In every single home across the United States, and even throughout the world, people take for granted simple devices that not only make their lives easier, but may even be keeping their families healthy or safe from fatal accidents. Each home includes a lot of these hidden heroes, and it’s helpful to know more about them. In this blog post, we’ll introduce you to the P-trap.
While it seems like P-trap is a funny name, it makes a lot of sense. The P-trap is typically a significant bend in a pipe that connects a drain to the rest of the plumbing system. That bend resembles the letter “P” – hence, the name. You’ve probably seen P-traps a million times in your life since they’re almost always connected to sinks and even toilets. Inside the bend lies a small reservoir of water. As water and debris flow through the P-trap, it collects some of the debris, preventing clogs further down the line. In the opposite direction, it blocks smelly, deadly sewer gasses from flowing into your home.