Nowadays, modern houses have all the necessary facilities inside. Most often, for convenience, there are 2-3 bathrooms in a private house: at the entrance, near a guest room and near a master bedroom. While being in a bathroom or a toilet, residents perform various actions almost automatically, without thinking about their interaction with a complex structure. In the process of house refining, most often the attention is paid to the interior design, the arrangement of furniture and utensils. But this is all secondary: in order to organize proper living conditions, it is necessary to thoroughly design the basic engineering systems, and among them – water supply and sewerage.
According to statistic data, only about 5% of the population, who live in private houses or cottages, can connect their houses to central water supply and sewage systems. It is difficult to separate these two systems, since they are closely interconnected and constantly interact. More and more house owners are installing autonomous sewage and water supply systems.
A system that removes discharged water through a pipeline into a special wastewater treatment facility – it is what we call the sewage system. It includes any plumbing, sanitary equipment – sinks, bidets, toilets, bathrooms or showers, as well as sinks in a kitchen. With the help of the pipeline, discharged water flows either into the central sewage system or into a separately placed vessel. If there is no central sewage, the design of the treatment system is selected depending on the type of soil:
Sewerage can also be divided into two types, depending on its location:
Inner. Includes components that are located inside the building:
A prerequisite for domestic sewage is the presence of a sewage riser. It is designed for proper operation of the sewage system, and prevents water plugs, which lead to unpleasant odors from the drain holes. This is due to the fact that all the air comes out through the roof thanks to the sewage riser. A prerequisite for the installation of such pipe – it must be installed vertically!
It is important to know! All wastewater is free-flowing, therefore, to avoid stagnation of the discharge inside the pipes and, as a result, unpleasant odor and blockages, it is necessary to install the drain at an angle of 2 cm per running meter.
Initially, you should pay attention to the location of plumbing in a house. A big distance between a standpipe and a sanitary device (especially the toilet) will complicate the installation of sewage as an engineering system. A small length of the pipeline will not allow you to have the required incline and discharge waste may retain in this gap, leading to clogs. To ensure the required degree of incline of the pipe, we need to hide it behind a decorative box or raise the floor level. This will increase the installation time and cost.
In the design of a sewage project, it is desirable to place bathrooms of a house with several floors under each other or in a mirror-like position relative to the riser. This simplifies the process of laying pipes, and requires the presence of only one funnel standpipe. All drain pipes should be as remote as possible from places where people spend their time most often – bedrooms, living rooms or children’s rooms. If the drain pipe is still placed near the living areas, it must be covered with noiseproof material.
An example of implementation of sewage system in Vita Poshtova
External. The elements are placed outside and perform their tasks – take discharged water and transfer it to the final destination. It includes:
Also the external sewage system includes storm drain. Inside the drainage system, an additional tank should be installed, as well as corrugated pipes that have perforated walls in the geotextile winding. Additionally, ground trays can be added to storm sewers, which will serve as a container for collecting water on the surface. It will also be appropriate to install yard gulleys that are equipped with filter mediums for sand.
Initially, the project of the entire system is designed and calculated for particular number of residents and sanitary equipment. If these numbers increase, the amount of waste will increase accordingly. In this case, it is necessary to take into account that the load on the cleaning tank will be increased.
The difference between centralized and autonomous sewage systems in the house is only at the final point, where waste and sewage will be dumped. But we should remember that the sewage treatment plant should not be in a long downtime. Otherwise, it will lead to stagnation of fluid in them and improper operation in the future.
The main task of water supply system is to continuously provide water to the house for the various purposes of residents. The whole structure for supplying water to a house consists mainly of pipes of different diameters. Water supply system has its own characteristics:
In addition to basic elements (elbows, pipe sockets and adapters) in water supply system we also use taps, valves and manifolds.
When designing, you should also take into account the number of all sanitary fittings, as well as their water consumption, in order to bring pipes of the correct diameter to them. With proper calculations, the speed of water movement in the water supply pipes should be in the range of 0.4 – 0.5 m/s. This will allow the system to function correctly and eliminate problems – insufficient pressure head or loud noise in the pipe.
It is necessary to take into account the fact that sewage and water supply of a private house often interact with the heating system and climatic equipment,which periodically emit condensate that enters the drain. When designing, it is necessary to remember about the hot water supply system, for which we recommend to install a double-circuit boiler: gas, electric or solid fuel, depending on the choice of the heating system that was implemented when designing a house. It will be responsible for the heating system and hot water supply. In order to provide hot water supply there are two main options for water heating:
Water distribution is carried out with the help of a special collector, and its choice depends on the number of branches in the rooms to which water will be supplied. The tank for hot water should be chosen, taking into account the number of residents and the required amount of hot water for them. It is recommended to equip it with a mixing unit that will supply water of a certain temperature (about 40 °C), which can be adjusted independently, even if it differs from the temperature in the hot water tank. This prevents any cases of burns if water gets too hot, even in the absence of thermostatic taps.
