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Learning About the Plumbing System

Most people shower at least once a day, if not more. Showers are the centerpieces of the bathroom in the modern home, but they are also the heart of plumbing issues. But that makes sense; the more something is used, the more care it will need. Showers require weekly maintenance to maintain their efficiency, but they need a professional to eradicate a serious issue. 

Because of this, homeowners need to understand how their plumbing system works. Not only that, but how the plumbing connects to their showers as well. It is the only way to maintain a shower properly. It is also the only way to know when a professional is needed. 

A Home’s Plumbing System

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The average plumbing system doesn’t need any fancy technology. All it needs are some pipes, a little water pressure and gravity. 

Sure, it sounds easy, but in all actuality, the plumbing system is a complex maze of pipes that have to be installed in the right place and at the exact right angle to function properly. It takes the knowledge of a trained and experienced professional to install a plumbing system. Otherwise, there will only be endless clogs leading to broken pipes. 

A home’s plumbing system works like this: 

  • Water flows into the home through a water supply line
  • Water leaves the home through a drain-waste line
  • Gravity keeps everything in motion 
  • Water enters the home through the water heater
  • The water heater sends it everywhere it needs to go inside the home
  • The water is turned on and flows through a plumbing fixture in the home
  • Water leaves the home through the drain-waste line

Learning How Bathroom Plumbing Works

a clean bathroom

Bathrooms are typically one of the smallest rooms in the home, yet they generally have the most plumbing fixtures. That is why it’s crucial to know how your bathroom’s plumbing system works; all those pipes mean that there is a lot of opportunity for error. To keep the system working properly, homeowners must know what to look for in case of plumbing issues. 

Above all the other fixtures in the bathroom, the toilet is unique in that:

  • The process starts by flushing the toilet
  • Water and waste leave the toilet 
  • Clean water enters the bowl in place of the wastewater
  • If the pipes are clear, the waste leaves the home efficiently

The fixtures that have hot and cold water spouts work as valves regardless of the tub. When the hot water spout turns, the valve opens and allows the water to flow out. Then the same process mentioned above repeats itself with each use.

Understanding Shower Plumbing

Whether the home has a bathtub that turns into a shower or only has a stand-alone shower, this part of the bathroom has its own plumbing pipes as well. It might seem confusing at a glance, but its functionality is essentially the same as the rest of the home. 

Below is an overview of the parts that make up the shower plumbing: 

  • Showerhead 
  • Base pan
  • Drain
  • Valves
  • Faucets
  • Strainer
  • Cartridge
  • Water supply line
  • Drain-waste line
  • Hot water line
  • Cold water line

The pipes in a shower can be made from copper, metal or even plastic. Many people in today’s world are starting to convert to plastic or PVC pipes because it’s durable and weather resistant. 

a shower head being fixed

Knowing how the shower plumbing works is helpful when a plumber is needed. Having a basic understanding of how the shower plumbing works doesn’t mean a homeowner should try to maintain it on their own. Plumbing is still something that should always be handled by a trained professional. 

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