Pop-up, flip top, slotted or unslotted? If you‘re confused by the different choice of bath and basin wastes, our buyer’s guide will help you figure out which type you need. A waste is an essential item and it’s important to choose the right one to suit the design of your basin or bath. At BigBathroomShop we have a wide range of bath and basin wastes including push button and basic plug-and-chain wastes, so there’s something to perfectly suit your requirements.
Types of basin wastes
A waste is an essential part of any basin. It fits snugly within the waste hole, acts as an exit for waste water, and keeps the plumbing system free of foreign objects. Before buying a basin waste you’ll need to figure out if you need a slotted or unslotted design. It’s important to get this right, as a slotted waste is not suitable for a basin without an overflow as it will simply not fit, and an unslotted waste will not fit a basin with an overflow.
Do I need a slotted or an unslotted waste?
Basin wastes are available as slotted and unslotted designs. If your basin has an overflow it will need a slotted waste, but if it doesn’t have an overflow, an unslotted waste is required.
- Slotted – basins with an overflow
- Unslotted – basins without an overflow
Standard plug and chain wastes
Still a popular choice, standard plug and chain wastes have been around for many years. They comprise of a plug fastened to the end of a chain, which in turn is fixed to a small hole in the basin. These are only suitable for use with basins that have two tap holes.
Push button basin wastes
A popular option, push button basin wastes are operated by simply pushing down on the central button which allows the sink to fill, and then pushing again to open for draining. Simple to use, a push button waste creates a sleek, minimal look.
Flip top basin wastes
Flip top wastes are a spinning plug that can easily be turned by hand and spins 180 degrees to open and close. This type of waste creates a modern look and is easy to use.
Pop-up basin wastes
Pop-up basin wastes are operated using a lever and rod mechanism. The metal plug rests on a horizontal rod that is connected through a small bracket arrangement to a vertical rod. The plug is opened by pushing the vertical rod downwards, which then causes the horizontal rod to rise lifting the plug. The plug is closed by lifting the vertical rod up allowing the weight of the metal plug to close the waste.
Types of bath wastes
From exposed to pop-up and push button styles, bath wastes are also available in a range of designs, here we explain the different options to help you make the right decision to suit your bath.
Combined bath fillers and wastes
Combined bath fillers and wastes are the perfect option if you want to create a fuss-free minimal look. A combined bath filler and waste allows the bath to be filled without the need for a conventional tap. The bath filler is fitted into the bath’s overflow hole and is easily controlled to mix the water feed. The pop-up waste is operated by turning a section of the overflow mechanism, which opens and closes the waste. This type of waste requires a concealed shower valve or deck mounted valves to fill the bath when required.
Standard bath wastes
Standard plug and chain bath wastes are a common style. They feature a plug fastened to the end of a chain, which in turn is fixed to an overflow grate, which is fitted to the overflow hole drilled in the bath. Standard bath wastes are usually supplied with a plug, chain, overflow pipe and overflow cover.
Pop-up bath wastes
Pop-up bath wastes feature a cable that’s connected from a control handle, usually at the overflow point of the bath, to a metal plug. As you turn the control handle, the cable moves the plug into position to open or close the waste fitting. The control handle also acts to cover the overflow hole of the bath, which provides a neat, modern solution.
Push button bath wastes
Similar to a push button basin waste, this style is operated by simply pushing down the button, which allows the bath to fill, pushing again opens for draining. If you want to create a clean, modern look, this style is a great option.
Exposed bath wastes
Exposed wastes have been specially designed for use with traditional freestanding baths, they usually have a plug and chain, but some do have a more modern pop-up mechanism. The waste pipe runs outside the bath and conceals the overflow pipe which connects to the waste. Featuring a chrome finish, they can be used in conjunction with a shallow seal p-trap and exposed bath shrouds – these conceal the hot and cold pipes that run to the bath taps.
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