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The Science Behind Plumbing Services

Monday, February 6th, 2023 at 11:00 am

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Plumbing isn’t exactly a topic that generates a lot of excitement and discussion. In fact, plumbing is more likely to be the “butt” of jokes rather than a fascinating topic to discuss at your next social event. Have you ever thought about the science going on behind the scenes in your home’s plumbing?

When you think about it, the science behind plumbing is actually quite interesting. Chemistry is essential to making your water safe to drink. Physics is the concept behind how water moves through pipes. And engineering makes it possible for your home to tap into the Earth’s water supply. Let’s take a deep dive into which science concepts will affect your need for plumbing services in Olympia, WA.


Without gravity, our plumbing systems simply would not work. Gravity is the force that pulls objects “down” or toward the center of the Earth. It’s what allows humans to walk on the ground instead of floating off into space. It’s what makes things fall.

Gravity is the force that moves water and waste in a plumbing system. When you flush the toilet, gravity pulls the water and waste in the toilet bowl down and eventually through the sewer system. That’s why your toilet works even when the power is out.

Gravity is also what pulls water down your drains. There’s even a water system that’s called a gravity-fed water system. However, there are things that can interfere with gravity. When your pipes or drains are blocked with hair clogs and soap scum, gravity isn’t strong enough to pull water through these blockages. 

And although we’re talking about how cool chemistry is, you should never use drain-cleaning chemicals for clogged drains. Doing so would be uncool. Not only will they eat away at the clog, but they’ll also eat away at your pipes. It’s best to call us for drain cleaning services so gravity can get back to doing what it does best.


The definition of pressure is the amount of force exerted per area. Simply put, water pressure is the measure of the water’s force that is needed to move water from the water mains and into your pipes, fixtures, and appliances. Water pressure can vary from home to home but should be between 45-55 PSI (pounds per square inch). 

Pressure is one of the most important scientific concepts related to plumbing. When it comes to water pressure, there’s a delicate balancing act going on in your plumbing system. When the water pressure is weak, water won’t flow through your pipes. When the water pressure is too high, you run the risk of having your pipes crack, leak, or explode. 

When your water pressure is out of whack, it can manifest in multiple ways. Most of the problems that are caused by an imbalance in your water pressure occur when the water pressure is too high. 

High water pressure can wreak havoc on your pipes. It can reduce the life expectancy of your expensive appliances such as the water heater, dishwasher, and washing machine. It can also cause water waste that is bad for the environment and for your utility bills. 

You can always count on us to get to the bottom of your home’s plumbing problems–no matter what scientific concept is behind it!

For professional plumbing services in Olympia, WA, contact Brooks Plumbing Co. today!

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