Back at School With Plumbing 101

Back at School With Plumbing 101

Plumbing for Beginners

From a clogged drain to a leaky faucet to a running toilet, all homeowners have experienced plumbing issues in their houses. But it’s important to understand exactly how a home’s plumbing system works so that large problems can be avoided and small issues can be quickly (and cost-effectively) repaired. The following “Plumbing 101” should arm all homeowners with the basic plumbing knowledge they need to keep their systems functioning properly.

How Does a Plumbing System Work?sink water

Whether a home is connected to a public water supply or gets its water from a local well, all water enters the plumbing system through the main intake pipe. Connected to this intake pipe is the home’s main water shut-off valve. Every homeowner should know exactly where the main shut-off valve is located, as this will often be the first line of defense when a serious plumbing issue occurs.

Turning the valve clockwise will stop the flow of water throughout the house, meaning no appliances (dishwasher, refrigerator, etc.) or fixtures (toilets, sinks, showers, etc.) will be able to output anything. This is especially important to remember when something is leaking.

At the other end of a home’s plumbing system is the main sewer line, where all fixtures and appliances drain their used water. This main sewer line is a large-diameter pipe that connects directly to the public sewer or a home’s private septic tank. Unfortunately, this main sewer line can become clogged just like a drain or a toilet, though luckily, it is less common. When multiple appliances and fixtures show signs of a slow or clogged drain, it may be time to inspect the main sewer line.

Essential Plumbing Fixtures and Appliances

Central to every home’s plumbing system are the fixtures and appliances that homeowners use every single day. Common bathroom fixtures include showers, baths, sinks, and toilets. These fixtures are connected to the main plumbing system (the intake pipe for its new water supply and the sewer line for its waste disposal). Common appliances that rely on a home’s plumbing system include washing machines, dishwashers, and water heaters. Each of these fixtures and appliances has its own recommended maintenance steps and common points of failure to be mindful of.

Understanding the Basics of Drain Cleaningdrain

Drains are perhaps the most frequent points of concern in a plumbing system. These fixtures can cause significant (and possibly costly) problems, from slow drains to clogged drains to leaky drains. That’s why it’s critical to properly and frequently clean drains. And it’s important to not forget about shower and bath drains which are just as likely to need draining cleaning as sink drains.

When cleaning a drain, it’s important for homeowners not to cause damage to the plumbing system along the way. For example, some over-the-counter drain cleaners can be harsh on pipes and actually damage them to the point of leaking. Additionally, snakes and other hard cleaning tools can scrape or scratch pipes with long-lasting consequences.

The best way to avoid any issues and ensure the plumbing system flows properly is to work with a local plumbing and drain cleaning company.

About Platinum Plumbing

Platinum Plumbing provides professional and reliable plumbing services throughout McClean County, IL, including all of Bloomington-Normal and the surrounding areas. They focus on providing top-notch repair and maintenance services by experienced plumbers. They will get the job done right at a great price, which is why they have received the Best of Readers’ choice award for Bloomington-Normal by Pantagraph Media. Call now for plumbing services!