When 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 see and work with each and every day. However, there’s far more to your plumbing than just the knobs and handles that cause water to come out your faucet: there’s drains, vents, supply 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 everything in your house work properly; both a $20 budget faucet and a $2,000 imported tap are completely useless without a water supply and drain line that carry water in and drain it away.
What’s Happening Inside Your Walls?
A lot of things all have to work right in order for your plumbing to operate smoothly each and every day. The diagram above shows a simplistic view of what is going on behind the walls to give you an idea of how things work. Here are a few of the most important features of your plumbing system that you probably don’t think about all that often.
- Supply lines are the plumbing lines that feed hot and cold water into the various faucets and fixtures located throughout your home. There are more cold water lines than hot, but both essentially serve the same purpose.
- Drain lines are what carry all the waste and water away from your 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 smoothly. Vent lines have a second beneficial function as well, allowing sewer gas to escape outside your home and not back up or flood into your living space.
Think About More Than What You See
Home design and remodeling TV shows are all the rage these days. Turn on a home improvement channel and we see all sorts of shows about flipping or designing houses etc. and they all focus on the “pretty” stuff like sinks, faucets, showers, tubs, etc. However, they often ignore the structure behind that faucet simply because it doesn’t make for good TV. This is a huge mistake: hooking a brand new beautiful faucet to old plumbing is only going to lead to bigger problems down the road. In fact, we have recently had several customers that have bought these “flipped” houses and quickly discovered that their drains are slow, water pressure is low, or they run out of hot water halfway through a shower.
The stuff on the outside of the walls may look great, but it’s nothing more than a façade over what could be an internal plumbing system that’s in woefully poor shape. If you’re thinking about remodeling your bathroom, kitchen, or even your entire home, be sure to call a Cincinnati plumber to conduct a thorough inspection of your entire system so you can enjoy your beautiful new fixtures with the confidence that they’ll work right.
A BEST Plumbing licensed plumber knows where all the pipes run and what they are there to do. If you run into issues, a licensed plumber from BEST Plumbing can provide you with the important knowledge about what is going on behind your walls and under your floors so you can be confident you’re receiving an optimal solution.If you have questions, problems or are thinking about taking on a D.I.Y. plumbing project make sure you make the BEST choice and call BEST Plumbing at (513) 785-0957! It could save you lots of time and money!