises. If you promise never to touch the plumbing yourself, you might even get a discount from the plumbers down the road or the plumbing services contractor who provided heating and water system installation – after all, they know that, if you don’t touch it, much less possible that something will go wrong.