According to a study, plumbing issues account for the wastage of approximately 1 trillion gallons of water every year. This means we waste a considerable amount of water annually because of our home’s poor plumbing systems, such as improper sprinkler systems, malfunctioning toilets, and leaky bathroom and kitchen faucets.

If you’re concerned about the future of our planet or just want to reduce your monthly bills, you need to pay attention to your home’s plumbing. Here’s a rundown on the basics of plumbing:

How Plumbing Works

House plumbing primarily consists of two fundamental systems;

  • Water supply system
  • Drain water vent system or DWV

Water supply system

It’s the system that brings fresh water into a home through a system of pipes and high pressure. Water coming into your home comes from city water or wells.

City Water

City water enters a household from a pain pipe parallel to the street where it’s situated. If you think there’s a problem in your plumbing’s connection to the main line, you should immediately seek professional help as negligence in this regard may lead to financial penalties, fines, and civil lawsuits.


Alternatively, several homes in the US also get their water supply from wells. In this system, high pressures are applied to pump the fresh well water into a home.

If a home doesn’t have access to city water, they get water through this system. However, they may encounter water supply issues if the pressure is limited or reduced. Low pressure may also affect running faucets and showers. The pressure may be reduced because of blockages and leaks. If the leak happens because of an improper connection, you can easily handle the issue in-house.

Drain Water Vent (DWV) System

While the water supply and drain systems don’t overlap, there are several points where they meet. These points are fundamentally referred to as fixtures. You know these areas as sinks, washing machines, and faucets. The drain system consists of drainage vents, traps, and pipes and primarily depends on gravity for the removal of wastewater.

Drain pipes move water from a fixture to the sewer line using gravity. Drain traps prevent the backflow, with the help of their curvature. It also prevents clogging by allowing hair, grease, and other waste to sediment, which be removed later via clean-out plugs.

The drain vent system, on the other hand, ensures smooth water flow from a home’s roof to its drain pipe. This system releases air into a home’s plumbing for smooth drainage.

Wasden Plumbing helps homeowners with water leaks, clogged drains, sewers, and gas leaks, in Rowlett, TX. Contact them for more information.