FAQs: Plumbing Terminology

Frequently Asked Questions About Plumbing Terminology

Why Is It Good to Know Plumbing Terms?

It’s good to know plumbing terminology so you can understand what’s wrong with your plumbing system when you need a repair. Your plumber can better explain the problem and you can better understand why a specific repair or replacement may be necessary. It can also help you maintain your plumbing system because you can identify the different parts of your plumbing and how each part interacts.

What Are the Most Important Plumbing Terms to Know?

There are many different types of plumbing terms that are good to know including “access panel,” “anode rod,” “sewer line,” and more. That’s why Western Rooter & Plumbing has put together a list of common plumbing terminology. Using our plumbing glossary, you can more effectively understand the different plumbing terms your plumbing technicians are using.

What Do I Need to Know About Plumbing Basics?

In addition to common plumbing terms, it’s also good to know some of the plumbing basics to keep your home’s plumbing system in good working order. The basics you’ll want to understand include testing water pressure, testing water quality, identifying the source of your water, checking for any hidden leaks, adjusting your water pressure, analyzing your water meter, and identifying your water main.

What Are the Different Types of Plumbing?

Plumbing technicians provide a wide range of plumbing services including water supply plumbing, sanitary plumbing, gasfitting, drainage, and mechanical services.

What Do Plumbers Call the Pipe Under the Toilet?

The pipe under your toilet is called a toilet flange. A toilet flange connects your toilet to the drain pipe and secures the toilet to the bathroom floor. The pipe is secured with bolts and is made of either metal or PVC.

What Are the Different Plumbing Materials?

When it comes to plumbing terminology, you’ll typically hear your plumbing technician refer to five different types of pipe materials. These pipe materials include polyvinyl chloride (PVC), acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), cross-linked polyethylene (PEX), copper, and galvanized steel.

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