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plumbing system click to hear : plumbing system

In a house, there are four plumbing systems enabling water to circulate: hot and cold water distribution, pipe ventilation and wastewater evacuation.
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water service pipe building sewer washer cold-water riser hot-water riser fixture drain branch trap overflow shower and tub fixture bath sink toilet floor drain water meter shutoff valve supply line main cleanout hot-water heater waste stack drain double kitchen sink circuit vent main circuit vent roof vent hot-water circuit cold-water circuit draining circuit ventilating circuit

water service pipe click to hear : water service pipe

Pipe connecting a public water supply to the house.

building sewer click to hear : building sewer

Drainpipe carrying wastewater from the waste stack to the sewage system or septic tank.

washer click to hear : washer

Household appliance that washes clothes automatically.

cold-water riser click to hear : cold-water riser

Vertical pipe carrying cold water to a house’s upper floors.

hot-water riser click to hear : hot-water riser

Vertical pipe carrying hot water to a house’s upper floors.

fixture drain click to hear : fixture drain

Pipe carrying waste from a toilet to the branch.

branch click to hear : branch

Pipe draining wastewater from the fixtures to the waste stack.

trap click to hear : trap

U-shaped pipe beneath a fixture containing a quantity of water to prevent sewage gases from escaping.

overflow click to hear : overflow

Drainpipe for draining off a fixture’s overflow when the water level reaches a certain level.

shower and tub fixture click to hear : shower and tub fixture

Device for mixing hot and cold water for the bath or shower.

bath click to hear : bath

Sanitary fixture for taking baths; it is shaped like a deep, elongated basin.

sink click to hear : sink

Sanitary fixture in the form of a basin; it is used for washing.

toilet click to hear : toilet

Sanitary fixture for disposing of bodily waste; it comprises a toilet bowl and a tank.

floor drain click to hear : floor drain

Hole at the end of a pipe carrying overflow water to the main drain.

water meter click to hear : water meter

Device for gauging the amount of water consumed by a household.

shutoff valve click to hear : shutoff valve

Valve for shutting off the water supply to the entire house.

supply line click to hear : supply line

Pipe delivering cold drinking water to a house’s plumbing system; it is an extension of the water service pipe.

main cleanout click to hear : main cleanout

Metal part screwed to the drain that can be removed if the drain needs to be unplugged.

hot-water heater click to hear : hot-water heater

Device producing sanitary hot water for washing and bathing; it consumes gas or electricity.

waste stack click to hear : waste stack

Pipe through which wastewater is discharged and carried to the building sewer.

drain click to hear : drain

Pipe that uses gravity to carry wastewater from a fixture to a branch.

double kitchen sink click to hear : double kitchen sink

Fixture consisting of two basins having a water supply and equipped with a drain; it is used in a kitchen or a laundry room.

circuit vent click to hear : circuit vent

Allows air to circulate and maintains constant pressure throughout the entire draining circuit.

main circuit vent click to hear : main circuit vent

Vertical pipe vented directly outdoors that allows air to circulate throughout the draining circuit; it also vents sewer gas.

roof vent click to hear : roof vent

Point of entry for outside air into the main circuit vent.

hot-water circuit click to hear : hot-water circuit

Set of interconnected pipes distributing hot water from a hot-water heater.

cold-water circuit click to hear : cold-water circuit

Set of interconnected pipes distributing cold drinking water throughout a house.

draining circuit click to hear : draining circuit

Set of interconnected pipes allowing wastewater to drain into the building sewer.

ventilating circuit click to hear : ventilating circuit

Set of interconnected pipes allowing air to circulate in the circuit.