It is very difficult to categorize residential buildings since they vary regarding their shapes, design, and sizes. However, the types of residential plumbing can be categorized. The different types of plumbing systems can be broken down easily into a building.
There are two types of plumbing systems namely: the series and the branched type. Both systems bring water to your tubs, showers, toilets and sinks. The two systems bring water in different ways, and they have benefits and concerns for a plumber. They can easily be tested by the plumber to determine the system which is suitable for your home.
Series residential plumbing system
This type of residential plumbing is known for is simplicity. It is the simplest regarding design and operation. This system delivers hot water from the hot water heaters whereas the cold water comes from the ground supply. Both the cold and hot water pipes run parallel to each other but are separate. The two pipes deliver the hot and cold water in them to the nearest fixture and then proceed to the next one.
This system is so simple that it becomes very easy for the plumber to detect any leakages within the system. The elimination process is utilized in detecting issues such as leakages and low pressure. However, this system has a drawback because some of the fixtures might take a longer time to receive the hot water from the heater.
Branched residential plumbing
There are various designs of the residential plumbing system, but they all share the similarity of the hot and cold water pipes splitting. The pipe splits and then goes into different directions. This system is very efficient as it provides cold and hot water to the various fixtures even the ones which are located far away from the heaters.
However, the system is a bit complicated for plumbers when they are making repairs.
This is a simple test done to determine the type of the residential plumbing system in a home. You should first turn on each and every hot water outlet to determine how long the water takes to get into the last faucet. The pipes are the allowed to cool down, and then the furthest sink faucet from the water heater is turned on. The faucet is then turned off, and the first two steps are repeated. For a series residential plumbing setup, you will have the water getting to the furthest sink faucet faster. No change is noted with the branched residential setup.