sink trap fundamentals

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by Acercone, Dec 20, 2006.

  1. Acercone

    Acercone New Member

    Dec 20, 2006
    HI, I have a question about how the functionality of a trap changes by the difference in height of the input vs. the exit. Also is there a maximum water level height that can be in a trap. I am re-installing a garbage disposal on a replaced sink, since the the new sink is deeper the centerline of the discharge tube (horizontal part) is only 1/2" higher than the centerline of the drain pipe. , If I build a trap, what is the maximum alowable water height allowed by code if there is one, and is the effectiveness of the trap affected by the difference in heights of the input and exit? Thanks, Acercone
  2. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

    Sep 2, 2004
    Retired Systems engineer for defense industry.
    New England
    Water won't run uphill, so as long as the outlet of the p-trap can flow down to the drain in the wall it will work. It should have in the order of 1/4" per foot minimum. More is okay.
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  4. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona

    As a practical matter it would be difficult to construct a trap with a level that is too little, just because of the fittings you would have to use. The more water in the trap due to a greater depth, the more possibility for the drain to run slower, so make it as short as possible.
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