TRAPS AND DRAINS

What does drainage mean?

Drainage means all parts of your sanitary installations: shower, bath, basin, sink, washing machine... which:1. evacuate waste water
2. form a barrier to odours rising from the pipework 3. obstruct to allow filling

What is a siphon or trap?

A siphon is a device for evacuating used water, which includes a water trap to prevent odours rising up.

What is a waste ?

A waste or drain of a sanitary equipment is a bottom opening designed both to evacuate waste water and conversely to obstruct if filling is required. In the case of a siphon drain, it also helps retain bad odours.

How do I find a spare part for my drainage?

We make the repairability of our products one of our central priorities.
Visit our website under Products > Spare parts.
Or contact our after-sales service on 03 22 60 34 47 and by email at sav@valentin.fr

How do you choose the drainage for your basin?

There are 3 main criteria to take into account when choosing the drainage for your basin or washbowl:
1. the design: chrome, white, black, digiclick, free-flow, flap, plug with chain, made of brass or ABS, for 1 bowl or 2 bowls...VALENTIN offers you a broad, high-quality selection.
2. the overflow, i.e. the hole at the top of the basin or washbowl to stop the water overflowing: - your basin or washbowl doesn't have an overflow outlet: you need to choose a free-flow waste to avoid potential flooding.- your basin or washbowl has an overflow outlet: you need to choose drainage with an overflow fitting. This means a kit comprising an overflow tee, overflow cover and overflow hose. This kit is installed with a slotted tail waste for draining the overflow.
3. the waste will be of variable height depending on the thickness of your basin or washbowl and your bathroom fittings. VALENTIN offers a wide choice of dimensions, along with divisible ABS universal waste 100 mm tall.

How do you choose your basin waste?

There are 3 main criteria to take into account when choosing your basin or washbowl waste:
1. the design: chrome, white, black, digiclick, free-flow, flap, with chain, made of brass, ABS... VALENTIN offers you a broad, high-quality selection.
2. the overflow: i.e. the hole at the top of the basin or washbowl which allows drainage in case the water overflows. If your basin or washbowl has one, you'll need to choose a drain with lanterns already pierced or uncapped.
3. the thickness of your basin or washbowl and your bathroom fittings: these measurements will determine the height of the waste. VALENTIN offers a wide choice of dimensions along with universal wastes with or without overflow, to suit all types of washbowl.

How do you choose your basin trap?

"There are 2 main criteria to take into account when choosing the trap for your basin or washbowl:
1. the design: black, white, chrome, made of metal or plastic, with integrated tubing... VALENTIN offers you a broad, high-quality selection.
2. the space under the basin or washbowl and the bathroom fittings: this will determine the height and shape of your siphon and tubing. VALENTIN offers a wide choice of dimensions and shapes, particularly space-saving products."

How do you clean your basin waste? How do you clean your basin trap?

Ce raccord PVC flexible est muni de 2 embouts et nous recommandons d'utiliser l'embout lisse pour raccorder le siphon, l'écrou venant se visser sur la canalisation. Le raccord flexible FITOFLEX VALENTIN est très pratique pour raccorder un appareil sanitaire dans les endroits difficiles d'accès ou pour contourner des canalisations existantes. C'est une excellente alternative aux raccords rigides. il existe en diamètre 32 ou 40 mm. Il se présente sous deux formes:
- 1 embout lisse + 1 écrou à visser
- ou 2 embouts lisses pour raccorder le siphon et la canalisation.

How do you choose the drainage for your bathtub?

There are 3 main criteria to take into account when choosing the drainage for your bathtub:
1. the design: chain valve, valve with cable opening controlled by a wheel, pediclick valve, made of ABS, stainless steel or brass...VALENTIN offers you a broad, high-quality selection.
2. the type of bathtub:
- if your bathtub is a standard size and rectangular (straight bathtub type), the recommended drainage includes a 650 mm-long cable.
- if your bathtub is a non-standard size with a central drain (freestanding or corner bathtub), you'll need to choose drainage with a 1 metre cable.
3. the height under the bathtub: depending on the space available, choose the appropriate size of drainage system (siphon and drain). Bath feet are generally adjustable. VALENTIN offers drainage (drain+siphon) in extra-flat (125 mm) versions.

