Glossary

WordDefinition
ABS PipeABS stands for acrylonitrile-butadienestyrene. This material is used to make pipe and other “plastics” and is typically a black colored pipe.
Advantex SystemAdvantex is a proprietary name of an alternative waste water system designed to accommodate extreme soil conditions for better waste water absorption. This system replaces the standard septic system and is required by many jurisdictions; such as: Cherry Valley in Riverside, County.
Backflow water testTest that is performed on a septic system to determine it’s ability to digest water. This test is done to determine if a septic system is working in a real estate transaction.
BacteriaAn additive for septic tanks consisting of a blend of enzymes whose purpose is to help maintain a healthy balance in the septic tank. Household products, such as bleach, kill natural bacteria in the tank which break up solids in the tank. Baffle Wall Wall that divides septic tank into (2) chambers, known as primary side and seconday side. Please refer to section titled “How Septic Systems Work” for in-depth review of septic tanks and septic systems.
C-36C-36 represents the type of license a contractor holds within the state he is licensed for. C-36 specifically represents those classified for the plumbing.
C-42C-42 represents the type of license a contractor holds within the state he is licensed for. C-42 specifically represents those classified for septic and sanitation sewers.
CertificationA certification is a document that states that a septic system has been inspected by a C-42 licenesed contractor and was found to be in working order at the time of inspection. This service is a basic requirment for most real estate transactions.
CesspoolSee seepage pit.
ClarifierTank commonly made of concrete used to filter industrial wastes before they enter the sewer system. The debris is held in the tank until it is pumped by a company like us.
Clean out4″ pipe that is capped off an used as access to a main line in case of drain cloggs or needed acces to main line. You can usually find this pipe 6″ – 2 feet from the wall of your house and is usually a black pipe. Although, ironically enough, this pipe is called a “clean-out” it is not an access pipe for the septic tank.
Distribution BoxA small box that may preced a set of any type of drainfield. Water will flow from the septic tank to the “d-box” and distribute evenly between manly leech lines, or various pits. This is used to regulate flow evely amoungst many lines so not one individual line is overused.
DrainfieldAny type of system which follows a septic tank and’s primary function is to drain excess water into the soil. Common drainfields are: leech lines and seepage pits. Please refer to section titled “How Septic Systems Work” for in-depth review of septic tanks and septic systems.
FixtureRefering to a plumbing fixture, a fixture is any permatently appartus or appliance that is catogorized to belong to the plumbing industry. (For example: A toilet, a sink, a dishwasher, bath, etc)
Full LoadA full load refers to a load up to 2800 gallons Grease Interceptor Tank commonly made of concrete used to filter grease from commercial restaurants before they enter the sewer system. The grease is held in the tank until it is pumped from a company like us.
Half loadA half load refers to a load up to 1200 gallons
Hydro-JettingService very similar to drain cleaning, with the exception that this is very high pressued water that will clear out any line of all grease build up and debris. This elimiates odors associated with old build up in lines as well as prevents any type of blockage or clogs.
Inlet TeePipe that serves as an entry way for all waste water into septic tank. Please refer to “How Septic Systems Work” for in-depth review of septic tanks and septic systems.
LateralA lateral is a branch of a main sewer line extending to the property line. In other words, it is where the public sewer line is cut and teed off to feed an individual property into the main sewer line.
Leech LinesA type of drainfield that consists of 4″ perforated pipe that lays on gravel that follows the septic tank and is used to drain excess water into the soil. Please refer to section titled “How Septic Systems Work” for in-depth review of leech lines and septic systems.
Main lineMain sewer line that connects to septic tank, or city sewer. In most cases, a residential main line, also known as building main sewer line, is a 4″ pvc/abs pipe.Main line typically refers to the conjuction of 4″ pvc/abs pipes that form a line which carry the flow of sewage water from the house to either a septic system, or main sewer line.
Main sewerMain sewer refers to the public sewer line that runs down a street and is owned by the city/county jurisdiction where the line is located. This line feeds into the public sewer
ManholesCommonly known as the sewer manholes in public streets. These are also used to provide access to septic tanks that may be under concrete patios or driveways.
Norweco systemNorweco is a proprietary name of an alternative waste water system designed to accommodate extreme soil conditions for better waste water absorption. This system replaces the standard septic system and is required by many jurisdictions; such as: Cherry Valley in Riverside, County.
Oultet TeePipe that serves an outlet for all waste water from house into septic tank. Please refer to “How Septic Systems Work” for in-depth review of septic tanks and septic systems.
Percolation testA test performed by a geological engineer which determines the soil conditions for an individual property and determines the appropriate size drainfield. This test is usualy required by city/county jurisdictions Ex: Clay soil is non-absorbent and will need a larger drainfield than areas where soil is primarily sand and very absorbent.
Pressure WashingPressure washing is a service that consists of using high pressue water to clean and sanitize.
Primary side (septic tank)First chamber of septic tank. Please refer to section titles “Sepic Basics” for in depth review of septic tanks. PVC PVC stands for polyvinyl chloride. The term PVC is used to refer to the material or type of pipe used in many construction fields. It is typically a black colored pipe that looks like plastic.
Risers (Septic Tank)Plastic or concerete rings that extend the access to septic tank lids to grade that ensure appropriate cleaning and provide easy acces to septic tank. Seconday side (septic tank) Second chamber of septic tank. Please refer to section titles “how septic systems work” for in depth review of septic tanks.
Seepage pitA type of drainfiend that consists of a well-like structure that follows the septic tank whose purpose is to drain excess water from the septic tank into the soil.
Septic systemA septic system consists of (2) components: 1. Septic tank 2. Drainfield: Leach Line or Seepage pit/cesspool. Please see our Septic Basics to learn more about how these work.
Septic tankSeptic tanks are made of concerte, fiberglass, metal, or plastic. Refer to section titled “How septic system work” for in-depth review of septic tanks. Snake Tool used to cut out roots and debris from a clogged line
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