Types Of Residential Plumbing

Residential homes come in a variety of sizes , designs and shapes so categorising them all would be difficult. Therefore residential plumbing is instead categorised. The different plumbing that is within the home ‘s walls is much easier to break down. There are two main types when categorising residential plumbing which include branched plumbing and series home plumbing. Each one brings water to the showers, tubs, sinks and toilets but in various ways. For a plumber both have their worries and benefits. A plumber can test them easily to determine which type is inside the home.Learn more about us at American Roto Drains & Plumbing

Branched room plumbing

This system can have a variety of different designs but they will all share a similarity of the splitting and going in different directions of the cold and hot pipes. One example is a home where cold and hot water come from the same location but are split into pipes for the home’s first floor and then split in a different direction to create separate cold and hot pipes for the second floor fixtures. This residential plumbing system is more efficient to provide the far-off fixtures with hot and cold water, but it makes repairing for plumbers more complicated.

Homestay plumbing series

That is the simplest residential plumbing method. The hot water comes from a hot water heater with this system and the cold water comes from a ground supply. The pipes through which the water passes are side by side but separate. The pipes run the hot and cold water to the nearest fixture and then run it to the next fixture, and so forth. Because this system is so simple it makes it easier for a plumber to detect problems such as leaks. It just requires an elimination process because all the hot and cold water lines are connected. One of the main drawbacks to the series home system is that hot water heaters can take a long time to get hot water from the fixture.


Testing for what residential plumbing system your home has is simple. The first thing to do is individually turn on each hot water outlet to see how long it takes to reach the last faucet. You will then allow the pipes to cool down, and then turn on the sink faucet which is the furthest from the hot water heater. Turn off the faucet, and repeat the two first steps. If the hot water reaches the last sink faucet faster the home will have a series of home plumbing installations. If no change occurs it will be a branched system.

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