How To Install A Bathroom Sink Trap With A Clean-Out Drain


If you are repeatedly cleaning out your sink trap because of hair balls or items dropped into the sink by family members, you'll know the unpleasant job of removing the sink trap and cleaning out the muck amid the fetid water that is stuck in the trap.

However, you have an option that will eliminate the need to remove the trap to clean it. You can install a sink trap with an clean-out drain at the bottom. You simply remove the plug and all the nasty contents of the trap can simply fall into a bucket. Installing a trap with a clean-out is as simple as installing a regular trap.

What you will need

A clean-out enhanced bathroom sink trap

You must be certain to buy a 1 1/4" trap for bathroom sinks (kitchen sinks typically use 1 1/2" traps). The sink trap will have a hexagonal nut on the bottom, which is loosened with a wrench to remove the plug that seals the drain opening.

Adjustable wrench

Teflon tape


Removing the old sink trap

You will use the adjustable wrench to loosen the large plastic compression nut at the top of the "J" shaped trap, then grasp the trap and hold it upright while removing the plastic threaded nut from the other end of the trap.

Holding the trap as upright as possible will minimize the amount of smelly water and sludge that runs down your arm. You can then lower the trap into the bucket. Dropping it into the bucket may result in the same vile water splashing up into your face.

Installing the clean-out enhanced sink trap

Before installation, check the hexagonal nut on the bottom of the trap to be certain that it is fully tightened, or a leak may occur. Next, you will wrap a few layers of teflon tape around the short threaded end of the trap. Wrap the tape in a clockwise direction,

You will then slip the top end of the sink trap over the drain pipe that descends from the sink, and pull the compression nut to the top rim of the trap. Tighten the compression nut over the rim of the trap with your adjustable wrench until it is fully seated.

You will then tighten the threaded nut to the threaded connection at the short end of the trap. Use the adjustable wrench to be sure that the connection is fully sealed.

You are now liberated from future sink trap removal duty, and all of the unpleasant and smelly activities associated with it.

For help with a project like this, contact a company like Bilz Plumbing & Mechanical Inc.


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