drain system

For every homeowner, what comes to mind is how to identify parts of their home drain system. Being able to identify vital parts of the drain system is very important. In an emergency where a plumber is not nearby, you should be able to identify and fix the problem. Identifying the parts and locating them helps reduce the problem.

drain system

Therefore, I believe it is time to learn about your drain system. Don’t wait until a drain pipe has failed and is spilling dirty water all over your bathroom floor. This article will give a brief description and explanation of some selected parts of your home drain system. 

Traditionally, the drain system comprises both vertical and horizontal pipes. These pipes are made up of different sizes and materials. This will provide you with useful insights on how to locate the parts and also their purpose.

House Sewer Trap

This is usually located just at the front of your home. It has two plugs and when not properly taken care of releases an offensive odor. Wastewater can also escape into your home. The house sewer trap makes sure objects or debris are caught. They are usually trapped just inside the belly of the trap.

Grease Trap

A grease trap helps to hold the grease inside a tank meant specifically for the purpose. It also prevents the grease from going down into the house sewer. It is mostly installed in commercial establishments. If you feel it needs to be cleaned you can contact a professional.

Sewer Access Pit

A sewer access pit is usually not taken seriously by homeowners. It grants easy access, makes it safe to walk on, and also makes the structure air-tight. This part of a drainage system also contains your water service line, and in some cases your gas line. It is also referred to as a sewer pit. Finally, it stops someone from falling inside the pit.  

P Trap System

The P Trap is primarily used to form a water barrier that helps stops gasses from escaping. It also prevents objects from blocking the drainage pipes. Having the shape of the letter “P” is used to trap plumbing fixtures like the area drains, toilets, and sinks.

Area Drain Hardware

This is also known as a yard, driveway, trench, or floor drain. It collects water from selected areas. It serves the same purpose as drain hardware. This is usually installed in a driveway or a basement.

Dry Wells

Dry wells as the name imply collect water and move them to underground holding tanks. Through the roof or a house storm piping system, the water is moved directly to the dry well. These underground holding tanks are designed with crushed stone and a piece of filter fabric. The dry wells allow the water collected to sip straight into the surrounding soil. It also helps reduce the burden of the public sewer system.  

Detention Tank Drain Hardware

Similar to the dry wells, the detention tanks drain typically detains and do not retain water. It can be rain or wastewater. The detention tank simply releases accumulated water detained in the tank right into the public sewer. It holds the water for a long making the public sewer less occupied.


I believe you can now identify the major parts of your home drainage system. Aside from just identifying the parts of your drainage system, you also know the purpose of each of the parts. When an emergency comes up, I believe you can tell what is wrong. In a situation when the problem seems not to stop. Try reaching out to a professional.

By Anurag Rathod

Anurag Rathod, as a blogger he used to spread all about app-based business, startup solution, on-demand business tips and ideas and so on.

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