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Drain and Sewer Services
Two distinct subsystems make up your plumbing system: one carries fresh water into your home, while the other carries wastewater out of it. The latter is called the drainage or DWV (drain, waste, vent) system, after its three main parts. Plumber Washington D.C can help you understand this system, and help you deal with its problems.
Your Drainage System
Each component of your drainage system has its own role to play, but they all work together to eliminate waste.
Drain lines gather water from your fixtures. Waste lines transport waste from your toilet. And vent pipes, which extend to the roof of your house, vaporize hazardous sewer gases, relieve drainpipe pressure, and allow waste to flow smoothly. Both drain and waste lines extend from your fixtures, and slope downward so that gravity can pull waste down to the main sewer line.
For a more detailed explanation of your drainage system, contact us. We can teach you how to look out for potential problems, which we can quickly resolve. Rest assured, we can handle any problem at any stage.
Function and Problems of Traps
Traps keep the smell of sewage from invading your home. Easily identified as the curved sections of your fixtures' drainpipes, traps store some water each time your fixtures are used. This water acts as a seal that blocks harmful gases and offensive odors. But traps are susceptible to leaks and breaks if they aren't well-maintained. Have Plumber Washington's experts tackle these problems and show you how to prevent them.
Drain Cleaning Tips and Services
Drainpipes are usually made of iron, plastic, or copper. To reduce the number of clogs, drainpipes are built with wider diameters (4 to 10 cm) than water pipes. Toilet drains have 10 cm wide pipes, shower drains have 5 cm wide pipes, and bathtub drains, bathroom sink drains, and kitchen sink drains all have 4 to 5 cm wide pipes.
Even with these wide diameters, clogged drains are still very common. They can be cleaned, however, by accessing their traps through their clean-out valves and removing obstructive materials. Basic tools like plungers, augers, plumber's snakes, and sewer tapes can make the job easier, as can our extensive drain cleaning tips and other plumbing services.
Some clogs, though, are much harder to clear, and will likely require the assistance of a professional plumber from our team. An example of this is tree or bush root intrusion. This can clog the drains outside your house so badly, that you will have little choice but to switch to PVC pipes.
Fortunately, we have the know-how and drain cleaning equipment to do away with the most stubborn drain clogs. If you want to maintain your drainpipes, our regular drain service can ensure that you won't have to wage war with clogs of any sort.
Contact us to avail of our plumbing and drainage services, or to receive some useful plumbing tips.