What is bathroom sink plumbing ?
It is important to know what bathroom sink plumbing is before you go ahead and do any bathroom sink repair or bathroom sink installation. Understanding a little bit about the different parts of your bathroom sink plumbing will help you out when you have to make that phone call to a professional plumber or look up some information on the internet.
Most of the time, it’s not very difficult to fix the little problems that you’re having with your bathroom sink drain plumbing. It is the big problems that usually drive people to a plumber or to a bathroom sink repair service.
- A. The main component that makes up your bathroom sink new installation is the basin or bowl itself. Inside this basin are two smaller bowls, one called the commode basket, and one called the tapering basin. The commode basket has a flexible rubber ring that is forced open and closed by a stop referred to as the “tailpiece”. The tapering basin has a flexible rubber sleeve attached to the top and bottom of the bowl that leaves a big hole at the top edge where the tailpiece fits into the commode.
- B. Next, there is the drainage pipe. This is often made out of copper or brass and extends from the top of the commode or bathroom sink to a hole in the floor that leads to a sewer or septic system. The diameter of the drainage pipe depends on the size of your basin or toilet, but it’s usually around 3 inches.
- C. Lastly, there’s the pipe fitting that attaches the sink to the drainage pipes. These fittings are made out of different materials, including brass, stainless steel, copper, brass and more. Usually, they’re either threaded or have a ground connection, which is more effective than an exposed threaded pipe. Threaded fittings tend to corrode or even leak over time. If you notice corrosion on the threads, you can easily caulk or paint it over to repair it. You should also make sure that the fitting isn’t leaking any water.
- D. The final thing that makes up the sink is the sink stopper. This part is similar to the drain hole except it doesn’t go down into the toilet. Instead, it stoppers the drain so that it can’t get backed up and plugged. It also stops the water from backing out of the drain pipe while you take a shower or flush your toilet. If it gets clogged, the water can’t drain and overflow into the room below.
- E. Finally, you’ll have to install the seal. When installing the seal, it’s important that you use the right equipment. You can use basic pliers, a pipe cutter, or hand tighten tools to cut the seal.
- F. Once you’ve gotten through the basic plumbing of your bathroom sink, you’ll need to address the clog. There are a few different ways that sinks get clogged. Common causes are toilet bowl seals that aren’t properly installed, slow draining pipes, and soap scum on the surface of the sink itself. These problems can be easily cleared up using an inexpensive household product called a household plug or toilet bowl plug.
- G. Finishing Touches: After you’ve gotten a basic clog out, it’s time to move on to the finishing touches. The last thing that you want to do is install an expensive decorative drain hole and faucet back into the vanity. A better choice would be to install a wall fixture like a sink stopper or a wall fountain. You could even choose to add a decorative finial on the wall to match your bathroom tile. These finishing touches will help give your bathroom a lavish look and add some real value to your home.