What are the types of plumbing systems?

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Whenever someone thinks about plumbing, they usually think about their sinks, showers and toilets. However, plumbing is more complicated than that.

All plumbing systems are connected to a series of pipes that have two uses; for us to use and to get rid of waste. Here’s what you need to know about the different types of plumbing systems.

The Different Types of Plumbing

There are three different types of plumbing systems; sanitary drainage, stormwater drainage and potable water. Each of these systems have their own unique functions and purposes. Here is a more in-depth look into how these systems operate.

Sanitary Drainage System

A sanitary drainage system is what helps get rid of wastewater. This system contains a series of pipes that were designed to specifically dispose of waste. This waste comes from things such as doing the laundry and putting food down the drain. Once the waste enters the pipes, it is then transferred to a local sewer system.

Stormwater Drainage System

You may have noticed those little holes on the sidewalk. Those are known as storm drains. These are used to carry excess water away from a house. Back in the day, the water that went down a storm drain used to go into a sanitary drainage system. And in some areas, they still do. These days, however, rainwater is sent to a storm sewer instead.

Your gutters also play a pivotal role when it comes to draining rainwater. However, if they’re not maintained, it can lead to serious issues.

Here are a few common signs of malfunctioning gutters:

  • The paint starts peeling off the house
  • The gutters are cracked
  • The gutters are split
  • Your home has sustained water damage

Potable Water System

A potable water system is what enables people to use water within a building. This system is comprised of various pipes that’s connected to a single system. A valve can be located on this system, which is used to cut off the water supply. Furthermore, there is also usually a meter that tells you how much water is being used throughout the building.

Plumbing may seem cut and dry, but in actuality, it’s can be complicated. If you’re in need of a plumbing service, contact us at 408-295-2182 for immediate assistance.

Hiring a mechanical engineer for building retrofits, rebuilds, additions, or enhancements is the quickest and surest way to obtain the ideal facilities for supporting your operations. Are you ready to make your workplace more modern, efficient, or compliant? If so, we can help.

Call us today at 408-295-2182.


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