Drains

What Are the Different Types of Drains in the Home?

Indoor plumbing has come a long way over the centuries, with modern conveniences including everything from high-end spa-inspired bathrooms to eco-friendly water-saving features and more. The basic elements, of course, remain the same. Drains are no exception—they’re a critical part of your daily life and need to be well cared for. Here’s what you need to know about the drains in your home.

Kitchen Sink Drains

Kitchen sink drains come in two forms: with or without garbage disposal. Depending on whether you have one or two sinks in your kitchen, you will have one or two drains that run together and connect underneath the sink to a single drain line before draining through the rest of the house. These drains are known to have issues with grease and food buildup, especially when garbage disposals are present.

Bathroom Sink Drains

The bathroom sink drain works similarly to the kitchen sink drain. The difference is that you’ll typically only have one drain unless you have two sinks. Then, you’ll have two separate sets of plumbing to connect them. These drains see a lot of hair, personal care product residue, and so forth, so proper cleaning and care are necessary.

Shower and Tub Drains

The drains in your showers and tubs see a lot more grime than you think. In addition to all the soap scum that you see build up over time, you’re also washing dirt and hair down the drain regularly. It’s best to use hair catchers if you have people with long hair or a lot of hair so that you have fewer issues with clogs.

Floor Drains

These are usually found in the basement and garage and are designed to help remove water from the space if it infiltrates either area. Utility drains like these may be a bit larger, but they will be grated or slatted to ensure that foreign objects don’t fall in. If your floor drain covers aren’t in good condition or are missing entirely, you should replace them immediately to prevent objects from getting into the drainage system.

Getting to know the drains in and around your home will help you keep an eye out for trouble and know when it’s time to call for help. Open Drains can provide maintenance and repairs to ensure that your drains are always

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