Although you rely on your plumbing system each and every day, many people don't understand how it works. Granted, when there are problems, it pays to call the plumber to handle them. That said, it never hurts to have a better understanding of how the system operates. The more you appreciate your plumbing, the more likely you will be to effectively maintain it. You might not be ready to fix your broken pipes, but you also might learn to prevent them from breaking in the first place.
Most plumbing systems consist of two separate systems. One serves to direct wastewater away from your property; this system is relatively simple, using mild force and gravity to do most of its work. The other brings clean water in. The clean water that enters your home is kept in pressurized conditions. That pressure allows it to travel up pipes into your home, so now you can understand why it’s important to shut off a water valve when a pipe breaks. Water is still flowing toward those broken pipes, and until the valve is shut off, it will flood your home.
Water that comes into the home is kept in two different supplies. One is the main supply, which you use for your cold water. However, when you want hot water, extra steps occur within your plumbing system. The water itself is transported to a water heater to raise it to the appropriate temperature. Once it hits the desired temperature, it is sent through a network of special lines toward whichever appliance you are using.
Again, you should still leave repair work to the experts, but having a fuller understanding of how a plumbing system works will help you better understand how to keep it running smoothly.