Everything You Need to Know About Plumbing Traps

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Basics of Plumbing Traps

If you decide to take on a plumbing project, you?re bound to hear about plumbing traps. Plumbers talk about them all the time. Grease traps, p-traps, s-traps, drum traps, and more. But what the heck are they and what on Earth do they actually do anyway?

If you want to tackle a DIY project that involves plumbing, you definitely need to know the answers to these questions before you start. But we also want to make sure you understand what products to use, how to install them, and what other supplies you?ll need to successfully complete your mission.

Let?s look at some tips and tricks that will make your life easier when you decide you?re ready to handle the plumbing projects around your house. As a bonus, here are a few of the best plumbing traps you can use.

Sewage disposal systems produce some pretty nasty odors while others can even come to a point where they are considered dangerous. In order to protect us from these risks, a barrier is placed between the plumbing fixture and sewage waste system.

Sewage disposal systems start in the production phase of the shower, bathtub, or toilet. Then it enters the disposal stage, sending the sediment waste through a series of inline steps. This helps ensure waste doesn?t overflow.

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Methane.

Methane.
Hydrogen Sulfide.
Nitrogen.
Carbon Monoxide.

No trap that must depend on moving parts to retain its seal can be used.

No trap outlet can be larger than the fixture drain to which it is connected. The sizes of the trap outlet matter. Don?t be flexible with this. For instance, you can?t put a 1 1/2 inch p-trap on a fixture with an 11/4 inch drain.

No trap that must depend on moving parts to retain its seal can be used.
No trap outlet can be larger than the fixture drain to which it is connected. The sizes of the trap outlet matter. Don?t be flexible with this. For instance, you can?t put a 1 1/2 inch p-trap on a fixture with an 11/4 inch drain.
Fixture traps must be self-cleaning by nature. This means that with each use, it must be able to flush away unhindered by lint or hair.
You must install a trap level in relation to its trap seal. If the trap isn?t level, it can be susceptible to back-siphonage. Check out the diagram in Figure #2.

Having said that, any plumbing fixture directly connected to the sanitary drainage system must be equipped with a water seal trap. That means every single plumbing fixture used to evacuate waste from a building should have its own plumbing trap.

By definition, a plumbing trap is a device that keeps a small amount of liquid every time the fixtures is used. The amount of retained liquid is called a trap seal. This trap seal prevents sewage system odors, gases, and vermin (mice, insects, etc.) from entering the living or workspace.

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Trap seal is the maximum vertical depth of liquid that a trap will retain measured from the crown weir and the top of the dip of the trap. The most common of all plumbing traps is the p-trap. This is used with kitchen sinks, lavatories, and laundry sinks. Check out the diagram inÿFigure #1.

Most Plumbing Codes place restrictions on how a p-trap is used and manufactured. Here are some of those limitations, restrictions, and clarifications.

Plumbing Trap Definition

Figure #2 ? P-Trap Level and Not Level

Plumbing Codes Restrictions

Figure #3 Double Trapped Water Closet

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