Pipefitting is work that involves the installation or repair of pipes or tubes. Pipes and tubes are necessary for a wide range of reasons. This makes pipefitting necessary in different industries such as waste management, agriculture, and manufacturing.
A client may know that she needs to transport material from one point to another, but that does not mean that she knows how it should be done. This may leave the pipefitter with the responsibility of choosing which type of pipe or tubing is most appropriate. Pipes can be made from a variety of material, including plastic, copper, carbon steel, and clay.
One of the primary factors that affects the pipefitter’s choice of pipe or tubing is often the material that is being transported. Different substances, such as water and gas, have different needs. His choice may also be affected by industry or government standards. In some instances, environmental laws or building codes may dictate that a certain type and size of tubing or pipe must be used or may not be used. Normally, the pipefitter must be aware of rules and regulations relevant to the type of pipefitting job he takes.
The pipefitter is often left to use his expertise to decide the best means to join, or fit, the pieces of pipe or tubing together. There are a wide range of options, including elbows, tees, and reducers. Many clients are clueless as to what types of connections are best for effective flow. Not all types of pipes and tubes can be joined in the same manner.
Once a pipe system is set up, the pipefitter’s telephone number should not be discarded. Pipes burst. Tubes leak. A pipefitter can be employed for repair work which is likely to be necessary at some point. He can also be called in the event that breakthroughs reveal that a certain materials are health risks and a client wants to have them replaced.
Pipefitting does involve occupational hazards sometimes, especially in instances of repair and replacement. Pipes and tubes are often used for transporting materials that are toxic or pose threats to human health. This is another area where the pipefitter may need to apply his expertise for the safety of himself and others.
Pipefitting is a global trade. Since it is so crucial to so many industries, pipefitting work is done in almost every country. Standards and techniques may vary. Pipefitters in more developed countries are usually able to offer their clients more options and more sophisticated systems.