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If a plumber needs to do major repairs to your house, the work could call for a permit. You'll want this since a permit provides added assurance that the work is done correctly. Having this added measure in place means an inspector will check the work your contractor or plumber does to ensure he or she did the job correctly. If you ever plan on putting your house or commercial building on the market, a real estate agent and prospective buyers will also want to check any large work you did to make sure it was done properly.
Unfortunately, a lot more than you might think. You don't have to take my word for it, it's easy to obtain a copy of your local water quality report. I've been in the plumbing industry for decades and it still makes me a little uneasy. Whole home carbon filtration is the best way to treat your home water supply. Municipalities add chlorine and amonia to kill any organisms that may exist due to travels through miles and miles of old pipe, but it's the homeowner's responsibility to make it more suitable for consumption at home. Activated carbon is the best way to absorb these impurities (1lb of activated carbon contains a surface area of approximately 100 acres). If reduction or removal of chlorine and chloromines is important to you and your family (the average swimming pool has less chlorine than our tap water), and if you'd like to reduce your bottled water consumption, consider a carbon-based whole home filtration system as a healthy and green solution to questionable water quality. In the not-too-distant future, every home will have a filtration system and we'll wonder how we ever got along without them!
Plumbing is any system that conveys fluids for a wide range of applications. Plumbing uses pipes, valves, plumbing fixtures, tanks, and other apparatuses to convey fluids. Heating and cooling (HVAC), waste removal, and potable water delivery are among the most common uses for plumbing, but it is not limited to these applications. The word derives from the Latin for lead, plumbum, as the first effective pipes used in the Roman era were lead pipes.