Plugs Patents (Class 4/295)
  • Patent number: 10301803
    Abstract: A push-type drain stopper is usable in a drain pipe that has a pivot rod port surrounded by a stub by sealing a rod that protrudes into the pipe through the stub. The stopper is pressed transversely into engagement with the rod, which is an anchor. The drain pipe has a drain flange that seals around a drain opening in a sink. If the flange becomes worn and unsightly or if one desires to change a color scheme for the sink, a cap that has a diameter greater than the drain flange hides the drain flange from sight. A retrofit kit includes the drain stopper, pivot balls sized to fit different pop-up drain assemblies, a rod that passes through the ball into the drain pipe, and a wing nut fixed to an end of the rod for tightening the rod against a stub cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: PF Waterworks LP
    Inventors: Harold Kent Beck, Sanjay Ahuja
  • Patent number: 10234333
    Abstract: A drain covering device is described with built in temperature sensors and lights which signal various measured temperatures which are acceptable, cold, or hot for an intended use. The device is easily separable and can be rinsed and stored using an attached suction cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Munchkin, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Bryan Dunn, Mark Hatherill, Kevin Douglas Johnson, Richard Ernest Scott, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9585523
    Abstract: A stopper has an elongated body and a cap that detaches from one end. The body has a seal proximate the cap for engaging a drain ring. The cap can have various decorations upon its upper surface such as logos, team mascots, and patterns applied by painting or waterproof durable adhesive label. The decorative attachment device has a cap that separates from the body with a male button within a chamber at the end of the body. The cap has a cooperating female button on its lower surface. Another embodiment has the cap separate from the body, hook and loop fastener, and a centered aperture. The cap has female loop fastener and a centered pin depending beneath the cap. The pin engages the aperture to align the cap to the body. Alternatively, the cap has a magnetic link to the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Inventor: Ann B. Brannan
  • Patent number: 9554556
    Abstract: An automatically refreshed water supply for pets is provided by diverting the water from the water supply of a toilet to a water dispenser accessible to the pet and returning excess water to the toilet. The water is diverted from the flush cycle of a toilet to an exterior dish which fills to a predetermined level and then overflows over the edge of the dish and then by way of channels into the toilet, retaining the water after the flush cycle is completed. Alternatively a mechanism can be provided for triggering the replacement water flow by sensing of the motion or weight of the pet. The system can be pet-triggered for the toilet flush and/or flow of replacement water to the pet dish, or continuous water flow as long as the pet is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Inventor: Mohammad Ghasemi Chaleshtari
  • Patent number: 9151027
    Abstract: A bath or basin waste having a plug in which the upper face of the cap is substantially below the upper face of the bottom of the bath or basin to which it is fitted when in the closed position and substantially flush with the upper face of the bottom of the bath or basin when in the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Inventor: Timothy George Lucas
  • Patent number: 9068336
    Abstract: A mat-like drain seal composed of a flexible, compressible, conformable polymer material and having at least a centralized window area and a reinforcing band positioned adjacent the edges of the drain seal, the window area being at least translucent such that liquid passing under the drain seal is visible through the drain seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Inventor: Mark D. Shaw
  • Publication number: 20140373262
    Abstract: A drain closure device for a vessel such as a bathtub or sink is provided. The drain closure device comprises a stopper fitted with a sealing gasket and equipped with track followers on a vertical post capped with a horizontal stopper, plus a flanged pipe emanating from said stopper that fits to the drainage hole in a vessel. The device is operable to be concentrically disposed with a hole in the bottom of the vessel. Rotation of the stopper causes travel of the followers on the stem to rise against the track cut into the interior of the flanged pipe. Resistance to closure when opened is provided by a terminal rest stop for each track follower on the upper part of the track. No springs, pins, or resistance seals are used. Reverse rotation of the stopper causes reverse travel of the followers back down the track to a low resting place located to effect closure of the horizontal stopper atop the flange of the pipe resting on the perimeter of the vessel hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Christopher Adam McLeod
  • Publication number: 20140310864
    Abstract: In the invention a drain plug linkage device (100) is provided, comprising: a drain plug (4) at least partially disposed in a pipe body (5); a pull rod assembly including a pull rod, a link rod (2) and a pull rod connector (9), wherein the link rod (2) at its upper end comprises a receiving portion, the pull rod connector (9) comprises a central hole and adapted to be snapped into the containing portion, and the pull rod at its bottom comprises a snap portion adapted to be snapped into the central hole; and a lever member (3) comprising a first end operatively connected to the link rod (2), and a second end extending into the pipe body (5) and configured to operate the drain plug (4); wherein the receiving portion comprises an expansion portion (22) for expanding the central hole, and the pull rod connector (9) is configured, when snapped into the receiving part, to be movable between a position where the central hole is unexpanded and a position where the central hole is expanded by the expansion portion (22
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: Xiamen Lota International Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Liming Ye, Jianping Zhou, Yan Zhang
  • Patent number: 8701224
    Abstract: A press touch pop-up stopper is used in a basin and contains a pipe set fixed in an opening of a bottom end of the basin and including a hole disposed therein and having an outlet fixed on a top end of the hole; a stopper assembly received in the pipe set and including a plug, after the plug is pressed, it bounces automatically to turn on the outlet so as to flow water, after the plug is pressed again, it closing the outlet to stop flowing the water; a vertical connecting structure defined between the pipe set and the stopper assembly so that when the stopper assembly is pulled upward, it disengages from the pipe set, and when the stopper assembly is pressed downward to be received in the pipe set, it is connected with the pipe set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Globe Union Industrial Corp.
