Plumbing Terms To Know

Like most conversations between layman and experts, speaking to a plumbing contractor can seem daunting and confusing. After years of working in a specific field or industry, it is only natural for people to speak in so-called foreign technical languages. Many professionals have a hard time communicating in a way that the average person will understand, although this is one skill everyone should work to master.

How To Talk Like a Tampa Plumber

At The Pampering Plumber, we promise none of our plumbers will ever talk over your head or make you feel inferior. However, to make conversations with them smoother and to provide you with a better understanding of what he or she is referring to, here is a brief lingo cheat sheet. This should help bridge the communication gap, which will make for a more successful, efficient project in the end!

Solder — The metal substance that fuses two or more surfaces together. Soldering uses a lead or tin alloy and heats the material along with a base metal. The resulting bond is durable and impenetrable.

Access Panel — The area in your home that provides access to specific plumbing or electrical controls. These covered openings can be found in walls, floors, and ceilings. Be sure to ask our Tampa plumbing staff where the access panel is located for emergency purposes.

Branch Drain — One of many drains in your home’s sewage system network that leads to the main drain line. All secondary sewer pipes are considered branch drains, since they are all connected to one another in configuration.

PVC — Polyvinyl chloride. These are the white plumbing lines most modern homes and retrofitted houses are outfitted with. PVC piping is a growing alternative to copper.

Trap — This is the part of a drain line that holds water to prevent gases from resurfacing. Every garbage disposal has a trap that keeps the odor from flushed food from coming back up the pipe.

Plumbing Putty — An adhesive that is used to make watertight seals around fixture fittings and pipe joints. The residue hardens once applied and is an essential tool for preventing water leaks.

Run — The total length of a pipe from start to end.

There are many more terms that plumbers in Tampa use on a daily basis, but getting a general handle on the ones listed above will surely help facilitate any conversations you have with one. We do not expect our customers to be masters of the trade, but better communication is always a good thing!