The Three Main Components of Plumbing Systems

by | Dec 2, 2013 | Plumbing

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Most people today understand the importance of Plumbing in a building. They understand that a house is incomplete without this system. However, some people still do not know the underlying concept of these systems. The system is comprised of various joints, subsystems, fixtures and parts; these parts work together to make the system effective. There are three basic areas of the plumbing systems in use today. These include the water drains, the vents and the supply lines. If any of these components fail, the entire system fails and needs to be inspected by a skilled professional.

The vent pipes are directly linked with the water drains such that none can function effectively without the other. The work of supply lines is to channel either cold or hot water from the water tank or the boiler to the various outlets within your home like kitchen and bathrooms. If the tank is in an elevated position, the water flows on its own pressure. However, if the tank is to be filled from below, the water has to be pumped up through supply lines. The supply lines may be made of copper pipes, PB pipes or PEX pipes.

The drainage sub-system is intended to carry waste water away from sinks and toilets to the septic tanks and/or the public drainage lines. Water in this sub-system flows under the effect of gravity when the toilets are flushed. The drainage system may be made of any of the two types of pipes, namely the wrought iron or CPVC pipes. Finally, the last type of plumbing is the vent drains. Normally, these are found at the rooftops of the home. They are designed to expel toxic gasses from drain pipes. This prevents the pressure in the drain pipes from building up, which can interfere with the flow of waste water.

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