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Traps, used with commodes or toilets in our homes, might be an unknown item to lot of us. But make no mistake: they are a must have and in today’s times, no toilet or commode can be installed without them. Choice of trap is actually dependent upon the commode you have chosen and in turn depends upon factors like space availability in the bathroom, usability of the bathroom, aesthetics etc.
So, what is a trap? Traps are a plumbing fixture, a kind of bent pipe, that connect commode or a toilet to the sewerage pipe. They are needed because traps are designed to always hold a certain amount of water, even after flushing, that acts like a seal and hence prevents odor or bad smell and even cockroaches, insects etc. from seeping into the bathroom. In the absence of traps, the sight of cockroaches and that foul smell, quite common in old-age toilets, would be there.
There are principally two types of traps: S-trap and P-trap, both noticeable by their respective shapes.
If you are using a wall-mounted toilet, then the only option is a P-trap. P-traps fit between the commode and the exterior sewerage pipe connected through the wall, they basically empty the toilet waste into the external pipe through the wall.
If you are using a floor-mounted toilet, then you can use either a P-trap or a S-trap. S-traps empty the toilet waste through the floor into the drainage pipe.
These days, most of the bathrooms support P-traps, though if needed, one can always change from P-trap to S-trap.