    Inventors: Chunhung Li, Weimien Hsu, Juntao Xia
  • Patent number: 8499376
    Abstract: A drain closure device for a vessel having an interior surface and a drain hole defined in the interior surface. The drain closure device includes a drain plug configured to be telescopically received in the central throughshaft defined in the insert sleeve. The drain plug is moveable between a first contacted ceiling position and a second expanded, drain position. The drain plug includes a seal member that is attached to the first end and a connection member located on a second end. The connection member is configured to releasably engage with at least one lateral shoulder or a suitable lateral projection member associated with the drain opening when the drain plug the use position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Inventor: Tae Kyung Kim
  • Publication number: 20130125299
    Abstract: A drain stopper assembly for selectively closing an outlet from a water basin includes a stopper that axially slidably interacts with a support post to move between raised and lowered positions. In a raised position, the stopper can be laterally displaced to facilitate periodic cleaning of debris trapped in the drain passage. Lateral displacement can be accomplished in a variety of ways including by way of groove and follower pin relationships, pivoting sections of the support post and/or post interface of the stopper, and by a flexible support post.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Inventor: Henry Tong
  • Publication number: 20130117921
    Abstract: An embodiment includes a drain pipe waste water closure protection device which allows passage of fluids through a drain into a pipe waste water closure and a waste water pipe while preventing backflow of fluid or gas from the waste water pipe and pipe waste water closure, as well as preventing evaporation of a water-containing pipe waste water closure located below the drain pipe waste water closure protection device in the waste water pipe. Embodiment drain pipe waste water closure protection devices are easily installed in existing or new drains. Embodiments have two radial disc seals which insure a strong seal between the drain pipe waste water closure protection device and the drain wall. Embodiments include a reinforcing band embedded below the radial disc seals which prevents failure of the radial disc seals. Embodiments include a quadruple pressure accumulating seal which protects against the flow of gas or fluid from the waste water pipe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Applicant: Jay R. Smith Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Jay R. Smith Manufacturing Company
  • Patent number: 8382993
    Abstract: A removable drain filter apparatus (20) with an housing (22) connectable with upstream and downstream drain pipes (40, 46) has a filtering chamber wider than the drain pipes and divided into an upstream portion (78) and a downstream portion (82) by a generally planer filter element (50). A hatch cover (32) carries a downwardly extending central core (76) with an O-ring seal (84), a filter securement member (86) for pressing the filter element (50) against an underlying support ledge (29) and a drain hole plug (88). The location of the O-ring (84) relative to the filter element (50) and the plug (88) being tapered enables the filter housing (22) to be drained of any water during removal of the hatch cover and before the watertight seal is broken to eliminate leakage of drain water out of the housing (22) when the hatch (31) is completely opened. The filter (50) bends out of the way of a plumber's auger (96).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Clear Drain Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Dennis E. Wisek, Kenneth T. Duffy, Sr., Troy W. Livingston
  • Patent number: 8327474
    Abstract: A magnetic drain stopper assembly includes an actuating lever in a drain pipe and is movable to allow fluid flow into the drain pipe in an open position and to prevent fluid flow into the drain pipe in a closed position. A magnet on the drain stopper interacts magnetically with the actuating lever or a sleeve on the actuating lever. The magnetic drain stopper is easily removed by simply pulling it out of the drain pipe. Studs on the drain stopper catch objects that fall into the drain pipe for easy retrieval and further catch residue such as hair for easy cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Inventors: Anthony J. Van Zeeland, Ryan M. Sims
  • Publication number: 20120291191
    Abstract: A press touch pop-up stopper is used in a basin and contains a pipe set fixed in an opening of a bottom end of the basin and including a hole disposed therein and having an outlet fixed on a top end of the hole; a stopper assembly received in the pipe set and including a plug, after the plug is pressed, it bounces automatically to turn on the outlet so as to flow water, after the plug is pressed again, it closing the outlet to stop flowing the water; a vertical connecting structure defined between the pipe set and the stopper assembly so that when the stopper assembly is pulled upward, it disengages from the pipe set, and when the stopper assembly is pressed downward to be received in the pipe set, it is connected with the pipe set.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Inventors: Chunhung Li, Weimien Hsu, Juntao Xia
  • Publication number: 20120124724
