Plumbing Key Terms Defined

Are you completely knowledgeable about your plumbing system? If you're like most Sacramento homeowners, the answers to this question is probably 'no.'

Don't wait until the last minute to learn a little about your home's plumbing system. By taking a moment to learn just a few key plumbing terms, you can make better decisions on needed repairs and understand your bills. Knowing these terms could save you money and time:

  • ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene)
    ABS, which stands for Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene, is a black colored plastic pipe and fittings used in drainage, sewer, waste and vents.
  • BackFlow
    BackFlow is the unwanted flow of water or other liquids, mixtures, or substances in the reverse direction. This can be a serious issue, as it can possibly contaminate the clean water in your home. There are backflow prevention devices designed to prevent this issue.
  • Coupling
    Coupling is a fitting that joins two pieces of pipe together.
  • Fixture
    Fixture refers to a broad term in plumbing, kitchen and bath industry that could be an entire toilet, sink, tub, etc., or it could be the devices that provide a supply of water.
  • Interceptor
    An interceptor is a device that is designed to separate and keep hazardous and dangerous material from normal waste and allows normal sewage, as well as liquid waste, to flow into the drainage system naturally.
  • Pressure Balance Valve
    A pressure balance valve is a shower-mixing valve that automatically maintains balance between hot and cold water supplies by regulating fluctuations in pressure. As a result, the outlet water temperature remains constant.
  • Water Supply System
    The water supply system consists of all the necessary pipes, fittings, control valves, and accessories in or adjacent to the building or premises which provide the distribution of water for a home.

To learn more about your home's plumbing system, or to make an appointment to discuss plumbing maintenance with a professional, please contact Beutler Air Conditioning & Plumbing at (866) 841-2199, or visit for more information.

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