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Plumbing Terms Every Homeowner Should Know
Plumbing Terms Every Homeowner Should Know
May 03,2023

Plumbing Terms Every Homeowner Should Know

Whether you require residential plumbing inspection or repair services, there is important terminology you should know. You don’t have to be a trained plumber to understand the basics. Understanding common terms can help you when working with a professional, as it levels the playing field and protects you from overage charges.


When you hire Rooter Man to conduct repairs, knowing the right terminologies keeps communication clear and gives you confidence during DIY projects. Even if you prefer a hands-off approach to plumbing repairs, we can give you a rundown of various parts and fixtures. Here are plumbing terminologies we recommend every homeowner should know.

Water Closet

You may wonder where the closet of water is in your home. However, the term "water closet" refers to the toilet. If you experience a clog, backup, or any other system malfunction, the plumber will refer to your toilet as a water closet during repairs. Although toilet-related problems can be easily fixed, we recommend hiring a plumbing repair service to address the problem if you lack the tools or skills required.

Plumbing Trap

The plumbing trap, also called a P-trap, is usually an s or p-shaped bend in your drain lines that holds a pool of water, preventing sewage smells from infiltrating your home. Foul smells from the drains show a waste buildup in the plumbing trap, but brute force and a plunger can rectify the problem. If the problem persists, call a professional to clear the blockage before it worsens.


Escutcheons are decorative flanges surrounding the holes in the wall where the handles, faucets, and showerheads are installed. A plumber may use this term during a residential plumbing installation, repair, or replacement project. As mentioned, escutcheons are decorative pieces that can be changed to suit your décor.


Fixtures are plumbing units that provide water or remove waste, such as sinks, showers, or toilets. Most residential plumbing fixtures are in the kitchen and bathroom. Providing routine inspections and maintenance to all fixtures is imperative, preventing devastating disasters in the long run.

Gray Water

Wastewater from your home, not the toilet, is called gray water. This includes wastewater draining in the shower, sinks, and washing machines. Gray water flows into the septic system or municipal sewer line for disposal. If you notice wastewater backing up in your fixtures, a blockage in the pipes may prevent efficient flow.

Cleanout Plug

As mentioned, buildup in drain lines causes wastewater backup. A cleanout plug provides a convenient access point where you, as a plumber, can easily reach and clear blockages. Most cleanout plugs are outside the backyard and have removable covers for easy access. We recommend hiring a plumbing repair service to help clear the system in case of a severe clog. We leverage innovative equipment to locate and remove accumulated waste.

While the list of terminologies is not limited to the ones mentioned, working with a reputable plumber can help you familiarize yourself with the jargon. Contact us at Rooter Man and schedule a consultation with our team of experts. We provide top-notch residential plumbing services at competitive rates.

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