Plumbing Dictionary


Plumbing termonalogy.

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CISTERN

A small covered tank for storing water for a home or farm. Generally, this tank stores rainwater to be utilized for purposes other than in the potable water supply, and such tank is placed underground in most cases.

CLEANOUT

An access opening in the drainage system utilized for the removal of obstructions. Types of cleanouts include a removable plug or cap, or a removable fixture or fixture trap.

CLOSED WATER PIPING SYSTEM

A system of water piping where a check valve or other device prevents the free return of water or steam to the water main.

CLOTHES DRYER

A device used to dry wet laundry by means of heat derived from the combustion of fuel gases.

CLOTHES DRYER Type 1

Factory-built package, multiple produced. Primarily used in family living environment. Mayor may not be coin-operated for public use. Usually the smallest unit physically and in function output.

CLOTHES DRYER Type 2

Factory-built package, multiple produced. Used in business with direct intercourse of the function with the public. Mayor may not be operated by the public or hired attendant. Mayor may not be coin operated. Not designed for use in individual family living environment. May be small, medium or large in relative size.

CODE

Regulations, subsequent amendments thereto, or any emergency rule or regulation that the administrative authority having jurisdiction has lawfully adopted.

CODE OFFICIAL

The officer or other designated authority charged with the administration and enforcement of this code, or a duly authorized representative.

COMBINATION FIXTURE

A fixture combining one sink and laundry tray or a two- or three-compartment sink or laundry tray in one unit.

COMBINATION WASTE AND VENT SYSTEM

A specially designed system of waste piping embodying the horizontal wet venting of one or more sinks or floor drains by means of a common waste and vent pipe adequately sized to provide free movement of air above the flow line of the drain.

COMBINED BUILDING DRAIN

See "Building drain, combined."

COMBINED BUILDING SEWER

See "Building sewer, combined."

COMBUSTIBLE CONSTRUCTION

A wall or surface constructed of wood, composition, or of wooden studding and lath and plaster.

COMBUSTION

The rapid oxidation of fuel gases accompanied by the production of heat, or heat and light.

COMBUSTION CHAMBER

The portion of an appliance within which combustion occurs.

COMBUSTION PRODUCTS

Constituents resulting from the combustion of a fuel with the oxygen of the air, including the inerts but excluding excess air.

COMMON VENT

A vent connecting at the junction of two fixture drains or to a fixture branch and serving as a vent for both fixtures.

CONCEALED FOULING SURFACE

Any surface of a plumbing fixture which is not readily visible and is not scoured or cleansed with each fixture operation.

CONCEALED GAS PIPING

Piping which, when in place in the finished building, would require removal of permanent construction to gain access to the piping.

CONDENSATE

The liquid which separates from a gas (including flue gas) due to a reduction in temperature. Also called condensation.

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