1. Visiting from the US? Why not try DIYnot.US instead? Click here to continue to DIYnot.US.
    Dismiss Notice

Cleaning shower trap without obvious drainage hole

Discussion in 'Plumbing and Central Heating' started by sundaybighouse, 16 Feb 2012.

  1. sundaybighouse

    sundaybighouse

    Joined:
    6 Feb 2011
    Messages:
    76
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Location:
    Glasgow
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Hi guys,

    I would like to clean out my shower trap but when I put my fingers down it I can't feel the hole where the water is supposed to drain to the waste pipe.

    I can't figure out how the water drains away. Could someone explain this please?


    Also, I have removed the silver cap part and another white thing which was inside the hole. Is the remaining part (as seen in photo)supposed to be removed.

    Thank you
     
  2. Sponsored Links
  3. seco services

    seco services

    Joined:
    3 Dec 2007
    Messages:
    15,701
    Thanks Received:
    1,260
    Location:
    Essex
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    That part you don't remove that the trap body that fitted to the tray.
    The waste hole willbe on the side of the trap body, the tube you have taken out is what forms the water trap depth.
     
  4. sundaybighouse

    sundaybighouse

    Joined:
    6 Feb 2011
    Messages:
    76
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Location:
    Glasgow
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Hi thanks seco services, is there another kind of design or something cause I cannot feel any hole.

    I remember my last shower I could feel the hole and was able to stick a brush down to clean it out.

    With this one I can't. Obviously the water is draining away somewhere but I just can't find the hole and I'm feeling a bit of an idiot cause I can't.

    Do all trap bodies have a hole that is reachable or is there another design?
     
  5. seco services

    seco services

    Joined:
    3 Dec 2007
    Messages:
    15,701
    Thanks Received:
    1,260
    Location:
    Essex
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    It'll be behind that inside lip.
     
  6. sundaybighouse

    sundaybighouse

    Joined:
    6 Feb 2011
    Messages:
    76
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Location:
    Glasgow
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Ok, I'm being really thick now but if its behind the lip how does the water get there?

    Thanks
     
  7. seco services

    seco services

    Joined:
    3 Dec 2007
    Messages:
    15,701
    Thanks Received:
    1,260
    Location:
    Essex
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    It go's down the tube out the bottom of the tube, the tube is not the full depth of the waste trap.

    The tube sits below the water level, Thats what creates the water trap seal stops smells coming back up the trap from the waste, same as a toilet or basin etc.

    [​IMG]
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  8. sundaybighouse

    sundaybighouse

    Joined:
    6 Feb 2011
    Messages:
    76
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Location:
    Glasgow
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    I understand now.

    Thank you for all your help.
     
  9. Sponsored Links
  10. Chris Parker

    Chris Parker

    Joined:
    21 Apr 2017
    Messages:
    8
    Thanks Received:
    1
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    We have the same problem but cannot access the other end of the drain or under the shower tray so need to try and open the waste trap to clear out the blockage. Could someone please explain how to do this. Thanks
     
  11. Dan Robinson

    Dan Robinson

    Joined:
    1 Jul 2007
    Messages:
    56,034
    Thanks Received:
    9,420
    Location:
    Hertfordshire & London
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Pictures
     
  12. kkj256

    kkj256

    Joined:
    31 May 2017
    Messages:
    2
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Hi Chris Parker (or anyone reading this) - Have you solved your finding the drain problem yet? I have the same question. I'm trying to figure out how to access the drainage hole after I've removed the plastic immersion pipe. The drain has started to drain very slowly - even after cleaning out the immersion pipe.

    The manufacturer is Viega and I've been looking on their web site but I think the model is older. I can only find instructions for new models that have plug on the side of the odour trap that can be unscrewed to easily access the drainage hole and waste pipe. Will I have to unscrew the 3 screws on the top to get to the drainage hole?

    Here's a photo. Thanks in advance to anyone with any ideas!
     

    Attached Files:

  13. terryplumb

    terryplumb

    Joined:
    8 May 2017
    Messages:
    6,167
    Thanks Received:
    1,278
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    does the odour trap lift out ,maybe turn slightly first ? I wouldn't undo the screws if you have no access to beneath the tray ,that could end up in total grief.
     
  14. kkj256

    kkj256

    Joined:
    31 May 2017
    Messages:
    2
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Thanks for the reply Terryplumb.

    It looks like the lip of the odour trap fits in below that metal ring so there does not seem to be a way of lifting out unless metal ring comes out first.

    Rather than take it all apart which is too scary, would a plunger work on this type of drain? I could try that first to see if the drainage flow improves.
     
  15. terryplumb

    terryplumb

    Joined:
    8 May 2017
    Messages:
    6,167
    Thanks Received:
    1,278
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    plunger won't make an air tight seal on there .try one of the drain cleaning fluids
     
  16. DIYnot Local

    DIYnot Local

    Joined:
    3 Sep 2019
    Country:
    United Kingdom

    If you need to find a tradesperson to get your job done, please try our local search below, or if you are doing it yourself you can find suppliers local to you.

    Select the supplier or trade you require, enter your location to begin your search.


    Are you a trade or supplier? You can create your listing free at DIYnot Local

     
Loading...

Share This Page