Medicine Hat Plumbing, Did you know? Sewage disposal systems can produce nasty odors as well as lethal gases like methane, hydrogen sulfide, nitrogen, and carbon monoxide. Being exposed to these gases may cause danger to your health. For instance, sewer gas exposure may result in a possible explosion due to methane gas, a bacterial infection of the sinuses, and even fatal asphyxiation. So, to keep us protected from these harmful gases, a barrier must be placed between the plumbing fixture and sewage waste system. That’s why each plumbing fixture in your home that is connected directly to the sanitary drain system must be properly equipped with a water seal trap or plumbing trap. 

What is a Plumbing Trap?

A Plumbing Trap is a device that keeps fluid to prevent harmful gases and odors from entering buildings while letting waste materials to pass through. Plumbing traps are an essential part of the modern sanitary system. And there are different types of drain traps. But P-trap is one of the most commonly used plumbing traps nowadays. P-traps are used mostly on kitchen sinks, lavatories, and laundry sinks.

Classification of Traps

For better understanding, we listed down below some types of plumbing traps. Plumbing traps are classified depending on their shapes like the following:

  • P Trap – This plumbing trap helps in preventing the entry of foul gases in the house. It is made from cast iron and UPV sheet.
  • S Trap – S trap is almost similar to P Trap. The only difference between the two is that P Trap is used for an outlet through the wall while S Trap is used for an outlet through the floor.
  • Q Trap – This type of trap is used in the toilet underwater closet. Q traps are almost similar to S traps but are used in the upper story.

Requirements of a good trap:

Before you buy and install a plumbing trap, better check it first. To tell whether the plumbing trap is good, better check if it is:

  • Capable of being cleaned easily – remember that a good trap can be cleaned easily without any hassle. This simply means that with every use, it must be able to flush away and must not be hindered by lint or hair.
  • Can be easily fixed with the drain – A good plumbing trap should be easily fixed with the drain. The size of the trap outlet should be right. No outlet should be larger or bigger than the fixture drain to where it is connected.
  • Has a smooth finish internal as well as external – Check the plumbing trap and see if it has any problem. Check if the plumbing outlet size is right. Keep in mind that its size always matters.

So, if you are planning to have your plumbing traps for your drain system. Consider these tips we have provided or consult on a reliable and professional plumber. If you are looking for one, just feel free to contact us. We guarantee to give you top-quality plumbing services at an affordable and reasonable cost.