Sometimes a design solution seems so obvious and simple that it is surprising it took so long for someone to think of. That is the case with the PermaFLOW Transparent Never-Clog Drain. The design of this drain is unique in several ways. The most obvious is of course that the drain is transparent, allowing you to see what is causing a clog, but that is not the only thing that makes this award winning drain stand out. The external knob puts you in control of your problem. Once you have identified that your drain is clogged, turn the knob to activate the integrated, drain-clearing wiper system. This pushes the clog out, alleviating the need for harsh chemicals.
If something valuable falls down the drain, the wiper system can be used to prevent the item from sliding further or getting pushed out by water. Simply turn the knob to stop the drain and then use a coat hanger or other tool to retrieve what you lost. Since you can actually see what you are aiming for, this task should be much easier than with a traditional drain.
If you are not able to fix your clog on your own and find yourself waiting for a plumber, the PermaFlow has a bypass option that lets water flow through an upper chamber, allowing you to continue to use your sink while waiting for your pipe to be serviced.
According to Amazon: "PermaFLOW has won several leading awards and testimonials for its ability to reduce money, effort, wasted time, and environmental impact. The innovative, common-sense design reduces water pollution by eliminating the need for chemical cleaners. The design is safe and blocks indoor contaminants, eliminating injury and poisoning hazards. It also minimizes exposure to nasty sewer gases and prevents rust and corrosion.
And because it's durably constructed in the USA from ABS plastic and synthetic rubber, PermaFLOW is fully recyclable and will save you from expensive maintenance and replacement costs."
Find it: PermaFLOW Transperent Never-Clog Drain, $19.99 on Amazon
(Re-edited from a post originally published 10.17.2011 - JEL)