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Shower Plumbing for Beginners | C. Woods Company

What Does Shower Plumbing Consist Of?

The plumbing system is the lifeblood of a home. Without a properly working plumbing system, many of the standard appliances people depend on wouldn't work. Sure, electricity and heat can keep one warm and safe in the winter, but the plumbing system keeps them moving and alive. 

At the heart of that plumbing system is the shower. The shower is something that gets used every day, yet it hardly ever needs any maintenance, even when it comes with a tub! That said, giving the drains a proper cleaning now and then is a great way to take care of it.

Plumbing at a Glance

a plumber at work

Essentially, a home's plumbing system is rather simple at its core when it comes to functionality. There isn't a lot of technology that goes into the functionality of plumbing systems. That doesn't mean the inner workings of the system itself aren't complicated, because they are. 

The piping system that makes up the entirety of all plumbing systems is quite complex. It takes a trained professional to service a system properly. Besides ensuring the right pipes go in the right places, they also have to ensure the pipes are installed at the right angle. 

Mathematics is crucial to plumbing systems because other than the pipes, there are only two more components to the system: water and gravity. Each plumbing system follows the flow of gravity until it reaches the water treatment plant, where it is then sent out again and flows into the homes in the surrounding area. 

That is why it is crucial to have clogs removed the moment they appear. A small compromise in the integrity of a plumbing system can damage all the pipes because the water pressure builds up and has nowhere to go.

Bathroom Plumbing Details

a clean bathroom

Perhaps one of the most intricate areas of the plumbing system is a full-sized bathroom. Homes with more than one bathroom have to make sure each bathroom is running efficiently at all times. When there is a clog present in the bathroom, it puts the other fixtures at great risk for broken pipes. 

There are two subsystems within every area of the home: water supply and drainage. From there, there are other components, including:

  • Freshwater enters the home's water heater, then disperses throughout the home
  • Water flows through the piping system and enters bathroom fixtures through the water supply line
  • Each fixture has its own set of valves and faucets along with a drainage system
  • The water reaches every area of the bathroom and stops on a valve
  • Once the valve opens from either the hot or cold water, the water then flows from the faucet
  • The wastewater then flows directly down the drainage system and away from the home

What Makes Up the Shower Plumbing?

Just like the rest of the plumbing system, the shower plumbing is intricate as well. Although, at its core, the functionality of each part is relatively simple. 

The parts that make up the shower plumbing are: 

  • Water supply system
  • Drainage system
  • The drain
  • Hot and cold water pipes
  • Hot and cold water faucets
  • Showerhead
  • Valve
  • Cartridge
  • Strainer 
  • Pan 

In modern-day plumbing, there will likely be steel, copper or plastic piping in a shower. The plumbing system in a bathroom might not have many moving parts or technology, but everything has to go in the proper place at the proper angle, or the system will suffer from all sorts of problems. 

a shower head being fixed

Homeowners should always be sure to hire a skilled and trained professional to work on their plumbing when they have issues. They could end up spending more money on repairs if they don't. 

C. Woods Company Is There for You

The residents of Tyler, TX have trusted the professionals at C. Woods Company for years because of their expertise, excellent customer service and amazing prices. They even offer coupons directly on their website. When in need of plumbing repair, maintenance or replacement, don't hesitate to call C. Woods Company!