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Back to School Plumbing Lessons for Homeowners

Plumbing 101

Homeowners should know the plumbing basics to maintain their home plumbing system properly. Homeowners can brush up on their plumbing knowledge this back-to-school season with this quick guide to plumbing 101 from professional plumbers. Knowing how to properly care for a plumbing system helps homeowners keep utility bills low, prevent unnecessary repairs, and increase the lifespan of the hardware.

The plumbing system is a complicated system of pipes and connections. The entire home plumbing system is connected through pipes in walls, ceilings, floors, and even under the yard. All plumbing fixtures connect to the main water line and sewer line. A problem in one part of the plumbing could negatively impact the system as a whole.

How Do Home Plumbing Systems Work?

water meterHome plumbing systems connect to the main water supply via underground service lines. The home drains also connect to one main sewer line that disposes of wastewater. Most of the plumbing system is hidden out of sight, under the floor and foundation of the home.

Water flows through a water meter before it enters the home’s plumbing system. Water meters measure the amount of water that is used by the house. Water metering is used to determine the capacity of the plumbing system, detect pipe leaks, and calculate water bills.

Common Plumbing Fixtures

showerheadA few different plumbing fixtures are found in almost every modern home. Toilets sink, and showerheads are considered essential plumbing hardware. Most modern homes also have a water heater that generates warm water for daily cleaning and bathing.

Dishwashers and clothes washers are two examples of plumbing fixtures that most, but not all, homes have. Having a dishwasher and clothes washer makes it faster to get the cleaning done. There are also outdoor water fixtures like garden hoses, sprinklers, fountains, and pools.

New plumbing fixtures are designed to be more energy-efficient and eco-friendly than ever. Replacing outdated plumbing fixtures with water-saving and energy-saving devices can help homeowners to save on their utility bills.

Plumbing Maintenance 101

Regular plumbing maintenance helps keep the system running efficiently and prevents system breakdowns. Homeowners should ensure that the drains are clear so that wastewater can be efficiently emptied into the sewer. A clogged drain can cause all sorts of problems for plumbing systems.

Plumbers can perform professional drain clearing services bi-annually to prevent the drains from getting clogged. Homeowners can also use DIY drain cleaning solutions such as pouring hot water, baking soda, and vinegar down the drains. Liquid drain cleaner should be avoided because it contains many toxic chemicals.

The water heater is one of the most important pieces of plumbing hardware in the home. During service appointments, plumbers drain water heaters to flush out sediment. It is important to flush water heaters because sediment buildup can lead to corrosion and eventually destroy the water heater. Sediment comes from the water's natural minerals that separate during the heating process.

Plumbing maintenance helps to improve the longevity of the plumbing fixtures, keep utility bills low, and improves the home's safety. Another benefit of maintenance appointments is that professionals can inspect the plumbing, catch problems early on, and recommend solutions.

About Lambert Plumbing & Heating, LTD

Lambert Plumbing & Heating, LTD has over four decades of experience serving the residents of Vancouver, BC, and the surrounding areas. They offer upfront pricing, 24/7 emergency service, and on-time arrival. Call them today for plumbing services in Vancouver, BC.