Plumbing Terms to Know When Discussing Pipes With a Plumber

If ever you run into plumbing troubles, and you require the assistance of a professional plumber, it helps to have a vague idea of the terms your plumber may use when discussing the issue at hand.  Plumbers are highly trained and experienced professionals who sometimes speak a very technical language. Whether discussing a particular procedure, a specific tool, or simply giving an overview of the work that may need to be performed in order to repair or restore your plumbing system to top working order, you may here some unfamiliar terms.  

So, we’re breaking down some common plumbing terms your plumber may use.  After all, the more familiar you are with some of the language, the easier it will be to understand the nature of your plumbing issue and the process ahead.  Here are a few to add to your vocabulary:      

  • Drain Snaking – Drain snaking is a process where your trusty plumber will use a cable attached to an auger to attempt blockage removal.  This procedure can be done both manually and powered to unclog your pipes. Drain snaking may be required if you’re experiencing water or sewage backup.  The cause can be due to anything from debris build-up, like hair and soap scum, to larger objects that accidentally made their way into your pipes.
  • Hydro Jetting – For those times when a drain snake just won’t get the job done, your plumber may recommend the use of a hydro jet to clear those stubborn pipe clogs.  Hydro jetting is a process that uses blasts of high-pressured water. This is often a more effective solution for unclogging pipes.   
  • Video Inspection – When a better, more thorough view of your pipes is necessary, your plumber may use video to inspect the problem at hand.  Video inspection may be used to identify a leak or severe blockage within your plumbing system. The process involves feeding a camera line through your pipes while it relays live footage to a monitor.  This allows for closer inspection and more accurate diagnosis so swift action can be taken to ensure your plumbing system is appropriately restored to its full capabilities.  
  • Trenchless Sewer Repair – If you’re experiencing severe sewer line damage, after thorough investigation, your plumber may recommend a trenchless sewer repair.  This process involves the replacement of your existing damaged pipes with newer lines made of more fortified, lasting materials. Most new lines are made from a material known as high-density polyethylene (HDPE).  These will be fed through the existing pipes, acting like a channel.   

It’s important to educate yourself on some of the different terms your plumber may use when assessing and repairing your home’s plumbing system.  This ensures you fully understand the process ahead, the costs associated, and the overall effectiveness you can expect. And, as always, don’t be afraid to ask questions.  Our team is here to provide answers and clarification so that you’re involved at every turn and walk away confident that you’re getting the best care possible. Whether you’re facing clogged pipes and drains, leaky faucets, or something more severe, Tritan Plumbing is here to ensure your home gets efficient and effective repairs. 


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