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Anonymous asked in Home & GardenMaintenance & Repairs · 2 months ago

Does toilet and laundry water go down diff. drain vs. kitchen sink and bathroom sinks/showers?

In other words, all the liquid drainage pipes don't all go "down into" the same place do they? Like, does shower water go to the same place as kitchen sink water or toilet water?

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  • 2 months ago

    My toilet does its got its own septic tank.. but the other waste water goes in a different tank with different lateral lines on it.

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  • 2 months ago

    It varies from house to house, but eventually they all end up going into the main sewer pipe from your house to the city sewer (or a septic tank).

    Depending on how the house was plumbed, it may have individual pipes from each sink/toilet/shower going to the main, or some of them may be combined - but it has to be done properly, or it won't work right - and you are likely to get clogs,

    There are what are called 'gray water systems' that have extra plumbing/tanks that take water from showers/sinks and recycle it back into the system to be used in toilets (rather than using fresh water - since you are just going to do your business in a toilet and then flush it anyway).

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  • 2 months ago

    the both are separate along the residence middle,, they converge when emptying into the sewer

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  • 2 months ago

    They all leave you house via the same pipe.

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  • Poppy
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    2 months ago

    Yes all goes into the same pipe to the sewer or septic

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  • 2 months ago

    At some point, EVERY drain in your home goes through the same main line.

  • 2 months ago

    Usually. It depends how modern the utility systems are where you live. In some places with no sewer system, and sometimes in much older homes in rural areas, the water from sinks and washing machines can go to a different drainage system from the septic tank or field where the toilet water goes. 

    • SumDude
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      2 months agoReport

      Really cheap, trashy houses (of olden days or poverty areas) would have sink water go down a pipe a few feet and then just splash out on the ground. Better sanitation sends all water to the same septic tank field, or sewer. {Except current conservation efforts with "grey" water.}

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  • Droopy
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

    It all goes in same pipe an into yor septic tank or sewer system.  

    It can be split where toilet water goes to sewer. An sink water called graywater can be stored an used for watering plants an other uses.  Its actually a good idea especially if your in a area that have drought issues.   One Summer we had water restrictions.  I had planted 3 new trees an watered them with bathtub water an condensation water from A/C.

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  • 2 months ago

    in most urban settings, the end up in same sewer. It is only in more rural areas, usually with septic systems, that wash water and toilet discharge go to different outlets. Example: My daughter's rural home on hillside has a separate wash water drain. It goes to a ground sink [eight feet of three foot sewer pipe embedded vertically in three feet of gravel and filled with gravel before being covered with four feet of earth] downhill from their water source. [the buried in earth is to prevent problems from freezing in winter]. their septic is separate and some thirty feet away on other side of house

    Source(s): grampa
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  • 2 months ago

    The system is called DWV and it means Drain, Waste, Vent. There are three kinds of water that are dealt with and they are GREY water, Waste water and ground water. Grey water is considered to be any water that is consumed by usage other than bodily. So washing hands and dishes etc. Waste water is what is associated with a toilet being used and ground water is something like a sump pump deals with. Grey water and waste water both go to the same place. In some places grey water is being reclassified as usable without treatment for things like watering a park etc. IT does not need to be treated as thoroughly as waste water because it has no contamination from bodily fluids. Yet in most places all this water ends up in the sewage plant being treated the same way. Ground water is not allowed to be injected into a sanitary sewer system and must be sent to a storm water drain. Storm water drains are the ones in the street that deal with rain and snow runoff. These dont go to the sanitary sewer.

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