    Abstract: A sink drain accessory is provided for assisting a user with disposal of waste materials into a sink drain, while preventing solid objects within the sink from entering the drain. The device comprises a hollow conduit, a funnel portion attached to the upper edge thereof, a sealing rim and sealing rails to provide liquid seals within the drain and maintain the device in a balanced position, along with a plunger tool. The sealing rim is horizontally disposed along the base of the hollow conduit, while the sealing rails are vertically disposed around the outer surface of the hollow conduit. Drain apertures are positioned above the sealing rim to allow liquid to flow from the sink and into the device. Liquid and solid waste may be placed within the funnel portion of the device by a user and pushed down into the sink drain with the aid of the plunger tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Inventor: Thomas LaPointe
  • Publication number: 20120117721
    Abstract: A closure device for a drain pipeline includes an outer sleeve, an inner sleeve mounted in the outer sleeve, and a closure member. The outer sleeve is adapted to be installed between a drain of a sink or washbasin and a drainpipe. A flow port is defined in the inner sleeve. The closure member is movably supported in the inner sleeve in a vertical direction. The closure member is normally biased by a spring to close the flow port so as to block odor from flowing into an indoor space, and the closure member is moved downwards to open the flow port when draining water into the outer sleeve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2010
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Inventor: Yung-Hui Wang
  • Publication number: 20120036624
    Abstract: A pop-up drain plug insert comprising: a base formed for secure placement within a drain bowl in a sink which includes a bottom having a solid center and a plurality of apertures, a side emanating upwardly from the perimeter of the bottom, a flange emanating outwardly from the side, a gasket operatively associated with the side and the flange and a wall emanating upwardly near the center of the bottom to form a cup, the wall being substantially parallel to the side; a stopper formed for secure placement within the base which includes a top, a stem having a spring mechanism which permits the extension and retraction of the stem emanating downwardly from the top, a gasket surrounding the stem and being operatively associated with the top, wherein the stem being operatively associated with the cup in order to raise and lower the stopper from the base in order to permit or restrict the flow of liquids through the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2010
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Inventor: Vito Laera
  • Patent number: 8112823
    Abstract: A combination garbage disposal safety poker, scraper and deodorizer/sanitizer device is provided. The device comprises a cup-shaped strainer, a handle mounted to the strainer, a hollow cylindrical stem extending downward from the strainer, and a replaceable rubber scraper connected to lower end of the hollow stem and used for scraping waste from dishes and sinks. The inside of the stem serves as a compartment for holding a deodorizer/sanitizer tablet. Holes in the strainer and in the stem expose the deodorizer/sanitizer tablet to water, thereby gradually dissolving the tablet and continually deodorizing the garbage disposal unit and drain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Disposal Guard Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas K Dombrowski
  • Publication number: 20110296601
    Abstract: The present invention is skimmer plug for winterizing a pool. The skimmer plug inserts and grips into the fluid opening, where there is fluid passage from the pool to the skimmer housing and filter assembly. In this manner, the surface of the skimmer plug when installed is slightly raised from the factory skimmer faceplate or skimmer opening by only the thickness of the skimmer plug's outer plate. The fasteners which secure the factory skimmer faceplate and the skimmer housing to the pool sidewall still remain accessible for adjustment by the pool owner or pool service personnel while the skimmer plug is securely in place.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Inventor: JERRY HODAK
  • Patent number: 8011030
    Abstract: A pop-up stopper includes a main body having an inside provided with a receiving space and a periphery provided with a plurality of through holes, a control unit removably mounted on a top of the main body and including a top cap and a plurality of connecting members, and a bottom cap removably mounted on a bottom of the main body. Each of the connecting members includes at least one upper elastic plate having a protrusion and at least one lower elastic plate having a protrusion. Thus, the stopper has draining and straining functions to achieve a sanitary effect. In addition, the control unit and the bottom cap can be mounted on and detached from the main body easily and quickly, thereby facilitating a user assembling and disassembling the stopper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Thank Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yi-Chun Li
  • Publication number: 20110197349
