Most of us do use our kitchen sinks without appreciating or even knowing its major fixtures that contribute to its efficiency. Aside from that, because most homeowners do not know its major parts and fixtures, they are not maintained properly which causes them to encounter a lot of problems and troubles. Without them, our homes would be filled with used water and food leftovers and would be a major disaster itself. The drainage system is the ones helping us in maintaining the value of your home and kitchens where we prepare our food and intake it. It is a must to know the primary fixtures of your drainage system so you could maintain it and retain its efficiency and structural integrity so you would face any trouble with your system and you wouldn’t be required for any costly repair procedures.
Here are the major drainage fixtures, after knowing them, try to value their worth and most especially their maintenance to retain their well-being.
This drainage fixture is specifically designed for both commercial and residential drainage applications and their primary duty is to grab and take hold of solid substances that are not meant to be in your drainage system so they won’t be completely drained into the municipal public sewer line. This mechanism is composed of a large pit that is connected to the drain inlet which basically makes this mechanism work. This is usually accompanied with a baffle or a basin ell to strain the solid materials that have entered your drainage system so you can retrieve them in case they are valuable such as engagements and wedding rings or ancestral rings. To maintain the mechanism and retain its satisfactory performance, your catch basin should be regularly cleaned or jetted for they can be filled with food leftovers, gross stuff, grease and fat over many years of excessive use.
Grease trap or interceptor
A grease trap or interceptor has the same function with that of a catch basin and they only differ in the kind of substance they need to drain. Grease trap’s primary duty is to slow down the flow of water and let fat and grease separate from the water so they could drain them. The liquid will then penetrate the interceptor while the water flows through a series of baffles that apparently slows down the flow of the water.
This is just the fundamental function of a trap, what they really do is store the liquid within them. When you don’t maintain them and the grease and fat aren’t removed from the mechanism, it may release a foul smell that would lose your appetite to take you meal. Even when they do require regular maintenance, it is advisable to really have them in your homes. Here are the reasons why you should have a grease interceptor at home.
If grease and fat find its way through your drainage system, they might cause pollution and harm to the environment where they are discharged and would pose serious environmental threats.
When they enter your septic system, they could be one of the hindrances that hinder the breakdown of wastes through the good bacteria present in the system.
Grease would slowly choke your sewer lines as they accumulate your sewer line’s interior walls until completely clogging it and causing sewer backup.
Flood control devices
These devices are known because of its heavy duty. It is their primary duty to slam shut especially when water starts to back up. Some designs of these valves require manual operation where you would need to shut it down during rainy seasons and open it back when it is over. This device should as well be maintained to avoid it from being accumulated with papers, solid particles, toilet papers that may cause sewer backup.