A Guide to Drains, Traps, and Vents

When you run a faucet in your home or flush the toilet, do you really think about where the water is coming from or where it goes as it rushes down the shower drain? Most homeowners don’t give much thought to their drainage system until a problem occurs.

However, it’s important to know the ins and outs of the drains, traps, and vents in your home. The more you know about water drainage and how the water system works in your home, the better.

Understanding more about drains, traps, and vents can make it easier to know when you might run into a problem. Each of these components has a unique job to do. If one isn’t working right, it could lead to a big mess.

How Does a Drain Pipe Work?Water going down a drain

A drainage system is about more than just watching the water swirl down the drain or toilet. The main purpose of a drainage system is to get rid of wastewater from your home. Each water fixture within your home will have its own drain line/pipe. Those pipes then lead to a bigger mainline that will carry the water out of the home.

Many people have septic tanks that deal with the wastewater. Unfortunately, these tanks often get ignored. Drain cleaning and septic tank cleaning should be done at least once every ten years. If not, it could lead to a buildup, and you could find yourself with wastewater backing up into your yard or even your home, in some cases.

Drain cleaning may need to happen more frequently if you’re experiencing regular clogs or backups.

What Are Traps and Vents?

The trap is a crucial component of the drain, but one that often gets overlooked. A trap lives up to its name, “trapping” water inside the drain to prevent sewage gases from seeping into the house. Not only does it keep your house from smelling, but it can help to prevent sickness from the harmful organisms often found in sewer gases.

A vent ensures that the wastewater passes through the drainage system of your home quickly and easily, so you don’t have to worry about any backup. They help to equalize air pressure within the drain pipes, which prevents sewage from getting blown back into the drain.

When Should I Call a Drain Service?Plumber Holding Hoses and a Wrench

Understanding the basics of your home’s drainage system is always a good idea, but if you notice any signs that something might be wrong, it’s important to contact a drainage service like MET Plumbing & Air Conditioning right away.

We’re happy to look at your drainage system and do a full sewer cleaning if necessary. Don’t wait until you’re stuck with clogged drains, a foul sewage smell, or worse! Instead, call us for an appointment, and we’ll be happy to take a look. Remember, regular maintenance and cleaning will keep your system running smoothly and will reduce your risk of a sewage problem within your home.

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