You don’t usually think much about your plumbing in De Pere -until something goes wrong. If you are having a problem or are considering replacing some of your pipes or perhaps your water heater, it’s not a bad idea to check into what technology has to offer these days.
Even things as seemingly dull as your kitchen sink or bathroom pipes are the subjects of research on a regular basis. Companies want to stay ahead of the curve, so they create new technologies all the time.
Basic Safety For Home Plumbing Projects
For this article I will be using the 'P' trap, but 'S' and 'U' traps are used widely as well.
A plumbing trap is a simple but ingenious contraption used essentially to block the less-than-pleasant smell from drifting up various drain-holes located around your house. If you take the letter P and rotate it 90 degrees clockwise and remove the line segment between the U shape, you'll get the general shape of the P trap. Now imagine piping extended from each end of the P, with the one pointing up going to a given sink drain, and the horizontal one leading through the wall and into the sewer.
Ugh, did I say the sewer? That's right - the rat and germ-infested but absolutely necessary sewer! In most developed nations, all household waste - whether it's laundry and/or kitchen waste or toilet waste - ends up going down the same pipes. It all leads to sewer-treatment plants where it is then processed for eventual release back into the environment and/or fertilizer. Some countries even process it back into drinking water!
Now when you flush, the DWV will introduce air as needed to maintain neutral air pressure, protecting the precious water in the traps. One last thing you should keep in mind is that the trap of any given fixture such as a sink will dry out given enough time. Generally speaking, a month of not being used will result in the evaporation of water in the trap to the point of trap failure. Simply run water periodically to ensure "healthy" traps.
Plumbing: What Goes Into A Complete New House Installation?
Oh oh. There's water all over your new bathroom rug. The toilet is leaking too.
There's water coming through the downstairs ceiling after you take a shower.
What do you do?
These are real plumbing emergencies. No time to figure out how to do it yourself or wait for your brother-in-law to get home from work. But professional plumbers are so expensive.
But so is a new rug... or floor... or ceiling. Time to act fast.
What To Do In A Plumbing Emergency
You always want to know where your main shutoff valve is for your home. If things are looking really bad that's the first thing you want to know.
If it's just your toilet overflowing you can shut off the supply line to that particular plumbing fixture. It's usually right under the toilet itself. A sink is pretty much the same way.
1. Go to Google and type in "plumber clearwater". Of course instead of Clearwater use your local town or city.
2. Look to see who offers emergency service. They should have it right on their website. They should also have a number you can call and talk to someone quickly.
3. There's probably no time to check references so judge by how quickly they answer the phone (and also how professionally).
4. Make sure they are licensed. Ask them... "What is your license number. Actually you might see it right on their website. If you don't it may not be a good sign.
If you don't get good answer to these questions or you feel uncomfortable be careful.
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