Why Do We Need Bottle Traps For The Wash Basins?

bottle trap fitted under a wall hung basin
bottle trap fitted under a wall hung basin

Bottle trap under the basin

Have you ever noticed the bottle trap that sits right under the sink or the basin? We all tend to see and choose the most beautiful basins and the most beautiful taps for our bathroom, but never notice that bottle trap, a basin accessory does so much more than just making the bathroom look great.

What is a bottle trap? And Why Do We Need Bottle Traps For The Wash Basins?

The bottle trap is an essential element of the basins plumbing that keeps the bathroom hygienic and clean. When we use the basin, the used water goes through the basin waste, into the drainage pipe and then into the sewer. Lot of other waste and dirt is accumulated in this sewer and naturally the accumulation causes a lot of harmful gases. These gases need an outlet and that, they get through our drainage pipes, through the wastes and back into our bathrooms. Ewww!! Sounds bad!! Isn’t it?
Here is where and why you require those basin bottle traps. The bottle trap prevents these gases to enter the bathrooms, thus helping maintain hygiene in the bathroom and keeping it safe for us.

how does a bottle trap work?
how does a bottle trap work?
traditional bottle trap in gold finish
traditional bottle trap in gold finish

How does a bottle trap work?

The bottle trap is a kind of a deep vessel which has a bigger diameter than the plumbing pipe. The plumbing pipe that comes from the basin goes straight into the bottle trap.

When more water gushes in the water inside the bottle trap goes into the drain and fills with the new water that comes from the waste. Thus the trap always remains filled with a certain amount of water and the pipe from the basin remains immersed into this water inside the bottle trap.

Now when the sewer gases re enter the system through the outlet pipes they reach the bottle trap, but here they find their way sealed with the water that is collected in the trap. Due to the basin pipe immersed in water it remains closed and doesn’t allow the return waste and gases to enter it and pave their way upwards into and out of the basin right into the bathroom.

Various brands and manufacturers offer a wide variety of bottle traps for the basin in the very original and traditional designs to the designs that can fit into a minimalistic, modern and many such different type of bathroom interiors.

Modern bollte trap (chrome matte finish)
Modern bollte trap (chrome matte finish)

Choose the best suitable bottle trap for your basin

Having the basic mechanism in place there are various sizes, shapes and finishes available in the bottle trap designs. choosing the most appropriate design according to the finish and design of the other bathroom fittings makes it look well in place and in sync with the bathroom interiors.

Toilet trap
Toilet trap

Same concept applied for other plumbing fixtures

You must be thinking that the same can happen with the bath tubs and shower and worst of all, the toilet pan. Imagine harmful gases coming out of the toilet and into your bathroom. The toilet however has an inbuilt trap that functions exactly like the bottle trap and prevents the external sewage gases entering the bathroom. The shower and the bath too have a similar kind of a system for a better hygiene and safety.

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iZeko 5 years ago

It’s always nice to learn something new. Maybe its name should be changed to gas trap ;-)) Rated up!


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Lord De Cross 5 years ago

Formidable! just lika a pro..Certainly a real pro! Nice Carrie! VOTED UP.Very useful too!

LORD


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carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi iZeko!! nice name gas trap!! imagine with that name it could be used at such a lot of places ;))


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carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi lord!! that was so kind of you, and thanx for liking it and leaving a comment as well :)

TC

carrie


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Lord De Cross 5 years ago

you are welcome...TC?


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carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Take Care :)


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

You never cease to amaze me with your talent related with great stuff like this one. Thanks for share with us. Cheers..


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carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

oh thank you so much prasetio for the appreciation:)

carrie!


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katrinasui 5 years ago

carriethomson, you are very talented girl. keep up the good work.


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carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

hey! katrinasui. thanks for such a wonderful comment!!


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Aceblogs 5 years ago from India

Wow your hubs are so much full of information , frankly speaking i never ever bothered to look at the basin's structure before it , lol . Great share


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carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hey aceblogs!! thank you so much for the appreciation!! well the details are more than important in any design you see:)) keep visiting

carrie


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formosangirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles

Interesting. Will be sharing this article with my husband who likes modern bathrooms.


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carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

hey formosan girl! thanks for dropping by! sure do share it with husband! would be very happy if it is useful to him!!

-carrie


srinivasan 4 years ago

Very good explanation.


Bhavesh solanki 2 years ago

you are very talented girl. keep up the good work.


Voltaire 3 months ago

Very useful and thanks for explaining. Was wondering what these things do - many websites just discuss their aesthetics and not their practical use.

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