plumbing basics: types of drains

Issues in the home relating to water can present a real headache. Having had my share of them in the past I thought I’d make a little note of what you should do in certain circumstances. I personally have had problems with hard water and found the site at useful. But water softening is not what I want to cover today. Today I thought I’d take a look at drainage.

One of the plumbing systems that is often overlooked and forgotten until problems are starting to occur is the drainage system. Too often, we fail to see that our drains are also important parts of the plumbing system until such time when the drains get clogged. There are two types of drainage lines and it is important that we know some basic information on them to maintain healthy and functional plumbing systems.

The first type is the main line. This is the drainage line that connects your home’s drainage system to the city’s main sewage system. This is usually the big pipe where your drain line is connected to. Take note that US laws require homeowners to maintain and repair this line. So it is advisable that when you are doing maintenance work on your home’s drainage system, you should include the periodic check ups on the main line. You will be able to find this line 6 to 10 feet below the ground underneath your property and will usually run underneath streets and city properties to the city sewage system. The depth may vary from place to place and it is compliant to the freeze line specification in the area that it is located.

The secondary line, which is the second drainage type, is the one that is located inside your home. These are the pipelines that are directly connected to your bath and shower floors, garage drains, and kitchen sinks. Basically, all drainage pipes that are in your home are considered secondary lines. These lines are the ones that will connect to your city’s main line. Of course, in this case, the homeowner is responsible for all maintenance and repairs of the secondary drain lines. It is advisable that you regularly check and perform maintenance on your drain pipes to avoid problems.

If you are not confident that you can do the repairs and maintenance on your own, be sure to ask the assistance of certified and licensed experts to ensure that your drainage lines will be at top working condition all year round.


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