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Home plumbing basics

The plumbing system in your home has two separate sub systems one brings in the pressurized fresh water, while the other takes the waste water out of your home.
The pressure of the water is reduced to make it suitable for different plumbing fixtures by passing it through plumbing pipes with a smaller diameter.
A main valve is provided close to the water meter, which can be used to shut off the supply of water to the home, in case there is a plumbing emergency like a major leakage in a plumbing pipe.
There may be a separate hot water supply system that carries fresh water through a water heater to various outlets, appliances, and fixtures where it is needed.
The waste water system carries waste water from your home to a sewer system or septic tank. This is done by means of gravity, and there is no pressurization involved.
There is a U shaped trap under each sink, tub and toilet that is filled with water, and prevents the sewer gas from flowing back into your home.
There is also a plumbing vent that you may have seen sticking out from the roof of your home, which allows air to enter the waste water system. The air helps the waste water to flow out smoothly.
Before carrying out any plumbing additions or repairs, you need to make sure that they comply with the plumbing code. The local plumbing codes official will provide information about this.
An experienced plumbing contractor will design a plumbing system that works efficiently, and meets all the plumbing code requirements.
Obtain quotes from at least three contractors, and call up references provided by them before you make a selection. Look for competent plumbers who have the necessary licenses and insurance.
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