Home Drainage System: The Basic Parts

sink with exposed P-trap

As a homeowner, it pays to learn the basics of your plumbing system, including the parts that make up your drains. Doing so will help you easily pinpoint issues and know when to seek professional drain cleaning in Temecula, CA.

Read on as A.M. Plumbing & Rooter lists the key components of a home drainage system.

1. Fixture Drains 

The fixture drains are the most visible component connected to a tub, shower, and sink. Every drain starts with an opening in the fixture where wastewater starts traveling onto the septic tank or sewer lines. It is usually fitted with a plug or stopper to keep hair, soap scum, and other debris from causing a clogged drain.

2. P-Traps

The other fundamental part of a drain system is the P-trap, which refers to the curved section of the pipe beneath the sink, tub, and toilet. It holds water, keeping sewer gases from emanating from the drains.

When you don’t use your drains for a long time, the water could evaporate, allowing foul odors into your home. In most cases, you won’t need the help of a drain cleaning company to solve this. Just run the faucet for a few minutes until the unpleasant smell is gone.

3. Sewer Clean-Out

The sewer line clean-out serves as an access point for routine cleaning and pipe repairs. This is where we insert the auger during drain snaking to remove a severe clog sitting deep in the pipeline. The clean-out is usually mounted to a pipe rising out of a slab floor in a basement. In some cases, you can find it in an in-ground fitting located outside the house.

4. Main Drain Line

The main drain pipe directs the wastewater from your home to the municipal sewer line. It runs horizontally under the lowest floor in your home, such as the basement or foundation slab.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your drainage system, A.M. Plumbing & Rooter is just a phone call away. You can also rely on us for an extensive range of high-quality drain cleaning services.

Contact our team today to schedule an appointment.

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