General Plumbing Help: What Does a Plumber Do?

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Most of us don’t generally think about what plumbers do until we need a plumber. But, how can you actually know when you need a plumber if you don’t know what a plumber does?

General plumbing consists of a wide variety of functions depending on the nature of the plumbing task that requires intervention. Let’s take a look at the most common types of plumbers and what they do on a day-to-day basis.

General Plumbing Defined

Plumbing involves pipes, water, and gas. Therefore, your professional plumber will be well versed in these concepts within your home or business at many levels.

For example, a gas water heater uses both water pipes and gas pipes. Your plumber is knowledgeable and skilled in both areas of operation and repair for this all too important appliance.

What Does a Plumber Do?

As we mentioned, plumber duties are diverse. But you can actually narrow down the types of tasks your plumber is most efficient with according to the type of plumbing work they perform.

Residential Plumbing

Residential plumbers are well equipped to handle most household issues pertaining to your plumbing, including working with builders to install plumbing and fix it when it’s broken later down the road.

Commercial Plumbing

Commercial plumbers do essentially the same as residential plumbers but on a larger scale—that is, pertaining to larger buildings and businesses.

Service Plumber

The service plumber is mainly reserved for fixing things. This type of plumber can (and does) handle plumbing issues on both the residential and commercial scale.

Common Plumbing Jobs

The most common plumbing jobs that people require (for home and business) include the following:


Almost everybody has experienced a clogged drain at some point in time. Chemicals don’t always do the trick, and, to be honest, these harsh chemicals are not only bad for the environment but can wreak havoc on your plumbing system. It’s best to call the pros.


Whether installing or replacing a toilet, it’s no easy task. Most plumbers can have this done within a short period of time, enabling you to move on to the next important task.


Leaks can be especially difficult for homeowners to locate, not to mention those found in a business building. Many leaks require special tools that your plumber has available in their handy bag of tricks.

Hot Water Tanks

Whether it’s a gas or electric hot water tank, you’re better off leaving this repair/replacement job to the professional plumber. They can detect issues and ensure that your entire system is running efficiently and effectively.


One of the less common jobs for a plumber, but still all too necessary, is sink removal or replacement. This is more common in residential settings, but a qualified plumber can ensure that everything goes off without a hitch.

Leave the Plumbing Responsibilities to Your Plumber

Most general plumbing duties should be left to your professional, local plumber to avoid mistakes in your repairs. After all, you want it done right the first time!

When you need plumbing help, please give us a call. We are here to serve your needs with 24/7 Emergency Service if you need it.