Do you know how your sewer and drainage system works? Most people understand the basics and that is what goes down the drain or toilet enters the sewer line. However, many homeowners don’t really understand their home drainage or sewer lines and because of this, clogs and severe backups can occur. The Original $49.95 Plumber would like to discuss more about drainage and sewer lines, how they work, and what you can do to prevent clog or backups from happening in your home.
House Water Main
A home will receive water from many different sources. However, all water sources will come from the water main. The water main is easily identified. It is near or connected to the water meter that is outside of your home. The water meter measures the amount of water that your home uses. The water main pipe can be between ½ inch to 1 ½ inches wide. The water main will also have a switch off valve that turns which will cut off all water to the home if needed. This is essential during an emergency and your water needs to be turned off in a hurry. If there is a flood or a sewer line backs up, you must turn off the water to the home to stop the flooding.
Sewer Line from House to Street
A home’s drainage system will eventually connect to the sewer line. The sewer line is the bridge between a home and the main sewer drain. Most homes will connect to the city sewer or drainage system. Some homes may have their own septic tank. Both have a sewer line that connects to the home. The sewer line is a large pipe that is about 4 inch in diameter. The sewer line is put on a downward angle to ensure the waste flows down through the pipe and out. Sewer line clogs are the worst as the waste can back out and come up through drains and toilets in your home. Clogs can be due to a number of problems such as tree roots, foreign objects, grease, paint and more. When a clog occurs, the sewer line will need to be inspected by using a camera. A professional plumber will need to help clear out the clog.
The drainage system refers to the pipe that is outfitted throughout the house. All of the outgoing water waste will run through the drains. Sinks, bathtubs, shower, and toilets use a drainage system to remove the used water. Sink, bathtub, and shower drains often use a smaller pipe than a toilet. However, in many cases they are the same diameter. However, the sink’s first drainage pipe is usually very small and clogs mostly occur right there. It is important to help prevent drains from clogging right at the beginning. It is recommended to have a drain cover placed over all of the drains in the home. These covers will prevent hair or other common substances from causing clogs in the drains.
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It is important to know how your drainage and sewer system works to help protect it from clogs. If you find you have clogs and need an inspection and cleaning, contact The Original $49.95 Plumber today.