The rise of the plumbing and heating service industry has been a steady trend over much of the 20th and 21st century, especially due to the growth of urban and rural homes and businesses. This is especially true as the need for environmentally friendly and energy efficient systems has radically increased the amount of skill needed to effectively install, maintain, and repair plumbing and heating systems. In many regions, working with heating and plumbing systems also requires a contractor’s license or other certification, and the use of an unqualified worker may result in expensive fines being levied as well as requiring the work to be redone, increasing the cost to the home or business owner.
Plumbing involves the installation, repair and maintenance of drinking water pipes and fixtures such as faucets, internal piping and waste water disposal systems. In addition, a plumbing service installs and repairs septic tanks, septic line connections, and toilet and sewage lines. In both cases, the plumbing service must ensure that the installed systems provide an effective method of providing water for drinking and other purposes, as well as waste disposal.
In many jurisdictions, the types of materials that can be used in plumbing systems are heavily regulated, as is the manner used to dispose of human wastes. Urban areas usually do not permit the use of a septic tank, requiring a hook up to already existing sewage lines. Rural areas allow septic tanks, but the plumber must conform to local, state, and federal environmental regulations in order to avoid contaminating ground water with improperly processed waste.
Heating repair and installation services handle various types of heater systems, usually known as Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems. As with plumbing, heating systems require a high degree of skill to install and must conform to various safety and environmental regulations.
Central heating, where a primary unit delivers heat to the various parts of the home via ventilation ducts is the most common design for homes and businesses. The method used to heat the air is either electrical, or more commonly, a natural gas heater.
Effective maintenance is vital for these systems, as poorly maintained heaters can be dangerous, leading to house or business fires. For gas-based heaters, poor maintenance may result in the release of carbon monoxide, a deadly gas that is colorless and odorless.
An effective plumbing and heating service is a vital part of any community, allowing homeowners, businesses and local utilities to effectively maintain their heating and plumbing services. By making use of professional and well-equipped technicians, the community can be assured that their heating and plumbing will remain both dependable and safe to use.