Most sinks and baths in modern homes have an overflow. The overflow comes in the form of a small opening near the maximum water level and connects to the draining system.
You might be surprised to find out that a sink or bath overflow has two purposes. The first is to prevent the sink or bath from overflowing onto your floors if somebody leaves the faucet open by accident. Water pours into the sink or bathtub, reaches the maximum fill level, and then drains out via the overflow - a simple solution to an otherwise costly problem.
The second purpose is to improve the draining speed of the sink or bath. When you pull the plug out, and the water drains away, it takes up space in the pipes below. It displaces the air in those pipes, filling the void. If you didn’t have the overflow, there would be nowhere for the air to go other than back up through the water stream. It’d be like filling a water bottle: time-consuming. With the overflow, the air is free to evacuate pipes at speed: good news for those in a hurry in the morning!
If you have experienced water damage due to your sink overflowing, give Complete Restoration Services a call right away. We have our 24/7 line available to help get you back to normal.
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