PlumbingProducts.com Our goal is to provide visitors with excellent plumbing how to's and other great plumbing-related articles.
Kitchen related articles Bathroom related articles Commercial related articles Misc articles Favorite links

Plumbing Terminology
Extensive Online Plumbing Dictionary

Click on any letter of the term you would like to find
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Earthquake Strap:
A metal strap used to secure a water heater to the house frame or foundation.


E. Coli:
The common abbreviation of escherichia Coli. One of the members of the Coliform groups of bacteria indicating fecal contamination.


Eccentric Shank:
A shank or the fitting with a shank in which the centerline is offset to allow minor compensation for supply lines that would be difficult to precisely position.


ECO:
Energy Cut Off - A safety deice designed to shut power off to the water heater and prevent high temperature.


Eductor:
A device utilizing a nozzle and throat, installed in a stream of water to create a partial vacuum to draw air or liquid into the stream; commonly used to draw regeneration chemicals into an ion exchange water treatment system, such as a softener or deionizer.


EF:
Energy Factor - A measure of the overall efficiency rating of the water heater based on the model's recovery, efficiency, stand-by loss and energy input.


Efficiency:
A product's ability to utilize input energy, expressed as a percentage.


Effluent:
Septic system liquid waste.


Ejector:
A mechanical device for pumping sewage from below the sewer line.


Elbow:
Angled fitting with female connections at both ends. Also known as an "ell".


Electric Resistance Weld Pipe:
Cold finished pipe made by a series of operations in which the flat rolled material is cold shaped into tubular form and welded at the seam. The heat for the weld is generated at the seam by the resistance to the flow of electric current applied through electrical contacts or an induction coil.


Electrodialysys:
A process which uses an electrical current and an arrangement of permeable membranes to separate soluble minerals from water. It is often used to desalinate salt of brackish water.


Electrolysis:
A process involving chemical change caused by the passage of an electric current through a liquid.


Electrolyte:
A nonmetallic substance that carries an electric current, or a substance which, when dissolved in water, separates into ions which can carry an electric current.


Element:
Heating unit in an electric water heater.


Elevation:
The vertical distance between the level where fluid enters a pipe and the level where it leaves. It must be added to the total discharge head if the inlet is lower than the outlet and subtracted if the inlet is higher.


ELL:
Short for elbow. A plumbing fitting used to change the direction of rigid pipe or tubing.


Elongated:
The shape of some toilet bowls, where the bowl is about 2" longer than the standard round front bowl.


EMT:
Electrical Metal Tubing - A thing wall galvanized steel pipe used to carry electrical or other types of conductors.


Enamel Sink:
Powder coating, usually a combination of clay, quartz, feldspar, silica, and color pigment, applied to an iron casting.


Enclosure:
Panels of glass or other material used to form shower or tub stalls.


End Body:
A faucet valve body configuration in which both the inlet and outlet are at the end of the valve body.


End Drain:
The side of a tub where the drain is found. When facing a tub, if the drain is on the right, this is a right-hand tub. If on the left, it is a left-hand tub. On whirlpools, the pump is located opposite the drain.


Endpoint(1):
The point at which a process is stopped because a predetermined condition is met.


Endpoint(2):
In an ion exchange water softener service run, this is where the hardness of the softener effluent increases to a predefined concentration, often 1.0 grain per gallon.


Endpoint(3):
In a filter service this may be where the pressure drop across the filter reaches a predetermined valve.


Energy Guide Label:
Label required by the FTC on water heaters that show an estimated annual cost of operation and how that unit's efficiency compared to all other comparable models.


EPA:
Environmental Protection Agency.


ERW:
Electric Resistance Weld. Most common form of manufacture for pipes 2-3/8" to 22" in diameter.


Escutcheon:
A flange or shield beneath a faucet handle. This part covers the faucet stem and the hole in the fixture.


Expansion Tank:
A tank designed to absorb excess pressure due to thermal expansion.


Expansion Valve:
Thermostatically controlled valve that controls liquid refrigerant.


Extension Tube:
A straight section of tubing used to extend a drainage run.


Extinction Pop:
A flashback occurring when a burner is turned off.


Extra Strong:
A standard pipe weight designation. Sometimes called extra heavy.


Extrusion:
Refers to the result of forcing molten metal or plastic through a die or mold to form a specific shape. Commonly refers to shower door components such as jambs and headers that were created by extrusion.


Eye of the Impeller:
The center of the impeller, where the fluid enters.


OUR HOME
PAGE
ARTICLES
INDEX
PLUMBING
FORUM
PLUMBING
MFRS
PLUMBING
CONTRACTORS
PLUMBING
HISTORY
PLUMBING
SUPPLY
COPYRIGHT ©
1995-2017