7 Topics You Should Know Regarding Plumbing

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The unobstructed vertical distance through the free atmosphere between the lowest opening from any pipe or faucet supplying water to a tank, plumbing fixture or other device and the flood level rim of the receptacle. Air Lock: A bubble of air which restricts the flow of water in a pipe. Anode Rod: A sacrificial rod installed in a water heater, composed of one or more metals that protects the Gordontheplumber.com Clogged drain naperville il tank from corrosion, helping to extend the life of the tank. Auger (or Closet Auger): A bendable rod with curved end used by plumbers to remove clogs from a toilet’s trap. Back Flow: When water traveling from one system backs into any part of the main distribution system, usually by siphoning. Back Flow Preventer: A device to prevent back flow, especially into a potable water supply. Required for sprinkler systems, handheld showers, pullout faucet spouts, and kitchen sprayers. Back Pressure: Pressure that resists the flow of fluid in a piping system. Back-siphonage: negative pressure in the piping system which results in backflow. Commonly prevented with a vacuum breaker or air gap.


Drum Trap: A type of water seal-type trap usually used in the 4x5-inch or 4x8-inch sizes. These traps have a greater sealing capacity than the “P” trap and pass large amounts of water quickly. Commonly connected to bathtubs, foot baths, sitz baths, and modified shower baths. No longer allowed in many jurisdictions due to not being self-scouring. Effluent Treatment System: Physical, chemical, and biological processes are used to remove contaminants and produce treated wastewater that is safer for the environment. Elbow: A curved fitting, usually 90° or 45°, used to change the direction of a pipe run. Also called an “ell.” Escutcheon: A decorative metal flange or plate that covers and hides the supply line hole in the fixture or wall. Ferrule: A ring, cap, or band (typically metal) that strengthens or forms a joint.  FIP: (aka FTP or Female Pipe Thread) Acronym for Female Iron Pipe (or Female International Pipe). Describes a pipe or fitting with threads on the interior. Fitting: Any part that joins together two sections of pipe. Comes in many shapes, sizes & connection styles.


Whether it be a simple repair or an entire remodel, safety should always be first to ensure that the project is completed at the soonest and best. Even the professionals have to put safety first when preforming repairs or remodels. Chemicals, tools and hot water are all potential hazards to your hands. Wear gloves that are for the job. For example, gloves that protect against chemicals are different than gloves that can protect your hands from hot water. It’s a good idea to wear long pants and long sleeves to protect all of your skin. Knowing things like the type of pipes used in your home, where the on/off valves are and where the pipes are behind the walls so that you can quickly access what you need. You also want to be able to quickly get to things if something were to go wrong. Exercise caution when using power tools and follow the recommended manufacturer suggestions for use.


More often than not, clogged drains are a result of buildup hair, grease, soap, human waste, food, and other debris that collect over time. Store bought chemical drain cleaners used chemical reactions to unclog drains. The chemical mixtures in these cleaners give off noxious fumes, which are unpleasant for everyone as well as pets. If one drain cleaner doesn’t work then the easiest step would be to try a different one, right? NO, when using these chemical drain cleaners, mixed chemicals can sometimes cause a cement like reaction. On the other hand if the chemicals being mixed are quick-tempered then that could cause an eruption in your drain. These chemical reactions are also very harsh on your porcelain, stainless steel, and aluminum bathroom fixtures. Some chemical combinations can cause corrosion and sometimes eat through the fixtures. Drain cleaners can also damage PVC, old or corroded pipes as well.


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