When you think about your home, what comes to mind? It’s probably safe to say that your home’s sewer lines aren’t at the top of the list. However, even if you know nothing about plumbing in Phoenix, it’s still a good idea to understand what sewer lines are and how they operate.
Keep reading to learn more about home sewer lines.
The Types of Sewer Lines
A majority of homeowners tend to think that all sewer lines are the same. While they may share the same function, they accomplish it differently. This is because home sewer lines fall under three different categories; combined, sanitary and storm.
Here is an in-depth look at these three types of sewer lines:
Sanitary Sewer Lines
The sanitary sewer line does exactly what its name suggests. It simply takes the sanitary water. Sanitary water is the water that’s used for showers, toilets and sinks. This water is treated by either private septic system or a sewer treatment plant.
Combined Sewer Line
Combined sewer lines do a bit more than their sanitary counterparts. Instead of taking water from one area, it takes storm water and waste water into a single line. In the past, these sewer lines were all the rage. These days, however, they can cause unnecessary stress to water treatment plants. And because both of these waters go through these lines, all of it must be treated through the treatment plants.
Storm Sewer Lines
Storm sewer lines, like the sanitary lines, focus on one form of water; rain water. Storm sewer lines often have reservoirs, which are designed to temporarily hold the rain water during harsh storms or when snow and ice melts. These tanks are what ultimately keeps the sewer system from becoming overwhelmed, which can cause it to malfunction, and cause the bills to skyrocket.