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Perk Test

A Perk Test is the test that is done to see how well the soil allows water to penetrate or perk. This test is done to see if a septic tank can be used in a particular location on a piece of property.


A plumber is a tradesperson who specializes in installing and maintaining systems used for potable (drinking) water, sewage, and drainage.

Plumbers Crack

The terms plumber's crack (Canadian, Australian and American English), "cofrinho" (Brazilian Portuguese), and builder's bum (British English) refer to the exposure of male buttock cleavage, especially on occasions of careless bending over.

Plumbers Putty

Plumbers Putty is a substance that that can be molded and shaped and is used to create a watertight seal around a faucet or drain pip. Plumber's putty is sold at at hardware and DIY centers around the country and is considered one of the most basic plumbing tools.

Pressure Balance Valve

A Pressure Balance Valve is a shower mixing valve that automatically regulates the balance between incoming hot and cold water supplies by immediately controlling the fluctuations in pressure. As a result,the water temperature remains constant, though the outlet pressure may drop a litlle. Also known as an anti-scald valve.

Pressure Test

Plumbers use a Pressure Test to check if it maintains a constant pressure. During the pressure test they pressurize the plumbing line and monitor the pressure inside.

Pushfit Connectors

In the plumbing trade with pushfit connectors are meant a type of plumbing connector which just push onto the pipework rather than using compression or capillary connectors - they can be made of plastic but are suitable for both hot and cold water - sometimes referred to as 'Speedfit connectors' (one of the early brands). Available as straight, 'T', elbow and other configurations.