A home’s plumbing system is a complex network of water supply pipes, drainpipes, vent pipes, and more. Because plumbing is complicated and one of the costliest systems to repair or install in a home, it pays to understand how the system works.
Plumbing uses pipes, valves, plumbing fixtures, tanks, and other apparatuses to convey fluids.Heating and cooling (HVAC), waste removal, and potable water delivery are among the most common uses for plumbing, but it is not limited to these applications. Watch the video from Got2Learn for more info:
The plumbing system in your home is composed of two separate subsystems. One subsystem brings freshwater in and the other takes wastewater out. Fresh water is delivered to a home through water supply pipes from the utility or a well and is then distributed to toilets, sinks, washers, bathtubs, and related fixtures.
The drain-waste-vent system carries away used water and wastes to sewers or septic tanks.Whether your home is on a sewer or septic system, the systems within your home are essentially the same. Drainage systems do not depend on pressure, as supply systems do. Instead, waste matter leaves your house because the drainage pipes all pitch, or angle, downward. Gravity pulls the waste along.In addition to lengths of pipe or tubing, pipe fittings such as valves, elbows, tees, and unions. are used in plumbing systems. Pipe and fittings are held in place with pipe hangers and strapping./wikipedia