Traps on wash basins, in showers and bath tubs
Discreet design, perfect function: this is what consumers expect from a waste system, which is supposed to make their waste water disappear, never to be seen again. They are used when washing your hands, bathing and showering, at the WC and bidet. A trap is the actual odour trap installed on the waste system
. Depending on its location, the trap features a special shape for what is known as the “water seal”. Let’s first take a close look at how the trap works.
Function: the trap principle for combating bad odours
Odour traps do their job covertly, and they all work the same way: the trap contains water. This seals the drain pipe in such a way that decomposition gases from the sewage system cannot get up into your living areas. Because you really don't want any of those kinds of odours in your household. As soon as you turn on the tap, the water in the trap is replaced. Which means that if kept clean, traps are self-cleaning.To sum up:
In the bathroom, you need high-quality traps that will reliably fulfil their odour-neutralising functions over the long term. Regardless of which variant you opt for.
Variants: P-trap or bottle trap
Which odour traps are usually used in private households?
- The classic shape of trap is the p-trap. Here, the water seal remains standing in a U-shaped bent pipe under the drain. It is suitable for standard to large wash basins thanks to its excellent “elbow”.
- In the case of the bottle trap, the (straight) waste pipe flows into a cup-shaped vessel where the water is collected. A space-saving solution that is often used for low-depth wash basins, for example in guest WCs.
- Apart from wash basins, the cup principle is also used in floor-level showers and shower drainage channels.
In the sanitation sector, a distinction is also made between “concealed trap” and “exposed trap”.
Design: discreet, durable, sophisticated traps
Even if the trap is a necessary component of every sanitation system: it can visually enhance your bathroom. While traps for kitchen sinks, showers or bath tubs are not usually visible, those on wash basins protrude into the room. To ensure that the odour trap fits in with the ambience of your bathroom, we recommend that you purchase a designer trap
. At hansgrohe you will find both standard traps and designer models such as Flowstar
. These beautifully designed products will make your wash basin look resplendent.To sum up:
Traps can look good and fit into a modern bathroom ambience. Designer traps stay looking good for a long time because they are made of robust materials and are elegantly chrome-plated. They also really stand out because they are easy to install and clean.