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Details: Show Off Your Sink Line

Many contemporary and traditional sink designs expose our waste and water supply lines. If your new sink will show off your pipes, you will want to decide on a good sink trap — specifically a P-trap, named because of its shape, such as the letter”P” — and matching sink fittings.

There are two fundamental sorts of P-traps: A European-style P-trap has no U-shaped pipe, while the North American style does. Regardless of which shape you choose, you can discover a sink trap in all sorts of materials — including nickel, oil-rubbed bronze, stainless steel, brass and copper — to coordinate with your bathroom’s style.

roth sheppard architects

Your faucet trap holds back a little water after each use to maintain air from your sewer pipes out of coming back into your home. Consistent sink use, from simply running the faucet to washing your hands, keeps the system working well.

In seldom-used baths, water from the trap slowly evaporates. If you’ve got a guest tub you do not use quite often, get in the practice of sending a small water down the sink from time to time to keep the proper water level from the P-trap.

Toilets need this same care; make sure you flush toilets in seldom-used baths after every one to three weeks.


KOHLER Flexible P-trap with tube socket, 1-1/4″ x 1-1/2″ – $141.60

This photo of a Kohler adjustable P-trap (North American style) shows where the snare got its title; if you tilt your head to the right, the pipe seems a lot like the letter”P.” The curved part of the trap retains a small amount of water after the sink is used.

Sterling Construction, Inc..

This shot shows a European-style sink trap, which doesn’t have the same P shape and may save a little more space under your sink. The water in these types of traps acts exactly the same manner as in the previous trap. This clever installation has a shelf notched round the well-placed snare, making great towel under the sink.

Sterling Construction, Inc..

Here is a shot of the same sink in the previous picture. The installer did a great job with this setup. If you’ve got a little vanity and require more storage, think about using one of those European-style P-traps to save room below your sink.

Cary Bernstein Architect

Most sink traps are set up perfectly centered on the sink with the pipe running from the front of the sink to the trunk…

Supon Phornirunlit / Nude Decor

… while some installments show the curve off with the pipe run parallel to the wall, letting you observe the entire P shape.

Hanson Fine Building

Plan your fittings to fit the room and feel of this space. This bathroom has lots of old-home charm, along with the exposed pipes is part of that look. A sleek, contemporary pipe would seem out of place for this sink.

If you’re planning for your golden years and need a much more universal toilet design, understand that Americans with Disability Act–compliant baths have space to roll under a bathroom sink with a wheelchair. This usually means picking a pipe that won’t bang anyone’s knees or legs.

Make certain the front of your sink is no greater than 34 inches off your completed flooring to comply with the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s preparation guidelines for accessibility.

Hint: Should you want to have more space under your sink, then ask your plumber to send the faucet waste line to the back wall and put in the P-trap from the wall or up against it.

FOC Design

A number of today’s sink designs do not require a P-trap, such as the one in this picture. This sink doesn’t even have a waste line; the water simply slides down into the shower drain!

Hint: Today a sink graywater (wastewater) may be employed to fill the toilet and decrease water use. If you want your home to save on natural resources, this is an excellent eco-friendly option.

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