When you own a home, you want to have a clear understanding of how the plumbing works. This will help you to know how to treat it properly and spot problems. Here are some of the things you should be aware of:
Clogs can happen in drains and/or down in the pipes
If you experience a clog in one of your sinks, then you want to start by assuming the clog is in the drain since this will be the easiest clog to free up. You can put a combination of baking soda and vinegar down the drain, so it fizzes and forces a clog free. If this doesn't work, then you can try using a sink plunger to free it up.
If you determine the clog is further down in the system, then it may be in the P-shaped pipe under the sink that's known as the p-trap. This involves turning off the water, removing the pipe, cleaning out the clog by hand, putting the pipe back in place, and turning the water back on. If the p-trap is free of debris, then there may be a clog further down in the system and at this point your best bet would be to call a professional sewer line repair services out to both locate and free up the clog. A clog can occur at any point in the system, and if it is down far enough then a plumber may need to put a snake into the system with a camera on the end in order to find it. Then, they will be able to free it up for you and get your plumbing working how it should again.
Pipes can break anywhere
You want to understand that a pipe can break anywhere, and this means you may not always know that you have a problem right away. Sometimes the only sign you may notice that lets you know you have a problem is a sudden and significant increase in your water bill. Other times, you may have an obvious break that causes a leak that you spot right away. You may also notice a sudden puddle that stays in your yard. If you see this, there may be a break in one of the pipes in your yard. Any time you have a concern over a broken pipe you want to shut off your water and get an emergency plumber out as soon as you can.