How is your plumbing?
What are the key points we all need to know about our home plumbing –ΥΔΡΑΥΛΙΚΟΙ ΑΘΗΝΑ? How are they connected? What does a hydraulic system actually provide us? Where do they transport water from? Even more than that, what size are the pipes? What is the supply pressure? How much water comes and goes? What about hot water?
Below is a basic guide to learn the most important functions that house plumbing hides. And let’s start with the basics:
What do we mean by “hydraulics and plumbing”?
A basic definition of plumbing is “a system of pipes in a building, for the supply, transport and removal of water”.
While this gives us a basic definition to start with, it is of course much more complicated than that. So from the above basic definition, some obvious questions arise. Like what are these pipes?
All of these questions are logical and the answers have different answers depending on the passage of time and from place to place. Below we will try to answer some of these questions that will answer many questions about plumbing. The experience comes from many years of work in construction, trial and error. Let’s start by answering some basic questions.
The source of drinking water
By “drinking water” we mean water that is suitable for consumption. This may not always be the case, depending on the standards used, but drinking water systems are designed to be at least drinkable. Most people would only say “running water”. This includes all the faucets in a modern home, from the kitchen to the bathroom to the outdoor faucets.
The water must be under pressure to get out of the tap in an acceptable way. This pressure varies significantly depending on the system of the central water supply network of the area where the property is located. When there is extremely high pressure in the mains water supply, it may be necessary to use a pressure reducer to prevent damage to the pipes, water heater and water supply.
The material of the water pipes in the internal network of the house is usually copper, while in recent years polyethylene flexible laminated pipes have been used. In terms of pipe sizes, these vary considerably, but in the case of the home distribution system, specific pipe sizes are usually used, usually with a diameter of Φ15 (15 mm).
The hot water
An important part of home plumbing is the supply of hot water to all homes. This “luxury” seems a given for almost all Greek homes. In Greece, all properties can easily, economically and quickly have hot water, as there are many methods of water heating.
Hot water is supplied to most homes with the installation of a water heater (classic or instantaneous water heater) which heats the water with electricity, a solar water heater that heats the water with solar energy or even with the boiler of the radiator burner (consumption with oil heater or natural gas). In Greece, the use of solar water heaters is widespread, as our country due to the high percentage of sunshine most days of the year allows us to have plenty of hot water continuously in households.
Sewerage in a house is a complex system of plumbing hidden under the floors. It operates separately but also in parallel with the system of water pipes. In the sewer, the dirty water is channeled from the bathroom and the kitchen and through the sewerage pipes it is transferred to the central public sewerage network.
However, the sewer also carries the excess water that has not been used. Once water has run out of the tap, it cannot be allowed to re-enter the drinking water supply system. This removes all the water that has been consumed or the sewage from the bathroom.
The sizes of the drainage pipes are much larger than those installed in the water supply system. This is because the drain is not under pressure as it is with the water system, but only collects the water that has been used. So the water we have consumed in our bathroom or kitchen by gravity falls into the sewer and can not escape from there.
The sewer pipe is in fact for water a one-way street to the central sewerage network, where all domestic sewage and rainwater is collected, which after proper treatment (biological treatment) is thrown into the sea without causing pollution to the natural environment. .
Modern sewer pipes are made of PVC plastic, with resistance to pressures of 6 atm and resistant to corrosion by chemicals. the diameter of the pipes is Φ100 for the basin and Φ40, Φ50, Φ63 for the other outlets.
The Heating system
All homes in Greece need heat sources in winter. And this is a very important supply that is also included in the plumbing of the house. Depending on the area, heating systems vary (radiators, fireplace, stove, fan heater, etc.). But the most popular sources of fuel are still today the heating oil with which the radiator burner operates, the natural gas (in which areas the supply network has reached and there is a connection of the property) with which the radiator also works, as well as electricity.
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