Plumbing is a specialist trade within the building and construction industry that requires expertise workmanship by plumbers and gasfitters.
The distribution of hot and cold water and gas throughout buildings, whether they are domestic or commercial, is an essential service that involves the fitting of pipes, valves, taps, temperature control systems and liquid waste disposal systems. The role of the plumber is to install and maintain plumbing systems to health and safety standards for the supply of water and gas from mains outlets to the consumer.
The supply of plumbing is standard practice in the building and renovation of kitchens, bathrooms, gardens, heating and cooling systems and wherever access to water and gas is required. A plumber is not only required to fit plumbing to new building and construction projects but also to repair damaged, corroded or malfunctioning plumbing systems. In the event of gas leaks, water leaks, blocked pipes or overflow, a plumber will be called upon to repair the system and return it to a safe and functioning state. When plumbing systems fail, an emergency situation can occur, particularly in the case of leaking gas, water overflow or sewerage blockage and overflow. Most plumbers offer a 24 hour on-call service for emergency situations.