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What is a Strainer?

A strainer is a device used in plumbing systems to remove solid impurities from a liquid such as water before they enter a pipe or device. It is generally installed in a drain or opening in the plumbing system and has a mesh or perforated surface that prevents solid particles from passing through. The strainer maintains flow by simply allowing fluid to pass through and protects downstream components from damage caused by debris.

What Is the Strainer Used For?

The strainer is used in plumbing systems to remove solids from liquids in a pipe, such as food particles or other debris that can clog or damage pipes and fittings. Strainers are often installed in sink drains, shower stalls and bathtubs to prevent clogs from forming in the plumbing system.

How Does the Strainer Work?

A strainer is an instrument used to separate solid particles from liquid. It consists of a mesh or perforated surface that allows liquid to pass while holding solid particles. The strainer works by using the mesh or perforated surface to physically block and trap solids while allowing liquid to flow. The size of the openings in the mesh or holes determines what size solids will be retained and through which size.

Where is the Strainer Used?

Strainers are used in kitchens, laboratories and various industrial systems to prevent the passage of solid particles in pipelines and to separate them from the liquid.

Where to Put the Strainer in the Installation?

The strainer is generally placed on the inlet side of the piping system, before any pumps, valves or other components. Its purpose is to prevent large debris or solids from entering and potentially damaging other parts of the system. The strainer acts as a filter that protects the rest of the system from clogging or malfunctioning.

How to Clean the Strainer?

To clean the strainer, follow these steps:

  1. Turn off the water supply of the strainer.
  2. Remove the strainer by unscrewing or unlocking the strainer.
  3. Clean the strainer using a brush and soapy water, or if it is very dirty, use a solution containing equal parts of water and vinegar.
  4. Rinse the strainer thoroughly with water.
  5. Reinstall the strainer making sure it is securely seated.
  6. Turn the water supply back on and check for leaks.
  7. Repeat the cleaning process as needed to keep the filter working properly.

Note: The specific cleaning method may vary depending on the material of the strainer (eg metal, plastic, mesh, etc.).