P-trap: What It Is and How It Works

P-trap pvc plumbing under a kitchen sink Escondido, CA

Drains are essential components of our homes, and understanding their various parts can help us troubleshoot common issues. One such crucial component is the P-trap. A.M. Plumbing & Rooter, your expert in drain cleaning in Escondido, CA, discusses what it is and how it works.

What Is a P-Trap?

A P-trap is a curved pipe section installed beneath sinks, bathtubs, and other fixtures. Its main purpose is to create a water seal that prevents foul odors and hazardous sewer gases from infiltrating your living space.

How Does a P-trap Work?

When you are using your plumbing fixture, the P-trap fills up with water, creating a barrier. This water seal effectively blocks sewer gases and their accompanying odors.

However, a P-trap can get blocked due to accumulated hair, soap scum, and other debris, causing water to back up into your home. For this reason, we recommend getting regular drain cleaning services to keep it in tip-top shape.

Should unpleasant smells emanate from your sink or tub, chances are you have a dry P-trap, which you can resolve by running water for a few minutes. If the issue persists, enlist the help of a professional.

Understanding how the P-trap works and performing routine maintenance can help keep your drains in excellent working condition, ensuring a clean and healthy living environment. If you need help clearing a clogged drain or addressing other issues, don’t hesitate to contact A.M. Plumbing & Rooter today.

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