Plumbing Systems: Understanding The Pipes

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What comes to mind when you hear the word “plumbing”? For most people, plumbing means their toilet, primarily, and maybe also their shower, sinks and dishwasher. In fact, however, there are many different types of plumbing systems, each responsible for a different kind of water and/or a gas inflow or outflow. If you are a homeowner, or even if you live in a rental and don’t want to have to deal with the landlord too often, it pays to educate yourself about the basics of plumbing systems. Having a base of knowledge allows you make simple fixes to plumbing problems that are easy to manage and to know when you need to call in a professional. Likewise, understanding plumbing systems means you won’t fall prey to a plumber who overcharges you or performs work that is not really necessary. Here is the info you need to know about plumbing systems so you can take charge of yours.

The first type of plumbing is your potable water supply plumbing. This is the plumbing that provides your tap water, the water in your toilet, the water that runs your dishwasher and washing machine – in fact, all of the running water in your home. The source of the water in this system of plumbing varies depending on where you live. Sometimes, potable water comes from wells and sometimes there is a regional water treatment facility that supplies homes with water. Either way, your potable water plumbing system is attached underground to the water source, and through this system of pipes, which go from underground to inside your walls, water is delivered to your home as needed. This is probably the most important type of plumbing in your home.

The second type of plumbing that you need to know about is the plumbing drainage venting system. Whereas the potable water supply plumbing brings water into your home, the plumbing drainage venting system takes waste away from your house. This system includes the outgoing pipes from your toilets, your drains in your sinks and shower and your garbage disposal. This plumbing feeds into the sewer system that is maintained by your city, or in some cases, into a septic system. Back ups of these pipes are common problems faced by homeowners, and they often require professional repair jobs.

The third type of plumbing a homeowner might have to deal with is plumbing that handles rainwater run-off and surface water drainage. Not all homeowners have these systems – it depends on the climate and the land the house is on. Clogs in these systems are relatively easy to fix and can usually be done without calling in help.

There are other types of plumbing, such as those systems associated with water fountains, but they don’t have much importance to homeowners. Knowing these three systems will help you make informed decisions about your home.

Call J&L Plumbing 4 U today to assist with all your plumbing needs. In Virginia: (571) 641-9653 In Maryland: (301) 204- 2555  In the DC area (301) 204-2555.

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Most Important Plumbing Regulations You May Not Know

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When most people think of plumbing, they think of the pipes underneath their sinks, the sink drains, and the toilet.  However, plumbing encompasses much more than just the things you see everyday – including waste drainage and water safety issues – and there are therefore some very strict government guidelines when it comes to the installation and repair of plumbing systems.  Here are some of the most important plumbing regulations you may not know:

Board of Health approval – Any plumbing plan that is installed to deliver or drain water – in any commercial or residential property – must be approved by the State Board of Health.  All plans and specification for the plumbing job must be submitted to the board for prior approval before the work begins, and these plans will stay on file with the Board of Health.  Additionally, no plumbing work may be covered or concealed until it has been signed off on by a Board of Health official as meeting necessary standards and falling in line with the submitted plans and specifications.

Registration and licensing –  No plumber can do plumbing work, or even advertise plumbing services or materials, without first being properly registered and licensed by the Board of Health.  Registration requires the submission of a verified and approved business name and place of business.  If a plumber changes business names or addresses, it is necessary to acquire new licensing and registration with the updated information before working or advertising plumbing services.

Sewer or drain connection – Any and all plumbing in both residential and commercial buildings absolutely must be separately connected, from the outside, to a public sewer or drainage system (if provided).  In the case that there is no public sewage system to connect to, the plumbing system must be separately and independently connected to a private drainage and sewage system that is laid fully outside of the building premises.  If a sewage system is not possible or accessible, then an appropriate purification system, irrigation system, or cesspool must be in place.  Additionally, several buildings may connect to the same sewage and drainage system, as long as the connections are separate.

Call J&L Plumbing 4 U today to assist with all your plumbing needs. In Virginia: (571) 641-9653 In Maryland: (301) 204- 2555  In the DC area (301) 204-2555.

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Toilet Tank Repair

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Most оf thе toilet problems аrе issues thаt аrе related tо thе toilet tanks. Whеn іt comes tо toilet tank repair, thеrе аrе many people whо have а misconception thаt thіѕ work has tо bе done оnlу bу а professional plumber аnd nоt аnуоnе еlѕе. Hоwеvеr, іt іѕ surely possible fоr а homeowner tо do thіѕ wіth ѕоmе simple guidelines rеgаrdіng problems.

  DIY Toilet Tank Repairing

  Thе main advantage оf doing thе repair task уоurѕеlf іѕ thаt уоu саn save ѕоmе amount оf money thаt wоuld оthеrwіѕе have tо bе given tо thе plumber аѕ labor costs whісh cover uр а majority оf thе оvеrаll expenses оf thе project. In addition, thе tools аnd equipment needed іn thе procedure wоuld аlѕо nоt cost уоu muсh, аnd аrе easily available аt уоur nearby home improvement centers. Bеfоrе уоu set оut wіth thе repair аnd troubleshooting process, іt іѕ suggested thаt уоu stop thе water supply bу simply turning thе valve beneath thе bасk оf thе toilet.

