Bath wastes and fittings are components of a bathroom suite designed to control, direct and drain off water from the bathtub. They may include items such as the plug, the trap and an overflow system.
At Steam Shower Store, we offer an extensive collection of bath wastes and fittings in a variety of sizes and shapes to accommodate your individual needs as well as aesthetic aspirations.
From traditional plug and chain fittings to contemporary bath wastes, our range includes items from industry-leading brands such as Ultra, Bristan, Abacus and Crosswater.
A bath waste is a plumbing system designed to control, direct and drain off water from the bathtub. It consists of several key parts which work together to ensure effective drainage.
The trap is the lower part of a bath waste which connects it to the drainage system. It works by creating an airtight seal between the pipe and the drain, allowing water to flow through freely while preventing any unpleasant odours from entering your bathroom.
The plug hole on the side of the bathtub is where water enters and exits. The bath plug, with a chain attached, sits on top of it and can be opened or closed to control the water level.
The overflow system is an important safety feature which prevents the bath from overflowing by automatically diverting any excess water away. The overflow bath filler is usually situated at the top of the bathtub and consists of a pipe connected to an outlet in the wall or floor.
Bath wastes are available in two different types. Here’s how they differ:
Slotted bath wastes give you added peace of mind knowing that excess water won't flood your bathroom space if your taps happen to be left running.
Not only do they prevent flooding, but slotted bath wastes can also allow water from the overflow to be drained, regardless of whether it's open or closed.
Unslotted bath wastes are an ideal choice for a bath without an overflow. Not only do they provide a watertight seal, but they also won't allow any water from the overflow back into the waste pipe.
Bath wastes and fittings can also be divided into two categories; concealed and exposed. Here’s how they differ:
Concealed bath wastes and fittings are designed to be hidden from view, creating a neat, minimalist look in your bathroom. They are usually made from chrome or stainless steel for a modern, sleek finish.
Exposed bath wastes and fittings are designed to be on show, making them perfect for a traditional theme. They come in an array of different finishes, such as brass, chrome, nickel, copper and gold, allowing you to add your own personal touch.
There are several different types of bath wastes and fittings available on the market, each offering different features and benefits. Here’s a quick guide to each:
Traditional plug and chain wastes are an affordable, no-fuss option. They feature a simple lever or knob which can be opened or closed to control the water flow, allowing you to fill and empty your bathtub with ease.
Click-clack wastes are a modern alternative to traditional plug-and-chain wastes. They feature a simple push-button operation, making it easy to control the water flow.
This type of waste is ideal for those looking for an unobtrusive yet effective solution, as they are designed to fit flush against the bathtub.
Pop up wastes are a popular choice for those looking to add a touch of style and sophistication to their bathroom. Featuring an elegant lever or button mechanism, these wastes allow you to control the water flow with one simple movement.
Flip top wastes are an ideal choice for those looking to add a touch of luxury to their bathroom. These wastes feature a unique flip-top lid which can be opened or closed, allowing you to control the water flow with ease.
A DIY installation is a great solution for those looking to save money on their bathroom makeover. Many homeowners opt for this route, but it's important to understand the complexities of plumbing before attempting it yourself.
It’s important to note that bath wastes and fittings can be complicated, so it’s best to leave the job in the hands of a professional if you're unsure of how to do it correctly.
Installing bath wastes and fittings yourself might result in costly mistakes, so always seek the advice of a qualified plumber before attempting any plumbing work.
At Steam Shower Store, we have a wide range of high-quality bath wastes and fittings to suit any bathroom design. From brushed nickel, plastic, chrome, and brass to slotted and unslotted options - we have it all.