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How to Drain Your Home Plumbing System

A plumber may recommend draining your plumbing pipes not only to keep your system in its best condition but for a variety of home additions and repairs. While draining a plumbing system isn’t the most common task, it is an important one. The knowledgeable plumbers at J.L. Wagner Plumbing & Piping Inc. have provided tips for homeowners needing to do just that. Proceed as follows:

  1. Shut off the main water valve at your home meter.
  2. Starting from the top-most floor, open all of the sink faucets to allow air into the system, which will help water drain from the system.
  3. Open the faucets at the lowest level of the home and let the water from the above floors drain out.
  4. Climb back upstairs and open the tub and shower faucets.
  5. Flush all the toilets, emptying the tanks.
  6. If you are leaving the property for an extended period of time, leave the faucets in their open position.
  7. There should be no water coming out of any faucets, except for possible slight residual drips from the lowest faucet in the pipeline.

If a home is left unattended for a long period, standing water in toilets, sink and tub drain traps and floor drains can evaporate, removing the drain seal that keeps sewer gases from swelling up into the home. Rest assured you can call on J.L. Wagner Plumbing when you need top-notch Batavia plumbing that will keep your home in check.