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Plumbing 101: Just How Does Plumbing Work Anyway?
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Plumbing 07/24/13

Plumbing 101: Just How Does Plumbing Work Anyway?

When it comes to your San Diego plumbing, most people know that when you turn on your faucet water comes out, but have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes to make this happen? Or where the water actually goes when it swirls down the drain to exit your home?

If you are among the hundreds of people who have asked us about their plumbing please keep reading. Our San Diego plumbing experts have the answers!

Most homes receive their water from the local water company that enters their property through a water main located out at the street. Then the water passes through a main shutoff valve, which is usually accessible through an access port in your yard. There, you can shut off the water supply to your home in case of an emergency, like a broken pipe. However, sometimes these shutoff valves require a special key so it is important to know if yours does in the event of a plumbing mishap. From there, water travels through a supply line and into your water heater, then it is distributed throughout your home through a branching system of supply pipes. Most San Diego plumbing supply lines will likely be made of copper tubing, and the wider the piping, the better your water volume will be. Once it reaches each access point in your home, all it takes is a twist of a valve or a turn of the faucet to allow water to flow.

When water drains, it travels through sloping plastic tubes and into the main stack that leads back to the sewer system. Your drainage pipes are also vented with air, to keep the flow steady and to allow the safe release of methane gas.

This gives you a brief overview of how your plumbing works! And while it seems pretty straightforward, your home or businesses’ plumbing system is actually pretty complex. Therefore, if you have any questions please feel free to contact a San Diego plumber from Bill Howe.

Likewise, if you suspect you have a plumbing issue including leaks, clogs, or slow running water, we can have a San Diego plumber to your home in no time. We are open 7 days a week, 24 hours-per-day, 365 days each year. So, please give us a call at 1-800-Bill-Howe (1-800-245-5469).



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