Buying Guide For Bathroom Lavatory Drains
Although the drains are included with your lavatory faucet in most cases, there are times when you may need something different. Let’s examine all your options.
This is your typical drain, activated by a rod generally located behind or on top of the spout. When pulled, it seals the sink drain. Because it depends on the correct position of a series of linkages, it is a bit complicated to install but once installed it will require very little or no maintenance.
In many cases, because of the sink dimensions or configuration, installing a conventional pop-op drain is not feasible. You may have to opt for a spring-activated drain which is very easy to install and easy to operate. There are two types, and the differences are merely aesthetic: The umbrella type covers the entire drain. The conventional type is when the plunger only covers the drain opening.
Lift ’n’ Turn
It is a bit more traditional in its styling, very reliable as it doesn’t have any springs or linkages. As the name implies, its operation only requires that the user lifts the drain plunger and turns it a few degrees to allow the water to drain. A quick turn and gravity does the rest to plug the sink. This type of drain will give you many years of trouble-free performance.
Chain and Plug
For those that are looking to recreate a traditional look to their bathroom decor, these are the old tried and true sink drains; a rubber plug fits tightly on the drain opening. These drains typically include a chain and a cover plate for your overflow. The cover plate is where the chain is anchored. This prevents the plug from being misplaced.
This type of drain is designed to always remain open. As in the case of commercial sinks or situations where there is a possibility of vandalism, the grid openings are small enough to stop debris from going down the drain.
Overflow vs. No Overflow
Most lavatory sinks are equipped with a built-in overflow drain channel to allow water to flow into the drain in case of overflow; because of the popularity of vessel sinks in the last 20 years, some of the materials being used do not allow for the addition of an overflow channel. Glass, for example, adding an overflow will most likely negatively affect the look of the sink. The no overflow drains were designed exclusively for that type of application
Most Lavatory drains are manufactured out of brass, however, there is now a new type of drain, known as a hybrid or 50/50, which means that the parts below the sink are manufactured out of ABS, this lowers the cost without compromising the performance of the drain, since the trim parts are still manufactured out of brass.