Important Terms Relating to Plumbing Fixtures and Supplies
The following are some important terms relating to plumbing fixtures and supplies:
ABS: ABS, or aristocraft brimstone styrene, is a firm, black plastic. This is a commonly used material for certain pipes in a plumbing system, such as the drain, vent, and waste lines.
Adapters: Adapters are extremely important fittings that are used to connect different pipes. ABS tubes would need an adapter in order to connect with iron pipes.
Anode Rod: Anode rods are often placed in hot water heaters and other metal tanks to help prevent internal corrosion. This is a simple but typically effective tool for increasing the life of that particular tank.
Check Valve: In any plumbing system, backflow is a concern. Backflow is when soiled water or waste materials are allowed to flow back in with the unsoiled water. A check valve is a plumbing supply that prevents backflow by only allowing water in a system to move in one direction.
Diverter: Diverters are valves in a plumbing system. They are used to send water to different outlets, such as to your bathroom’s shower, sink, and toilet.
Gate: A gate controls the flow of water in many plumbing systems. This device is often found in a plumbing pipe, tube, or conduit.
Pressure Tank: Pressure tanks are essential for retrieving water from a well.
Stack: The stack is the main, vertical pipe of your plumbing system. The stack can reach one or more stories, and it is used in the waste, vent, and drain system.
Trap: A trap is an important, curved part of a drain line that keeps sewer odors in the drain system. Toilets have S traps, while all other plumbing fixtures have P traps.
Usable Storage: The term usable storage applies to hot water heaters. This is how much of the tank’s water can actually be used before the temperature drops too low to still be deemed hot.