Indoor plumbing is by far one of the most important and convenient inventions in history. Your home’s plumbing can be viewed as a giant circulatory system designed to carry water in and out of the house. Water comes in through a supply line and goes out through the drainage system after it has been used through any one of the fixtures (sinks, tubs and toilets etc.) distributed around the house.
Whether you are looking to buy a new home, or already own one, understanding your home’s plumbing system can help you model it to your liking, detect problems earlier and improve its efficiency by improving on the current design. Read on below to find out all that you need to know about your home’s plumbing. A special thanks to the Local Chester Plumber website for the source of this information.
Water Supply And Distribution
Usually, water is carried from the main supply line running along the street to your home using a supply pipe. This pipe runs through the foundation and into the house, where it’s connected to other pipes supplying water to all fixtures therein.
Traditionally, water supply pipes are made of copper. However, with modern technological advancements, other viable alternatives are becoming available, among them plastic pipes. These newer pipes are approved for use as per the applicable safety codes.
Waste Water Drainage
The second half of your home’s plumbing is made up of drain pipes, meant to expel waste water. A waste water vent pipe is used to carry all the waste water from the home and drain it accordingly. The pipe is also used to help push sewer gases out, through the roof. In most cases, the waste water vent pipe is made of plastic.
All drainage pipes carrying water away from the various points of use around the house have a trap. This is a section of the pipe that’s curved. The curve seals the pipe, making it impossible for sewer gases to make their way back into the house ounce they are pushed down the drain. The section also traps any objects that fall into the drain pipe, for easy retrieval; preventing them from moving further into the drainage system where they may cause blockages.
It is worth noting that the water heater in your house is also part of the plumbing system. Water heaters are classified according to the fuel they consume; these include propane, electricity, gas and oil.
It is important to note that gas water heaters are either power or direct vented. Venting is supposed to ensure that no combustion gases find their way into the house, especially considering the fact that water heaters are within the structure. These systems are designed to push these gases out of the house.
Since the heater is usually installed in the basement, and the hot water fixtures are located on the upper floors of houses, there will be a delay in the supply of hot water. In case this is not acceptable you can ask your plumber about any available solutions for this.
The above information covers everything home owners need to know about their home’s plumbing system in general.