Draining your Plumbing System

Draining your Plumbing System

As part of plumbing maintenance, it is necessary sometimes that you have the entire home plumbing system completely drained for the below mentioned reasons –

  • Getting a water hammer issue fixed
  • Periodic winter shut down
  • Major plumbing mending

Process of Draining your Plumbing System:

  • Shut down the main water valve near the water meter
  • Open all the sink taps starting from the topmost floor
  • Open the laundry tub faucet and allow all the water to get drained out
  • Go to your home’s highest level and open the shower and tub faucets
  • Next flush all toilets
  • Leave the faucets open until some residual drip of the remaining water dribbles out of the pipe

Process of Activating Plumbing System by Refilling with Water:

  • Close the faucet in the lowest level of the house also called the basement faucet
  • Have all the upper faucets closed. This allows air to remain in the pipes so that the air chambers in the plumbing system of your house recharged
  • In order to let water flow back into the pipes, open the main water supply valve
  • Now, one after the other, starting from the faucets at the highest level, turn the faucets on and enable air or water to sputter out until clear water flows out from the faucet.
  • It is normal to see discolored water at first sight
  • Open shower faucets
  • Flush the toilets
  • Turn off the faucets at the highest level (topmost floor) and work your further down the house once the water starts running clear
  • The next time you use the faucet, water might sputter but from the next time onwards the remaining air is purged.

Next time you plan to leave for a winter vacation and if you’re sure you won’t be leaving the heating system on, it is better you have the entire system drained as a precaution against freezing or any potential damage.