There are certain parts of every household that we typically may not give much thought towards. And yet, they serve some type of vital function. A great example of such a household component that we take for granted comes in the form of the p-trap. This unremarkable-looking item is actually a very important part of your plumbing!
P-traps act as a sort of filter. They are the part of a pipe with a dip in them to hold water at an even level and prevents air and extreme odors from entering your home or place of business. Think of these as a line of defense that keeps sewer gases from entering your bathrooms and kitchens.
For a more visual cue, look under a sink and look at the pipe leading up to the basin of it. See that u-shaped dip right under the drain? That’s one of the most common forms of a p-trap.
In addition to the “air-filter” function mentioned above, p-traps also provide the following functions:
P-traps basically come in two varieties...metal and pvc. There are advantages and disadvantages to both materials, such as:
In addition to the purposes these traps serve, they are also required by state building codes in order to provide a basic barrier from sewer gases, which often contain hazardous and flammable substances like methane. Most of these gases are horrible when you smell them, but moreover are ignitable.
FL state building regulations require that residents in Plant City, Lakeland, Winter Haven, and most other areas in the state, p-traps need to be at every drain and water access point.
If you smell foul odors coming from any of your water access points or drains, please let us know immediately so we can get to you ASAP. Just call us at (863) 667-6364. One of our helpful service representatives will be more than happy to dispatch one of our amazing, certified plumbers.
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