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How Do Drains Work?

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A regular drain leads to a trap that helps to keep water from flowing back up the pipes, and then to the sink. These pipes then branch to drains that connect to the sewer system. To prevent clogging in drains, place strainer over kitchen and bathroom drains and never flush diapers, tampons or sanitary towels down the toilet.
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Drains are simple devices that need only gravity to make them work. A drain leads to a sewer where the path that is in between the sink and street is a difficult task to follow. These drains have three components: the trap, which are curved lengths of pipes where solids settle and water runs over them. Another component is the cleanout where it is often placed at a lowest point of the trap and where clogs are broken down with augers. The stack is a pipe that rises from the drain when the trap to provide escape from gases is formed by the decaying matter.
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