6 Types of Basin Wastes You Should Know About

In this blog post, you’ll read:You don't want your customer to go through the trouble of finding their perfect waste, only for you (or them) not to know what type is best. We've written this blog post so that no one will ever again have an issue with recommending just the right one!

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Is your customer remodeling his bathroom and needs your advice for a new basin waste?

You don’t want your customer to go through the trouble of finding their perfect waste, only for you (or them) not to know what type is best. We’ve written this blog post so that no one will ever again have an issue with recommending just the right one!

Plug and Chain Basin Wastes

What is Plug and Chain Basin Waste

The most well-known waste is the standard basin plug and chain, which is simple and effective. It contains a plug connected to a chain used to seal the hole in the basin before filling it with water. The water may then drain away by pulling the chain once done.

So there is never any risk in dropping anything into it – even if they were really dirty dishes from breakfast right before washing them.

plug chain waste drain

What does a Plug and Chain Basin Waste include:

  • A waste plug to seal the basin and prevent water from escaping;
  • A chain to secure the waste plug in place;
  • A grate to cover the basin opening and to avoid debris from entering;
  • A basket strainer to catch debris and hair before it enters the drainpipe;

How does a Plug and Chain Basin Waste work

Most basin plugs and wastes come with a little cover over the hole when the plug is not in use. This is to stop anything from accidentally falling down the drain. Some covers also have a chain attached to easily pull the plug up when you need to use it.

When you want to use the basin, you need to pull on the chain, and the plug will rise, allowing water to flow through. When you are finished, push the plug back down, and it will seal the drain. It is that simple!

What are the Pros and cons of a Plug and Chain Basin Waste?

The Pros

  • Good Sealing

The rubber drain stopper is an excellent seal to fill water without leaking and effectively prevent sink leaks. It is compatible with most common tub drain sizes.

  • High-Quality Material

The bathroom sink stopper is durable rubber and has a stainless steel panel with a chrome finish that will endure for long periods. Both the chain and the chrome plate are made of stainless steel so that they won’t rust.

bath waste unslotted with chrome plug chain
  • Easy to Take Out

A beaded chain holds the stopper in place, making it simple to use when putting on and taking off the device. A metal split ring at the end of the chain for hanging the chain over the overflow in the bathtub or sink

The Cons

  • They may not fit all types of basins; some basins don’t have a chainstay hole.
  • The chain can be visible and may not look as neat as a pop-up waste.
  • The chain can become tangled.

Click Clack Waste

What is Push Button Waste, Click Clack Waste, Or Sprung Waste

Click Clack, Push Button, and Sprung Wastes are all designed to operate without water access until you need to use them. Push down on the button or lever to release the water. These types of wastes are ideal for those who want to save water or prevent leaks. They are also perfect for applications in places with no plumbing, such as RVs or boats.

There are various styles and finishes to match your décor. Whether you need a simple solution for your bathroom or a stylish waste for your kitchen, there is a product to suit your needs.

How does a Click Clack Waste work

The stopper is pushed down to close off the waste, allowing the sink to fill with water and then lifted when finished. You push on it once again to release it and allow the water to drain away.

click clack basin waste

What are the Pros and cons of a Click Clack Waste?

The pros

  • Material

The solid brass bouncing core can swiftly seal the sinkhole or drain water with a durable design and high bounce and rebound strength.

  • Pop-up Design

The sink has a stainless steel construction with durable plastic parts. It’s resistant to stains and corrosion, and since it is double-sealed, there are no leaks or drips beneath the seal. Water may be drained simply by pushing the sink stopper button. It’s simple and handy to use.

Click Clack Drain
  • Good Design:

This bathroom plug stopper with a 66mm sink hole cover can prevent overflows and is, therefore, an excellent home helper for you.

  • Easy to Install

The sink strainer plug is simple to connect to the bathtub and can be easily adjusted by hand.

  • Bath Plug

The 66mm diameter bath plug fits all commercial baths and covers the entire bathtub drain, making it ideal for your bathrooms.

The cons

  • The waste is held in place by a spring-loaded locking mechanism that can wear down with dirt, particles, and limescale accumulating inside it over time. Toothpaste particles are frequently trapped inside the mechanism; This is usually fixed by removing the top of the waste and lubricating the mechanism.

Pop-Up Waste

What is Pop-Up Waste, and how to use it?

Pop-up waste basins are essential in any modern bathroom. They are easy to use and help to keep your bathroom looking clean and tidy. Pop-up waste basins are operated by a lever or bar, often located on the back of the basin tap.

To lower the stopper, pull up the lever; to raise it, push it down. A basin tap with these wastes already included will be identified, as will a pop-up waste.

So, next time you renovate your bathroom or update your taps, invest in a pop-up waste basin for a sleek and stylish finish.

pop up waste

What does a Pop-Up Waste include

It typically consists of a plug or stopper connected to a rod connected to a lever or handle.

What are the Pros and cons of a Pop-Up Waste

The pros

  • No More Clogged Drains:

The pop-up plug features a metal anti-clogging strainer built in to allow water to flow freely. When it’s time to clean up, simply remove the strainer and wash it off. No harsh chemicals or tangled messes anymore.

  • No Leaks, Easy to Install

1 heavy brass nut and 2 silicone gaskets are included with this sink drain assembly. To prevent leaks, make sure the gaskets are in the correct position (see product directions). The body is made of a single piece designed to be leak-free and can be installed quickly.

