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.