    Abstract: A drain plug comprising of a plurality of polarity magnets arranged in an alternating fashion. The plurality of polarity magnets are arranged in line with the drain plug. A magnet cover envelops the plurality of polarity magnets for easy cleaning. The unique alternating arrangements of the plurality of polarity magnets help increase the magnetic gradient for stronger attraction forces for metal wear particles. The use of a plurality of polarity magnets also increase the surface area where the metal particles can be held.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Inventors: Seong-Jae LEE, Dennis O'Neel
  • Patent number: 7992230
    Abstract: A dissolving drain plug includes a body made of a material which is adapted to dissolve within a specific time interval when exposed to a specific liquid solvent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Inventor: Nancy Millard
  • Patent number: 7971309
    Abstract: A sink disposal multipurpose tool is described. Disposals can be damaged by non-food items that are inadvertently dropped therein. A sink disposal multipurpose tool is configured so that it rests within and above a disposal in such a way as to block non-food items from entering a disposal while allowing water and food-waste items entrance. The tool is configured with a plurality of attachments, including a scraper and stuffer blade attachment so that a cook can efficiently scrape food waste materials from dishes, pans, etc. into a sink. The tool can be used to gather the food waste materials from the sink and push them into a disposal. Other attachments include a scrub pad, a brush, and a peeler. The sink disposal multipurpose tool can be returned to its storage position in and above the disposal well where it effectively stops utensils, etc. from entering the disposal unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Inventor: Theresa A. Houck
  • Publication number: 20110138527
    Abstract: A universal drain stopping device with enlarged stopper is installable in drains having different sized central threaded bores. A stopping assembly with a stopper and hollow shaft is removably engageable with a reversible stem. The stopping assembly and stem are axially reciprocable relative to each other when engaged. The reversible stem has opposite threaded ends having different sizes. The device is installable into a drain by threaded mating of one end of the stem with the central threaded bore of the drain. The stem can be axially reversed for installation into another drain with a different sized threaded bore. The stopper has a diameter that is greater than the outer diameter of the drain in which the device is installed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2009
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Inventors: Matthew J. Siena, Chris W. Jeffers, R. Stuart Holden, JR.
  • Publication number: 20110119821
    Abstract: A screw-tight plug for a sink has a plug body having a tube body with a drain hole and one end edge extending outwards to form an inclined flange. The drain hole of the plug body has an internal connector, and the connector has a threaded hole at a center portion and a plurality of drain gullies disposed around the opening of the threaded hole. A stop cock has a rounded disk-shaped cock head and a screw having a threaded portion, and the screw couples with the threaded hole of the connector. Based upon an engagement depth between the screw and the threaded hole, the cock head of the stop cock pushes against the flange to form a containment space, or the cock head separates from the flange to drain water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Inventor: Wen-Ping Chen
  • Patent number: 7937781
    Abstract: A multi-function device for stoppering and cleaning sinks is provided. The device includes a sink stopper base, a handle, and a scoop extending from the base. The scoop has a curved body and two parallel opposing side edges and a lower edge extending between. Each side edge has an arcuate upper section having a curvature of a first radius, which terminates at the lower surface of the base. The upper curvature in combination with the linear lower section of the side edges facilitate the lower edge of the scoop to deflect without bending backwards when slid across a sink surface. The handle includes a cavity having a downwardly sloped region which provides the users with additional mechanical leverage and control when manipulating the device. In certain implementations, the device incorporates a two-piece design which allows the scooping member to be removed from the base when not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: KR Strech Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Kenneth Ray Strech
  • Patent number: 7886372
    Abstract: The present invention provides an improved drain assembly having a drain stopper assembly in operational communication with an actuation assembly. The drain stopper assembly includes an elongate one-piece housing with a longitudinal body coextensive with proximal and distal extents of the housing and defining a lumen therein. A flange portion at the proximal extent has a fluid egress for delivery of fluids from a sanitary vessel to the housing lumen. The housing body has an inner circumferential surface of predetermined inner diameter and an outer circumferential surface of predetermined outer diameter. A linearly reciprocatable drain stopper is provided that has a closure head proximate which an elongate shaft depends. The stopper reciprocates between a fully closed position, wherein the closure head obstructs the fluid egress, and a fully open position, wherein the fluid egress remains unobstructed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: AS IP Holdco, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Barry H. Jacobs