An example of an implementation of a water supply system at a Vita Poshtova object.
An important factor in the water supply system in a house is recirculation. The constant movement of hot water along a small circuit ensures that when residents open the tap, they immediately receive hot water, without the need for additional water wasting. To get this result, you should install a recirculation pump in the system.
Thus, the system of heating, water supply and sanitation of a private house inevitably interact with each other. Such system requires a distribution manifold or special dies, the main task of which is to divide the water supply of different temperatures into the system.
With such project, it is necessary to determine the depth of the pipeline from the building to the trunk line. Also it is obligatory to install a shutoff valve to stop the flow of water into a house, and in front of it you need to “embed” a tap to drain the water. It is necessary for future repairs if the system fails, for servicing, installing new pipes or plumbing. To prevent breakage or corrosion, these items are placed in a specially constructed case. Experts also recommend installing a shutoff valve in front of each device that uses water in its work – an instantaneous water heater, a boiler, a drain barrel, etc. Normally, the valves are in the “open” position. If residents need to leave a house for a long time, they shut valves, stopping the flow of water. It is applied to both the water supply system and heating.
Regardless of the type of water supply to the house, you need to remember about the water treatment system, which will provide residents with clean water suitable for drinking.
One of the main elements that is present in both systems are pipes. Plastic pipes are usually used for sewage. Due to their ideally smooth inner surface, such pipes practically do not clog and corrosion does not appear on them, in contrast to the cast-iron pipeline. In addition, the installation of plastic pipes and their further replacement or service are much easier and faster. Given these advantages, they are more rational. Polypropylene or polyethylene pipes are used for the water supply system. Various salts, debris and scale do not settle on their inner walls.
It is highly important to remember! The sewage and water supply systems interact with each other. Therefore, the design of both systems should be done simultaneously.
These systems can be used all year round or periodically. In the case of a long absence of residents (if it is, for example, a summerhouse or you need to go on vacation), it is absolutely necessary to take care of high-quality and proper preservation of absolutely all existing pipelines, which will be regulated with the help of shutoff valves until the next use. This will help to avoid any leakage if a breakthrough or breach occurs.
Both water supply and sewage systems of a private house require the installation of equipment that will be responsible for the correct and uninterrupted operation of the entire system, such equipment includes:
To create a project of water supply and sewage systems of a private house, to carry out the selection and installation of all elements, all by yourself – is a very difficult task. Due to the lack of necessary knowledge and skills, there is a high risk to make serious mistakes that will lead to malfunctioning of all systems, as a result, all residents will get a lot of inconvenience. That is why in this matter it is better to rely on highly qualified specialists.
In this case, resources of artificial origin – a well or a water borehole, and natural resources – a river or a lake can be used as a source of water. But more often, in order to provide full-fledged water supply to the house, it is recommended to drill a borehole, not far from the building, the depth of which varies from 25 to 50 meters. Only such depth will allow to obtain water without toxic and harmful substances, since the soil itself works as a kind of sorbent. In case of using a sand well or borehole for water supply, the features of the water layer make it possible to use it for 10–15 years. After the end of this period it is necessary to re-drill the deeper well.
The sore spot in the system for water supply is a well head. That is why, it is often installed on the caisson, and the pipes are deepened by one and a half meters or even more. A mandatory factor in the design of water treatment system is the presence of filter materials that ensure the absence of various mechanical impurities in water.
We highly recommend before using any water, not only for household needs, but also for cooking and drinking, to make a sanitary-epidemiological test and find out the quality of water in order to ensure its safety for health.
A pump is what is responsible for the proper water supply to a house. It can be external or submersible. Pumps are intended for raising and supplying water to a building through the pipeline, and for its maintenance, we install a metal or plastic tank (caisson). With constant power supply, this ensures uninterrupted water supply to the house. If residents want to get autonomous operation of the system and a constant supply of water, in this case we recommend to install a domestic water-pumping station. The presence of an automation unit and a hydraulic accumulator allows to have an uninterrupted water supply to a house for a few hours, even if the system breaks down. When choosing a pump, you should definitely take into account its performance. Its capacity should be calculated in such way that the amount of water flowing through the pump group is equal to the half of load of short-term work of all available plumbing points.
Attention! Installation of the water supply system must be carried out only after the approval of a plan and the consent of the local authorities. It should be done during the main planning and designing of a building. In the case when a private house is already built, all its characteristics must be taken into account.