ARC 2040 MEP Plans Interpretation Broward College Definitions PLUMBING VOCABULARY QUIZ 1 Air admittance valve: A valve that allows air to flow only into plumbing system and not out to protect traps from siphonage where ordinary vents are not practical. Air break: A gap between the end of a fixture pipe and an indirect waste receptor like a floor drain. Air gap: The distance through the air such as between the end of a faucet and the flood level rim of a lavatory. Area drain: A flush floor mounted fixture that collects storm or surface water from an open area. Backflow: The reverse flow of water or any other material in a pipe into the public water supply system. Backflow preventer: A device that prevents water from flowing backwards into the potable water system, often provided near the water meter. (show image) Backwater valve:Device that prevents the backflow of sewage. Bar sink: Small single sink large enough for washing drinking glasses usually located in a bar or place in a home where drinks are served. Branch: Horizontal pipe line connecting fixtures to a vertical stack.Building drain: The lowest part of the sewage piping of a building that connects it to the sewer system and ends a short distance outside the building where the “building sewer” begins. Building sewer: Line that connects the building drain to the main city sewer line.Catch basin: A surface mounted device with a grate that catches water from parking lots and other large surface areas Condensate drain, A/C: A dedicated drainage system for the A/C system consisting of piping that carries water extracted from the air. Cleanout: Any convenient access point along a piping run for inspecting or cleaning out a section of pipe, includes a removable plug.Control valve: Any valve used to control the flow of liquids through a pipe.
ARC 2040 MEP Plans Interpretation Broward College Definitions Copper piping: Type of piping often used for water supply lines and as part of electrical grounding system because of its conductive qualities.Dishwasher: Appliance used primarily for cleaning dishes and utensils that is provided with water service and connection to sewage line.Distribution pipes: Any pipe delivering either cold or hot water to a fixture.Downfeed system: Water distribution system that relies on gravity to move water through a plumbing system.Drain field: Component of an on-site sewage treatment system used to drain liquid waste into the groundDrainage, Sanitary: Drainage that may include human waste.Drainage, Storm: Drainage that includes runoff from roof, parking or landscaped areas.Drainage waste and Piping made for unpressurized uses where gravity is used to create flow.