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How to Replace a Drain Trap

Leak of sewage gases can be extremely harmful to homeowners. The drain trap is a vital part of the plumbing system as it provides a seal to prevent the leak of harmful gases which cannot always be detected. You will find the drain trap under the drain of toilets and sinks. Over time a drain trap can become worn or damaged which will require a replacement. Outlined below are the steps to replacing a drain trap, however, due to the risk of sewer gas leakage, if you are not sure if you can replace the drain trap properly so that it is secure and completely sealed, it is best to enlist the services of a plumber who will have the skills to properly replace the drain trap so that it is properly sealed.

Below are tips on how to replace a drain trap:

1. The first thing you should do is gather the necessary tool needed to replace the drain trap and prepare the area for the project. These tools include: wrench, screwdriver, towel, and a bucket. To remove a drain trap, you have to first obtain a number of tools. Before you begin, you need to shut off the water supply which you can do at the central water supply or close the water valve that is normally found under the sink. The next thing to do is take the bucket and place it under the sink so that any excess water will flow into it once you remove the old drain trap. If you want to make

sure you do not get water spillage all over the floor you can place towels on the floor.

2. The next step is to remove the drain pipe. This pipe is attached to the bottom of the sink and is secured by a nut. Take your wrench and remove the pipe which you can do by using your wrench to unscrew the nut so that is loose. Once loosened, remove the drain pipe by pulling the pipe out in a downward action.

3. Now that you have removed the drain pipe, you can now remove the old drain pipe. You will first take out the tail piece. You then remove the drain trap by unscrewing it. You just have to unscrew the slip nut and then you will have access to the drain trap. You can then easily pull out the drain trap.

4. Insert the new drain trap and put the drain pipe and components back into place. Run water through the system to check for leaks.

Making sure that the drain trap is working at all times is essential to preventing sewer gas leak. Properly maintaining your entire plumbing system is an important way to make sure all of your plumbing mechanisms are working properly. It is also a good idea to have your plumbing system checked annually by a professional plumber who will make sure that everything is in good working order; including making sure that there is no sewer gas leakage. It is important to get a damaged drain trap fixed right away. A professional plumber can make the repair in a professional and thorough manner.

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