Choosing a Slotted or Unslotted Basin Waste.

Deciding upon what basin waste, bottle trap or finishings can be a daunting task for someone that doesn't know how to tell the difference and what it means if they are not the right type. It is good to note that a lot of taps can come complete with a waste, so choosing a tap first can be beneficial. However, knowing the right waste to choose is important. Fitting the wrong waste may result in water leaking onto your floor or your overflow not working or both.

What is an Overflow?

First it is important to understand what an overflow is because once you have established that, you can correctly identify the waste that your basin requires. An overflow is a small hole so that when the water fills up the basin and begins to get too full, the overflow will drain the excess water away. They are most commonly found at the back of the basin, just under the tap.

What is a Waste?

Whether it’s a pedestal, wall hung or countertop basin, they will all use a waste. A waste is a channel designed to allow the water in your basin to run away. Another use for it is to use it as a barrier to block the pipes so you can fill up your basin with water.

Do I need Slotted or Unslotted?

If your basin has an overflow it will require a slotted basin waste. Therefore use an unslotted waste where basins are designed without an overflow. At Victorian Plumbing we make sure that all of our range is clearly stated as being slotted or unslotted to make your selection effortless.

Different Types of Wastes

What is a Plug and Chain Waste?

This is the most traditional form of waste. It consists of a plug (either plastic or metal) that is connected to a chain that can be moved to cover the waste hole or put to one side when not being used. However, you may find that with more modern basins that there isn’t a hole for the chain to be fitted to. Simply, ask before making your purchase.

What is a Push Button Waste?

This is the most popular option of wastes, as it has a simple design making it easy to use. You simply push down on the stopper once to close it and again to open it.

What is a Flip Top Waste?

This is a disc shaped object that is hinged on either side vertically, meaning that you rotate the stopper and water can flow through or be stopped for filling the basin. A minimalist design and an easy to use function.

What is a Pop-Up Waste?

This works with the use of a lever operation. The lever is pulled up to lower the waste stopper, or pushed down to act as a barrier.