  • Patent number: 7856677
    Abstract: A cover for a bathtub overflow port includes a concave body provided with a circular inner edge maintaining a vacuum seal with an inner surface of the existing bathtub. Such a circular inner edge of the body is removably abutted directly against the inner surface of the existing bathtub during operating conditions. The inner edge of the body creates a vacuum within the body when the inner edge of the body is abutted against the inner surface of the existing bathtub. Such a vacuum statically affixes the body to the inner surface of the existing bathtub during operating conditions. The cover further includes a curvilinear handle provided with axially opposed ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Inventor: Brian Harris
  • Publication number: 20100275357
    Abstract: The present invention generally includes a sink popup stopper drain assembly including a drain body comprising a drain hole leading to a drain pipe for draining water; a substantially circular stopper including a top face and a bottom face, wherein the bottom face of the stopper is configured to fit over the drain hole providing a seal for stopping water from draining; and a popup rod attached to a peripheral edge of the substantially circular stopper and positioned adjacent to an inner side of the drain pipe, the popup rod movably connected to a pivot rod able to move the popup rod in a vertical direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2010
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Inventors: Nick Fuoco, Egidio Gualtieri
  • Publication number: 20100163131
    Abstract: A system for temporarily sealing bathtub overflow plumbing and waste water plumbing to provide for pressurized testing to locate leaks includes a rigid unitary stop for mating with a corresponding female coupler so as to sandwich therebetween a rim of a bathtub aperture. The female coupler has an internal thread in a cavity in the coupler. The female coupler is adapted for mounting into overflow and waste water plumbing for a bathtub. The female coupler is mountable so as to be adjacent the bathtub apertures. The stop includes an annular rigid sealing flange. An externally threaded cylindrical plug is mounted to the sealing flange. The plug is sized to snugly mate into the female coupler in threaded engagement therein. The threaded engagement draws the sealing flange towards the female coupler sandwiching the bathtub therebetween.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2008
    Publication date: July 1, 2010
    Inventors: Jason Kyle Fehr, Shaine Courtney Fehr
  • Publication number: 20100138986
    Abstract: The presently disclosed device and method uses a rubber bulb, tubing and an inflatable bladder to temporarily plug a toilet bowl or drain. The plugged drain for a toilet bowl to be thoroughly cleaned by allowing a solution, filled to the rim or other level of the toilet bowl, to soak away stains and disinfect the toilet bowl. The device can be disposable or reusable. The device can also be incorporated into common bathroom products, including but not limited to a toilet brush or plunger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2009
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Applicant: PLUG IT UP LLC
    Inventor: Robert Abney
  • Patent number: 7673364
    Abstract: An improved combination garbage disposal safety poker and scraper for scraping waste from eating ware and sinks and pushing such materials into the disposal unit so that such wastes are close as possible to the blades of the disposal. The safety poker/scraper has interchangeable tops which may consist of a cup-shaped drain and handle, an elastomeric cap and handle or simply an enlarged handle. The scraper portion is detachable and can be replaced when worn. The scraper portion is curved so that it can fit more easily into the garbage disposal unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Assignee: Disposal Guard Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas K Dombrowski
  • Publication number: 20100024108
    Abstract: A drain control assembly has a pop-up stopper controlled by a cammed actuating mechanism allowing the stopper to alternately seal and unseat from the drain opening by repetitively pressing down on the stopper. The seal seats against the structure housing the drain, such as a tub or sink basin and the like, so that a clean look and positive seal can be achieved. The assembly has integral catch basket that serves to both retain items fallen into the drain and removably mount the assembly to a support beneath the drain opening such that the assembly is firmed secured in place for controlling flow through the drain, but also can be dislodged so that the entire assembly can be removed and items in the catch basket can be retrieved. The assembly can then be reinstalled by simply inserting it down into the drain. A method of use is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2008
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Inventors: Stewart Lee Yang, Ryan Frederick Leichty
  • Patent number: 7650651
