When you call a plumber for service, sometimes it can be difficult to describe what the issue is. Communicating with your plumber is crucial. Knowing plumbing terms will allow you to better communicate with your plumber.
Common Plumbing Terms
Auger – An auger is a long and flexible rod or cable that is used to remove clogs in pipes. There are a variety of types of augers.
Flange – This is a curved end of a pipe that allows you to connect the pipe to another segment of pipe or to anchor the segment to the floor.
Flapper – The flapper is a rubber disk or ball in the toilet tank. This lifts and allows water to flush through and then goes back down to seal off the tank allowing the toilet to refill. The flapper is what lifts when you push down the handle to flush.
Float Valve – This is a type of control valve that shuts off the flow of water once it reaches a certain level of capacity. A float valve can be found in a toilet tank and it rises as the water fills the tank.
Hose Bibb – This is a valve water fitting which a hose can be connected to. The most common type of hose bibb is the one found in your laundry room where you connect your washing machine.
P-Trap – This is part of the drain that is found under the sink. It is shaped like the letter P and runs from the sink to the main drain piping. The P shape traps a small quantity of water. This prevents sewer odors from coming up through the pipe and out of the sink drain.