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Sink Traps Repairs: Effective Plumbing Tips for Trap Leaks

By Singapore Home Guy On June 22, 2010 Under DIY Home Repair

Our kitchen lavatories and kitchen sinks usually use curved traps in order to retain minimal amount of water in the drain pipe. The water that retains to that trap serves as blocking solution so that bad odors and gases coming from sewer lines and drains will not be able to come back inside of the house. Regards to that, curved traps in our sinks and lavatories are really beneficial. But most of the time, curved traps come as vulnerable with its very thin wall. It can easily be destroyed as it is not subjected to hold high pressured water. As times goes by, it becomes brittle and decayed. It is resulting to leaks so it should be replaced in due time.

The curved trap that is commonly used in homes is also known as P traps. There are different kinds of material that can be used as traps. The most commonly used trap materials are galvanized iron, steel and brass. You can also use chrome plated material –which is the most expensive but the most efficient trap material as it can lasts for long time. In choosing P trap material, you should consider the weight. You should determine if it will fit or match to the material used in drainpipes. Too heavy P traps can worsen the leaks in the pipe. Compare prices of P traps then choose the most suitable yet affordable.

There are two types of curved traps – the swivel traps and the fixed type traps. You can choose from these two based on what your sink drain pipes and tailpiece is needed. If you choose swivel type traps, you will be able to adjust the trap in any direction through adjusting the separate slip nut. This is beneficial as you do not have to remove the trap if you need to replace the tailpiece. You can also align the tailpiece and drainpipe into its perfect alignment without the need of removing the traps.

On the other hand, fixed trap is kind of trap that can be screwed fixedly upon repair. Unlike swivel traps, it can’t be adjusted or turned in any direction. However, you can still replace the tailpiece (if you need to) without removing the traps. You just need to be aware on the expert plumber’s plumbing technique. That is rolling the trap. First, let the tailpiece free and drop into the trap carefully. Loose the trap and roll it from one side to another until it get to the tailpiece. This maybe a daunting task for you, but once you have learned the technique, you can easily replace your tailpiece using fixed traps as conveniently as swivel traps.

However, replacing drainpipes is ever a tough job. Whatever the traps you will use in the repair, you have to remove all the drainpipes completely.

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