Home Plumbing Explained

Home Plumbing Explained

When most people think of plumbing, what comes to mind is a complex and confusing system of pipes. However, plumbing is not as complicated as you think. It’s pretty straightforward when you understand the basics.


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The main two components of the plumbing system are the supply of clean water into the house and the drainage of waste from the house.

If you are connected to the city water system, water gets into the house from the main valve, which is often buried in front of your home. The water is then piped to your hot water tank, where it is heated and then pumped to your sinks, faucets, bathtubs, taps, washing machines, and toilets. If you are not connected to the city water system, your water supply comes from a well and pumps to your house.

Wastewater is then eliminated through different pipes angled downward. This allows for easy transportation of the waste to the city’s sewer management plant or an individual sewer tank. This system requires numerous traps and vents to facilitate proper waste elimination. The vent pipes aid in transporting waste from the house and prevent odors from the waste system. Check out the video above for a comprehensive explanation and visual illustration of how this system works.


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