Plumbing is any complex system which carries liquids for various purposes to a large number of outlets. It involves pipelines, pipes, valves, plumbing fittings, and many other apparatuses. These plumbing systems are very essential in our day-to-day life. They carry fresh water or sewage to drains and lavatories, carry wastes water away from homes or offices, transport chemicals and poisonous liquids, and serve as back-up for telephone and electric lines.
Plumbers play an important role in keeping our day-to-day life smooth by installing and maintaining the plumbing system. Plumbing fixtures are generally used for drainage systems and they are fitted into drainage pipes. Some of them include: trap, straight, inverted, threaded, forced and hanger. Each has their own specific tasks and different types of installation.
Traps are elongated holes, sometimes concrete, through which liquids are conveyed from one place to another. For instance, an outlet from a waste water system may be connected to a trap and then to a tank or a lavatory. Straight pipes take liquid wastes from one point to another. Inverted traps are designed in a U-shape so that the sewage gases drain away from the trap, while the liquid flows into the straight pipes. Threaded traps have a cross-section similar to the shape of a thread, whereas forced pipes have trap sections that are bent into them.
All these plumbing devices are fitted into pipes lying beneath the ground, or about a foot beneath the ground. In most cases, professional plumbers fit the pipes to ensure smooth functioning of the drainage system. Moreover, a good plumber will also check the condition of the drainage pipes. In case of leaks or clogs in the pipes, the plumber may also recommend the use of high-quality drains.
These days there is a huge range in the kinds of materials used to make the pipes. The commonest ones, like copper, brass, chrome, nickel etc, but the latest trend is the use of polymers or plastics. Plastic pipes are made of high-density and stretch to a considerable length. Polymers or plastics are widely used in Europe but the same cannot be said about Asia. Therefore, before fitting your drains, you should find out whether the plumbing fixture you have requires of the material or not.
If you are confused about which kind of drain fitting to use, you should get in touch with a professional plumber and ask for advice. He will explain you about the pros and cons of each type of pipe fixture. Moreover, he will tell you how to maintain the plumbing system properly so that it functions effectively. It is better to get your drains and pipe fittings from a renowned plumbing company, as only they will know the right replacement parts for the fittings and the pipes.