Definitions of Plumbing and Septic Terms

Pipe – Can be used as both a noun and a verb. Use the link for the whole definition but for us, we are concerned with – a long tube or hollow body for conducting a liquid, gas, or finely divided solid or for structural purposes and, to furnish or equip with pipes, in other words, to install the piping. There are many types of pipes that plumbers use.

Pipe – Can be used as both a noun and a verb. Use the link for the whole definition but for us, we are concerned with, a long tube or hollow body for conducting a liquid, gas, or finely divided solid or for structural purposes and, to furnish or equip with pipes, in other words, to install the piping.

Pipe – ABS – Ha. Don’t know what ABS stands for. Generally used indoors but we do see it buried outside. Very similar to PVC but is black. PVC is white and a little more rigid. They should not be combined.

Pipe – Asbestos – Yup they even made pipe out of it. Still a lot out there. Gets soft and crumbly over time.

Pipe – Cast Iron – What is used 99% of the time in the Northeast for all Sewer Laterals. The pipe that carries the sewage to your septic system or the street sewers. Frequently used indoors also.

Pipe – Cement – Usually larger culvert pipes but we do find smaller sizes. Pipe generally good but does have mechanical joints.

Pipe – Copper – What we all know and love. Beautiful copper. Generally not buried as a sewer line.

Pipe – PVC -Polyvinyl Chloride –  a polymer of vinyl chloride used especially for electrical insulation, films, and pipesabbreviation PVC.

Pipe – HDPE – Has an SDR rating. The HD stands for High Density. We prefer this pipe as it is heat welded together so there are no joints, no seams, no place for roots to get in. We install one pipe no matter how long it is. This is the pipe used for Pipe Bursting Installations.

Plumber

1a dealer or worker in lead

2one who installs, repairs, and maintains piping, fittings, and fixtures involved in the distribution and use of water in a building

3a person whose job is to prevent or put an end to leaks of sensitive information

Plumbers have been around for a long time. If you want to stop the spread of disease and you need sanitary plumbing, both clean water and proper disposal of the human waste.

What most people do not know is that is is difficult to become a Master Licensed Plumber. There is a 10-year apprenticeship requirement before you can sit for your exams. Some states have statewide licenses. New York State does not have a state license so in some municipalities you need a license and in some, anyone can do any of the work. I have gone into many brand new buildings and repaired and replaced brand new plumbing that will not work because it was installed incorrectly, but only in areas that do not require a license.