How do you clean your bathtub drainage?

When installing your bathtub, it's advisable to provide a trap door or a removable apron which allows access to the siphon.
1st scenario: the drainage is equipped with a drain plug. Just place a container and unscrew the plug to collect any impurities. You can also pass the snake through this hole. Keep the seals and threads clean to ensure good sealing.
2nd scenario: no drain plug. In this case, unscrew the nut that connects the siphon to the drain, and the nut that connects to the drain pipe. Take out the whole siphon to clean it in the basin. This solution lets you clean the siphon fully. If you need to pass a snake: pass it directly through the pipes. For even greater convenience, VALENTIN has come up with a 2-in-1 solution that anticipates and solves this problem: Pediclick bathtub drainage. Equipped with CLEANY QUICK technology, it has an integrated collector that retains hair and residue, allowing easier and simple weekly cleaning.

What is the NF standard?

NF is one of the marks which guarantees product excellence and compliance with French and European regulations. It also ensures that products comply with additional quality and safety criteria, established according to their nature. For example:-a shower drain must have a minimum flow of 24 litres/minute to evacuate the flow from the shower tap
- basin drainage must handle 30 litres/minute
- a basin overflow must handle 15 litres/minute
- sink drainage must handle 36 litres/minute
Manufacturers are free to have their products certified with the NF mark. The mark is granted following verification by an independent accredited body: CSTB. This independent and impartial body then regularly checks the products on production sites, through instore sampling or in their laboratories. The mark is affixed on the product and its packaging.

How do you remove bad odours from bathroom pipes?

First you have to identify the cause. This problem often appears in summer in hot weather, when the water in the siphon's water trap evaporates, or when returning from holiday after a long period without using the shower or basin.
If odours do emerge, VALENTIN recommends running a little clean water to restore the water trap in all sanitary installations. This natural barrier acts as a buffer between the often smelly pipes and the room's interior. Renewed with each use, the water trap is the only 100% reliable guarantee of lasting protection for the whole family's comfort. Tips: VALENTIN also recommends pouring a few centilitres of white vinegar or disinfectant into the basin's overflow hole to prevent bacteria forming.

How do you choose the drainage for your shower?

There are 3 main criteria to take into account when choosing the drainage for your shower:
1. the design: chrome, black, square, round, grill, mushroom... VALENTIN offers you a broad, high-quality selection.
3. the material: Chromed ABS, stainless steel, brass, chromed metal...
2. the diameter of the shower tray opening– 3 exist: - 50 mm: There are drains for a 50 mm opening with horizontal outlet only. They are made of plastic.
- 60 mm: There are drains for a 60 mm opening with vertical, horizontal or orientable outlet. They are made of brass or plastic.- 90 mm: particularly used for new generations of extra-flat shower trays and walk-in showers. There are drains for a 90 mm opening with vertical, horizontal or orientable outlet. They are made of stainless steel, metal or ABS.

How do you clean your shower drain?

On VALENTIN shower wastes, simply remove the cover or grill (without tools) and then extract the cup which contains the water trap. Clean the cup with a sponge under a jet of water. No product is needed. Replace everything, then run a little water to restore the water trap in the cup. This water trap in the cup is essential to block odours. If this first operation doesn't do the job, this means a clog is forming downstream, further down the pipe. In that case you need to use a snake. After removing the cover and cup, insert the snake into the pipe until the clog disintegrates and the flow returns to normal. Then replace the cup, then the grill and run a little water to restore the water trap.

How do you choose the drain for your sink?

There are 3 main criteria to take into account when choosing the drain for your sink:
1. the design: chrome, white, round grill, manual or automatic collector, chain plug, for a 1-bowl or 2-bowl sink... VALENTIN offers you a broad, high-quality selection.
2. the overflow: i.e. the hole at the top of the sink which allows evacuation if the water overflows. If this is the case for your sink, you'll need a drain with overflow fittings included. The overflow cover can be round or rectangular (24 or 30 mm)
3. the diameter of the opening – 3 exist: - 90 mm for sinks made of synthetic material, stoneware or stainless steel - 60 mm for stoneware sinks - 50 mm for stainless steel sinks
4. the usage: for sinks for domestic use, users will appreciate the convenience of automatic drainage with cable control. For pot sinks in restaurants and communal establishments, Valentin offers a range of overflow drains or dip tubes.

