A Clear Picture Of Your Home's Plumbing System

Posted on: 10 January 2018

The more you understand the ins and outs of your plumbing system, the better position you are in when it comes to both preventing and repairing issues. This article will teach you how your plumbing system works and point out some possible weaknesses that it may have.

How water enters your home

Water will enter your home from the main water line. As it comes onto your property via underground pipes, it will be divided and steered to all the different areas of your home that need water such as the kitchen, laundry room, bathrooms, water heater, sprinkler system, etc. Each section where water exits taps will have a shut off valve. There is also a main shut off valve for the entire system that will more than likely be in the yard.

When you are dealing with a problem in a specific area, such as with your bathroom plumbing, then you want to turn off the water to that area while the problem is taken care of. If you have a more serious problem, such as a leak in a main line, then you are going to want to shut off the main water valve to the entire house.

How water exits the home

When you run water in your sinks or tubs, or when you flush your toilet, the water will exit your home through the sewer line, or septic line if you happen to be on septic. The water that goes into the sewer line will then be taken away for treatment.

If you have a clog in your drain, then this is a minor issue you may fix with a plunger. If the clog goes further down and is in the pipes or sewer line, then you are going to want to call out a plumber to come out and take care of the issue. If you are on septic and the plumbing starts to back up throughout the house, it's a good sign that the septic tank may need to be emptied.

Taking care of all your plumbing – There are some major rules you want everyone to follow in your home to protect the plumbing. You want to keep grease out of the system. You also want to make sure only toilet paper goes down the toilets. Make sure you don't make a regular habit of cleaning with very hard chemicals, as they can eat away at PVC piping and they can also mess with the chemical balance of a septic tank, if you are on septic. Make sure you have your water heater drained regularly and have it looked at anytime it makes an odd noise or you notice it isn't producing warm water like it should, or if there is a leak.

Contact a professional who deals in water heaters to learn more.