Plumbing is one of the important parts of your home. This is why you get a plumber near you to work on it if its broken. Its importance in the overall design of the house is overlooked most often until plumbing problem arises.
The underlying principle of the plumbing system is somewhat straightforward and simple: drain, waste and vent system (DWV). And the majority of the drainage systems are gravity-dependent. To diagnose, therefore, what went wrong with your plumbing system needs the understanding the whole DWV system needs the realization that water flows downward.
The flow is downhill except in cases where the main home sewer is located higher than the bathroom. In this case, there is a need to use the pump to drain the water to the sewer.
The whole plumbing system is not complete without the vent pipes. It is not all about the drain and waste pipes. The vent pipes are integrated into the system to provide exhaust of all gases from the waste where it will mix with the air and neutralized.
Along with all the drain and waste pipes, there are some vent pipes integrated into the system. These vent pipes allow sewer gas to be vented out above your home where it can quickly be dispersed as it mixes with the air. It is also a mechanism to prevent a vacuum from happening that might lead to clogging of pipes.
Diagnosing the problem could be simple if you understand that all plumbing systems are interconnected. Meaning, the ordinary household drain is connected to a larger branch drain, which is also connected to the sewer line. All the household network of pipes in homes, for example, leads to the community sewer or the individual septic tank.
Here are the three steps how to diagnose plumbing problem.
1. When a bad odor is detected in your sink, toilet, or bathtub, do the following: check for possible blockages in the event; look for any gaps in the toilet and wax ring and replace the wax ring if necessary; pour bleaching liquid into the drain to kill the presence of bacteria that cause the odor; replace damaged vent line to prevent the gas in the sewer to vent inside your home.
2. Your toilet, sink, or bathtub is backing up; the clog is most likely near where the clog occurs. Drain it by following the basic steps unclog it.
3. When your home is located below the level of your neighbors and the public sewage is backing up, the system might be clogged somewhere else beyond your plumbing system. In this case, call the agency responsible for it.
You have just the three basic steps how to do it yourself when a plumbing problem arises in your home. It is not a fix-all guide but gives you the idea how to approach the situation intelligently. The problem should not be the left all alone to the specialist. Diagnosing the problem is a very important step to solve it – it might even save you from worries and money. If the tips we discussed above doesn’t cut it, you can consult a plumber to get professional help.