Lining Up Residential Plumbing Services With Where Other Services Begin
Residential plumbing services encompass a wide scope of services. In fact, a lot of what a residential plumber does tends to cross over into other professional areas. So, where exactly do the plumber's services end, and another professional's services begin? Check out the following to find out.
The Plumber's Services End at the end of Your Home's Main Sewer Line (or Septic Line)
Every house connected to a city sewer has a main sewer line that goes down underground and empties into the city sewer. With homeowners that have a septic system, it is the same, except that the line ends with a septic tank. The plumber's services in regard to these lines end in slightly different spots, seeing as the plumber never works beyond the homeowner's main sewer line. For city homes, the plumber's work ends about 50 feet before the house line meets the sewer line, or however far the plumber's auger or sewer camera reaches. For septic lines, the plumber's work stops just outside the foundation walls since the rest of the line is considered part and parcel of the septic system.
The Plumber's Services End Where the HVAC Contractor's Work Begins
A plumber can and will install a lot of the plumbing that feeds into a boiler, geothermal heating and cooling system, and/or air conditioning system. A plumber may also install plumbing for a refrigerator with an ice machine, but that is all. The HVAC contractor takes over from there by completing installations, setting up heating, cooling and refrigeration appliances, and making repairs to said appliances. (In a pinch, you could ask a plumber to check out the plumbing for the refrigerator's ice machine and cold water from the door, but he/she is not likely to fix the refrigerator for anything else.)
The Plumber's Services End Where the Electrician's Begins
A lot of plumbing conduits may be installed in your home. These metal pipes protect electrical wiring against home pests and against contact with water and humidity. Your plumber might have to install several metal conduits before the electrician comes to your home to upgrade electrical wiring. These two professionals may work in tandem on the same day to ensure that all of the conduits and electrical wiring are installed in a manner conducive to how your home needs the wiring to run. Once the metal conduit pipes are installed, however, the plumber is free to leave.