When it comes to the world of plumbing repair, the home or business owner plays at least one very important role: Identifying issues. The 24-hour plumber pros at Rapid Repair Experts are here to help with a wide variety of plumbing services, but we can only do so after you’ve noted and identified the issue to the best of your abilities.
We don’t expect you to be a plumbing pro, of course, but it can really benefit you – and us – to know a few of the plumbing basics in your home. One important bit of knowledge that can often help you identify issues before they become huge and costly? Simply knowing where the major plumbing fixtures in your home are located. Here are some basics.
In most home bathrooms, plumbing usually is designed to be invisible, or at least invisible without opening some doors or looking underneath some areas. Many bathroom plumbing elements, particularly those for showers and sinks, are located behind walls entirely. Pipes are often underneath a cabinet or vanity area.
The exception here is the toilet, which will often have visible fixtures such as a water supply line and drainage pipes. The toilet also generally sits directly on top of its own waste drain.
Similar to parts of the bathroom, most kitchen plumbing fixtures are found in the cabinets under the sink. These will generally feature sink supply and waste pipes, pipes connecting to the dishwasher, and cold water supply lines that connect to the refrigerator and ice maker. Finding leaks in the kitchen is generally a simple process, as most kitchens will feature all of these pipes connecting at a central point under your sink.
Basements are often home to larger plumbing appliances like water heaters, laundry machines and others. As such, they generally have pipes along the ceiling and down walls that connect to these appliances. Unfinished basements will likely show more piping than finished ones. Due to their simple location as the lowest point in the home, basements are commonly the first area where you begin to notice plumbing leaks.