Glossary of Terms

Access Bends

A fitting that joins two pipes at an angle with an access point.

Access Junctions

A fitting that joins three pipes together by splitting the flow from one pipe to two with an access point.

BAR rating

Pressure rating for pipes – see PN Rating.

Blue hose

Light and flexible plasticised PVC hose for use in suction and discharge of a wide variety of liquids.

Bubble-up Sump

A drainage system that is a pipe or chamber allowing water from a drain to enter low and rise to the top before flowing out again.

Bushes

A fitting used inside sockets, flange end of pipe, to join two pipes of different sizes – see Socket Reducer.

Channel & Grate

A prefinished system to collect water from sealed areas and discharge into a stormwater pipe or sump/pit.

Chemical waste pipe

Polypropylene pipes appropriate for chemically aggressive waste water – see Commercial Waste.

Clips (Pipe clips)

A bracket used to support pipes either by hanging, vertical or horizontal.

Commercial Waste

Polypropylene pipes appropriate for high temperature and chemically aggressive waste water.

Conduit and Duct

PVC pipe used to convey and protect electrical wires.

Cross Tee

A fitting used to join four pipes together and the intersection is 88-90 degrees. Also known as double junction.

Culvert calculator

Free online tool used to determine the size culvert pipe you need for your job.

Culvert Fluming

PVC or culvert pipe half-rounds used to direct water flow from the end of a culvert pipe system.

Culvert Pipe

Pipe suitable for use in culvert systems – see EUROFLO® Culvert pipe and Gateway Culvert pipe.

Culvert Sock

Filter sock made of fabric used to direct water flow from the end of a culvert pipe system. 

Dazzle

Aerosol paint, generally fluorescent, used to paint lines on surfaces – see Spray Well.

Downpipe and Fittings

PVC downpipe and fittings used to direct water flow from the gutter.

Drain rods

Tool used for drain cleaning and unblocking to join onto a variety of attachments.

Not stocked

Drainaway

Punched and unpunched coils of flexible pipes, ribbed inside and outside.

Earthenware Adaptors

PVC adaptors used to fit over and in PVC, earthernware and clay pipes.

Electrical Pipe

PVC pipe appropriate to convey and protect electrical wires – see Conduit and Duct.

Epoxy Mortar

Mortar system used to fix cracks and bond materials together.

EUROFLO® Culvert Pipe

Strong HDPE culvert pipe with a ribbed exterior and smooth bore. Suitable for all farming and roading jobs.

Eurosumps

Drainage collection for concrete or sealed areas, includes sumps, lids and grates.

Fernco Plumbqwik

Brand name for connectors used to join pipes made from a wide variety of materials.

Fibreglass Grating

Grating made from fibreglass for use in all domestic and industrial stormwater systems.

Filter Cloth

Material used to envelope drainage systems to prevent foreign bodies entering the water system.

Flap-valve

A fitting used on pipes to ensure flow of water and materials can only go in one direction.

Flexible Connectors

Flexible PVC plumbing couplings for repair and connections suitable for use with most pipe materials.

Fresh Air Vent

A fitting used to vent a septic tank or unvented council sewer system.

Gateway Culvert Pipe

Culvert pipe made from uPVC with a smooth interior and exterior suitable for all rural systems.

Go-In System

Specifically made for EUROFLO® culvert pipe, this system allows branches to be installed directly into the side of EUROFLO® culvert systems.

Grating

Grating drainage system – see Fibreglass grating.

Gutter attachments

Fittings used to fix downpipe to surfaces – see Holderbats and Munzing Rings.

HDPE Pipe

Pipe made from High Density Polyethylene – see EUROFLO® Culvert pipe.

High temp

Polypropylene pipes appropriate for high temperature water – see Commercial Waste.

Holderbats

Fully adjustable aluminium clips used to fix pipes to surfaces. Works best vertically.

Inspection Bends

A fitting that joins two pipes at an angle with an access point – See Access Bends.

Inspection Junctions

A fitting that joins three pipes together by splitting the flow from one pipe to two with an access point – see Access Junctions.

Jimmy Fix It

PVC to earthenware adaptor with the fittings going into an earthenware pipe.

Joiner

A fitting used to join 2 pipes together. Also known as coupling.

Large culverts

Culvert pipe with a diameter of above 1550mm in external diameter.

Left-hand inspection

A fitting used to join three pipes together horizontally with an access point on the left-hand side when looking upstream from water flow – see Access Junctions.

Line Marking paint

Aerosol paint used to paint permanent lines on surfaces – see Spray Well.

Long Radius Bend

PVC bend fitting used to convey and protect electrical wires.

Lube

Lubricant to assist the joining of pipes into socket that have a rubber ring jointing system.

Marker Paint

Aerosol paint used to paint lines on surfaces – see Spray Well.

Mozzie glue

A premium solvent cement used to chemically weld pipes together.

