As we have discussed in our previous articles, your plumbing system is comprised of two subsystems: the main (clean) waterline and the sewage line. Obviously the main water supply is responsible for the distribution of clean water throughout your plumbing and out of your fixtures. Now the sewage line, on the other hand, is tasked to transport the soiled water and waste materials from your drains and into your septic tank or a sewage treatment facility. Now we have always given you tips on how to care for your plumbing lines. So today, we decided to share some facts that will help you maintain your sewer drain system.
1. Your drain pipes will not work effectively without your venting pipes. Venting pipes are the ones that are built upwards, with its end open and poking out of your roof. They prevent sewer gas from seeping out of your drain and fixtures.
2. Your plumbing fixtures like your faucets and sinks have their own individual traps. It’s a curve on the drain pipes that hold water in order to create an airtight seal thus preventing sewer gas from escaping.
3. If you noticed, your toilets also keep a small amount of water that doesn’t really go away no matter how hard you flush. It’s the john’s own trap and yes, it keeps sewer gas from leaking out, too. By the way, your ceramic throne is proudly the largest drain pipe in your home.
4. All the drains in your property lead to your septic tank or your community’s sewer lines. The septic tank is simply a durable container that’s made from plastic, fiberglass or concrete and it’s buried deep in the ground to hold all of the wastewater that you produce. You have to be very careful though because it has a limit as to how much waste it can hold. In fact, it is recommended to have the tank pumped out every three or four years, depending on its size and your family’s use of the plumbing system.
5. It is important to know that grease should never be poured down the drains. It is not broken down or decomposed easily during its treatment process. In fact, it can solidify over time (because of cold temperature) and finally block your pipes.
6. Do not flush rags, paper towels, tampons, sanitary products, bandages, diapers and condoms down the toilet. Seriously. They will clog your system.
7. You’ll know that there’s a problem with your sewer drains when your toilets, sinks and tubs drain slowly; when the john, your gully-traps and manholes overflow and also when you hear weird gurgling sounds in your drains.
We hope that our blog for today gave you some really helpful information about your sewer drainsystem. If you need expert plumbing help, just call the most trusted licensed commercial plumbing contractors in Miami. Douglas Orr Plumbing provides exceptional plumbing services in Miami-Dade County FLincluding sewer cleaning, sewer camera locator, sewer jetter, septic tank and grease trap installationand many more! Call us now at (305) 240-6731!
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