How do you maintain a walk-in shower?

According to NF standard EN274, shower drains must have a minimum flow of 24 l/min to ensure good waste water drainage. The challenge is to maintain this flow over time, because over the weeks hair, dead skin, soap residues and limescale build up in the drain and pipes. To avoid any clogging in the drain and water trap which – unlike other sanitary appliances – once installed is no longer removable, regular maintenance is essential. Flow performance is linked to the drain's cleanliness.
The Minime extra-flat shower drain for shower trays and the Quadratto floor drain for walk-in showers are designed with this in mind. Just lift the cover or grill (without tools), then easily remove the plastic cup that retains deposits. Once you've disposed of the dirt, you just have to rinse it under water using a sponge then replace it with a simple procedure. If this isn't enough, it means a larger clog has formed in the pipes. VALENTIN drains and water traps are designed to allow a snake to pass through, making it simple to unclog the piping. No chemicals are required: a bonus for the wallet and the planet.

How do you clean your sink siphon?

There is a siphon that can be cleaned from above, the Siphonette, which can be cleaned like a shower drain. Just pull the collector to extract the cup from above the sink. This VALENTIN Cleany Quick Technology allows regular ultra-fast cleaning, without tools and without having to empty the cupboard under the sink. Ultra-compact for better storage, it's available for a 1-bowl sink or 2-bowl sink. To maintain the chrome collector's shiny appearance, use soapy water (Marseille soap type) with a soft sponge, as for taps, so as not to scratch. When the sink is equipped with an overflow, we recommend pouring a little white vinegar into the opening to avoid bacteria forming.

How do I repair my drainage part I bought less than ten years ago?

As part of our quality policy, VALENTIN Drainage products are guaranteed for 10 years. Don't hesitate to contact our after-sales service, who will offer you a solution: 03 22 60 34 47 or by email at sav@valentin.fr

How do I install my Fitoflex drain flexible connector?

This PVC flexible connector has 2 fittings and we recommend using the smooth fitting to connect the siphon, with the nut being screwed onto the pipe. The VALENTIN FITOFLEX flexible connector is highly practical for connecting a sanitary appliance in places that are difficult to access or for bypassing existing pipes. It is a great alternative to rigid fittings. It is available with diameter 32 or 40 mm and comes in two forms:- 1 smooth end piece + 1 screw nut
- or 2 smooth end pieces to connect the siphon and the pipe.

What does tubing mean?

It is the set of tubes used to connect the drain(s) to the trap. In certain configurations, it also saves space under the washbowl(s).

What siphon height is needed for a washing machine?

The size is standard for PVC siphons. If necessary, VALENTIN siphons can be cut to the required height.

What is the diameter for the washing machine outlet?

The diameter is standard for PVC outlets: 40 mm. The old systems used siphons with a diameter of 32 mm, which are still available in the VALENTIN catalogue.

What kind of drain for a walk-in shower?

VALENTIN has developed the Quadratto ranges with height-adjustable tiled frame and Panama shower channels specifically for walk-in showers.

How high is a shower siphon?

The shower tray's drainage system is called a siphon drain. In effect, the water trap system is included in the drain. The height varies from 60 mm for extra-flat drains to 83 mm for a classic drain with vertical outlet. VALENTIN offers a wide range of shower wastes.

BATH

How do I find a spare part for my bathtub?

We make the repairability of our products one of our central priorities. Visit our website under Products > Spare parts. Or contact our after-sales service on 03 22 60 34 47 and by email at sav@valentin.fr

How do your equip your bathtub?

There are 3 parameters to take into account when choosing the drainage for your bathtub:
1. the design: chain plug, valve with cable opening controlled by the control knob, pediclick valve, made of ABS, stainless steel or brass...VALENTIN offers you a broad, high-quality selection.
2. the type of bathtub: - if the bathtub is standard, i.e. with a drain on the smallest side of the bathtub (straight bathtub type), you should choose a drain with a 650 mm cable
- if the bathtub is a non-standard size or has a central drain (freestanding bathtub), you should choose a drain with a 1 m cable
3. the height under the bathtub: depending on the space available, choose the appropriate size of drainage system (siphon and drain)

How do you unclog your bathtub?

