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How To Drain Your Home’s Plumbing System

How To Drain Your Home’s Plumbing System


Plumbing may seem like a daunting task to most people, but when you have a clogged drain or a leaking pipe, suddenly any knowledge about piping and plumbing seems like a life saver.

In this article, How To Drain Your Home’s Plumbing System, we will show you the necessary steps to ensure you can drain your home plumbing system off properly.

Even though draining your home plumbing system isn’t a common thing to do, it’s still a basic and important skill that could come in handy someday.


Why And When To Drain Your Home Plumbing System


You won’t necessarily find yourself in need to drain your home piping system regularly. However, there are certain situations where you must drain your plumbing system in order to avoid damage, or to help in installing or fixing parts of the system.

According to a sewage cleaning professional ( ΑΠΟΦΡΑΞΕΙΣ ΑΡΓΥΡΟΥΠΟΛΗ). The following are the main reasons when and why it’s necessary to drain the plumbing system:


Winter shutdown

Depending on where you live, you may find yourself in need to drain your home plumbing system. Houses located in cold climates and that won’t have any tenants residing in them during that time must have its plumbing system drained in order to avoid having frozen water breaking the pipes during that time.


Water hammer

This is the loud banging noise you hear when you turn on your washing machine or go in for a quick shower. Basically, what happens is that some air gets trapped inside the pipes and whenever the water starts flowing, the air bubbles cause the water to flow violently, shaking the piping and in some cases cause damage if pipes hit each other. By draining the plumbing system, we allow the water to flow back in and confine the entire piping space or at least help push the air bubbles into the installed air chambers.


Plumbing repairs and installations

In the case of installing new pipes or repairing major piping lines, it can be necessary to drain the water out of the plumbing system in order to avoid any overflowing. Depending on where the location of the repair or installation is, the supply pipes could have excess water flowing in them. This means that prior to proceeding with detaching any pipes, a complete drainage has to be performed to avoid any damages to the plumbing system or the property itself.



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Home Plumbing System Draining Guidelines


The following is a simple step by step guide that will help you get the piping system drained and ready for any repairs or for a long winter break.

Before you proceed with the draining process, take some time to locate the faucets both on the highest and the lowest levels as they are important in making sure the system is drained properly.


Locate the faucets


1.Locate your water meter and turn off the water valve to make sure there is no water flow in the piping system.


2.To speed up the drainage process, open all faucets starting with the top floor in order to help push air into the system which in its turn, helps push the water out faster.


3.Locate the lowest sink or tub and open the faucet, which should start draining the water from the upper floors.


4.Head back up to the top floor and turn on all faucets including the showers.


5.Now we should empty all the toilet tanks by simply flushing all of them.


6.If the property will be left unattended during the winter in a cold climate, leave the faucets open.


7.By now, there should be no water flow and the pipes should be completely drained. Sometimes there can be some water dripping from on the lowest level, but that is just extra water that is slowly coming down from the empty pipes on the upper levels.


In case you are leaving the property for an extended period of time, leftover water can evaporate and remove the drain seals which prevents sewage gases from seeping in, so plumbers often suggest blocking drain openings and toilets with cloth or cover it with plastic wrap to prevent any leakage.

Remember, if you feel like there are any problems or you are unable to perform any of the steps presented in this article, make sure to consult your local plumber in order to avoid any damages to the plumbing system or the property.


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Refilling The Home Plumbing System After Drainage


Once you are done with any repairs, installations or simply back after being away from the property, it’s time to restart the plumbing system and get it up and running once again.

As in the case of draining the system, the following is a simple guide to charging the system and getting the water flowing again.


Refilling Guideline


1.Locate the lowest sink or tub and turn off the faucet.


2.Head up to the upper levels and turn off all the faucets. By doing so, we ensure that the air stays inside the system and recharges any air chambers that might be installed. Make sure to wait a while before moving on to the next step.


3.Locate your water meter and turn on the main water valve again.


4.Head back up to the highest level and turn on all the faucets. Keep the water running until you can see a clear water flow. Sometimes when we restart a piping system, the water that flows at first can be brown in colour or a bit discoloured. This is due to the rust that accumulated inside the piping after the system was drained.


5.Turn back on the shower faucets and flush the toilets in order to refill the tanks. Keep the water running a bit to make sure there are no air gaps in the drain pipes and that any sewage gas that accumulated during the shut off has been discharged.


6.When the water flow is finally clear, turn off all the faucets starting from the highest level. Occasionally some air gaps can cause the water to sputter when you turn on the faucet, but that issue gets resolved quickly once the system is up and running.


As you can see, clearing your home drain plumbing system and reactivating it, is a simple task. Remembering the correct order and keeping track of the important valves and faucets will help speed up the next time you drain the system.



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