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Glossary of Common Restoration Terms - T

Tactics refer to the method of deploying and implementing resources for restoration work in order to achieve the objectives of a particular strategy.

Technically Exhaustive
A technically exhaustive home inspection is a comprehensive and detailed investigation and examination of a home or establishment which includes or involves dismantling, use of advanced techniques, measurements, special instruments, calculations, testing, research and technical analysis. This also requires specialized knowledge or training.

A thermostat is a device that automatically turns heating or air conditioning on or off to control temperatures within a home or building and maintain desired temperatures.

Threshold Limit Values (TLV)
TLVs refer to the exposure limit that restoration workers are allowed exposure to a particular hazardous substance within an 8-hour period and during a 40-hour workweek. The guidelines and values are set by the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH), which is then controlled and implemented by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Tile Drains
Tile drains are underground, perforated pipes that are installed to remove excess water from the soil. The drainage water that is removed is channeled through ditches and sent to waterways.

A toilet is an intrinsic part of a bathroom or restroom and refers to the bowl with a detachable, hinged seat and lid. The bowl is then attached to tank reservoir that contains water and is used a device for flushing. Toilets are used for defecation and urination.

Toilet Bowl
A toilet bowl is the bowl and base of a toilet. It can be made in various materials, but common household toilets are usually made of ceramic or porcelain.

Toilet Seat
Toilet seats are the detachable and ring-like seats, usually made of plastic or ceramic, that is hinged to the top of a toilet bowl. Most toilet seats have a lid or cover attached on top. Toilet seats are main contact points for germs and should be properly disinfected during routine cleaning.

Toilet Seat Cover Dispensers
Toilet seat cover dispensers are restroom or washroom fixtures or accessories that are designed to contain and dispense disposable toilet seat covers. The size, shapes and materials of the dispensers depend upon the specifications of the toilet seats.

Toilet Seat Covers
Disposable toilet seat covers are sanitary paper products that are single-use and designed to fit the toilet seat as a covering. It aims to prevent direct contact of the toilet seat to human skin.

Toilet Tank
A toilet tank is attached to the toilet assembly and is used as a reservoir or holding container for water that is used to flush the toilet.

Toilet Tissue
Also called toilet paper or bathroom tissue, a toilet tissue is a soft and lightweight sanitized paper that is used for personal cleaning inside restrooms.

Toilet Tissue Dispensers
A toilet tissue dispenser is a fixture found in restrooms or washrooms that are designed to hold and dispense toilet paper. Dispensers come in various shapes, sizes and materials depending on the dimensions and specifications of the toilet tissue.

Torrents are turbulent, swift-flowing streams caused by a heavy downpour or deluge. Torrents can result to flash floods in various areas and can affect inhabited communities and cause severe flood damage.

Total Dissolved Solids (TDS)
TDS refers to the quantitative measure of dissolved minerals in water after the solution has been evaporated. TDS is expressed in milligrams per liter.

Total Loss
A total loss refers to the condition of a structure or an object that is not economically feasible to repair. This level in particular is set when cost to repair exceeds 80 percent of the actual value.

Total Phosphorous (TP)
TP refers to the concentration of phosphorous present in water.

Toxic Gas Detector
A toxic gas detector is a mechanical device that is used to measure and quantify the presence of gases and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC).

Toxic Substances
Toxic substances are hazardous or poisonous substances that can cause physical harm to living organisms.

Transient Germs
Transient germs are germs that are transferred from one object, surface or person to another.

Treated Lumber
Treated lumber is pressure-treated wood that contains a percentage of chromium III, arsenic V and copper. Treated lumber is used in exterior construction to withstand the environment, weather, termites and fungal decay.

A tributary is a stream that discharges into a larger stream, river, lake or any other body of water.

Trigger Sprayer
A trigger sprayer is a device that is attached to a spray bottle that allows a detergent, disinfectant and other cleaning products to be dispensed in a fine or coarse spray.

Trigger Sprayer Bottle
A trigger sprayer bottle is the container where a trigger sprayer is attached. The bottle contains the cleaning products that will be dispensed in a fine or coarse spray.

Trims include moldings, baseboards, doors and window casings, etc. and are basically constructed from wood, plastics or metals.

Turbidity is the measure of the content of suspended particles and matter that interferes on how light passes through water and cause restrictions on visual depth. Sediments suspended in water are one component of turbidity.

Type, Building
The building type is a classification system used in the United States to categorize the fire resistance of a particular structure. These classifications include: Type I - resistive, Type II - non-combustible, Type III - ordinary, Type IV - heavy timber, and Type V - frame construction or made entirely of wood.


This glossary is another free service, provided by RestorationSOS® as a part of our comprehensive service pledge. We believe that knowledge is a key element in a smooth and successful restoration project.

The terms in this glossary are commonly used during fire and water damage restoration projects. These terms are likely to be included in the estimate and contract, and are usually translated into the final cost. Please feel free to contact us with any question or concern.

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