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Your home plumbing system consists of two parallel subsystems: the first transports fresh water into your home. The other, which eradicates wastewater from your home, is the drainage system. This system, often referred to as the DWV system, includes three components – drain, waste, and vent.

Your DWV System

Drain lines collect water from various fixtures; waste lines collect water from toilets; and vent pipes (pipes that protrude through the roof) allow sewer gases to escape in order to relieve pressure in the drain pipes, thus ensuring that waste water continues to flow. The drain and waste lines originating at the various fixtures tilt downwards and are forced down by gravity. They eventually reach the main sewer line through which all the waste matter is carried to a sewage plant or to a septic tank.

Keeping Your Home Fresh and Clean

Vents aren't the only means through which noxious gases are emitted from your home. A device called a trap performs a similar role. The trap, which is part of every fixture, is a curved section of the drain pipe. A small amount of water remains in the trap whenever the fixture is used. This forms a seal to guard your home from the foul odors and gases of the sewer.

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Your Plumber Philadelphia can clean out your drains regularly, eliminating any items that are liable to cause a clog.

What Are Drainpipes Made of?

Materials like cast iron, plastic and even copper are used to make drain pipes. Drainpipes outsize the water pipes with their diameter varying from 4 and 10 cm; this decreases the possibility of blockages and clogs. Toilet drains are generally 10 cm, shower drains are typically 5 cm, and sink and bathtub drains have 4-5 cm pipes.

Keeping Your Drains Clog-Free

Drain clogs can still occur. You can begin to remove common obstructions such as grease or hair by accessing the traps through their clean-out valves. Most waste lines have clean-out valves, which your Plumber Philadelphia can use to clear out clogs. If clogged drains are a recurring problem ask your plumber to use drain cleaning equipment. Plungers, plumber's snakes, toilet augers, and sewer tapes are types of standard tools used for the clearance of clogged drains. Your Plumber Philadelphia can clean your drains regularly as a preventative measure to keep them free of clogs.

For additional drain cleaning info or plumbing services, contact your Plumber Philadelphia. We're happy to assist you!

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