Fittings are used to connect pipes and change the direction or size of the plumbing system. There are several types of fittings, including:
Elbows allow pipes to change direction at a 90- or 45-degree angle. They are available in various materials, such as PVC, copper, and brass, and are essential for navigating around obstacles in a plumbing system.
Tees are used to split or combine the flow of water in a plumbing system. They have one inlet and two outlets, forming a T-shape. Tees come in various sizes and materials to accommodate different pipe types and applications.
Couplings are used to connect two pipes of the same or different sizes. They can be made from various materials and are available in both flexible and rigid designs.
Valves control the flow of water in a plumbing system. They come in different types, each designed for specific purposes.
Ball valves use a ball with a hole through it, which rotates to open or close the flow of water. They are ideal for shutoff applications, providing a tight seal and easy operation. Ball valves are available in various materials, such as brass, copper, and PVC.
Gate valves control water flow using a gate or wedge that moves up and down. They are used for both on-off and flow control applications. Gate valves offer a more gradual control of water flow than ball valves, which can be advantageous in some situations. They are available in materials such as brass, bronze, and cast iron.
Check valves allow water to flow in one direction only, preventing backflow in your plumbing system. They are essential in applications where backflow could cause damage or contamination. Check valves come in various designs, such as swing, lift, and ball check valves, and are available in materials like brass, stainless steel, and PVC.
Fixtures are the visible components of a plumbing system, such as faucets, showerheads, and toilets. They serve both functional and aesthetic purposes.
Faucets control the flow of water from a supply line to a sink, bathtub, or other fixture. They come in various designs, finishes, and materials, allowing you to choose the best match for your home’s style and your personal preferences. Some faucets are equipped with advanced features, like touchless operation or built-in water filters.
Showerheads deliver water in a spray pattern for bathing. They are available in various styles, such as fixed, handheld, and rain showerheads, each offering a different shower experience. Some showerheads are designed to conserve water while still providing an enjoyable shower experience.
Toilets are essential fixtures in every bathroom, handling the disposal of human waste. They come in various designs and technologies, such as gravity-fed, pressure-assisted, and dual-flush toilets, catering to different preferences and water-saving requirements.