How Drains Work

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In general, we all know a household’s drain and sewer system function and that it exists, but beyond that, it’s mostly out of sight and mind. Until it doesn’t work. When a sudden issue comes up that requires drain cleaning in Tempe AZ, comprehending a home’s plumbing and drain system may seem a bit overwhelming.

As a part of a home’s plumbing system, however, it has some fairly basic parts. More awareness of how a drain system works will help you stay ahead of developing problems and make better decisions when working with a professional plumber in Tempe, AZ from Zippity Split Plumbing.

The Drain System Essentials

A home’s drain system is completely based on gravity. Large-diameter pipes allow waste and water to flow in a downhill direction through the system.

Vent pipes that extend up and through the roof permit air to reach the drains and free up suction and consequent slow flow or stoppages, which act like a clogged drain in Tempe, AZ. Vents with partial blockages can also lead to pressure differences and gurgling sounds in the drain line. That’s why it’s important to always keep vents clear of leaves or debris.

All in-house drains and wastewater connect with the vertical soil stack, which also vents through the roof. At the home’s foundation, the soil stack redirects and becomes an underground sewer drain, or property service connection, that allows wastewater to flow on a shallow incline and reach the municipal sewer main.

If no municipal collection system is nearby, the property service connection meets up with the home’s septic tank and field, which treats the wastewater onsite. The property service connections also often have built-in cleanouts for access to blockages.

Drain Maintenance and Cleaning Professionals

Now that you’re armed with an overview of the system, the knowledgeable professionals at Zippity Split Plumbing, local plumbing and drain cleaning company in Tempe, AZ and nearby areas, will be able to discuss the more specific aspects of your home’s drain system and help you make sound decisions.

If you have a developing or emergency plumbing issue or blockages or even backups in your drain system, our trained technicians will provide same-day drain cleaning services in Tempe, AZ with one-hour appointment scheduling to have your home’s drains flowing in the right direction.

We also offer a wide variety of plumbing services, including leak detection, water filtration, water heater, and fixture services and drain snaking in Tempe AZ. Contact our team or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment today.

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