Perplexing Plumbing Terms: 3 Terms To Understand Before Plumbers Fix Your Leak


From constant cleaning to periodic updates and repairs, the challenges of home ownership are easy to see. While you may be an experienced homeowner that can quickly solve minor issues without any help, most plumbing problems require professional service. Considering 30 percent of the total water supply is lost to leaking pipes, calling in the professionals when a plumbing issue arises is imperative to reduce this waste. Using this guide on perplexing plumbing terms, you will be more knowledgeable when the professional arrives to fix your leak.


As a homeowner, you most likely have had a leaky sink faucet at one point. Although a minor issue, a leaky faucet can become a serious problem due to the amount of water waste. Thankfully, most plumbers can quickly alleviate the problem by tightening or replacing the bonnet.

At first thought, you may think of a pretty head cover for girls that lived many years ago, but a bonnet is actually an imperative part of your faucet. This nut secures the valve stem to the interior section of the faucet handle to ensure proper operation without any leaks.

The bonnet will loosen due to everyday use, so tightening it with pliers may stop the leak completely. If there are signs of worn threading, replacing the bonnet nut will be necessary to stop the leak.

Sweating the Pipe

Sweating out on the treadmill or hot yoga is not a recommendation your plumber will make for your underlying water lines. However, your plumber may suggest a repair known as "sweating the pipe" to replace corroded pipes.

After removing the corroded, leaky section of pipes, your plumber, like those from Clark's Plumbing & Heating Corp, will connect new pipes using a propane tank and welding striker. This "sweating" solders the new pieces to the old pipes in a secure, watertight manner. The end result is a new, non-leaking water line that is free from any corrosion.


A constantly running toilet is not only annoying to listen to, but it can be incredibly wasteful. If your toilet is running, you may be wasting an estimated 200 gallons of water each day and a broken ballcock is a common culprit. Understanding how a broken ballcock affects your toilet's function is wise, but you need to get your head out of the gutter first.

Also known as the fill value, the ballcock fills the tank with water after each flush. If worn, the ballcock will not close properly over the valve, which leads to the continuously running toilet. Your plumber can easily replace the ballcock to ensure the valve closes completely after each flush.

While these plumbing terms are perplexing at first, understanding them ensures an effective repair on your faucet, pipe, and toilet leaks. 


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