A Guide To Plumbing

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Plumbing, the art and science of arranging plumbing hardware like pipes and other fittings, is crucial to the maintenance of your house. Having good plumbing is vitally important because a plumbing leak can ruin your entire house. Efficient plumbing can also help you maintain adequate water pressure and consequently save money on your water bill.

Water Heaters

Water heaters provide your household with hot water when you need it. If you are looking to replace your water heater you might be surprised to know that there are options besides replacing your old storage tank style water heater with another one. Heating water tends to consume about 10 to 15 percent of your monthly energy bill. The best new water heaters provide hot water while consuming less energy, which ultimately saves you money.

There are three main types of water heaters used in homes today. First off are storage tank water heaters, which are the familiar big white water tanks. Secondly, there are the fairly new tank-less water heaters, which are becoming more and more popular. They heat water as it passes through them and tend to be inexpensive as well as efficient. They are new to Americans but have been used in Europe and Asia for a long time. The last category is point-of-use water heaters, such as hot water dispensers people use for making coffee or tea.

Plumbing Fixtures

Plumbing fixtures include various devices like taps, shower heads, and toilet fixtures. They are primarily used in the kitchen and bathroom and their main purpose is to direct water from one point to another at your convenience. Bathroom fixtures include sinks, showers, bathtubs and toilets.

It is always best to get plumbing fixtures that are not only functional but look decorative and stylish as well. Great looking plumbing fixtures like bathtubs, sinks, faucets and toilets can be purchased at most large retail outlets at affordable prices.


Plumbers are professionals who can help you with any of your plumbing needs. Hiring a licensed and insured master plumber should be considered mandatory when you are faced with any substantial plumbing task or repair at your house. Sometimes the plumbing part needed will be cheap, but if improperly installed it can ruin your plumbing and wind up costing you a fortune. It can cause thousands of dollars in water damage, disrupt your household for weeks, and throw any remodeling schedule you might have into disarray.

Good plumbing can also help you maintain adequate water pressure and save you money on your water bill. So, look for a reputable plumber to get the task done, even if the job seems small.

Last Updated: January 20, 2012
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