  • SUS304 Stainless Steel, Rustproof Body

The drain body is corrosion-resistant stainless steel with an 18/8 chromium/nickel content that protects against rust and oxidation.

  • Standard 1 3/4″ Drain Opening

It fits sinks with a diameter of 1.46″ to 1.97″ (37 to 50mm) and a thickness of 0.8″ – 1.97″ (20 to 50mm). The tailpiece is 1.25″ in diameter (32mm). It’s made for overflows in sinks.

  • Package Content

The drain housing, a pop-up drain with a strainer basket, one brass nut, one plumber’s tape, and installation instructions are all included.

The cons

  • One potential downside of pop-up drains is that they can be more challenging to clean than other types of drains. The stopper and linkage are located inside the drain, making them hard to reach. If you’re not cautious, it is easy to clog your pop-up drain while cleaning it accidentally.

Flip Top Waste

What is Flip Top Waste

It is time to say goodbye to rubber seals and chains, as it is the best choice for modern and minimalist bathrooms with an easy-to-use function. Flip over wastes are often seen in contemporary design bathrooms and appear very stylish and elegant. The stopper of these drains is usually a disc-shaped device that you can turn, rotate, and position to seal or expose the drain.

When you leave the stopper flat, it will seal the waste and keep the water in your sink from draining away. All you have to do now is simply turn it when you want to drain the water. When it comes to spinning, turning it 180 degrees clockwise opens the waste and allows the water to run out, while turning it 180 degrees counter-clockwise closes the drain and seals up your sink.

Flip-top drain

What are the Pros and cons of a Flip Top Waste

The pros:

  • Material and finish

For more durability, there’s no better material than stainless steel. The brushed nickel finish is corrosion and rust-resistant.

  • Function

The flip-top design of this drain means that it does not have an overflow mechanism. It rotates in a 360°angle. They may be opened or closed to your preference. Simply push the top when you want water to fill the sink, turn it to drain water, and everything drains wholly and swiftly. There is never any risk of overfilling.

  • Size

The drain is often the same size as other drains. It fits most sinks, with a drain hole diameter of 1 1/2 to 2″. The waste pipe, or Drain exit, is generally 1 1/4″ in diameter.

  • Design

For standard sinks and vanities, this drain is Non Overflow style. It’s made for a considerably more streamlined look than your typical sink/faucet combination.

Flip-top waste
  • Installation

Under the sink, one clear washer goes on top, and the other goes underneath. There was no need for putty.

The cons:

  • The main issue people have with flip-top waste is that it can be challenging to keep clean. Since the disc is constantly exposed to water and debris, keeping the area around the drain free of grime and bacteria can be tricky.

Freeflow Wastes

What is a Freeflow Wastes basin drain?

A free-running waste basin, also known as free-flow waste, is used to keep your waste pipe open permanently. This sort of waste has no closing mechanism and is only utilized for draining water from your basin; it allows water to gradually seep away, allowing the waste to flow through without difficulty. Someone may say it would be the most user-friendly of all waste systems.

In commercial restrooms, these are frequently used to keep users from overflowing bathtubs or in little cloakrooms where smaller basins might not have an overflow.

Freeflow Waste Drain

What are the Pros and cons of a Freeflow Wastes

The pros

  • Freeflow waste is excellent for keeping sinks from overflowing and flooding, as the plug stays permanently open, allowing water to be continually drained from the basin as it runs. This form of waste is ideal for basins that do not have an overflow but are otherwise fine.

The cons

  • A con to having freeflow waste is that if there is ever an issue with your drainage, there will be nowhere for the water to go but out of your basin and onto your bathroom floor. So it is always essential to ensure that your drainage system is in good working order before installing a freeflow waste.
  • Additionally, because these wastes are always open, they can be more susceptible to clogs than other types of drains.

Captive or Anti-Tamper Wastes

What is Captive or Anti-Tamper Wastes

Consider a cross between an old-fashioned plug and chain and the new click clack wastes, and you have got yourself a Captive or Anti-Tamper Waste. The plug is connected to a bolted bar to the waste fitting, preventing it from being removed. Businesses, communal wash areas, and public toilets appreciate captive and anti-tamper wastes because they cannot be removed from the basin.

Captive Waste Drain

What are the Pros and cons of a Captive or Anti-Tamper Wastes?

The pro

  • Captive drains are less likely to become clogged than traditional drains, as they have a smaller opening that waste cannot quickly enter. Over time, this will save you time and money, as you will not have to call a plumber as often to clear out your drain.
  • Additionally, captive drains are more difficult for animals or small children to tamper with, making them ideal if you have kids at home.

The cons

  • However, captive drains can be more challenging to install, requiring a special fitting. A prorated warranty may not cover this type of drain. A plumber may charge more for the installation. If you have an older home, your pipes may not be compatible with a captive drain. In this case, you should change all of your plumbing to install one. This can be expensive and time-consuming.
Anti-Tamper Wastes


Now that you know all about the different types of basin wastes, it is time to choose the perfect one for your customers’ needs. If you are still unsure which type is best for them, do not worry – our team at Hofen is here to help.

With over 17 years of manufacturing expertise, we can provide you with the perfect solution for your business. Contact us right now to learn more about our products and services.

  •  Installation. If you have an older home, your pipes may not be compatible with a captive drain. In this case, you should change all of your plumbing to install one. This can be expensive and time-consuming.

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