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A.B.S. Black plastic pipe. Typically glued together, but can be joined by couplers as well. Comes in 20 foot lengths. Soil must be dug up to install this material
Back flow prevention device Basically a device that will prevent sewage from backing up into your house. It could be a check valve, sewer popper, mushroom cap, or loose cap (also known as a Jim cap).
Cast iron pipe Very durable, comes in 10 foot lengths, so there are generally many connections involved. Soil must be dug up to install this material.
Certificate of compliance This certifies that your sewer is is in operational condition and does not need to be rechecked for either 10 or 20 years (depending on the extent of your replacement).
Cleanout A point in your drain/sewer system that will allow entry. Generally, this would have some of cap that is removeable.
Coupler A mechanical device that allows two pieces of pipe to be connected together. This can be either a glue coupler or a mechanical coupler that has hose clamps.
Drain A pipe that carries waste found within the confines of your foundation.
Fitting Could be a wye, combo, 1/8" bend, 1/16" bend, or 1/4" bend. Essentially, a pipe that allows two pipes to be connected together and form one.
H.D.P.E. High density polyethelene, the material that trenchless sewers are made of. It is very durable and very strong, typically, this material is fused together.
Loose cap Serves as a cover to close off an opening in a pipe, and also as a backflow prevention device. Typically used in a cleanout (also called a Jim cap).
Lower lateral Refers to the portion of your sewer that runs from the curb to the main in your street.
Open trench The process of digging a trench from point A to point B.
P.V.C. Polyvinyl chloride. A white or gray plastic pipe. Typically glued together, but can be joined with couplers as well. Comes in 2o foot lengths, Soil must be dug up to install this material.
Sewer A pipe that carries waste. (When it is more than 2 feet from the foundation it is no longer referred to as a drain, but a sewer)
Trenchless The process by which you can replace lengths of pipe by bursting the existing pipe or soil and replacing it with a new pipe.
Upper lateral Refers to the portion of your sewer that runs from the house to the curb.