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Drains 101

You've taken the first step by reading our "Wilson Weekly," and we're thrilled to provide you with even more insights here. This page is your comprehensive guide to understanding and caring for your home's drainage system. From distinguishing between different types of backups to practical tips on garbage disposal care, we've got you covered. Dive deeper into the world of drain health and discover how Wilson Plumbing can be your ally in keeping your home's plumbing system functioning flawlessly.

Main Drain Lines are the backbone of your home's plumbing, handling all household waste. If backups occur throughout your house, the main line is often the culprit.

Branch Lines, in contrast, serve individual fixtures like sinks and showers. Issues isolated to one area usually point to these lines.

Spot the Difference: Clearwater or Sewage?

Clearwater Backup – Typically from sinks or showers, indicated by clear, odorless water.

Sewage Backup – Involves wastewater and is more severe; look for cloudy water, foul odor, and solids.

Locate Your Home's Cleanout Caps

Now that you know what a cleanout is, it's important to identify where they are in your home.

Cleanout caps are usually found:
-Near the foundation of your home.
-In your yard, possibly marked by a small, round lid or cap.In basements or crawl spaces.
-They look like capped pipes sticking a few inches out of the ground or floor (pictured above).

Why It Matters: Knowing the location of your cleanout caps can save precious time when technicians arrive to diagnose and fix drainage issues. Take a moment to locate them and inform any Wilson technician right away if a problem arises.

A Small Component with Big Impact

Pictured above, p-traps play a crucial role in your home's plumbing system, sitting beneath sinks, showers, and other fixtures. They are curved pipes that retain a small amount of water, creating a seal to prevent sewer gases from entering your home.

Key Points:

-Prevents Odors:
The water in the P-trap acts as a barrier against sewer gases.
-Clog Indicator: A dry P-trap can allow odors to escape, while frequent clogs might suggest blockages in the P-trap.
-Easy Checks: Regularly run water in seldom-used fixtures to keep P-traps filled and functional.

Garbage Disposal Care: What Not to Put Down

Your garbage disposal is a helpful tool, but it has its limits. Avoid these items to prevent clogs:

Coffee Grounds, Bones, Shells, Nuts & Seeds, Peels: These can be too tough or fibrous for your disposal to handle effectively.

Pasta, Rice, Bread, Oatmeal: These foods swell and expand when waterlogged, quickly filling up your pipes and creating blockages.

Grease and Oil: They might be liquid when poured, but as they cool, they solidify, clinging to the insides of your pipes and causing stubborn clogs.

Understanding what harms your disposal helps prevent unnecessary plumbing emergencies and keeps your kitchen drain flowing smoothly.

Summary: Keeping Your Drains Healthy

Understanding your home's drainage system, identifying the type of backup, and knowing how to care for your garbage disposal are key steps in maintaining healthy drains. Regular maintenance and being mindful of what goes down your drains can prevent many common issues. For any drainage concerns or professional advice, remember that Wilson’s team of experts is always here to help. Keep your home's plumbing in top shape and avoid the hassles of unexpected clogs!
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