Basic Plumbing Terms Everyone Should Learn

Understanding basic plumbing terms can help you communicate more effectively with your plumber and better understand the services you need for your home or business. Here at Wexford Plumbing, we believe that knowledge is power, and knowing these essential plumbing terms can make a significant difference when dealing with plumbing issues. Here’s a guide to some of the most common plumbing terms every homeowner should know.

1. P-Trap

A P-trap is a plumbing fixture that has a curve in the drain pipe designed to prevent sewer gases from entering your home. It also traps debris that has drained from the sink, preventing it from clogging the plumbing system further down.

Usage: P-traps are found in sinks, showers, and tubs. Regularly inspect and clean your P-traps to prevent clogs and ensure proper function.

2. Flapper Valve

A flapper valve is a rubber stopper in the toilet tank that lifts when the toilet is flushed, allowing water to flow into the bowl. It then drops back down to seal the tank and allow it to refill.

Usage: A malfunctioning flapper valve can cause a toilet to run continuously. Replacing a worn-out flapper can save water and reduce your bills. For more information, check our toilet repair services.

3. Sump Pump

A sump pump is a device used to remove accumulated water from a sump pit, typically found in basements. It helps prevent flooding by pumping water out and away from the building.

Usage: Regular maintenance of your sump pump is crucial to ensure it functions correctly during heavy rains. Learn more about our sump pump services for installation and maintenance.

4. Backflow Preventer

A backflow preventer is a device installed in plumbing systems to prevent contaminated water from flowing back into the clean water supply.

Usage: Install backflow preventers to protect your water supply, especially if you have irrigation systems. For installation, our backflow prevention services can help.

5. Water Hammer

Water hammer is a loud banging noise in pipes, usually caused by a sudden change in water flow or pressure, which can damage your plumbing system.

Usage: Install water hammer arrestors to absorb the shock waves caused by sudden changes in water flow. Regular maintenance can also help mitigate water hammer issues.

6. Auger

An auger, also known as a plumbing snake, is a tool used to dislodge clogs in drains by breaking them up or pulling them out.

Usage: Use an auger for more stubborn clogs that a plunger cannot dislodge. For persistent clogs, our drain cleaning services can provide professional help.

7. T&P Valve (Temperature and Pressure Relief Valve)

A T&P valve is a safety device attached to water heaters that releases water if the temperature or pressure inside the tank becomes too high, preventing potential explosions.

Usage: Regularly check your T&P valve to ensure it’s functioning correctly. If you suspect an issue, our water heater services can provide comprehensive inspections.

8. Water Main

The water main is the primary pipeline that delivers water from the municipal supply to your home.

Usage: If you experience low water pressure or notice unusual wet spots in your yard, you may have an issue with your water main. Contact us for water line repair services.

9. Cleanout 

A cleanout is an accessible point in your plumbing system for cleaning out blockages.

Usage: Ensure cleanouts are accessible and clear of obstruction to facilitate easy maintenance. Our sewer maintenance services can handle extensive cleanout requirements.

Why Choose Wexford Plumbing?

At Wexford Plumbing, we are committed to providing top-notch services to both residential and commercial clients in Wexford, Scarborough, and Richmond Hill. Our professional team is ready to assist with any plumbing need, ensuring timely and efficient service.