The Plumbing Basics: Understanding Your Home Plumbing System

Plumbing Basics: Understanding Your Home Plumbing System

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Your plumbing system is one of the most important systems in your home. It distributes drinking water throughout your home and removes waste. There are several components of a plumbing system. Every homeowner should have a basic understanding of these components – how they work and how to maintain them. The best plumbers near you will help you gain an understanding of the work they’ll be doing on your home.

Parts of a Residential Plumbing System

House plumbing is made up of two primary systems:water supply and drain-waste-vent.

Water Supply System

The water supply system consists of pipes that bring fresh water into your house. The system performs optimally when water pressure is high. To prevent problems, hire the best plumber near you for pipe installation. Inspect your water supply system regularly. Watch out for leaks and fix them in a timely manner.

Drain-Waste-Vent System

The drain-waste-vent system or the sanitary system is more complicated than the water supply system. It allows air to enter the plumbing system to enable the removal of sewage and greywater from your building.

The system has three main components: drainpipes, drain traps, and drain vents. Drainpipes use gravity to move wastewater into the sewer line. Drain traps (or P-traps) prevent backflow in your plumbing system. They allow grease, hair, and debris to sediment. The drain-vent system releases air into the plumbing system.

To prevent problems associated with your DWV system, get rid of clogs as soon as possible and fix leaks in a timely manner.

The Kitchen Plumbing System

Your kitchen’s plumbing system consists of water supply lines. Many kitchen plumbing systems also consist of a gas supply line. In most cases, the kitchen’s plumbing is hidden within the kitchen walls. Installing a kitchen plumbing system is a more complicated and involved task than most people think and should be left to an expert.  

Follow these tips to maintain your kitchen plumbing system:

➢ Use a mesh screen and paper towels to scrape off leftover food before you wash your plates, utensils, and bowls to prevent food waste from getting into your drain.

➢ Consider investing in a garbage disposal system that will grind up your food waste into a paste, so it flows down freely through your drainpipes.

➢ When fats, oils, and grease cool down, they solidify and can cause nasty clogs. Sweep them up with paper towels and throw the towels in the trash before cleaning your utensils.

The Bathroom Plumbing System

The fixtures and drains in your bathroom are connected to the main water supply line and the drain-waste-vent system. Bathroom plumbing systems usually have separate hot and cold piping systems.

Plumbing Tips 

➢ Do not wait too long to fix clogs and leaks
➢ Inspect your pipes periodically for signs of wear and tear
➢ Drain your water heater at least twice a year
➢ Have your sewer contractor inspect and clean your sewer line every 18-22 months

McDonald Home Solutions is your go-to team for plumbing installation, plumbing repair, and plumbing replacement. We will help you better understand your plumbing system while fixing your issue. To schedule a plumbing inspection, call (707) 536-3659.