How do bathroom sink traps work, and why are they important?

If you’re a homeowner or have been around plumbing long enough, you’ve probably heard the word “trap” or “p-trap” used. A plumbing trap is a small device that plays a big role in keeping you and your family safe, clean, and comfortable. They’re most used in a home’s bathroom, but these traps can be found anywhere plumbing is in use. Today, we’ll go over what a bathroom sink trap is, how they work, and how they prevent harmful odors and pests from getting into your home.

How sink traps work

A basic plumbing trap is used to keep gases from leaking back into your home. This trap and its seal also prevents mice or other pests from getting into your home through the sewage system. In your sewage system, harmful gases like methane, carbon monoxide, and nitrogen are produced. To protect yourself from these gases and their associated risks, a barrier is used to place a buffer between the sewage system and your plumbing fixtures.

In a bathroom sink, the plumbing trap is most commonly found under the sink and is usually made of PVC pipe or steel. If you’ve ever smelled something similar to rotten eggs near your sinks or laundry machines, this could be a sink trap malfunction or issue with harmful gases leaking back up into your home. If you think you have a plumbing issue, however big or small, give the team at Wagner a call today.

The importance of regular plumbing maintenance

You should be receiving regular maintenance visits to ensure your home is running smoothly. Even if your bathroom fixtures seem to be working fine, you could have a small, hidden leak or a break in your pipes. The last thing you need is for a middle-of-the-night home flood or emergency. Regular maintenance prevents these problems from happening.

Wagner’s certified plumbers can come out to your home and take care of your sinks, disposals, toilets, showers, and more. They can also repair or replace your sink traps to eliminate those harmful odors from getting inside your home. If it’s been a year or more since you’ve had a plumbing visit, it’s time to call today!

Caring for your home

Many homeowners prefer a DIY approach because it’s sometimes more affordable and easier than picking up the phone. However, many DIY projects soon turn into disasters. More money is spent trying to fix the issue, troubleshooting can take hours, and the mess just isn’t worth it. Why not make one phone call and rest easy knowing that a professional can handle the job? Before you try to change out a sink trap, call Wagner first. We’re certified to handle plumbing equipment and professionally care for your home.

If your drain gets clogged easily or you notice strange smells coming from your sink or bathroom area, be sure to call a plumber immediately. The longer you wait, the more buildup your sink could experience, leading to a larger problem altogether. A sink trap is meant to protect your home from harm and pests, and if it isn’t working properly, you and your family will be the first to know (and smell it). For fast and friendly work, call Wagner today or visit our website to learn more about the services we offer.

Why is the Daikin VRV LIFE a great fit for homes here in Albuquerque?

Back in 1982, Daikin invented the Variable Refrigerant Volume technology, or “VRV,” as it’s commonly known. This quickly turned into being called the “Rolls Royce of the HVAC world” for commercial buildings. Daikin is now bringing this awesome technology into your home to increase efficiency, add flexibility, and improve your home’s overall comfort. This is where the Daikin VRV Life system comes into the picture. In this article, we’ll discuss all of the exciting things that this system has to offer for homeowners here in Albuquerque, NM.

What exactly is VRV technology?

A VRV system usually consists of an outdoor unit connected by refrigerant piping inside to multiple air handlers. These VRV systems combine electronic valves with inverter technology. This allows the system to precisely control the speed of the compressor, as well as the amount of refrigerant flowing into each unit.

This allows for maximum efficiency. This precise control allows for zoning that can keep every room in your home at exactly the right temperature. It will also use up to 30% less energy and regular, non-inverter AC units.

Another huge advantage of the VRV system is that it is very flexible with its layout. You can easily add to your system when needed. The refrigerant piping that it uses takes up far less space than traditional ductwork does in homes. This especially comes in handy when working with older, historical buildings that were not built with central HVAC and ductwork in the first place.

How will this system benefit my home in Albuquerque?

Many homes here in Albuquerque have furnaces in them that would normally have an outdoor AC unit, but then they will have a second floor to their home with a master bedroom, a kid’s room, or even a den that either gets too hot or too cold and won’t stay regulated either way.

When you choose to work with Wagner and allow us to install your new system, we can either put in an air handler or furnace, and have the VRV Life system outside. We can also put in an indoor mini-split to further control temperature in the master bedroom or the kid’s rooms. Doing this allows you to be able to control each individual space to get the room to its best possible comfort level.

One of the nicest things about this system is that it gives us lots of options for retrofitting and it is incredibly quiet compared to other units in the market. It also has a very small footprint, so it can virtually fit anywhere.

Daikin is leading the way for the future of cooling and heating. They’re not content to just follow what other HVAC companies have been doing for decades. In fact, the opposite is true: other companies started to see what Daikin was doing and immediately wanted in on this revolutionary technology, because they were the first to pioneer it.

Call Wagner for a free in-home estimate on a new Daikin system

When you choose to work with Wagner, you are also choosing to work with Daikin and their advanced, energy-efficient systems. To learn more about the VRV Life system and whether or not it’s a good fit for your home here in Albuquerque, call us today for a free in-home estimate.