Why Plumbing Is Important
Plumbing is an essential service in any building, be it commercial or domestic. Without a clean source of water and adequate sanitary fittings such as baths, showers, sinks and toilets, a building ceases to provide any functionality or convenience.
Plumbing, gas and heating systems play a major contribution to so many daily tasks that are carried out in the home including,
The significance of plumbing systems was arguably demonstrated at its finest in the mid-19th century. The industrial period brought about mass migration of people from rural areas into cities. The uncontrolled growth of cities and non-existent sanitary fittings meant that raw sewerage began to flow into the streets and taint the freshwater systems that were in place. This lack of sanitation and hygiene led to outbreaks of deadly diseases such as Cholera and Typhoid. As a result, the Public Health Act of 1948 was passed, and a network of sewerage systems was brought into place. This was one of the major steps in highlighting the important role that plumbing systems can play in improving health and hygiene.
The importance of high-quality plumbing systems is today emphasised in the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS). The HHSRS is an enforcement tool that is used to ensure that landlords provide safe and effective housing for their tenants. Plumbing related issues account directly or indirectly for no less than seven of the common health and safety risks associated with housing, including the presence of appropriate sanitation, water supply and excessive cold. To put it bluntly, without a plumbing system, your home is not fit to live in, and your commercial building is not suitable for members of the public.
Plumbing is a regulated trade, which reinforces the importance it should be viewed with. Any plumber working on a gas system must be gas safe registered, such is the seriousness of having a correctly installed plumbing system. Plumbing is so important that a whole section of the Building Regulations is dedicated to ensuring and detailing how drainage and waste should be managed in a building. Failure to comply with this can result in a contravention of the regulations, with negative consequences for the building inhabitants and owners.
In addition, accredited plumber schemes now exist to enable plumbers to be able to self-certify their work. While this is not current legislation, it is strongly recommended by water authorities that you work with plumbing contractors who are accredited under the scheme. WRAS approved fittings also exist to ensure that plumbing fittings such as isolation valves, taps and non-return valves meet an appropriate standard. The sheer volume of standards and regulations and authorities governing the plumbing trade show how pivotal and serious it is to the successful functioning of a building.
Make sure that you provide your family, tenants and visitors with maximum comfort and safety by ensuring you use competent plumbers for all your building’s waste and drainage needs. Visit our homepage and call us today for more information about the excellent service our master city plumbers can provide throughout Rotherham and the surrounding areas.