Plumbing Basics Tutorial

Many people know how to flush a toilet, turn on a sink or take a shower but few people can accurately explain how the plumbing in their house works. It is not rocket science but it is a little complex in nature to get all the plumbing in your house coordinated and working right. If you are one of those people who does not know very much about how your plumbing works then read on and learn some simple facts about your household plumbing. Here is a quick plumbing basics tutorial.

Getting it all Started

Many people do not realize exactly how much plumbing runs through the walls, floors and ceiling of their home. There is literally hundreds of meters in plumbing in an average size home. What does all this mean? It means that there is so much plumbing in your home that it had to be included in some of the blueprints that were used to design your home before it was built. As part of this plumbing basics tutorial you now know that it takes a lot of careful thought to add plumbing to a home that is under construction.

Supplying the Water to Your Home

There is no need to put plumbing in your home if you don’t have an incoming supply line bringing water to it. So you will have to dig a well and then add a pump to get the water to your home or else tap into the local government water line if there is one available. If you use the city water they will add a shutoff valve and a meter to the supply line and of course you will be charged for the water you use and a sewerage fee too.

Cold Water line

Once you have a supply line coming into your home you will now have a cold water source that can be distributed throughout it. Lines will need to be run to such things as your outside spickets, bathrooms, kitchen and laundry room. You ironically will have to run a cold water line to your water heater too.

Hot Water Line

In order to get hot water you will either have to have an electric water heater or one that runs off of gas. Both types work well with gas being a little more energy efficient. Once you have hot water, lines will need to be run to many of your fixtures that you ran cold water lines to also.


All the water you use has to go somewhere and that is the job of the many drains in your home. The drains will also have vents and traps placed on them to do such things as prevent smells and having wastewater come back up the drains into your home.

Hopefully this plumbing basics tutorial has been informational for you. You should now have a better idea how the water gets inside your house, what it does when it gets there and also you should know how it gets back out again. The installation of the plumbing in your home is truly an amazing thing as far as how well it comes together to do its job.