Plumbing 101: Common Plumbing Terminology

Chances are if you're a homeowner or renter, you've encountered some sort of plumbing issue. Needing to call on a plumber to fix an unexpected toilet, shower, or drainage issue can be frustrating, but what can be even more frustrating is not having the words to explain the actual hinderance that is occurring. Fortunately, while the world of plumbing is vast, brushing up on your plumbing terms can help you and your plumber when communicating about the problem you are experiencing.  

Of course, you don't need to be an expert… that's what Coleman Plumbing is here for! But, recognizing the complication and having the ability to explain it to the plumber can make resolving your plumbing predicament that much easier! Since we pride ourselves on our transparency and the trust we build with our Woodstock customers, Coleman Plumbing has put together a list of top plumbing terminology you can refer back to every time you need to call an expert. Use our list of common plumbing terms, parts, and tools to feel educated, knowledgeable, and aware of what is going on in your home!  

Common Plumbing Terms

Effluent Water: Liquid waste in a septic system

Gray Water: Water waste from non-toilet fixtures, this water is the product of showering, laundry, etc.

Potable: Water that can be consumed safely

Sediment: Debris that settles at the bottom of water tanks

Water Pressure: The force that a water system produces

Water Hammer: Excess pressure in pipes that makes the water reverse its course and causes loud banging noises

Common Plumbing Components  

Gasket: Rubber or fiber ring that creates a watertight seal between metal fixtures

Shut- off Valve: The piping valve that stops water flow in the pipe, usually found behind the toilet

Overflow Drain: Additional drain system in sink or tub that prevents flood

Hose Bib: Also known as the spigot, valve, or faucet. This fixture is usually located on the outside of the home and connects garden hoses, or other devices to the water system

Pressure Tank: The tank that ensures water comes out of the faucet when you turn it on

Septic Tank: Large underground tanks that temporarily stores and separates waste. These are usually found in more rural areas where sewers are no available

Plunger: Usually located in every household, this a rubber dome attached to a long rod, designed to unclog drains and toilets

PVC: White, hard pipes often used for drains and waste pipes

Snake: Long, thin cord that is placed down a drain to collect and dislodge clogs

Not knowing how to fix something in your home is incredibly stressful and can cause a lot of worry to a homeowner, renter, and resident. We know that things can go awry, and it usually happens at the worst time possible. While it might be tempting to Google a "DIY Plumbing Fix", doing so could result in further damage and even costlier repairs later on. Often, these fixes are temporary, and it's important to call an expert to locate and address the source before things get worse.  

If you are experiencing any issues with your pipes, toilets, showers, drains, etc. and are in need of a plumber in the Woodstock, Georgia area, call Coleman Plumbing!  

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