Nothing worse than having a professional come to your home in Hamilton and start chatting to you in plumbing terms that you don’t really understand. After reading these blogs, you will be more knowledgeable in all those plumbing terms that we love to use and forget that the average layman may not know or understand!
A is for ABS
First off, why not start with the beginning of the alphabet? A is for ABS. ABS pipes are a sort of rigid, black plastic pipe that is the drain pipe of choice in newer homes. Another handy one for the letter A is an auger; an auger is used daily by our Hamilton plumbers to clear blocked drains.
B is for Backwater Valve
Have you ever wanted to know what a backwater valve was but was too afraid to ask? B is for backwater valve, which is a valve that prevents sewage from backing up into your house. How about a ballcock valve? A ballcock is a sort of valve that controls the flow of water, most often found inside toilet tanks.
C is for Check Valve
How about a check valve for the letter C? A check valve is also a sort of backflow preventer it allows water to only flow in one single direction. You will often hear a plumber mention the word diverter – that little thing that sits on top of your bathtub spout so you can divert the water to your shower head or your tub spout? Yep you got it that’s the diverter, for the letter D.
F is for Fill Valve
Here are some toilet terms that may come in handy. F is for fill valve; that valve inside the toilet tank that controls the water supply is called a fill valve. The flapper is part of the flush valve that seals the water into the tank; it is very common item to be replaced.
H is for Hose Bib
One of the most common things that we get asked for in Hamilton is a hose bib. The hose bib is just a fancy name for a the outdoor water tap.
J is for Jetter
For the letter J, we give you the Jetter. A jetter is usually part of a hydro jetting system in Hamilton that uses high pressure to clean out blocked drains.
Well, there you have it – part 1 of our little alphabet mini blog on plumbing terms.
Stay tuned for part 2!