Plumbing. Its one of those things we rely on every single day. Yet overall, we don’t think much about it. We know plumbing controls the water in our house, but how the process works is usually something we take for granted. Ask 10 people on your block where the water shut-off valve is to their homes, and less than half would know its location. (Do you?)
When water enters your home, its designed to provide a steady stream of water anywhere in your home. It begins at the source, which is either a municipal source or a private well. Then water pressure sends the water through the pipes and throughout your home. Typically you will find water pressure is between 35 to 85 pounds on average, and will be the same in the far upstairs bathroom as it is in the basement bathroom right by the source. Water temperature usually hovers around 40 degrees Fahrenheit, and will need a water heater to heat it up to a comfortable temperature perfect for daily use. While you can control the water supply at each fixture in your home, your home also has a water shut-off valve usually in the basement or storage room that controls the water supply from the main to your home.
If your home relies on well water, the system is pressurized in a holding tank for distribution when you demand it. Using today’s technology, most wells are drilled and installed somewhere near the home. A drill bit is sent down into the ground until water is discovered. Drilling continues until a certain gallon-per-minute rate is reached. The well is then capped off and a pipe is lowered. Then a system of pipes and wires is built around it, allowing the water transfer to take place and providing signals to keep the homeowner aware of when pressure in the holding tank is low.
What goes in must come out. When water comes into your home, its for daily use. After its used for its intended purposes, its sent back out and on its way. Plumbing is dual-purpose, meaning its designed for both the inflow and outflow process. This includes all waste matter from sinks, showers, washing machines, dishwashers, toilets and garbage disposals.
Sewage disposal is either processed by a local municipal, or by septic tank. In urban areas, pipes allow waste water to flow from homes, into the sewer systems, and back to the local municipality for processing. In rural areas, septic tanks are used. These holding tanks allow bacteria to break down the solids before it drains to a leaching field. Holding tanks must also be pumped out every few years to remove sludge and keep the system healthy.
Plumbers are typically licensed and specialize in handling the water flow and the gas supply of your home. Because many appliances are gas-forced, a plumber has the necessary knowledge and tools to make sure its running effectively. These systems are vitally important to the health of your home and to your family.
Most plumbing related problems come up at an instant – emergency situations are a plumbers expertise. If you have any questions or problems, to rectify the situation quickly, its important to have a professional plumber you can trust; one that will get the job done the right way the first time.
If you have any questions or concerns about your plumbing system, please give us a call. We’re here to help.