SUBJECT: BASIC TECHNOLOGY
TERM: 3RD TERM
TOPIC: TAPS AND WATER SUPPLY
Definition of Tap
A tap is a valve controlling the release of a liquid or gas. Taps are made using a wide range of materials, including stainless steel, chrome, brass, nickel and gold.
Types of Taps
They are three main varieties of washerless tap available nowadays these are
How Taps Work
Different taps also regulate the water in different ways. Many of us are familiar with the compression type of tap – when the tap is screwed down it compresses a washer made of rubber or neoprene against a metal seat, which restricts and water flow. These washers will wear out over time, and need to be replaced
Definition of plumbing
Plumbing can be defined as the system of arranging and connecting pipes with others things (fittings and machines) that supply water to and drain liquids wastes out of the building.
Domestic pipeline fitting has the following components
PIPELINE SYSTEM FOR DOMESTIC WATER SUPPLY
Pipes referred to as the mains are laid underground to distribute water to various outlets. The water from the street mains enters the compound of a building in a 30m-diameter pipe (community pipe). It connects to a side of the water authority stop cork which buried in a pit at least 80cm deep.
The main pipes are laid underground to distribute water to various outlets. The main is connected to the kitchen sink to outside tap and up to the elevated tank. Baths, water closet, washing hand basin and hot water system are supplied directly by gravity through a 22m diameter pipe from the overload storage tank.
WATER STORAGE TANK
Water storage tank is important when one considers the fact that regular supply of water cannot be guaranteed. Storage tank is important because:
They are made from stainless steel or enameled steel. Sinks are provided with piller bib taps depending on the orientation of water supply pipe. It has over flown hole to provide passage for water in case of the tap being carelessly left open. A’s tipper is used to block the water passage when the tap is open to provide a pool of water for washing.
When blockage occurs, a sink plunger down or a force cup may be used. The plunger placed over the waste outlet is then plunged down forcibly as many times as necessary.
The plunging action generates a lot of compressive force, which moves the obstruction out of the way. If the plunging fails to remove the blockage the clearing “ey” will have to be unscrewed. A wire can then be used to probe into the piping to dislodge the offending materials.
Wash basins are usually made of ceramic. It has almost the same component as the sinks.
BATH TUBS AND SHOWERS
Baths are of different sizes and shapes. They are made of enameled cast iron or acrylic plastic. Cold water taps as well as hot water tap is provided. It also has a stopper to stop water flow as often required.
For a body wash, there is a great advantage in installing a shower:
The water closet is one of the most important components of a household’s plumbing installation.
Human wastes are got rid of through the W.C. Any malfunctioning will lead to an unhealthy environment. The cisterns contain at least two gallons of water.
HOT WATER SYSTEM
Hot water system is required mainly for providing warm water for bathing and for brushing the teeth at washbasin. This can be achieved. This can be achieved by installing an electric water heating system. The hot water is piped to the bathtub and washbasin.
THE DRAINAGE SYSTEM
The importance of drainage cannot be over-emphasized. A drainage system must be provided with a pipe to get rid of liquid waste from kitchen sink, the bathtub, and the wash hand basins, water closets.
The effluents flushed from the W.C travel through the ‘soil’ pipe into the inspection chamber, which constituted the junction for all drains. The water drained from the water basins travel through a separate pipe first into a gulley where in solids are removed before the drain enters into the inspection chamber,
After the inspection chamber, the liquid waste either goes into the public sewage works or a septic tank. The septic tank is an underground chamber into which sewage from the house enters and leaves as clean effluent. The inlet of the septic tank is slightly higher than the outlet, this is to ensure that when fresh discharge of sewage enters the tank, an equal volume of old liquid in the tank is displaced into the filter tank, anaerobic bacteria (bacteria which cannot live in the pressure of free oxygen) act on the sewage to break down the solids to liquid, gas and mineral sludge.
The liquid effluent from the tank enters the second chamber or filter tank where aerobic bacteria (bacteria which live in the presence of oxygen) complete the sewage purification process by oxidation.
For septic tank to be able to perform the above-mentioned point, than these practice should be noted.
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