Bathtubs are either equipped with a removable apron or fitted with tiling. In the second case, a 40*40 cm hatch must be created at the drainage level to maintain accessibility. Our bathtub siphons are all cleanable thanks to the drain plug, which will simply have to be unscrewed – hence the importance of accessibility.

Which bathtub to choose?

The choice of design is essential. There are different possibilities: corner bathtubstraight bathtubseat bathtub or door bathtub. Another important characteristic to take into account when choosing is the space you have. If you have limited space, we offer space-saving bathtubs designed for this purpose. Another element: the space inside the bathtub. There are several lengths:170 cm, 180 cm...Some bathtubs also offer several seating positions, making a two-person bath a possibility.

How do you install a bathtub apron?

Most VALENTIN bathtubs are available with optional aprons. They are clip-on for quick installation. The bathtub's height will be adapted to the apron thanks to the adjustable feet.

SHOWER

How do I find a spare part for my shower column?

We make the repairability of our products one of our central priorities.
Visit our website under Products > Spare parts.
The spare parts for each shower column are also indicated on the exploded products which can be downloaded from the product pages.
Or contact our after-sales service on 03 22 60 34 47 and by email at sav@valentin.fr

How do I repair my shower column I bought less than two years ago?

As part of our quality policy, VALENTIN Shower equipment is guaranteed for 2 years: shower column, shower set, shower head and shower hose. Don't hesitate to contact our after-sales service, who will offer you a solution: directly on our website, by phone on 03 22 60 34 47 or by email at sav@valentin.fr

What do I do if my shower column is leaking water?

If there's a drip at the spray source (head outlet, hand outlet or massage nozzles), this means there's an anomaly at the cartridge or tap. You'll therefore need to change:
- the selector cartridge

or - the half-turn tap head

What's the difference between a thermostatic and a mechanical mixer?

The thermostatic mixer lets you maintain the temperature precisely, whatever the pressure variations, and preserve it for future use. There is also a safety stop at 38°C, an anti-scalding guarantee for when children use it. With the mechanical mixer, the temperature has to be calibrated each time it's used.

How do you remove the thermostatic cartridge?

Before taking any action, the water supply must be cut off.
1.Unscrew the rod placed under the mixer knob


2.Unscrew the rosette's retaining screw


3.Remove the rosette


4.Unscrew the thermostatic set


5.Unscrew the screw under the thermostatic knob and remove it

6.Remove the cartridge. The operation is complete

We also suggest watching Franck's tutorial "How do you change a thermostatic cartridge?"

What do you do when the water flow drops?

- If the thermostatic cartridge is scaled, regular maintenance should be able to solve this problem.
To do this, you need to:
1. Dismantle the cartridge
2. Clean the cartridge with warm white vinegar
3. Free up the cartridge


NB: You need to regularly turn the knob to the extreme 15°/50° positions to avoid scale accumulating.

- If the filters are dirty: the filter seals placed before the supply hoses must be cleaned, along with the non-return valves located at the water inlets on the column body.

  

How do you free up the operating knob?

An operating knob (photo below) that's difficult to activate is generally due to lime.



The thermostatic cartridge is almost certainly scaled. You have to:
1. Dismantle the cartridge 
2. Clean the cartridge with warm white vinegar
3. Free up the cartridge

NB: You have to regularly turn the knob to the extreme 15°/50° positions to avoid the cartridge getting stuck.

The water in my shower is either too hot or too cold. What do I do?

This means that the water isn't mixed. The connection of the supply hoses is almost certainly wrong. You need to check that the hot water hose (red) has been screwed on the hot water supply and the cold water hose (blue) has been screwed on the cold water supply.

What if the water in my shower isn't at my chosen temperature?

3 possible explanations:
- Incorrect calibration of the cartridge. You therefore need to calibrate the thermostatic cartridge.

1. Unscrew the rod

2. Pull on the cover

3. Turn the brass shaft and check the water temperature with a simple thermometer until you get 38°

4. Replace the knob with its mark matching the 38° point

- Dirty filter seals. They need to be cleaned with warm white vinegar.
- Non-return valve which remains in the open position due to a foreign body. In this case, you need to disassemble the supply hoses on the thermostatic body side, remove the foreign body (gravel, grain of sand, etc.) and check for the presence of filter seals.

