Plumbing Vocabulary

 1/19/2018
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Plumbing Vocabulary

So you experience a plumbing problem and you call a plumber or you take to google where you read all about it but you are not 100% what you just read. These things can be confusing and not everyone can be a master of plumbing terminology. In that case, here is a short guide to a few words that your plumber might spit out at you that you need more explanation on.
 
Acrylic – Acrylic is a very strong and powerful thermoplastic and is most often used as a surface material for bath tubs, showers, tubs and sinks.
 
Back flow – Back flow is the instance that water travels from the system back into the main distribution center. Back flow prevention can consist of either a double detector check assembly or an RPZ. A double detector check assembly is a device that is home to 2 valve assemblies that can push 1 pound of
pressure. An RPZ is similar in theory but is used more commonly in health hazardous situations.
 
Brazing – Brazing is the process of using a filler metal to conjoin two pipes or fill a hole in a pipe.
 
Cleanout –  A cleanout is an opening placed in a drainage pipe to allow for draining of cleaning equipment in the instance of blockage.
 
Fill valve – The fill valve controls the amount of water that goes in a fill tank toilet. The fill valve is most commonly a floating device and can work to keep contaminated water separate.
 
Fixture carriers – A fixture carrier is designed behind a wall and works to mount any floating toilets or sinks.
 
Hard water – Hard water is caused by minerals dissolved in the water. Some signs can be rings around the bathtub or spots on clean dishes. It can be solved in a number of ways most commonly an ion exchange based water softener.
 
Roof drain – A roof drain is installed on a roof, in a gutter or in a parapet and works to collect rain water.
 
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call and we would be more than happy to help you out!