A home without plumbing fixtures is not a home but a skeletal structure of pipes, valves and tubes. A plumbing fixture is that device that you use to get water from its source or drain away water into the sewers. You see and use them in your house every day. The most common plumbing fixtures are the bathtub, kitchen sink, bathroom sink, shower, taps, drains and the toilet flush. Below is a closer look at some of these indispensable plumbing fixtures.

The Bathtub or Shower


The bath or bathtub is a large water container where you take a bath in and equipped with its own faucet. The tub is most commonly made from acrylic, fiberglass, enamel on steel, cast iron or waterproof finished wood. A bathtub is usually coupled with the shower so that users get to choose if they will bathe submerged in water or stand under the shower. It is also important for a bathtub to have an overflow drain or waste drain.

The Kitchen Sink

The next most popular fixture is the kitchen sink. Cooking, cleaning your food, washing your hands and washing the dishes are all performed over the kitchen sink. The most popular material used for kitchen sinks is stainless steel. When dealing with water, you have to make sure your fixture will not rust or get deformed from over exposure to water.The kitchen sink has its own tap, water spout and drain system. It is very similar in function with the bathroom sink or lavatory, but without a mirror.

The Toilet


The third most popular but perhaps the most important piece of equipment inside your home is the toilet, both the seat and flush mechanism. Modern living without a working toilet is unimaginable. The toilet is technically defined as “a sanitation fixture used primarily for the disposal of human excrement and urine.” That definition makes it very clear why the toilet is truly indispensable.

The flush is a simple mechanism that gathers water when not in use and then empties itself with the pull of a lever in order to flush down waste materials in the toilet into the drain, which leads to a septic tank. Proper care of this fixture involves careful handling of the flush lever and avoidance to clog the toilet.

The Faucets

Finally, the most visible and widely known plumbing fixtures are the faucets or taps. Your bath, sink and lavatory won’t amount to anything much without the faucets. Most baths and sinks have two taps, one for delivering hot water and the other for cold water. Showers and kitchen sinks mostly use mixer taps, in which hot and cold water is produced in separate valves but get mixed before reaching the outlet.

The faucet is another simple engineering wonder that makes use of pressure and gravity to let water drip from its nozzle. Without this common plumbing fixture, however, modern living will not be as convenient and hygienic.

Joyce Del Rosario is a blogger from Toronto Plumber, one the of the leading sites offering Toronto plumbing services