Understanding The Basics of Plumbing

In the US,   of water annually. That’s equivalent to 40 million swimming pools. Most of these leaks don’t even need the attention of a professional.

Armed with a wrench action plumbing  and a few plumbing basics, you can fix some of the most persistent leak problems. Fixing leaks yourself is obviously economical, but you also need to know when to call in the plumbers.

In this article, we’ll dissect the complex mesh of pipes to its most basic. You’ll learn when to go DIY, when to call a plumber, and how to differentiate the two.

Let’s dive right in.

How Does Plumbing Work: Plumbing Basics

Home plumbing is pretty straightforward. A casual gaze at the interwoven mesh of pipes and valves may seem overwhelming but bear with me. Understanding a few plumbing basics will see you navigate the mesh like a pro.

House plumbing consists of two systems:

Water supply system

Drain-water vent system (DWV)

House Plumbing Basics: Water Supply System

Water supply is a system of pipes that brings fresh water into the home. The system is highly-dependent of pressure. Water in these pipes come from one of two sources:

City water

Wells

City water enters your house from a humongous pipe ‘the main pipe’ that’s usually parallel to your street. If your connection to the main has a problem, call a professional. Damage to the main can result in civil lawsuits and hefty fines.

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