It is easy to forget how complex a plumbing system can be. It’s easy for a homeowner to turn the tap on and off without thinking about how the water gets to the home and tap. This article will present the essentials of modern home plumbing and how it works. It will also cover the basics of plumbing maintenance to help homeowners extend the life of their plumbing.
The Main Supply and Drain Lines
The basic delivery method is essentially the same whether a home’s water comes from a municipal or rural water source. The clean water is pumped through a water meter and into the house through the main supply pipe. The water meter measures the amount of water that flows through it, which is how a house’s water bill is calculated.
From the main supply line, pipes branch to the house's various fixtures and water-using appliances. Wastewater goes down the various drain pipes and into the main drain pipe that leads either to a septic tank or a municipal sewer system.
Plumbing Fixtures: Everything and the Kitchen Sink
It's amazing how many things in modern homes are connected through plumbing. Once a person starts listing the things in the house that are part of the plumbing, the list gets quite long quite quickly:
- Kitchen Faucet, Drain, and Sink
- Refrigerator (if it has an ice maker and water dispenser)
- Garbage disposal (connected to the drain side)
- Bathroom Faucets, Drains, and Sinks
- Showerheads, Bathtub Faucets, and Drains
- Washing Machine
- Water Heater
Obviously, water is an extensively used resource in the home, not just for drinking. If homeowners want to reduce their water bills and conserve water, they should consider replacing old appliances and fixtures with newer water-saving models that use less water. This is a win-win for the environment and the pocketbook.
Maintenance and Problem Prevention
Everybody wants their home plumbing to run smoothly. The best way to prevent problems is to keep up with regular system maintenance. If a homeowner keeps up with professional maintenance visits, the pipes and appliances are less likely to develop serious problems, and it can extend the plumbing’s lifespan.
Here are a few of the maintenance tasks that a plumbing professional performs during a maintenance visit:
- Drain cleaning
- Drain and flush the water heater tank
- Check anode rod and replace if necessary
- Check the pressure release valve and replace it if necessary
- Inspect plumbing for damage, leaks, and corrosion
- Check the water pressure
About Quahog Plumbing
Quahog Plumbing has over 15 years of experience serving the community of Somerset, MA, and the surrounding areas. They provide straightforward pricing, rapid service, and the latest technology. Call them today for plumbing services in Somerset, MA.