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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.

Vent Pipes

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 Fairfax plumber.

Water Heater

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 our website for more details about our Fairfax plumbing services, or read through our blog for more plumbing and HVAC tips and information.

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