Drains are essential for your sink as they allow water, bacteria, and food crumbs to be cleaned out and washed away. They are placed in the center of the basin where they can be opened and closed to choose when water flows through. Once you have a sink ready to go, a drain is one of the final steps! There are various kinds of drains available and some are better than others depending on the style, material, or placement of your sink. Choose from a variety of drains here at CopperSmith.
Press and Seal Drain
Also known as a pop-up drain, this is one of the most commonly sold drains here at CopperSmith. They are very easy to both operate and install, and are activated by a pop-up mechanism by simply pressing down on the drain cover.
Twist and Turn
Also known as a lift and turn, these feature a small nob to manually lift the drain cover. These are easy to use and install. They are opened and closed by pressing down on the drain cover and “twisting” it.
Drains with strainers are used commonly in bar sinks or workstation sinks that don’t have a function for closing. The grid on the drain cover allows water to flow easily through the drain while blocking larger items such as food and crumbs.
Chain & Plug
chain and plug drains are manually operated by plugging and removing the drain’s stopper. Most chain & plus drains come with a small basket or “crumb cup” to keep unwanted items or food from falling into the drain.
Each drain has various benefits depending on the style of sink you get. Strainer drinks may be more popular for bar or workstation sinks. The material of your drain is important to prevent rust or tarnish. Chrome or nickel are well-liked drains for their ability to prevent these issues.
Sizing is important and will depend on the measurements between one side of the drain opening in your sink to the other side. These are on average about 3 ½” wide. But can range anywhere from 1 ½” to 4”. Bar sinks and prep sinks tend to have smaller drains, while the commercial kitchen and larger sinks have larger drains. CopperSmith offers various sizes for any size or style of sink, as well as custom sizing drains if you need something tailored to your specific needs.
Part of any practical plumbing system drains are not only important to rid of water and food scraps from your sink. They also play a part in the drainage system that keeps toxic gases from rising and coming through your sink. Drains are more of a necessary component to a sink, rather than an accessory. Although CopperSmith offers a number of kinds to make you feel like you have some power in picking out and customizing this sink necessity.
Drains tend to be pretty easy to clean if they are made well and of high quality. Boiling water, baking soda, and vinegar are all great alternatives and cleaning solutions to give your drain a thorough clean. Most drains at CopperSmith can be removed for easier cleaning and full access to the inner parts of your drain system.
Coppersmith drains are made for a variety of budgets and in general, tend to be pretty affordable. Our drains may be more expensive than the one you will find at a local store, but again the quality can’t be beaten. Investing in a good drainage system is essential for preventing potential damage or future repairs to your new sink.
One of the guiding factors of the durability level of your drain is the material it is made out of. Copper, chrome, and high-grade stainless steel are some of the most durable materials that CopperSmith molds down from recyclable materials, making them a great choice for sustainability as well.
FIND THE DRAIN PERFECT FOR YOUR SINK TODAY!
While there are certainly a wide variety of options to choose from when finding a drain perfect for your sink, CopperSmith’s drains are built to last so no matter what you choose it is sure to be a perfect pairing. Figuring out the purpose of your sink and what kind of drain is most functional for your specific needs will help our team here guide you to the best drain for your sink.
What is the best kind of kitchen sink drain?
There are a number of kitchen drains to choose from including their style, function, and material. A press and seal drain is one of the most popular for kitchens due to its easy installation and ease. Chain and plug drains are also popular for their ability to prevent food from getting into the drain as they come with an included “crumb cup”.
What is the best bathroom drain?
Press and seal drains are again some of the most popular sold for their easy installation, operation, and functionality.
How do I choose a drain?
Choosing a drain will depend on the function you are looking for it to serve, the features you are looking for it to have as well as the size of your sink. For a bar or bathroom sink, you may want a smaller drain that is easier to operate and install. On the other hand, commercial sinks or larger kitchen sinks may require fancier drain systems with more features. Although these can be pricier and tend to be more difficult to install. Larger drains with more features that are built for the kitchen may have better underlying mechanisms which help to filter out food, crumbs, or other dirt.
What material of drains should I get?
Chrome and copper are some of the best materials for drains due to the rust prevention and durability. Drains are often emerged or covered in water so having a metal that is prone to tarnish and rust is important. Copper and chrome drains are also easier to clean making it more convenient for wiping up food crumbs and other unwanted messes.
What size sink drain do I need?
The size of your drain will depend on the measurements between one side of the drain opening in your sink to the other side. These are on average about 3 ½” wide. But can range anywhere from 1 ½” to 4”. Bar sinks and prep sinks tend to have smaller drains, while the commercial kitchen and larger sinks have larger drains. In general, drains for the kitchen tend to be a bit larger and more advanced than bathroom drains as they are filtering out more in the water.
What sink drain is rated the best for commercial sinks?
Sink drains for commercial sinks are often a press and seal or chain and plug for its heavy duty use. They are also quite bigger and at least tend to be 3-31/2”.
What size drain is best for bathroom sinks?
In general bathroom sinks tend to be the smallest. This is simply because bathroom sinks in general tend to be smaller and really only serve the purpose of washing hands. So there is not as much to filter through as a kitchen sink where the water may contain crumbs and other dirt from dishes. Bathroom drains on average tend to only be about 1/12” to 2”.
What is a press and seal drain?
A press and seal drain, also called a pop-up drain is some of the most commonly sold drains here at CopperSmith. They are very easy to both operate and install. They are activated by a pop-up mechanism by simply pressing down on the drain cover.
What is a twist and turn drain?
A twist and turn, also called a lift and turn features a small nob to manually lift the drain cover. Simply press and seal the drain, which is also very easy to install. Twist and turn drains do not feature “below the counter” mechanisms as some other drains do. They are opened and closed by pressing down on the drain cover and “twisting” it
What is a grid or strainer drain?
Drains with strainers are used commonly in bar sinks or workstation sinks that don’t have a function for closing. The grid on the drain cover allows water to flow easily through the rain while blocking larger items such as food and crumbs from actually getting into it.
What is a chain and plug drain?
Chain and plug drains are manually operated by plugging and removing the drain’s stopper. These usually come included with a small basket or “crumb cup” to keep unwanted items or food from falling into the drain.