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You have probably heard the terms plumber and plumbing engineer used throughout your career; however, both are very different in job duties. The term plumbing engineer isn’t simply a fancy way to refer to a plumber. The easiest way to understand the difference between the two is that the plumbing engineer is the person who designs all gas- and water-related systems. The plumber is the person who maintains the water-related systems (generally).

Who is a plumber?

A plumber is a person you call to fix a broken toilet or sink or to repair a leaky pipe. Though plumbers are vital members of the plumbing engineering community, they are not plumbing engineers.

Who is a plumbing engineer?

A plumbing engineer is a certified Professional Engineer who designs the hot and cold water systems in homes and/or commercial buildings. When a new building is in its early design stages, a plumbing engineer is a person who verifies every pipe connection is correct and that every hydro-related design is as efficient as possible. They choose the materials for the plumbing system to ensure it will last years into the building’s life.

However, plumbing engineers aren’t just restricted to water-related piping. If a home or building is predicted to be heated by natural gas, they will also design that delivery system. They are also involved in various overlapping systems in a building design, including the mechanical, civil, and chemical engineering disciplines. As a result, they are the number one influencer on a building’s water efficiency, sustainability, energy efficiency, fire protection, and pollution systems.

In other words, plumbing engineering is not a repair, and it is the design and implementation, the planning, and overall creation. Therefore more schooling and training are involved versus that of a traditional plumber. When a quality plumbing engineer oversees a project, odds are there won’t be much maintenance or necessary fixes for that system for years to come.

Emergency plumber in Newbury offer top-notch plumbing engineering services for a wide variety of building types and applications. Our engineers work closely with owners, architects, and contractors to ensure each project is completed efficiently and effectively. Interested in our plumbing engineering services? Contact us for more information.


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