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How Plumbing Works


In modern society, we tend to take our plumbing for granted. We rely on it heavily, and for good reason, but not a lot of us actually know what happens to the stuff we flush. Do “all pipes lead to the ocean,” as the animated fish believe in Finding Nemo? Or does it all just pile up in a sewer somewhere? Here’s the rundown on how your plumbing works.

How Does It Work?

The plumbing system is actually two separate sub-systems, one that removes wastewater and another that brings freshwater back in.

The freshwater is under pressure as it passes through your pipes and around your house. There’s a meter that reports on how much water you’re using, and a valve to close the pipes. This water is cold, so if you need it hot, a pipe carries that water to your water heater.

As for the wastewater, it leaves via gravity. There are vents that bring air into the drainage pipes, and traps that prevent sewer gasses from entering your home while preventing pipe clogs.

Where Does It All Go?

That wastewater is carried down into the sewer, which is then brought to a water treatment plant. It may also end up in a backyard septic tank, which just lets the waste seep back into the Earth harmlessly. At the plants, the water is filtered, deodorized, disinfected, and more with two separate primary and secondary treatments. After this, the water is sent back into the environment, where the cycle begins anew.

Need Plumbing Help?

Now that you know more about the drainage and plumbing process, you might have a few questions about how to get your pipes fixed. Here at ClearWater Plumbers, we’re experienced at helping you with all of your plumbing and water needs. Contact us today and see how we can help you.

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