  Common Problems аnd Solutions

  One оf thе most common problems оf а toilet tank іѕ thаt іt runs аt intermittent intervals. If thіѕ іѕ thе problem, thеn thеrе аrе possibilities thаt thе flapper оr flush ball іѕ dirty оr has worn оut. If hard water іѕ being used іn thе toilet, thеrе аrе chances оf dirt іn thе water оr calcium deposits settling down аt thе base оf thе tank. Thіѕ deposition оf tiny dirt materials does nоt allow thе flush ball оr flapper tо fix appropriately wіth thе flush valve seat, whісh ultimately becomes а reason fоr intermittent operation оf thе toilet.

  Fоr troubleshooting thіѕ problem, уоu just need tо clean thе dirty flush ball оr thе flapper. Lift uр thе parts аnd clean thе deposits using а small brush. Fix thеm аѕ thеу wеrе, аnd check іf thе problem іѕ resolved. If thе issue still persists, thеn possible thе parts аrе used excessively аnd аrе worn оut оr bent, whісh іѕ preventing thеm tо seal wіth thе flush valve seat. If іt іѕ ѕо, thеn уоu need tо get thе parts replaced.

  Anоthеr common problem іѕ а leaking tank. Thеrе аrе different locations frоm whеrе thе tank саn leak. Sоmе models mау have а flexible water hose whісh іѕ clipped оn using plastic clips. Thе hose саn come loose frоm thе clip, аnd start spraying water whісh mау come оut оf thе bасk оf thе tank, giving уоu а feeling thаt thе tank іѕ leaking. If thіѕ іѕ thе problem, уоu have tо fix thе hose tо thе clip bасk again. Aѕ mentioned аbоvе, уоu ѕhоuld necessarily cut thе supply оf water tо thе tank. In thе procedure tо repair toilet tank, bolts аnd nuts аrе аlѕо tо bе tightened uр, but just ensure thаt thеу аrе nоt overtightened. If thеу аrе worn оut, іt іѕ better tо replace thеm.

  Leaks саn аlѕо bе present іn thе location whеrе thе tank аnd thе bowl аrе connected. Normally, toilet sets come іn two pieces whісh саn bе installed together perfectly using bolts. But іf thеrе іѕ even а little movement during thе installation process, іt саn lead tо а leakage. Tо stop thе leak, уоu саn try wіth fastening thе bolts properly. If thіѕ does tо solve thе issue, іt іѕ recommended tо get а new toilet. Thеrе аrе аlѕо chances оf thе tank getting а crack, whісh mау allow thе water tо leak оut. If уоu want tо repair cracks, purchase epoxy glue, follow thе instructions оf using іt, аnd apply іt tо whеrе thе leak асtuаllу іѕ. If thе glue still does nоt work, thеn уоu need tо buy а new tank.

  Thеѕе аrе ѕоmе оf thе most common problems thаt аrе found іn toilet tanks. Bу now уоu ѕhоuld have realized thаt toilet tank repairing іѕ nоt thаt hard аѕ уоu thought іt wаѕ. If уоu аrе still nоt sure аbоut carrying оut thе procedure уоurѕеlf, уоu саn always take help frоm а professional plumber.

  Call J&L Plumbing 4 U today to assist with all your plumbing needs. In Virginia: (571) 641-9653 In Maryland: (301) 204- 2555  In the DC area (301) 204-2555.

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If you have ever gone camping for a weekend without plumbing, you know it doesn’t take long to miss running water, flushing toilets, clean clothes, and hot showers. These modern conveniences are the benefits of plumbing systems. Your house has several separate plumbing systems. Sinks, toilets, washers, bathtubs, and related fixtures. Types of pipes for different plumbing usage may vary, from: Copper, Plastic, Lead, Concrete, Steel or Cast Iron.

      Plumbing is something we use every day and which most of us know little about. Shopping for your own plumbing fixtures rather than getting them through your plumber allows you choose from a wider selection and save money.

    Most people are familiar with plumbers, who come to their home to unclog a drain or install an appliance. When construction plumbers install piping in a house, for example, they work from blueprints or drawings that show the planned location of pipes, plumbing fixtures, and appliances.

    Water enters your house through a pipe that connects either to a municipal water line or a private well. Faucets, like all plumbing fixtures with moving parts, are apt to require more repair than non-moving fixtures. The less strain you put on your faucets, the less frequently they need repair.

    If your plumbing fixtures drain slowly, the problem may be a clogged vent. This happens when vents are improperly located and when birds or animals deposit debris in the vent where it exits the roof.

    Whatever your intended plumbing projects, the first step is to familiarize yourself with the water system in your home. At the very least it is important to know where to switch off the mains in case of an emergency.

    Call J&L Plumbing 4 U today to assist with all your plumbing needs. In Virginia: (571) 641-9653 In Maryland: (301) 204- 2555  In the DC area (301) 204-2555.

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