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Understanding the Anatomy of a Residential Plumbing System

Last updated 6 years ago

Every day, we depend on our home’s plumbing to make modern life possible. However, do you ever stop and wonder just how water gets to your home? Take a closer look at how residential plumbing works and how you can do your part to care for it: 

  • Water Sources

Water in Chicago-area homes and businesses begin in aquifers and Lake Michigan. Municipal plumbing infrastructure carries this water from their original sources to water treatment facilities that ensure the safety and cleanliness of our water supply. From there, it is transported throughout our homes and businesses through the public water-supply system. 

  • Water in Your Home

Water travels through many miles of plumbing in order to reach your home in Northern Chicago. When it reaches your home, water is forced through your home’s water lines using water pressure. The pressure exerted onto water from the City of Chicago’s water system is strong enough to force water to every fixture through your home. Residential plumbing is designed this way by plumbers and should only be serviced by qualified professionals.

  • Water Billing

As water flows into your home’s plumbing it passes through a water meter which tracks the amount of water your home uses. This is how your local water utility determines how much you owe. Near the meter is the water shutoff valve, which controls the flow of water through the home. 

  • Water Disposal

After flowing through your home’s drains, water leaves your home through your sewer lines, which is a separate set of plumbing. Waste water flows out of your home and into Chicago sewer systems, where it is then taken to a plant and recycled for use in other applications. 

To learn more about municipal and residential plumbing, contact the experts at Bishop Plumbing. We serve the entire Chicago area, including Northbrook, Arlington Heights, Glenview, and Schaumburg. Visit us online or call (847) 960-3698 today to learn more.


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