The Buyer’s Guide to Basin Wastes

The Buyer’s Guide to Basin Wastes

Posted by Sarah Kielbasiewicz 13th Sep 2018

Basin wastes are something that can often be overlooked when carrying out a bathroom renovation, but they’re actually a very important component.

Choosing the right type of waste for your basin can be a bit of a minefield, especially if you don’t know the terminology. But fear not; we’re here today to talk you through everything you need to know when choosing a basin waste.

Ready? Let’s go!

The Buyer's Guide to Basin Wastes

Buyers Guide to Basin Wastes- overflow

What is a basin waste?

A basin waste allows you to fill your basin with water and safely drain this away whilst using.

What is an overflow?

An overflow is a small hole on the inside of the basin, usually located under the tap, that allows excess water to be drained while the tap is running to stop any potential flooding.

Slotted vs unslotted basin waste

Slotted vs. Unslotted Wastes

The first question to ask yourself when looking for a waste for your basin is: “Do I need a slotted or an unslotted waste?”

What’s the difference, you ask? Well, a slotted basin waste has a slot that allows any overflowing water to run safely into the main waste.

If your basin has an overflow, you’ll need a slotted waste. If it doesn’t have an overflow, you’ll need an unslotted waste. Make sense?

It’s important to make sure you choose the right type of waste, as fitting the wrong one can result in your overflow not working as it should.

Types of Basin Wastes

Plug and Chain

A plug and chain waste is a traditional choice and is probably the type of waste that you are most familiar with. It comprises of a plug attached to the end of a chain. Place the plug in the hole to seal up the basin and fill with water, and pull on the chain to remove. The plug and chain waste is a staple choice in many bathrooms and is particularly suited to those after a traditional look. One thing to be aware of is that a chain and plug waste will require a basin with a chain stay, which is a small hole used for securing the chain bolt.

Plug and chain waste- buyer's guide to basin wastes

Flip Top

A flip top waste, sometimes known as a flip over waste, features a rotating plug that spins 180 degrees to open and close the drain. A flip top waste has a minimalist appearance that’s ideal for those seeking a modern bathroom design.

Flip top waste, flip over waste, Buyer's Guide to Basin Wastes

Push Button

A push button waste, also known as a click clack waste, is one of the most widely used types of basin waste. These are operated by simply pushing on the button to close the drain, and pushing again to open. This type of waste is incredibly simple to use and creates a modern look, making it a very popular option. 

Push button click clack basin waste- Buyer's guide to basin wastes

Free Running

A free running waste, also known as a free flow waste, is used to keep your waste pipe permanently open. Unlike other wastes, this type of waste doesn’t have a closing mechanism; it is only used for draining water from your basin and allows water to slowly escape. While it may not be for everyone, this type of waste can be useful for basins without an overflow as it removes the risk of flooding.

Free running free flow basin waste- Buyer's guide to basin wastes

So, there we have it, folks. Our Buyers Guide to Basin Wastes. We hope you found this helpful. If you need any more help with your bathroom renovation, you can find the rest of our Buyers Guides here.