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Plumbing Basics for Homeowners

Homeowners may graduate from school, but they never stop learning. No matter what happens, there is always something to attend to while keeping a home operating. One of the big things that people need to understand to live in a modern home is how the plumbing system works to make life easier.

This year, follow the kids' lead as they return to school and take a moment to understand residential plumbing. Understanding the plumbing can lead to better outcomes for the plumbing in a home and will likely save the homeowner a lot of money. Here is a quick introduction to home plumbing.

How Does It All Work?

The plumbing in a home is a sophisticated network of piping that supplies fresh water to a home and carries away waste from drains and basins. The first stop for water entering a home is the water meter that the municipality uses to monitor water usage for water and sewer bills. The water meter senses flow in piping and accurately tracks how much water is being used in an individual home.

Water flows through one single pipe into the home from the water meter. The pipe splits once it is inside the home to serve as the cold water source for toilets, sinks, and showers. It also feeds the water heater that further serves hot water to plumbing fixtures.

The second half of a plumbing system is the drain and sewer system. This system is made up of larger piping than freshwater piping to accommodate solids and foreign matter that is handled by plumbing. Vent piping is installed strategically to allow water to flow freely and vent sewer gas outside the home. Once the drains meet up in a central location, one large pipe carries sewage to a city sewer line.

Frequently Used Plumbing Fixtures

showerPlumbing fixtures are the part of the plumbing test that most people can easily ace. Plumbing fixtures are simply the accessible points in the plumbing that lend their convenience to modern life. The most common plumbing fixtures in a home are:

  • Kitchen and bathroom sinks
  • Showers
  • Toilets
  • Dishwashers
  • Clotheswashers
  • Water heaters

For big plumbing savings, homeowners should look for opportunities to reduce their bills. These fixtures are great places to start. Homeowners can drastically cut water and sewer bills every month by installing water-saving devices.

Plumbing Maintenance Practices

water meterPlumbing maintenance is the best way to have a reliable plumbing system. Due to the system's complexity, there are plenty of things that can go wrong, so scheduling professional plumbing maintenance and inspections can help homeowners keep an eye on their blind spots.

In addition to plumbing maintenance from licensed professionals, there are also things that homeowners can do to keep their plumbing running smoothly. Try things like:

  • Throw food scraps in the trash instead of down the sink
  • Don't flush wipes or other hygiene products
  • Install hair catchers
  • Use tried and true drains cleaning methods like vinegar and baking soda
  • Fix leaks as soon as they are noticed
  • Upgrade plumbing materials when they are outdated
  • Drain and flush the water heater annually

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