Terminology about New Retail Plumbing Fixtures and Supplies
No matter how sturdy and reliable your plumbing fixtures may be, mineral deposits, age and wear will eventually necessitate the replacement of one or more components. Here is a list of plumbing types, fixtures and functions that might help you if your plumbing needs attention:
Electronic Plumbing: Electronic sensor operated fixtures typically found in public bathrooms. These fixtures rely upon motion sensor technology that triggers water flow in sinks and showers, soap disbursement in soap dispensers and flushing in toilets and urinals. Electronic plumbing is more hygienic, since fixtures do not have to be touched, and saves water since faucets are never left running.
Backflow Preventer: A device designed to prevent water from flowing from one system back into the main distribution system.
Ball Check Valve: A ball valve that prevents water from reverse flow. Many ball check valves are spring loaded, however, many rely upon the initial reverse flow of the water to seal the
Closet Bend: A curved fitting that is mounted below the toilet which connects the closet flange to the toilet drain.
Compression Fitting: A tube or pipe inserted between two pieces of piping that creates a solder-like seal. They are used for hot and cold water faucets.
Culvert: A concrete or steel pipe that allows drainage under roads, bridges or driveways.
Flushometer: A toilet valve that shuts the water flow off automatically after a certain level has been reached.
Riser: A metal or plastic tubing assembly connecting the faucet to the water supply stop valve.
Stop Valve: A localized shut off valve. It allows the flow of water to be stopped in one location without stopping the entire water supply.