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Go Back to School This Fall

August means back to school. As everyone is gearing up for this exciting and busy time of year, it’s hard to not get caught up in the excitement of the season. In keeping with that energy and excitement, today we’re going to give you a little schooling with a plumbing 101 lesson.

With that goal in mind, we’ll talk through the basics of your pipe system, your kitchen plumbing, and your often-ignored but incredibly important drainage system.

An Overview of Your Pipe System

pipesystemYour home’s pipe system consists of two systems: one is responsible for bringing clean water into your home and the other is responsible for carrying wastewater out of your home.

Today, most pipe systems are made up of a combination of materials including copper, PVC and cross-linked polyethylene (PEX). The pipes that bring clean water into your home use pressure to supply your home with water.

The water in these pipes is under around 50 to 60 psi of pressure, which applies enough pressure to get water upstairs, around walls and through bends. In contrast, your drainage system uses gravity to pull water down and out of your home.

Some Specifics About Your Kitchen Plumbing

kitchenplumbingFor many, the kitchen is the heart of their home’s plumbing system, and there are many plumbing-related things going on in this section of the house.

For the most part, the plumbing systems in your kitchen work in the same way that they do in other parts of the house, just with some unique features that allow them to be hooked up to more appliances or lines. For example, your bathroom plumbing generally involves a faucet and a drain pipe.

However, in your kitchen sink, that drain pipe also needs to be connected to a dishwasher, a water filter or garbage disposal. This makes the drain pipes and plumbing systems in your kitchen slightly more complex than other areas of the home.

The Importance of Good Drainage

drainageOne of the least-often discussed components of your home’s plumbing system is the drainage system; however, this is one of the most important parts of your plumbing system and one that you want to ensure is working properly.

As discussed, your drainage system uses gravity to carry wastewater out of your home and into a septic tank or sewer system. However, vents and traps are also an important part of the drainage process.

Your home’s roof has vents that allow air to enter the drainage pipes and that help to push wastewater out of your home. Traps, the s-shaped part of the pipes just under the drain, work to provide a seal that keeps sewer gas from backing up into your house.

These traps usually have clean-out valves that enable you to remove any blockages or clogs that form. The drain system is often referred to as DWV, meaning your drain-waste-vent system, and for waste to freely and effectively exit your home, all parts of the system must be working properly.

During this back-to-school season, we hope this overview of your plumbing system helped you to better understand how your plumbing works and that it will help you to better address any plumbing issues that you have. If you have any questions or concerns about your plumbing system, call 24-7 Plumbing And Drain today at (951) 428-1565.