Basin wastes may not be the most glamorous purchase for your bathroom. But they are an essential part of your basins plumbing. Providing a connection between your basin and your home's drainage. And getting the right one is essential for both the function and look of your basin space. So, what do you need to look for when buying? read more
Slotted or Unslotted?
Your basin will be the deciding factor in whether you need a slotted or unslotted model. More specifically. Whether your basin has an overflow. An overflow is a hole in your basin usually placed under the tap that allows excess water to drain away when it reaches that level. So, basins with an overflow need somewhere to send that excess water. And the place to send it is back to your basin's waste. For these basins, you'll need waste with a slot that can accept this drainage water. But if your basin does not have an overflow. Then there is no need for this feature. So, unslotted waste is required to prevent unnecessary leaks. Some wastes even come in universal fittings. Working in basins with or without overflows.
What Kind of Waste?
Now that you know whether you need a slotted or unslotted waste. You now need to decide how you want it to operate. Today, this can come in a wide selection of options.
These are by far the most common choice when it comes to the modern home. Sometimes known as push-down or sprung wastes. They operate by pushing down on a large cover plate. One push down closes the plug and another opens it up again. Usually, a definitive click will be heard when you action the waste. Giving it its name.
More common in traditional brassware. These models rely on a set of rods that attach to a handle. This handle is usually found built into the back of a tap. Pulling or pushing it opens and closes your basins waste letting you fill and empty your basin without even getting your hands wet. Because of their integration to the tap. Pop-up wastes are often included with brassware.
Flip Top Wastes
Also known as captive wastes. Flip tops are a simple solution for those looking for a low profile waste. The mechanism usually includes a brass disk with a rubber seal fitted to its edge. This disc sits on a swivel and can be pushed open with a single finger allowing water to flow. Then flattened back into position for a tight seal.
A less common choice for homes and more often found in commercial use. Wastes of this type act as a straight through pipe. Allowing continual flow. And because they cannot be closed, they effectively prevent any chance of overflowing.
Plug & Chain Wastes
The waste of choice for traditional bathrooms. Plug & chain wastes contain just that. A plug is attached to a chain which can then be fitted to your basin. Now all you need to do is close your waste with the plug when you want to fill your basin. And pull it out when you're done with the handy chain.
Depending on how your basin is fitted. There may be some more equipment needed to finish off your setup. And one of the most common pieces is a basin trap.
A basin trap or bottle trap is water-filled pipe usually attached to your waste. It lets your basin drain away excess water. While also preventing smelly gasses from returning back from the sewers that attach to your pipes. Keeping your bathroom smelling how you want it to.
These traps come in the standard bottle trap shape for use with standard wall-hung basins. Or as plastic, flexible and compact models intended for use in the confined spaces of vanity units.