Valentin's after-sales service is of course available to guide you.

The temperature of my shower is always mixed. How do I get hot or cold water?

1.The mixer cartridge may be stuck due to use at a constant temperature. It may therefore be scaled, for example. The cartridge must be dismantled, cleaned and re-greased.
2.One of the supply hoses may be pinched. The shower column must then be removed, the hoses checked and re-pressurised so they stiffen.
3.The non-return valves are stuck half-open, so the water is always mixed. You then need to free up the valve or change it if necessary.

What do I do if I don't get hot water in my shower?

1.Check the condition of the filter seals and clean them if necessary
2.Check that the hoses have not been pinched during assembly
3.Check the cartridge calibration
4.Check the supply network
5.Check the difference between the hot and cold water pressure: it should be no more than 1 bar

Why does the temperature setting for my shower change from day to day?

The boiler settings have most likely changed. You need to calibrate the thermostatic cartridge.

How do you calibrate a thermostatic cartridge?

1.Unscrew the rod

2.Pull on the cover

3.Turn the brass shaft and check the water temperature with a simple thermometer until you get 38°

4. Replace the knob so its mark coincides with the 38° point

How do I clean my shower?

It's important to take care of your shower every day by wiping off drops or passing a squeegee over the wall after each use.

You also need to wipe your hand over the soft anti-scale spikes regularly to avoid scale accumulating. All Valentin hand and head outlets are fitted with them. For effective cleaning that looks after your equipment, we recommend applying warm white vinegar with a sponge. Then you need to regularly turn the temperature knob from 15° to 50° to avoid the cartridge getting stuck.

How do I clean my diverter?

Water is more or less calcareous depending on the region, and water flow devices may be attacked by scale. If you regularly descale your shower accessories: shower head, diverter, tall outlet, etc., you'll be able to enjoy your installation fully and for longer. To do this, we recommend cutting off the water then dismantling the diverter and soaking it in white vinegar for a few minutes. The limescale dissolves and your diverter is as good as new.

What's the shower stop for?

The shower stop lets you temporarily shut off the water while soaping your body or hair. Some Valentin showers are equipped with this technology. There is also a shower stop accessory for inserting between the hose and the shower head. This can save up to 50% of water.

SPARE PARTS

How can I find a spare part?

We make the repairability of our products one of our central priorities.
Visit our website under Products > Spare parts.
Or contact our after-sales service on 03 22 60 34 47 and by email at sav@valentin.fr

How do I change my basin valve or plug ?

All the plugs can be removed without using tools. Just remove the plug by hand by lifting it up, then insert the new plug.

How do I change my shower cover?

All the covers can be removed without using tools. So just remove the cover with your hand by lifting it up, then insert the new cover.

How do I change my bathtub valve?

All the valves can be removed without using tools. So just remove the valve by hand by lifting it up, then insert the new valve. The valve's height can be adjusted by means of the adjustable rod.

How do I change the bathtub control knob?

All the control knobs are easy to install without using tools. Just pull on the old knob to release it and change the self-centring mechanism, then reposition the new ABS or chromed metal wheel. All the wheels are compatible with Valentin drainage except for the brass one.

How do I replace the O-rings for thermostatic cartridges?

The reference is 000729 for any replacement seals for Vernet cartridges from the VALENTIN catalogue.

Shower hoses: which one to choose?

When choosing your hose, you need to take into account the desired length and your budget. Here are the main advantages of our different hoses:

- Stainless steel shower hose: good value for money
- Chrome-plated double-stapled brass hose: brass is very strong
- Valflex PVC hose: very flexible
- Alumiflex smooth PVC hose: easy maintenance thanks to its smooth appearance and hose strength

What's the reference to replace a thermostatic cartridge?

Reference 000540 corresponds to the thermostatic cartridge suitable for all Valentin shower columns. (except our Niagara 797200 shower column)

What's the reference to replace a thermostatic ring?

Reference 000730 corresponds to the thermostatic ring suitable for all Vernet thermostatic cartridges used for Valentin shower columns since 2010.

What's the reference to replace the stop valve on a shower column?

What's the reference to replace the stop valve on a shower column? If your shower column has one or more half-turn opening/closing valves, the reference for replacing the stop valve is 000070.

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