Shower Drains | Types And Options
Shower drain is a plumbing element which is used in between shower enclosure and drainage pipe in order to capture water running through it and then let water go to sewage waste water system. Shower drains look like tub drains which are used in tub but they are not. In tub drains have levered fixture as installment in order to stop water so that water can be collected in tub but shower drains is different. Shower drains never require stopping water.
Strainer, vent, grid, and trap are main components of shower drains. Grid is component which allows water to flow through it in order to ensure water drainage. Grids can be also considered as shower drain covers. Holes or slots are main arrangement in grid so that water can pass through them. Sometimes large objects may pass through grid which can block piping of drain and waste which will eventually stuck drainage system at large. To stops these large objects, strainer is used right inside grid to block larger objects. Trap is a u-shaped pipe which is used in shower drains to stop sewer gasses from coming back in bathroom. Air pressure is provided by pipe called as vent in shower drain.
Shower drains can be also considered as fixture-to-waste junctions and main challenge for them is to perform task of moving water from bathroom to drainage successfully and prevent sewer gasses to coming back to bathroom from waster system. There are many types of drains and drainage pipes are available in market these days but it is important to select good on in order to achieve optimum result from bathroom drainage system. Install shower drain which suit to piping in bathroom and waste management system.
While choosing best shower drains, it is vital to consider size and type of waste pipes which are connected to drain collection system. If you are selecting from plastic shower drains then they will come with compression, threaded, or solvent-welded drains. While installing these drains in bathroom it is important to ensure waterproofing. Threaded drains screw in these drains are installed using plumbing tape. This tape is wrapped around threads to ensure water proofing seal in connection. There is another possible way for water proofing but that can be only used for solvent-welded shower drains. Solvent is used in solvent-welded shower drains which bonds drain and pipe by chemical reaction.
Main thing in shower drain installation is installation of vents and traps. After selection of correct drains, make sure that installation is correct in order to achieve optimum result. Traps will be installed straight below drain. Trap is actually u-shaped bend that is used to trap water in the pipe. Water blocked in trap will prevent sewer gasses from coming back to bathroom. Vent will be installed above the level of drain. It will provide air pressure to shower drains which will ensure no suction of water from traps. Following proper installation steps is essential in order to get 100% result from shower drains.