Plumbing traps are devices that are used in pipes that are of a specific shape. Based on the shape of the trap, it will be named accordingly. It uses the specific bend of the pipe in order to capture water and this helps to prevent sewer gases from entering buildings, or homes. This pipe can be known to have the shape of a U, an S, or even a J, and it allows for waste to pass through, but since the waste is past the bend, it does not allow for the smell of waste to linger in your bathrooms or kitchen areas.
How Does a Trap Work?
When you first install the trap into your sink or toilet area, what happens is as follows:
- The water stays stuck in the bend of the trap. This acts as a seal to any odors that may want to leak out into your home, including that of sewage. It can also help you to trap some items as well.
- There are different kinds of traps, as mentioned above. These can be in the shape of a U, S or J, however, the S trap is the most famous and widely spread, as the trap can not jam and doesn’t need any overflow area.
- You can potentials trap objects with a high density. It will sink to the low point of the trap and capture heavy objects, such as rings or jewelry. Make sure to call your local plumber before you accidentally flush it into the septic!
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