Your home’s plumbing system is important for keeping your standard of living comfortably. If it is not working correctly, you will not be able to shower, wash your hands, use your toilet, wash the dishes, water your lawn, or run your washing machine. Plumbing systems are responsible for a lot. However, most people do not realize or know what their plumbing system really is. They just turn the handle or touch a button and expect all of the water to come out at the right temperature and pressure that they desire.
As a homeowner, it is important for you to have a simple understanding of how your plumbing system operates so that you can take better care of it and prevent any expensive breakdowns. Read on to learn about three major categories of your home’s entire plumbing system.
Fittings and Pipes in Your Plumbing System
The pipes and fittings are the skeleton of your entire plumbing system. Pipes are used to transport water from your main city line or well throughout your home and finally to individual spots that it needs to go to. Fittings are the parts that connect every pipe to the one next to it. Fittings allow the lines to change angles and make the best use of the space that is inside your floors, ceilings, and walls. A lot of plumbing systems will have two different sets of fittings and pipes. One is a set for cold water, and the other for hot water. The pipes in your plumbing system will probably be made out of copper, PVC, brass, or lead. Ask your plumber to take a look if you are unsure.
Plumbing System Fixtures
As your pipes carry water throughout your entire home, that water needs a place to end up ultimately. That is where fixtures come into play. Fixtures are things like your kitchen sinks, bathroom sinks, showers, tubs, dishwashers, water heaters, washing machines, or any other appliances in your home that requires water. Some of these fixtures will draw water on an as-need basis, while others will draw water from your pipes at the turn of a handle or the touch of a button.
Once water travels throughout your pipes and out of your fixtures, it needs a spot to go. Without a drainage system set in place, your house would get flooded quickly after a few showers. Just remember that each fixture has its own drain that connects to the mainline where excess water and other waste goes.
A RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL PLUMBING COMPANY YOU CAN TRUST
Alpha Plumbing is a full-service plumbing and contracting company serving the Baltimore and Annapolis metro area with expertise in all aspects of plumbing. We’re family-owned and operated since 1991 from our office in Pasadena. We offer quality plumbing services at reasonable rates in a timely fashion. Our trucks are equipped with GPS systems to ensure we’re prompt and on time. No job is too large or too small! We maintain a fleet of well-stocked trucks and also own and operate our own backhoes for jobs requiring excavation.
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