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10 Common Plumbing Terms You Should Know

Oct 20, 2015

Feel like you couldn’t track with the lingo your last plumber was using? Confused about the difference between a check valve and a closet auger? That’s probably because plumbers often seem to use their own special vocabulary filled with confusing terminology.

There are countless plumbing terms that are used to make a plumber’s job simpler, but that can often result in a communication barrier with their customers. That is why bluefrog Plumbing + Drain is here to give you a leg up in deciphering what your plumber is saying!

We’ve provided definitions for 10 common plumbing terms that may have you scratching your head. Check out them out below.

Terms to Know

1. Aeration – Done through an aerator, this is a method used to mix water with air to help release dissolved gasses and eliminate foul odors and tastes.

2. Air Gap – The space between a water outlet delivering water to a plumbing fixture and the flood rim level of the receptacle (dishwasher / sink); protects potable water from cross contamination.

3. Backflow – When water flow is reversed in a pipeline or plumbing system, commonly contaminating drinking water with non-potable (undrinkable) water.

4. Branch Drain – Leads to the main drainage line of a plumbing system.

5. Check Valve – Type of backflow prevention used on a pipe to help prevent water from reversing its direction; keeps water flowing in one direction.

6. Cleanout – Opening placed in a drainage line to easily allow for drain cleaning equipment to be used to clear out a drain or line blockage.

7. Closet Auger – Flexible rod with a curved end used to remove toilet clogs or obstructions in the built-in trap.

8. Hydro-jetting – Blast of high-pressure water used to clean out build up or blockages from clogged or slow sewage lines.

9. Plumber’s Putty – Clay-like substance used to seal joints, fixture bases, and other areas that may be exposed to unpressurized water.

10. Shutoff Valve – Valve used to shut offer the water supply for a sink or toilet (usually found underneath). May also be called supply stop or straight stop.

These are just a few of the terms you may run into when dealing with your household or commercial plumbing system. The good news is that when you work with bluefrog Plumbing + Drain, we make sure to explain terms like these to you and go over any questions you may have.

Work with a plumber you can trust to keep you informed. Call bluefrog Plumbing + Drain for all your plumbing concerns!

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