A well styled bathroom waste fitting can add a wonderful finishing touch to a new basin or bath.
What is a waste? A waste (or Waste kit) forms part of a brassware set, these usually comprise of taps, wastes and overflow in a standard brassware set. The waste is the tool that is used to prevent water escaping the basin via the waste hole situated at the bottom. There can sometimes be a second element to a waste system, an overflow. The overflow feeds excess water from the basin to the waste pipe should the water level get too high within the basin. The overflow is fed by a second hole within the basin usually placed on the back wall of the filling area at a predetermined maximum water height, a useful safety function should the water ever be left unattended.
All bathroom waste fittings should be supplied with water stopping element (the part that stops the water flow) and the waste fitting itself. The waste fitting is usually made of metal and seals on to the waste hole using a threaded nut on the concealed underside of the basin.
The first type of Waste fitting is the traditional Plug and Chain. These are very common place and a good first option that are very easy to install on to most basins. Usually the plug will be attached to a chain that the user can pull to release the water. A standard plug will be made of rubber or plastic resin so that it will remain water tight under the weight of the water on top, but other styles have emerged in recent years made out of high chromed metal with rubber surrounding sealant that can add a touch of class to an otherwise standard fitting.
The next option is a clicker bathroom waste. Clickers are great minimalist option that is very easy to install and look fantastic. They have no chain or plug; in fact they are supplied as a complete single fitting and operated by pushing the button on the top of the fitting to drain or "plug" the water. The button of a clicker waste can sometimes be referred to as the clicker but does not always obviously appear as a button. Sometimes it is a complete mushroom dome where the plug would go on a traditional plug and chain fitting that has the push function.
The next most common waste is called a pop up waste. On a pop up waste the plugging function is controlled by a lever that is usually built in to a corresponding tap or its own housing on the top of the basin. This allows you to operate the waste without having to submerge your hands, quite useful for some applications and suits some tastes well. Pop up wastes have many varying designs so ease of installation can vary. It is always recommended that a qualified plumber is used to install these and advice should be sought from your supplier prior to purchase.