Service Plumbing Vs. Construction Plumbing – What You Need To Know!

Service Plumbing Vs. Construction Plumbing – What You Need To Know!

Plumbing is like a house’s vascular system; it delivers the water where it is rightly needed and flushes away the waste from your sinks and privy. And throughout this piped network, perfect water pressure is maintained. Plumbing includes pipes, disposal routes, water installations, and septic tank systems where required. The ‘required’ bit is where the idea of plumbing branches off to two types: service and construction plumbing.

And we are here to tell you how and why.

Construction Plumbing:

This type of plumbing is a pre-requisite for plumbers in construction projects. Be it brand new or a remodeling job for commercial or residential properties, a construction plumber is trained to read construction blueprints, so they understand where to install plumbing fixtures.

Construction plumbing involves installing faucets, basins, toilets, sinks, showers, and laundry appliances. It also includes laying pipes throughout the building and its connection to a water main and a septic tank system.

You may be surprised to know that construction plumbers also handle the gas lines that work in unison with heating water systems. If the water heating is intended to be electrically powered, then the plumbing also accounts for designated electrical outlets for the appliances. In construction, this is known as MEP (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) and every residential or commercial project has to meet requirements.

Service Plumbing:

This involves all the water service connections that are accessible on a constructed property. This includes water lines and service to appliances like a dishwasher, clothes washer or dryer, refrigerator, sinks, tubs and toilets, and flushing mechanisms. A service plumber analyzes the pipes for damage due to aging construction materials and fixes them for you. Repairing or replacing a leaky hose connection or removing and installing new water service lines are just the day-to-day activities for these pros.

There are two other parts to this:

  1. Repair plumbing: This pertains to the repair and maintenance part for installed and functioning plumbing of a residential or commercial project. Here the plumber actively diagnoses reported plumbing issues in the water system and replaces parts where necessary. A professional may use visual aids such as a plumbing endoscope or eco-friendly dyes to find the leak’s source in a pipe. If the leak is a complex issue, the plumber can go all scientific and use ‘safe’ radiotracers to detect the leak. Caulk application, sealing, gaskets, unclogging, root infestation, and garbage ejector outlets; all come in this category.
  2. Maintenance plumbing: This is like scheduling a doctor’s checkup to assess the health of the plumping periodically to ensure any issues are detected in their initial stages. The plumbing contractor inspects the pipes and appliance attachments for leaks and damage in the laundry, sumps, and fixtures in case repairs are needed. A maintenance plumber will check for gas leaks, thermostat, relief valves, and flue pipes of your water heating systems too! Radiotracers are ideal for maintenance checkups in complex plumbing in commercial constructions.

Following the Illinois Radiation Protection Act, the Radiation Safety Manual of the University of Illinois (U -I), Chapter 8.2, lists the radioactive materials that can be used in sewers and plumbing lines without any problems; ideal for radiotracer leak detection. So, it is very safe to use under prescribed conditions.

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