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If you require plumbing, it is best to request several quotes from local plumbers, so that you can compare services and prices. Prices can vary considerably, so it is worth your while to do some research. Trained and licensed plumbers can carry out installations, replacements and repairs at competitive plumbing costs to satisfy your needs. This can be a great way for you to find the services you are looking for, and save.

Reasons for hiring a plumber

Plumbing is an essential part of your home. If plumbing is done incorrectly, it can damage your home, and also breach council safety standards. This is why many people opt to hire a professional plumber to carry out any work they need to have done. The most common reasons for hiring a plumber include:

  1. Repair leaking pipes
  2. Drainage
  3. Repair blocked pipes
  4. Installing new pipes
  5. Plumbing for kitchen and bathroom
  6. Fix toilet, shower, bathtub and sink

Supply of Water / Water Fixtures & Appliances

Usually, homes are connected to a main water supply, which provides the water source. This travels along the main supply line and is split into two brances. One branch is heated as it is passed through a water heater and the other remains cold. This provides your home with the two elemental “hot” and “cold” water sources. These two lines usually run paralell to each other, into all the rooms that require a water supply (for instance, bathrooms, kitchen etc). All water appliances and fixtures are connected to these lines. In order to ensure the best results, it is advised to hire a professional plumber when installing new plumbing supply systems and fixtures.


Drainage systems in the home ususally adopt gravity to move waste water away. Therefore most drainage pipes are quite large, and carry the water in a downwards direction. However, calculating the angle of the pipes downward trajectory, so that it moves the waste water through to the sewer systems can be very complicated. This is why it is best to employ a professional plumber to install any drainage in your home.

Plumbing: A History

The term “plumbing” comes from the latin plumbum for lead. This connection comes as the first pipes were made from lead. However as lead is poisonous, pipes today are actually made from plastic, steel, copper, brass or other nontoxic materials.

The transportation of water played a major role in ancient civilsations including Roman, Greek, Persian, Indian and Chinese. The necessity to transport water for baths helped create the first aquaducts, and the drainage of waste water created our first sewer systems. Today, plumbing is the skilled trade of building and maintaining water systems, including pipes, tubing and drainage.

Today plumbing plays a major part in your home. The plumbing systems in most homes comprises of either the supply of water, central drainage or fixtures and appliances.