As the name “traps” gives it out, these are traps that are used to trap the sewer gas and water. These are plumbing devices to help prevent bacteria, smell, also insects from entering the house.
All water-using fitting and appliances come with a drain line to help flow the water out, therefore, you must make sure to have a trap fit in the pipes to seal the drain. This seal is necessary to maintain a nice and fresh environment and also prevent the entering of the sewer gases into the building. Traps are equipped with many plumbing fixtures such as sinks, toilets, bathtubs, and washbasins.
You can install a trap using several connections, that are usually located within a plumbing fixture. These are designed in a way to retain some amount of water to create a seal for foul gases to stop the water from entering the property.
What Do Traps do? - Types of Steam Traps
Traps are designed to prevent the sewer odors that can enter from the plumbing fixtures. Each time you use a fixture, they flush the water out that could be forming the trap seal and replace it with new water.
These are also carefully engineered and designed to be self-scouring to prevent the collection of debris and retain water from forming a seal.
The velocity at which the waste moves via a trap is crucial. If it is too fast, then the water is will be siphoned down the drain, and if slow, the solids tend to get deposited at the bottom of the trap.
Types Of Steam Traps - All Traps Covered!
Here are the different types of traps that can be used to retain water.
1) Floor Traps
A floor trap is, as obvious, located on the floor to help collect the wastewater from the sink, bathroom, shower, and washbasin. These are widely available in iron or UPVC, with a removable grating on the top of the trap, and the minimum depth of the seal should be either 50 mm, 75mm, and 110mm.
2) Gully Traps
Also known as G.T, these gully traps are found outside the buildings before they connect to the external sewerage line. They also collect wastewater from the bath, wash area, kitchen sink, and washbasins in the house.
Its heavy cast iron is nothing less than 7.25 Kg with an additional cover weight of about 4.53 kg and a frame of 2.72 kg. The depth, however, is a total of 30 cm (1 ft) which is also available in the UPVC gully trap.
3) P Traps
The P trap is used along with an Indian water closet and is made from cast-iron or UPVC sheets. These also come with a water seal that prevents the entry of foul gases into the houses.
4) S Traps
S traps are quite similar to P traps and are used to fix water closets in the toilets. The only difference between the two is that the P trap is used as an outlet through the wall, whereas the S-trap is used as an outlet but through the floor.
5) Q Traps
These are best used in toilet under-water closets. Almost similar to the S trap, they are used in the upper story and the ground floor.
6) Intercepting Traps
As the title gives it away, intercepting traps are provided to the interceptor manholes at the interception of public and building sewers. These are provided to prevent foul gases from the public sewers to enter building sewers through a water seal. Designed with a 100 mm deep water seal, these intercepting traps are installed at the last main hole of the building sewerage.
7) Bottle Traps
In bottle traps, the waste pipes are fitted horizontally and one would need to unscrew the bottom to clean it. They should ideally be installed in tight spaces and are utilized in pedestal-mounted basins and sinks to help trap the foul gases.
8) Grease Traps
Grease traps are very useful for the food processing units since this trap is designed to capture grease. To surprise, these are quite easy to clean from the surface.
All thanks to its design, it works best to intercept solids and grease from entering a disposal wastewater system. They are mostly found in commercial cooking facilities.
9) Drum Traps
Resembling metal drums, Drum traps are quite important for a home plumbing system as they have large openings that allow you easily locate and also remove objects that are needed to either retrieve or be removed from the plumbing system.
They feature large caps that allow you to easily insert a plumbing snake to remove clogs from the drain. The waster then from a drainpipe flows into the trap and exits at the top of the trap leaving the solid objects behind.
10) Running Traps
Running traps are mostly used in public toilets where a running trap is used for many untrapped washbasins. On the other hand, in domestic installations, they could be used where the P or S trap arrangements are not possible.
These are sometimes used as an attachment to washing machines or dishwashers, although there are specialist traps available for these appliances.
Hope this blog post has helped you understand and know the different types of steam traps that are available in the market. These are essential to use as they not only collect the dirt, block wastewater, and collect grease, but also eliminate the foul smell, as much as possible.