How Well Do You Know Your Plumbing?
This is a timed quiz. You will be given 600 seconds to answer all questions. Are you ready?
Plumbing follows a few basic laws of nature - what are they?
Plumbing makes use of pressure, gravity, and water seeking its own level.
Residential plumbing systems are comprised of which two sub-systems?
The sub-systems of a residential plumbing system are incoming freshwater and outgoing wastewater.
Can these two sub-systems overlap?
A. You do not want to overlap between these sub-systems! You could end up with toilet water in your shower.
What is a “plumbing fixture?”
Any device using freshwater and wastewater is considered plumbing fixtures.
In plumbing, a “bridge” refers to what?
A bridge is where incoming and outgoing water meets, for example, a sink.
What is the first thing you should do before changing a pipe in your home?
Rule Number 1: ALWAYS check the plumbing code.
What stops sewer gases from entering your home’s drains?
Vent stack and vent pipes admit air which seals the trap - preventing sewer gases from going where you don’t want them to go.
What does an aerator do?
Aerators are small mesh screens attached to the tips of faucets. They reduce the volume of water used while maintaining high-pressure flow by introducing small bubbles to the water. They also filter debris and reduce splashing in sinks.
What are the differences between sewer and septic systems in residential plumbing systems?
They are very similar systems.
Smooth drainage requires what level of pressure?
Smooth drainage depends on gravity, not pressure.
If the vent on the roof stopped supplying air, what would happen?
Water in the traps would have to be drawn out manually.
When is a sink trap necessary in a modern efficient drainage system?
The sink trap stops sewer gas from entering your home and also prevents any waste from entering and blocking the pipes.
Sink blockages are most commonly caused by…
Hair and grease from cooking are the most common causes of the sink and drain blockages.
In plumbing, what does DWV stand for?
DWV stands for drain-waste-vent.
What is the best way to get to know your drainage system better?
While all of these are good options, nothing beats first-hand experience!
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