Everything You Should Know About Plumbing Traps
Plumbing troubles are something we all loathe, being knowledgeable on the use of plumbing traps in our homes can help us avoid a lot of problems. Recently, a homeowner called us with some plumbing trap troubles, they noticed some water in the cabinet under their sink. Like any other pipe in our homes, plumbing traps can develop holes over time. If you notice a hole like these homeowners did, a plumber can come by and replace the pipe.
What is a plumbing trap?
A plumbing trap is usually made from PVC plastic or metal and is a curved piece of a drainpipe. They are located underneath a sink. You can easily find them when you look beneath any of the sinks in your home. A plumbing trap creates a water plug that blocks any natural gases that could come up into your home.
Why do I need one?
The plumbing trap creates a barrier between the drain and sewage. This blocks any bad smells caused by gases using the shape of the drainpipe and gravity.
Other than the plumbing trap leaking, what other issues might there be?
Your trap can dry out. If you don’t use the sink for a few weeks, the water in the trap may dry out.This can cause gas to escape the trap. To resolve the issue, simply pour water into the drain.
You can also experience clogging from objects going down the drain, like hair, soap scum, etc. Usually, you can fix this with sink plungers. When in doubt, a plumber is trained and can come by and help you.