Building traps have been a hot topic in the plumbing community for years now, an artifact from another era that, while a good idea when they were first being used, have actually become dangerous in the modern day. In fact, building traps are such a problem that they have been outlawed entirely. This means if you have a building trap, you may need to look into building trap removal to protect your home and your family from the harmful effects of this old and useless plumbing device.
But before we get into why you should have your building trap removed, let’s talk about who is at risk and just what exactly a building trap is. A building trap was a device used before the 1950s to protect homes from sewer gases leaking back into their homes. Homes built before 1950 frequently used building traps to protect from harmful sewage gases but, since then, pipes have been designed with their own redundancy systems against sewage gas, making building pipes useless. So, if your home or building was built before 1960, you need to determine if you have a building trap.
Many people think that the building trap isn’t dangerous, however. After all, if it’s designed to protect from sewage gas, what’s wrong with a little extra protection? Unfortunately, building traps are designed in such a way that they are impossible to properly clean and keep clear. This means they get very dirty quickly and, since they’ve been getting dirty for 50 years, they can be obstructed and even housing harmful substances. Since building traps are linked to your home’s main drain, they can cause extreme inefficiencies when it comes to water properly draining from your home.
A blocked building trap can affect your home in multiple ways, but the worst are through bathroom appliances and your basement’s general smell. Because they are linked to sewage and sewage gas, an obstructed building trap can cause gas to leak into your home and trust me, you’ll smell it when it starts leaking into your basement. A blocked sewage pipe can also cause sewage backups in bathroom appliances, most notably toilets. When this happens, your toilets will work improperly, or you will be revisited by things you thought flushed away!
Luckily, there is a solution to the building trap problem: building trap removal. Plumbing experts are more than able to locate, remove, and replace a building trap with a much safer and secure piping method for your home. The process is quick, efficient, and will protect your home from the damaging effects of a building trap. They will also, in doing so, bring your home up to code, protecting your biggest investment from the dangers of code violations. If you think you have a building trap because your home is more than 50 years old, call your local plumbing expert and ask about building trap removal. The call could protect your home from harmful and awful sewage gases.