In America, some pipes are 150 years old. Iron and steel—traditional materials for plumbing and waste water pipes—make up nearly two-thirds of municipal water pipes according to the New York Times. When water sits in older metal pipes, chemicals used to treat the water can break down the pipe and contaminate the water. Although outlawed by Congress, very old pipes still lurk inside older homes and infrastructure. Many individuals avoid lead exposure in their drinking water by replacing old pipes in their home with lead-free alternatives.
To do this, many people turn to trade workers who have the knowledge and skills to replace pipes and maintain plumbing systems. As older pipes continue to age in America, people will depend on individuals in the plumbing trade for guidance and expertise.
In addition to updating old pipes, homeowners are turning toward sleeker and smarter plumbing fixtures in their bathrooms and kitchens. Plumbers can be aware of the latest designs and upcoming trends they may encounter in homes or businesses, such as:
No matter what fixtures or appliances are in style, plumbers can take extra care to protect bathroom designs from damage during an installation or repair. Quality workmanship and attention to detail are signs of a skilled plumber.
Interested in learning more about plumbing? Explore the Plumbing and Pipefitting program at Apex.
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