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Replace Your Drain Trap

Apr 20, 2008
Did you know that below every drain, there is something called a drain trap? A drain trap is a small u shaped pipe that helps to maintain safety between the drain and the sewer system. The seal that is within the drain trap keeps out various types of sewer gases. The danger is if the trap leaks, this could cause damage to the structure of the home, as well as the safety of all individuals within.

It is very important that you try to keep the drain trap in proper working condition at all times. It is therefore advised, that every month or so you take the drain trap apart and ensure that it is in proper working order. This is especially true in the kitchen sink drain trap.

You may find that this particular drain trap has been burdened with grease and food that has fallen from the dishes that have been cleaned recently. Catching these things before they cause any damage, you will save yourself a lot of trouble in the long run.

To really prevent potential problems, consider changing the drain trap twice a year. When you replace the drain trap, these are the tools you will need to do the job correctly. They are as follows...a wrench, preferably a pipe wrench that suits the size of the pipe. A bucket in which to catch any water or debris that falls from the drain trap as you take it off. A screwdriver and plumbers and/or pipe glue or compound. Last but not least, a drain trap replacement piece!

Once you have gathered all the necessary tools to perform the replacement of the drain trap, you should follow the following instructions:

1. Turn off the water supply in your home that supplies water to the area where you are working.

2. Slightly remove the trap with the pipe wrench and allow the water that oozes from the pipe to gently drip into the bucket that you have designated for this.

3. Watch for the water to slow down then and only then can you take the entire drain trap off making sure not to ruin the threads.

4. Once the drain trap is off, discard it in the nearest garbage can.

5. Once you have discarded the old drain trap, you should then clean the area around the inside of the drain trap fixture. Make sure that there is no rust, dirt, or caulking that may interfere with the new drain trap installation.

6. It's important to dry the drain trap area before you proceed to the next step.

7. Position yourself to make it easy to install the new drain trap, believe me, it will save you from the frustration of over shooting and banging your hand! When you are done, apply the plumbers glue around the new pipe which will seal it from potential leaks.

8. Now check on your success and turn the water back on. Run the water for a few minutes and make sure to check that there are no leaks.

If you follow the above instructions, you'll realize that replacing a drain trap is one of the easier plumbing issues that you can handle and save yourself some money.
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More about the author: Bob E. Thompson learned how to fix things through trial and error. If you have online plumbing questions most likely he has an answer.
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