There are few people in America who live without indoor plumbing, and for good reason. We’ve become accustomed to the convenience that indoor plumbing offers us and the easy access to water for all our needs. However, plumbing systems are expensive and complicated.
As a homeowner, it’s important to understand your plumbing system so that you can recognize and address the problems it may have as soon as possible. Even more important, if you’re remodeling or building a home, a solid base of plumbing knowledge is integral. Here are the different systems that make up your home’s plumbing:
Your water supply system is the connection of pipes and valves that distributes water from your city’s water supply throughout your home. It connects to your faucets, toilets, showers, and appliances, such as your dishwasher, washing machine, and water heater.
Your water system’s distribution is made up of pipes in diameters from ½” to 4”, fittings for the pipes, faucets, and service valves. These pipes are generally made of galvanized iron, copper, or plastic.
Your plumbing wouldn’t be worth much to you without a drain-waste-vent (DWV) system. Your DWV system carries waste from every drain in your home to your septic tank or to the sewer system in your city.
A part of the DWV system that most homeowners are unaware of is the venting system. This system is responsible for ventilating any sewage gases so that they don’t leak into your home and cause a foul odor. A clogged drain is a DWV system issue, and it’s the most likely one you’ll come across.
Kitchen plumbing systems are one of the simpler plumbing systems in your home. They’re generally made of two water supply lines—hot and cold—for the faucet, as well as a waste line hooked up to the drain in your sink. Also, appliances that use water often have their supply lines hooked up to the same line that feeds the sink. If you have a gas stove, there will be a gas supply pipe hooked up to that.
In terms of getting rid of waste cleanly and easily, your bathroom plumbing system is certainly the most important.
Like in the kitchen, the water supply is made of hot and cold water lines that feed your sink, toilet, shower, and tub. The water comes from the city’s water supply, and if it’s hot water then it’s routed into your water heater before reaching your bathroom.
For waste and wastewater, your DWV system connects to the sink, toilet, and bathtub/shower drain (separately) to send the waste to your septic tank or the sewer. At each fixture, there are vent pipes to send the sewage gases out through your roof, eliminating the chance of odor leaks and keeping water pressure up.
Beyond simple plumbing problems like a clogged drain, you’ll want the help of an expert to ensure that repairs are done correctly on such an important and expensive system. Aaron Swift Plumbing offers a wide range of services from master plumbers to all of Wayne County, Oakland County, and Macomb County.
We pride ourselves on our high level of customer service and our dedication to the plumbing craft. We can help you with any plumbing repair or maintenance you need, and we can help you install plumbing systems, too. We build long lasting relationships with our customers because they see firsthand the quality of our work and our passion.