Plumbing Fixtures You Will Find in Most Homes

Ever sat back and wondered what your plumbing system consists of? Do not worry — most homeowners only care that their water flows, sewage is carried away and hot water is delivered quickly and consistently. Plumbing, by all accounts, is arbitrary until it stops working.

For those wanting to know what is under their floor or hiding in their walls, we have compiled common plumbing fixtures and grouped them together by where they are found.


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Basements that are seldom used may have any of these components:

  • Drains, basically for sitting water that sump pumps fail to remove
  • Pipes, which will generally come from the outside and network to other areas in your home
  • Traps, which curve down, then back up under sinks
  • Vents, which push negative air pressure away from drains

Most people who use their basements will also have standard fixtures in bathrooms or water lines ran for washing clothes. Apart from the "hardware" (water heaters, sump pump, filtration systems, well pumps), not many plumbing fixtures are found down below.


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Because bathrooms components are grouped together in a category called "supply," we will run through these quickly:

  • Bathtubs, which deliver clean water for cleaning ourselves, then expel dirty water
  • Faucets, which bring us freshwater to wash hands before draining used water outdoors
  • Tub drains, often the subject of clogging; a lower drain (bottom of the tub) and upper drain (behind disc just above the spout) make up this complex system of drainage
  • Traps, located under the sink
  • Showerhead, which delivers faucet-like water from the tub area
  • Pipes, which are located under the floor, behind the shower, under the sink, and sometimes behind your wall

Bathrooms are rather complex, much like the next area.


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There is plenty of action here, with an array of extra plumbing fixtures for homes with elaborate kitchen setups:

  • Garbage disposals, which decimate foodstuffs and send them down into your sewage
  • Kitchen faucets, delivering and expelling good and bad water as needed
  • Traps and elbows, necessary to maintain balance in water flow
  • Water lines, which may include a smaller line for your refrigerator
  • Dishwashers, which feed off your kitchen’s main water source and use the same drain as your sink
  • Pipes, tasked with providing and dispelling water of all sorts

Of all rooms in your home, kitchens play an integral role in pushing and pulling waste and water throughout several fixtures.

Where else do plumbing fixtures hide?

Everywhere — literally

Garages, especially ones that service cars, may have service lines and sinks. Outdoor spigots are present in nearly all homes. And of course, intricate irrigation systems in homes with large landscapes will have lines running around their yard.

Plumbing fixtures are everywhere and provide much-needed resources to all areas of our life. Familiarize yourself with what fixtures do, what signs to look for when they are going bad, and call your plumber with any anomalies in your plumbing system to keep water and waste flowing at optimal speeds.

With so many plumbing fixtures adorning homes in Abilene, somebody has to maintain them. For a comprehensive inspection of your plumbing system and repair or replacement of fixtures, contact our experts to schedule a consultation. Our phone is (325) 225-4115, and you can keep up with our company by bookmarking