1/23/2020

The Different Parts Of Your Home Plumbing



The plumbing in your home does not have to be as complicated as you might think, and if you have ever wondered what the different parts are called and what they do? Below is a guide that should help you to familiarise yourself and learn a few secrets your plumber might not tell you. Get to know the different parts of your plumbing system, and you can help to prevent massive plumbing bills for simple problems you could fix yourself.
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The Drain

The drain is an easy one that everybody knows as we see it when we use a sink, bath, or a shower, and is often the place where we can see a physical build-up of debris, especially hair. By adding a mesh to the sinkhole, you can prevent any debris from potentially getting into your system and causing a blockage. If you do have a blockage, 24/7 Drainage Solutions has blocked drains solutions that can help you quickly.

The P-Trap

Directly beneath your sinkhole, there will be a p-trap, and it is designed to let debris that does go down the sink to accumulate in one place. If you do have a blockage, it will most likely be here. With a few tools, you can easily remove it and clear any debris from inside. You will also find a similar trap on every toilet, although this may be harder to fix, and much messier.

A Clothes Washer Standpipe

These are also common in houses and are another type of trap to catch debris that comes from your washing machine or dishwasher. They are often less accessible than those you find in sinks, and if there is a problem with yours, you may need to call the services of a professional plumber to access it.

A Branch Drain Line

These are easy to spot and are usually found below floors and allow the wastewater to be taken away from sinks, baths, and showers. They are slightly sloping to ensure water runs in the correct direction and is usually between 1 ½ to 2 inches in diameter, making them quite large and easy to spot.

The Soil Stack

The soil stack is even more significant in diameter, so easier to spot, as they are usually between 3 ½ to 4 inches in diameter, and this takes all the waste from the branch drain line, along with solid waste from the toilet, and takes this towards the main sewer line in your street.

The Soil Stack Vent

The soil stack vent allows your sewer system to maintain equal pressure and is a pipe that leads up to the roof of your home. It prevents water from the drains being suctioned back into your sewer system, by equalising the air pressure and reducing the force of the suction.

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There are many more parts to the plumbing system of your home, but knowing these primary components, what they are, what they do, and how they work, will help you to keep your plumbing system in excellent condition.

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