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Drain Clogs - All That You Need To Know

In all homes, there is a DWV, otherwise understood as a “Drain, Waste, and Vent System.”  The home’s drainage system is created to pull waste sewage water from the home and to allow it to flow to the sewer system.  The system is supposed to keep toxic waste water and nasty odors from getting into the house and it does so effectively when the system is working properly.  There are homes outfitted with what is known as a “Gray Water System.”  The latter system is one where there is a drain line for the laundry, dishwasher, showers, and sinks, and the toilets are outfitted with a drain line all their own.  The “gray waters” are then used for toilet flushing or for the purposes of irrigation.

Most existing drain systems are gravity flow systems with a downhill grade for prevention of drain clogs Ottawa and ease of water flow.  These systems rely on gravity to pull the water downhill and so the DWV system is created with this principle in mind.  Every drain moves toward a bigger “branch drain.”  The waste stack connects to all the branch drains. The waste stack consists of a pipe that allows water to flow into the sewer line or main drain: This pipe is positioned vertically.  A big drain pipe exits the home and is directed toward a built in septic system or the city sewer.

All the pipes go downhill whether they are flowing to the septic or the sewer.  Sometimes, the line might be located beneath the city sewer level.  Alternatively, you might have a bathroom located in the basement area of your home wherein this bathroom drain is lower than the chief sewer line.  When this happens, you will require additional pump equipment to help rid the waste water and to move it to the septic or sewer.

Preventing Drain clogs Ottawa

Appliances and fixtures are fitted with traps – this is to prevent drain clogs Ottawa.  Within the trap there are a couple of ounces of water located at a low spot or dip in the trap pipework – this helps the drain seal. The sewer gas cannot move through this water plug so the odors cannot reach your home.  One example of the existing traps inside your home is none other than the “P-ap” which can be found beneath the sink.  Water flows through the pipe and into the trap. A couple of ounces of water stay in the trap, and therefore allows that plug of water to stop odors from bubbling up from the drain.  Toilets have in-fixture, built-in traps.

The drain system has vent pipes, waste pipes, and drain pipes integrated throughout the system.  The vent pipes are in place so sewer gasses can easily escape through the pipe and outside of the home.  Once outside, it mingles with the fresh air and the odor then dissipates and disappears. The integrated vents also help in the prevention of siphon or vacuum issues forming.  When water moves through the pipes the siphoning effect can happen which takes up all the water while a bit needs to remain in the traps.

Without water inside the traps the sewer gasses can find their way inside the house.  If the water does not move through the pipework quickly enough, this can result in drain clogs Ottawa too.  Slower flowing water is equivalent to clog producing waters. For the waste and Ottawa drain cleaning system to work right, the vent lines need to be in place. Every fixture requires the appropriate ventilation: off every drain line will be a vent line that is then connected to the main vents that go up through the roof of the location.

Unless something happens to impede water flow, the gravity system of waste water control works well.  This system relies on the passage of swift-moving waters and the failure of fast waters means a big chance of clog formation; waste ends up accumulating and slowing down the flow of water more and more until water stops moving entirely.  This happens if:

  • The drain line forms dips due to the settling of the earth
  • Drain pipe deterioration causing waste to catch on cracked or worn piping as it passes by
  • Tree root intrusion
  • Grease, coffee grounds, and sand put into the pipes
  • Alternative coagulants (clog producing products) put into the pipes

The entire DWV system is not at all complex once you break it down and look at its basic components.  Nevertheless, the system will not function properly if it is not refined and put together with considerable care.  The professional at Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing who install the system must have a careful eye for detail. Because of that, a professional installation is going to ensure that you do not have to worry about future drain clogs Ottawa.

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