Whenever someone asks you about your plumbing, what do you think of? .. Your faucets? Toilets? Showers? These are what most homeowners think of since they’re the parts of your plumbing system that you visit and work with each and every day.
But, there’s far more to a plumbing than just the knobs and handles that cause water to come out your faucet: there’s drains, vents, provide lines, sewage lines, and so much more, most of it located inside your walls and ceilings.
These are perhaps the most important parts of your plumbing system in that they make all in your house work correctly; both a $20 budget faucet and a $2,000 imported tap are entirely worthless without a water supply and drain that carry water in and drain it away.
What’s Happening Inside Your Walls?
A whole lot of things all have to work right in order for the plumbing to operate easily each and every day.
Here are a few of the most important features of your plumbing system that you probably don’t think about all that often.
Provide lines are the plumbing lines that feed hot and cold water into the various faucets and fixtures located throughout your home. There are far more cold water lines than warm, but equally essentially serve the same purpose.
Drain lines are what carry all the waste and water away from the fixtures and eventually feed them into the sewer or your septic tank.
Vent lines allow air to circulate through your drain lines, allowing them to flow easily. Vent lines have a 2nd beneficial function as well, allowing sewer gas to escape out your home and never back up or flood into your living space.
Think About More Than What You Watch
Home design and remodeling TV shows are all the rage these days. Turn on a home improvement channel and we see all sorts of displays about flipping or designing houses etc., and they all focus on the”pretty” stuff like sinks, faucets, showers, bathtubs, etc..
But they often discount the structure behind that faucet simply because it doesn’t make for good TV.
This is a massive mistake: hooking a brand new beautiful faucet to older plumbing is only likely to lead to larger problems down the road.
In fact, we have had several customers that have bought these”flipped” houses and immediately discovered that their drains are slow, water pressure is reduced, or they run out of warm water halfway through a shower.
The stuff on the outside of the walls may seem great, but it is not anything more than a façade over what could be an internal plumbing system that’s in woefully inadequate shape. If you’re thinking about remodeling your bathroom, kitchen, or even your entire home, be sure to call a Long Beach plumber to conduct a thorough inspection of your entire system so that you can enjoy your beautiful new fixtures together with the confidence that they’ll work correctly.