Common Plumbing Terms to Know

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At All Hours Plumbing, our expert plumbers are here to provide any and all services you and your family are in need of. When our plumbers are in your home, they may use a few standard industry terms or phrases – are you commonly in the dark while this kind of conversation is taking place?

Never fear – our mission is to educate along with providing our top-notch services. Here are some of the most common plumbing terms you might hear from your plumber, and what they mean.

Aeration

Using an instrument called an aerator, this is a process of mixing water with air. It helps release dissolved gasses, and also can help eliminate foul odors and tastes in water systems.

Air Gap

“Air gap” refers to the space between a water outlet delivering water to a plumbing fixture and the flood rim level of the receptacle (commonly a dishwasher or a sink). The function of the air gap is to protect potable water from cross contamination while it enters your systems.

Backflow

When water within a pipeline or plumbing system is reversed in its flow, this is called backflow. Backflow can contaminate drinking water when combining it with undrinkable water.

Branch Drain

This refers to the drain that leads directly to the main drainage line in a plumbing system.

Check Valve

This is a method of backflow prevention that helps prevent water from reversing its direction by ensuring it always flows only one way.

Cleanout

This is an opening placed in a drainage line to easily allow for drain cleaning equipment to be used to clear out a blockage.

Closet Auger

A flexible rod with a curved end, commonly used to remove toilet clogs or obstructions in the built-in trap.

Hydro-Jetting

Hydro-jetting is another form of drain cleanout that uses blasts of high-pressure water to remove blockages from clogged or slow sewage lines.

Plumber’s Putty

A clay-like substance often used to seal joints, fixture bases and other areas that might be exposed to water.

Shutoff Valve

A valve used to shut off water supply to a sink or toilet – can also be called a supply stop or a straight stop.

Interested in learning more about different plumbing terms, or need information on any of our plumbing services? The pros at All Hours Plumbing are here to assist you.

 

Basics on Common Plumbing Fixtures

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We’re always here to help with any and all needed plumbing services at All Hours Plumbing, but as a homeowner, there are a few very basic areas of maintenance you can often perform on your own. This general plumbing maintenance can help keep your system free of any issues that will lead to larger, more expensive problems.

To perform the right kinds of plumbing maintenance around the home, you need a basic understanding of a few important fixtures. Here are five important components to be aware of in your plumbing system:

Water Main Valve

The water main valve is installed during home construction, and controls the flow of water in the entire house. In cases where a pipe leaks or busts, the water main valve is a vital area. It’s generally found in the basement or crawl space of your home – knowing exactly where this valve is can be vital during an emergency. It will allow you to shut off water quickly before major flooding or water loss takes place due to the leak.

Cut-Off Valves

In addition to the main valve, cut-off valves are beneficial for situations where you need to cut water supply to a single area, rather than to the entire home. If the toilet leaks, for instance, it can send unsanitary water to other areas of the home – but if you’re proficient with your cut-off valves, you can prevent this.

Water Meters

These give you an overall read on the system’s general health, and can detect leaks in the home and give water usage information as well. A water meter can help with everything from water bills to pinpointing and stopping leaks.

Water Pressure Regulators

Water pressure is very important for several plumbing areas, and these regulators allow you to track it. If pressure needs to be raised or lowered, they’re designed to alert you.

Gas, Electric and Hot Water Valves

These valves control these specific areas, and they can be shut off when needed. Say hot water from the heater has overheated and is scalding on the skin – you can turn this valve off until repairs are made.

For more information on common pluming areas, or for any of our other plumbing services, the experts at All Hours Plumbing are standing by.

 

 

Tips for Proper Low-Flow Toilet Use

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Water conservation is an important plumbing element for many people in today’s day and age, and one of the primary technological advances that’s helped this along is the advent of the low-flow toilet. At All Hours Plumbing, our technicians have the expertise to service any issues you have with these toilets.

Low-flow toilets are great for saving water and money, but there are also a few usage recommendations you should take heed of to ensure you don’t deal with a clogged toilet or other plumbing issues. Here are a few tips for preventing any issues with low-flow toilets.

Running Water

If you have a low-flow toilet but your home’s main sewer line was never adjusted for the new flow levels, a precaution to take involves running other non-toilet water appliances for a bit of extra time initially. This will allow water levels throughout the plumbing system to even out – try running an empty load of laundry or running the house outside on the plants for an extra minute or two. This will raise the float level of toilet drains, and push any debris out of the system.

Large Flush

Down similar lines, a tactic called a “large flush” can have the same kind of effect on leveling water. Fill a bucket with water and add this to the toilet – this will cause it to manually flush itself, and push water through. This method should only be used if you’re sure there are no clogs in the system, however, as doing it with a clog present will cause an overflow.

Toilet Paper

If you’re typically a fan of fluffy, heavy toilet paper, it might be time to find a new favorite with a low-flow toilet. These kinds of paper absorb more than typical rolls, and combined with limited water, this can lead to sitting issues where absorbent tissue fails to move through the system as it was intended. If you notice these concerns, consider a lighter and less fluffy toilet paper.

Extra Items

Nothing but toilet paper should go in any toilet, including low-flow toilets. Anything absorbent could create a clog itself, or could create a debris collection area that leads directly to a clog. Keep a wastebasket for anything but toilet paper.

To find out more about maintaining low-flow toilets or any of our other plumbing services, speak to the pros at All Hours Plumbing today.

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