Munzing Rings

Two-piece zinc plated ring used to fix pipes to surfaces. Accessories available include base plates and rods.

Nexus

Brand name for coils of flexible pipes smooth inside and ribbed outside – see Smooth bore EUROFLO®.

Non-Return Valve

A fitting used in pipelines to ensure water flows in only one direction – see Flap-valve.

Novaflo

Brand name for punched and unpunched coils of flexible pipes, ribbed inside and outside – see Drainaway.

Permanent Paint

A term contractors use to describe paint that will be there for the long term rather than fluoro type temporary markers. Used to highlight where work is to be done.

Pipe bungs

Term used for a tool to stop water flow – see Pipe plugs.

Not stocked

Pipe clips

Plastic or metal clips used to fix pipes to surfaces, stand off or flush.

Pipe glue

A solvent cement used when fixing pipes to fittings – see Mozzie glue.

Pipe pigs

Term used for a tool to stop water flow – see Pipe plugs.

Not stocked

Pipe Plugs

Tool used for pipe shut-offs and pressure testing in smaller circular pipes.

Not stocked

Pipe Plunger

Tool used for drain cleaning and unblocking.

Not stocked

Pipe reducer

A fitting used inside pipes to join two pipes of different sizes.

Pipe saddles

Plastic or metal clips used to fix pipes to surfaces, term normally used for flush mounting.

Pits

Drainage system boxes to collect water – see Sumps.

Plumbqwik

Brand name for connectors used to join pipes made from a wide variety of materials – see Flexible connectors.

PN rating

Pressure rating outlining the maximum permitted operating pressure in pipes.

Polypropylene

A synthetic resin which is a polymer of propylene, used chiefly for moulding materials, films or fibres.

Primer

Substance used as a preparatory coat on plastic, especially to clean, degrease and soften ready for solvent cement.

PVC Culvert

Culvert pipe made from uPVC material – see Gateway Culvert pipe.

Rear Inspection Junction

A fitting used to join three pipes together horizontally by splitting the flow from one pipe to two with an access point on the rear – see Access Junctions.

Reducer

A fitting used to join two pipes of different sizes – see Socket reducer and Pipe reducer.

Reflux valve

A fitting used on pipes to ensure water flows in only one direction – see Flap-valve.

Ribbed pipe

Pipes with an external rib for extra strength – see EUROFLO® Culvert pipe.

Right-hand inspection

A fitting used to join three pipes together horizontally with an access point on the right-hand side, when looking upstream from water flow – see Access Junctions.

Schedule 40 PVC

PVC pressure system based on wall thickness rather than PN rating.

Sealing Cushions

Tool used for pipe shut-offs and pressure testing in all shape pipes using very low pressure to seal.

Not stocked

Septic Tees

A fitting that inlet has no radius on internal tee intersection.

Slide Valves

A fitting that controls the flow of water by opening and closing a slide.

Slotted Pipe

Pipes with a slot pattern drilled into it to allow water to flow in or out of the pipe system as required.

Smooth bore Euroflo

Coils of flexible pipes smooth inside and ribbed outside.

Other Piping

SN8 culvert pipe

Culvert pipe with a strength rating of 8. Suitable for use with highway and roading systems.

Socket reducer

A fitting used inside sockets, flange end of pipe, to join two pipes of different sizes.

Solvent cement

A glue used to fix pipes and fittings – see Mozzie glue.

Spray Well

Aerosol paint suitable to use inverted either free-hand or in a paint applicator or trolley.

Stiffness Ratings

Measurement of pressure before a pipe become oval – SN Rating.

Straight Inspection

A fitting used to join two pipes together with an access point on the top.

Strap Boss

A fitting to make a connection onto existing pipework without cutting in a tee.

Strip drain

Common term for drainage systems – see Channel & Grate.

Suction hose

Hose that can be used to convey a wide variety of liquids by suction or pressure – see Blue hose.

Sumps

Drainage system boxes to collect water.

Tees

A fitting used to join three pipes together and the intersection is 88-90 degrees. Also known as a square junction.

Trade waste

Polypropylene pipes appropriate for commercial waste applications – see Commercial Waste.

Two Pot Mortar

Mortar system used to fix cracks and bond materials together – see Epoxy Mortar.

Vermin traps

A fitting used on the end of pipes to ensure vermin can not enter pipe – see Flap-valve.

Water Main access covers

Prefinished cover generally to cover a riser pipe from a valve below to surface.

Watertight Slide valve

A watertight fitting that controls the flow of water by opening and closing a knife-like slide.

Wind up Test Plug

Term used for a tool to stop water flow – see Pipe plugs.

Not stocked

Y joiners

A fitting that joins three pipes together by splitting the flow from one pipe to two – see Y junctions.

Y junctions

A fitting that joins three pipes together by splitting the flow from one pipe to two.