Modern plumbing offers comfort and convenience, supplying fresh water for
a variety of tasks and draining wastewater away from your home for treatment.
Even if you have never experienced a plumbing problem, understanding how
your plumbing system works can help you spot future signs of trouble before
an issue becomes severe. Contacting your Fairfax plumber as soon as you
notice any plumbing issue is the best way to prevent water damage, high
utility bills, and any inconvenience caused by plumbing problems.
Supply and Drain Pipes
It’s likely that when you think of your home’s plumbing, you’re
envisioning the supply and drain pipes that run through the walls, ceilings,
and floors of your home. Supply pipes carry incoming water to your taps,
fixtures, and any appliances that use water; drain pipes carry wastewater
away from sink, tub, toilet, and appliance drains. If your home is connected
to a municipal sewer system, your home’s drain pipes all converge
at a single sewer drain, located beneath the ground of your yard. This
drain carries all your home’s wastewater to the sewer, where it
is taken to a wastewater treatment facility. Homes that use septic systems
drain wastewater into a septic tank instead, where it is separated from
solid wastes prior to distribution into a drain field, typically in your
backyard. The most common plumbing issues that affect supply and drain
pipes are leaks and clogs; issues such as poor water pressure, slow drains,
and visible water damage should be addressed by your plumber for resolution.
Your plumbing system also includes a set of vents to keep your drain pipes functioning properly
by introducing air into the system. Venting is required to prevent gas
and water from becoming trapped in your drains, leading to backups of
both water and sewage gas into your home. All drains in your home are
connected to one or more vent stacks, which typically exit through your
roof. Common signs of problems with your plumbing’s venting include
bubbling or changing water levels in your toilets, gurgling noises from
your drains, and an unpleasant odor emanating from drains or fixtures.
Plumbing vent problems should always be evaluated and repaired by your
Your water heater also plays an integral role in your home’s plumbing.
Water heaters are connected to your home’s supply pipes; your water
heater takes incoming water and heats it before sending it through hot
water supply lines to your fixtures and taps. Most homes have a single
water heater located in a garage, basement, or crawlspace that supplies
hot water throughout the home; however, if your home uses point-of-use
tankless water heaters, you may have several small water heaters located
inside your home, which supply hot water only to a single faucet or appliance.
Problems with your hot water may be due to many factors, from a failed
heating element to a leaking water heater in need of replacement. Your
plumber can quickly diagnose water heater troubles to restore your home’s
hot water for comfort and convenience.
Do you have questions about your home’s plumbing or think you may
have a plumbing problem? Your plumber in Fairfax can provide personalized
information and advice to keep your home’s plumbing functioning
at peak capacity and protect your home against water damage caused by
leaks and other issues. Take a look through
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