Indoor Drainage Systems
So what happens to all that water that we use from our faucets, tubs, showers and sinks and where does it actually go to? It is right to assume that it actually goes somewhere. This is the reason whey the plumbing and drainage system are extremely important in the home. The indoor drainage system of your home carries waste and used water, otherwise known as gray water to the sewer system or the septic tank that is outside. The indoor drainage system has been around for as long as plumbing has been and so there are not too many changes as far as components are concerned.
Some improvements that have taken place in the drainage systems have had to do with piping materials and as days move on we may expect just a few changes if any. There are code requirements that change often and they dictate the direction indoor drainage systems usually take. The drain pipe sizing and configurations are usually based on the layout of the home regardless of how many bathrooms are found in the home. In older homes you will find that drain pipe materials are made of thin walled stainless steel, lead, cast iron or copper. The copper steal and lead are almost always found under the sinks whereas the cast iron is to be found on basements or crawlspaces. Leaks become very common especially in the joints some of which become susceptible to rust or corrosion. These are called failure points within the indoor drainage systems and it is at this points that problems are usually eminent. PVC piping has taken the place of many of these old metal pieces because they are not only affordable but are also durable and clean. When it is time to do any repairs to the old metal piping it may be a good idea to replace as much of it as possible so as to reduce the incidence of leaks as much as possible.
For many people whose homes are built on basements the indoor drainage system is usually visible from there apart from those cases where the basement is finished. Even though cast iron was the material of choice for many years in the past, it is prone to leaks related to corrosion after some time. It is when waste accumulates along the interior of the pipes that leaks get to develop after many years. Checking that your indoor drainage system is working constantly is the best way to keep it going and prevent any potential disaster.