The 4 Main Components of an Oceanside, CA Home Plumbing System

August 17, 2022

The 4 Main Components of an Oceanside, CA Home Plumbing SystemYour home’s plumbing system consists of four main components: pipes and fittings, heating, drainage, and fixtures. Knowing which components are which and how they work together to circulate potable water throughout your home, provide heated water for washing, bathing, etc., and remove sewage and wastewater from your home is important to keeping your home’s plumbing system in tip-top shape.

Pipes and fittings

Pipes and fittings are used to tap into the main city water supply and circulate potable (safe for human consumption) water throughout your home to fixtures in your kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, backyard – wherever you need clean, drinkable water. They can be made out of a wide variety of materials including copper, lead, PVC, and PEX to name a few.

Loose or damaged pipes and fittings are a big source of home water leaks. If your water bills have been higher than usual, you hear running water when your fixtures aren’t in operation, or notice puddles of water on the floor, you may have a water leak. You may be able to repair the problem yourself, but in most cases, it’s a good idea to get the problem fixed by a professional plumber.

Water Heater

The water heat provides the hot water needed to wash dishes, wash clothes, shower and bathe, cook, etc. There are two most common types of water heaters in Oceanside, CA homes are storage tank water heaters and tankless, or on-demand, water heaters. Storage water heaters maintain a reservoir of heated water, while the tankless type heats the water directly as it flows through the heating system.

Both types of water heaters have their pros and cons. Tankless water heaters provide an unlimited supply of hot water but are more expensive to install. Conventional tank water heaters are cheaper, but have a limited life and are prone to problems like corrosion and leaks.

Waste Removal

It’s important to have a way of removing waste and wastewater from your home. Drain and sewage lines do just this. Drains transport waste and wastewater to your sewer lines, where the mess is deposited into the city sewage line. Eventually, it will flow into a municipal water treatment facility.

Placing too much or the wrong kinds of materials down a kitchen drain or toilet can obstruct the flow of water, resulting in slow or clogged drains. Clogged drains are one of the most common plumbing problems in Oceanside, CA. They can usually be cleared using a plunger, drain snake, or drain cleaner. Stubborn clogs may need to be cleared by a plumber.

Plumbing Fixtures

Your home’s plumbing fixture connects to your pipes, providing access to your home’s water supply while depositing waste and wastewater into your home’s drains. Common home plumbing fixtures include:

  • Sinks
  • Showers
  • Bathtubs
  • Toilets

Fixtures can also include appliances like washing machines, dishwashers, and refrigerators with icemakers.

Your First Choice for Expert Plumbing Services in Oceanside CA

If you’ve been experiencing problems with any of the components of your home’s plumbing system, give 1st Choice Plumbing, Flood & Restoration a call. We’ve been providing expert plumbing services to homes and businesses in Oceanside, CA, and surrounding communities since 2012. Our team of experienced, licensed Oceanside, CA plumbers are available 24/7 to fix whatever plumbing problem you may be encountering – in most cases, we can be on-site in an hour or less.

Contact 1st Choice Plumbing, Flood & Restoration through our website or call us at 866-437-0205 to schedule a visit today.