Residential plumber: the title says it all. Or does it? You know that a residential plumber fixes toilet, shower, and sink plumbing in homes. That is obvious. What you may not have known is that plumbers can, and often do, perform several other lesser-known services for common household appliances and plumbing uses.
Installing a Water Heater
A water heater is meant to heat water. It is connected to one of the main water lines in your home, and then the hot water it creates is sent into all of your hot water pipes. When your hot water heater breaks down for good, it is the residential plumber you call to remove it and replace it with a new water heater. It is also the residential plumber that installs new water heaters in new homes.
Installing a Water Softener
A water softener is directly connected to the main water intake line of the plumbing in your house. All the water that either comes from a well or comes from the city's water treatment plant through an in-line into your house comes through this main line. The water softener is directly connected to this line so that all of the water may be "softened" for use in your home. Because it is obviously a plumbing matter, it is a plumber that does the installation of this system. He/she can also keep one line open that is just plain tap water so that you can drink straight from the tap without the salt from the water softener. Installation of this system typically takes between one and two hours for most residential plumbers.
Installing or Repairing Gas Lines
If you have natural gas or propane pumped into your home for certain appliances, then you have seen gas lines. They are typically metal pipes, although they can be PVC. If you do not have any gas pipes in your home, but you want to convert to gas lines for a furnace, stove, water heater, etc., then the residential plumber is the person you call. He/she will assist the gas company with the installation of the gas company's equipment (e.g., gas usage meter, outside gas lines, etc.), and then begin to feed gas lines into your home. If you already have gas pumped into your home from the city, then you might need a plumber for gas line repairs. Leaking gas lines should never be ignored.