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Plumbing Terms Every Homeowner Needs to Know

Don't you hate it when you're talking to a home service professional and you have absolutely no idea what they are saying? Does it all sound like gibberish? Well, it doesn't have to, at least with plumbing. Here are seven plumbing terms that every homeowner should know.

1. Shut-off valve

This might be one of the most important plumbing terms to know, especially if you have an emergency and need to get the water shut off quickly. Here are where some of the valves are located.

  • Main shut-off valve: It's the one that controls all water that flows into your home. Turning it off will keep any water from entering your home.
  • Sinks: There should be two valves under your sink — one for hot water and another for cold water.
  • Toilets: Located beside the base of the toilet, this will stop water from flowing into the bowl.
  • Showers and tubs: Because they’re located inside your bathroom wall, these valves usually can’t be accessed by homeowners. If you have a problem with your shower, your best bet is to turn off the main shut-off valve.

2. Check valve

Positioned strategically on certain water pipes, they keep water from flowing backward.

3. Branch drain

This is the end of the plumbing waste line that leads to the main drain, where all of the water waste is expelled.

4. Auger

A flexible tool used to clear toilet clogs.

5. Hydro-jetting

A homeowner with slow draining pipes would consider this method of blasting water through pipes to clear any blockages. Especially when compared to chemical cleaners, this is a much more eco-friendly solution for stubborn clogs.

6. Clean-out

When a pipe needs to be opened in order for a professional to reach a deep clog.

7. Air gap

The space between the water that you can drink and the water that you can't. If it isn't maintained, your drinking water can become contaminated.

At Mr. Rooter, we understand the value of open, honest communication between a homeowner and their plumber. Give us a call today, and one of our highly skilled professionals will be able to quickly address any of your plumbing needs.