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Basin Waste!

Basin waste...not the sexiest of topics, we know, but there are too many options (based on different factors) for us to ignore them. We will try our best to make it as interesting as basin waste can be. Here goes!

Caramel coloured bathroom basin with no overflow and fixed basin waste
Bathroom Basin with No Overflow

The Basics - Overflow

The first question when deciding what you want is, 'does your basin have an overflow?'

Basin wastes are either slotted or unslotted and which one you use depends on if your basin has an overflow, or not.

There is an overflow = slotted

There isn't an overflow = unslotted

If there isn't an overflow, it means your basin could flood (overflow) if the tap is left running. The basin waste needs to fixed/free flowing. This means the water can't overflow. It also means you won't be able to fill your sink up. If you're a sink filler, to shave or rinse your face, for example, this isn't for you. They are slick though!

If you don't have an overflow you have one option (fixed/free flow) but if you do, you can go wild! Here is our run down of basin wastes and their pros and cons:

1. Click Clack, Push Button or Sprung Basin Waste

  • Mechanism: Clicks open and clacks shut.

  • Pros: Easy to use, no visible chain, sleek appearance.

  • Cons: Limited design variations, may require more force to operate, you have to put your hands in the water to open it.

Image 1 - Click/clack ceramic waste (matches basin)

Image 2 - Click/clack waste sits inside.

Image 3 - Click/clack waste sits outside.

2. Pop-Up Basin Waste (NOT Click/Clack)

  • Mechanism: Rod system attached from the back of a deck mounted tap.

  • Pros: Hands stay dry.

  • Cons: Can sometimes become less effective over time due to rod connection perishing.

  • Special requirements: Needs a mono block, deck mounted tap

We don't like to install these as they are/can be problematic. When a client chooses this design (for aesthetic reasons) the supplier will usually supply another, more durable waste option.

3. Flip Top Basin Waste

  • Mechanism: Disc-shaped stopper in the centre of the waste for opening and closing.

  • Pros: Stylish, simple design, easy operation.

  • Cons: Your hands get wet when opening, grit can cause it to jam shut.

Again, we don't usually fit these. They can be a little complicated to use effectively and we have found that most of clients lean towards the other options.

4. Plug and Chain Basin Waste

  • Mechanism: Traditional plug attached to a chain.

  • Pros: Larger surface area for water drainage, classic look.

  • Cons: Chain can be visually unappealing, may require more maintenance.

Image 1 - Free flowing waste (part of the basin)

Image 2 - Fixed/free flowing waste

5. Free Flow or Fixed Basin Waste

  • Mechanism: Open design allowing unrestricted water flow.

  • Pros: Simple and efficient, easy to clean, no moving parts.

  • Cons: Water flow cannot be contained.

Typically, bathroom basin wastes are 32mm. They can be round or square. A kitchen sink waste is 40mm and, again, can vary is shape etc. Like with most things, the basics of each mechanism are the same but the overall design varies.

You'll probably notice that the basin waste cons are heavily weighted in 'maintenance'. It reads a little like they're all a bit of a risk but in reality, as long as you get a good quality product, they will do their job. TIP: understand the warranty!

Moving parts, especially those used twice daily, will eventually wear. Go with a trusted brand, from a trusted supplier and get them installed by a pro *cough*.

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