Wet Room Drain

Old Jul 3rd 2015, 5:33 am
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In Hungary they tend to have a drain grating set into the bathroom floor. In my house there was no shower curtain until I put one in so I suppose The floor got wet every time they had a shower. I don't know how these drains work, is it some kind of trap? If so, should I pour water down it every few months so it does not evaporate off and cause unwanted smells?
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Usually, these drains are what is called a P-trap, water forms a barrier to prevent odors from coming into the building. I fill these up a couple times a year with a couple litres of water.
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Originally Posted by Jack_Russells4ever
Usually, these drains are what is called a P-trap, water forms a barrier to prevent odors from coming into the building. I fill these up a couple times a year with a couple litres of water.
It's the same principal as a U bend for a toilet, nothing more fancy than that. It only needs a cup or two of water to fill it up. You could always poor a few drops of mineral oil (literally a small fraction of a teaspoon) in on top of the water which would greatly reduce the the evaporation of the water.
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Thanks for the replies, I will do as you advise.
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What was said above - however usually the bath or hand basin (or shower etc.) will drain through this trap so there is an 'auto-fill'. The top plate is usually removable for cleaning so if you lift this, (or just peer through it) and run taps in turn you can see what actually flows through it.
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