You don’t usually think much about your plumbing in Water -until something goes wrong. If you are having a problem or are considering replacing some of your pipes or perhaps your water heater, it’s not a bad idea to check into what technology has to offer these days.
Even things as seemingly dull as your kitchen sink or bathroom pipes are the subjects of research on a regular basis. Companies want to stay ahead of the curve, so they create new technologies all the time.
Basic Safety For Home Plumbing Projects
For this article I will be using the 'P' trap, but 'S' and 'U' traps are used widely as well.
A plumbing trap is a simple but ingenious contraption used essentially to block the less-than-pleasant smell from drifting up various drain-holes located around your house. If you take the letter P and rotate it 90 degrees clockwise and remove the line segment between the U shape, you'll get the general shape of the P trap. Now imagine piping extended from each end of the P, with the one pointing up going to a given sink drain, and the horizontal one leading through the wall and into the sewer.
Ugh, did I say the sewer? That's right - the rat and germ-infested but absolutely necessary sewer! In most developed nations, all household waste - whether it's laundry and/or kitchen waste or toilet waste - ends up going down the same pipes. It all leads to sewer-treatment plants where it is then processed for eventual release back into the environment and/or fertilizer. Some countries even process it back into drinking water!
Now when you flush, the DWV will introduce air as needed to maintain neutral air pressure, protecting the precious water in the traps. One last thing you should keep in mind is that the trap of any given fixture such as a sink will dry out given enough time. Generally speaking, a month of not being used will result in the evaporation of water in the trap to the point of trap failure. Simply run water periodically to ensure "healthy" traps.
Saving Money With Do it Yourself Plumbing
A plumber is a person that specializes in the installation and maintenance of potable drinking water, drainage, and sewage systems. It is a skilled trade that involves working with pipes, plumbing fixtures, and tubing. Some of the main devices worked on by plumbers include water heaters, humidifiers, toilets, ice machines, utility and kitchen sinks, drinking fountains, urinals, bidets, water fountains, bathtubs, and showers.
Part of the job includes reading drawings and blueprints in order to determine the layout of water supply systems, as well as systems for venting and waste. Another large part of plumbing is the installation, repair, and maintenance of domestic, industrial, and commercial plumbing systems.
Plumbers must be able to test pipes for leaks and be knowledgeable of pipe connections, fixtures in walls and floors, and passage holes. Measuring, bending, cutting, and threading pipes with power tools, machines, and other hand tools is required as well.
People that are interested in becoming plumbers should first complete high school and take any vocational courses if offered, such as plumbing or blueprint reading. Check for local opportunities in the local area and search the Internet for information on the current field. If joining the local plumbers union, there is a four-year apprenticeship involving 2,000 hours of on-the-job training and 200 hours of class work that must be completed. Another option is to attend a trade school, many of which have job-placement services for their students. It is also possible to get hired by small, local plumbing contractors for assistant or apprenticeship positions. Above all, investigate and know the licensing requirements for plumbers.
What Is a Plumbing Trap and What Is It Used for?