    Abstract: A drain closure with clearing tool that incorporates a drain basket having internal cross members which intersect to carry a slide shaft movably mounting a closure assembly. The closure assembly includes one or more clearing tools that project into the drain basket. The clearing tool may include optional blades that coact with the internal cross members to shred hair and soap particles captured in the drain basket. The cleaning tool may also include optional grip elements that extend into the drain to capture hair and debris to prevent accumulation in the drain basket and underlying plumbing. In the latter modification, clogs and blockages may be prevented if the drain closure is periodically removed to withdraw such captured debris from the drain basket and the underlying plumbing. After such debris is released from the grip elements, the drain closure and grip elements are reinserted into the drain basket for continued operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Inventor: Michael C. Lohnert
  • Publication number: 20100005581
    Abstract: A basket strainer for a sink or bath waste is described. The basket strainer has a bowl-shaped metal body having an edge portion configured to resist deformation, wherein at least a portion of the metal body is less than 1 mm thick.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2007
    Publication date: January 14, 2010
    Inventor: James Kenneth McAlpine
  • Patent number: 7624759
    Abstract: A test plug for a shower drain includes a threaded portion having external threads sized to be received in an threaded aperture of a drain. An extension extends downwardly from the threaded portion to a cylindrical sealing portion which is connected to the extension below the threaded portion. The sealing portion includes an elastomeric sealing ring extending circumferentially around the sealing portion. The test plug further includes a pair of alignment tabs which extending radially outward from the test plug above the elastomeric sealing ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Assignee: Sioux Chief Mfg. Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph P. Ismert, Frank D. Julian, Christopher J. Ismert
  • Patent number: 7610635
    Abstract: A drain cleaner is disclosed for use with a drain assembly having a drain pipe, a flange coupled to the drain pipe and defining a drain inlet, and a pop-up assembly having an actuating arm disposed in the drain pipe. The drain cleaner includes a stopper head having a seal sized to engage the drain inlet and an inlet passage extending from an inlet port formed in a top surface of the stopper head to an outlet port formed in a bottom surface of the stopper head. A stopper guide has a proximal end coupled to the stopper head bottom surface and a distal end, the stopper guide distal end including a tail piece adapted to operatively engage the actuating arm of the pop-up assembly. A drain cleaning composition is supported below the stopper head bottom surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Marissa A. K. Schultz, Emily Schoenfelder, David H. Roland
  • Publication number: 20090255041
    Abstract: A drain stopper assembly for selectively opening and closing a drain located within a basin, tub or sink. A clamp assembly is affixed to the sink's drain body pivotally supporting a magnet. A magnet or ferromagnetic material is appended to a lifting pedestal which in turn supports a stopper sized to selectively block the sink's drain collar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2009
    Publication date: October 15, 2009
    Inventor: Scott Duncan
  • Publication number: 20090158522
    Abstract: A drain plug assembly includes an operation unit including a button and a cable is connected between the button and a plug unit which is located in a drain hole of a drain pipe. The cable that is located close to the button is received in a part of a sink and the cable that is located close to the plug unit is received in the drain pipe. A positioning unit is located between the button and the cable so as to control the button at different positions and to drive the cable to move the plug unit. A hose is mounted to the cable. When pushing the button, the cable is moved upward to push the plug upward for draining purpose. The cable is well protected and does not expose so that the cable is not tangled, pulled or damaged by foreign objects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Publication date: June 25, 2009
    Inventor: Chao-Chung Wu
  • Publication number: 20090126091
    Abstract: A utensil scrubber apparatus for use with a sink drain comprises an insert sized to tightly fit within a sink drain and having first and second portions. The first portion provides circular peripheral flange and a medial opening for allowing both liquids and solids to pass down through the insert and into the sink drain. The second portion is axially concentric with the first portion and extends downwardly, providing a tapered circular outer surface for tightly fitting within the sink drain. A plurality of resilient bristles upwardly extend from the top surface of the first portion in a position adjacent to the opening. The bristles are sized and arranged in such a way as to allow for a relatively easy means of dislodging food from a utensil. In the preferred embodiment, the insert contains a scenting agent for masking potentially unpleasant odors emanating from the sink drain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2007
    Publication date: May 21, 2009
    Inventors: Carl M. Buehler, Stephen Brian Gates, Carl Buehler, IV
  • Patent number: 7530123
    Abstract: An automatic drain device for a sink and especially a sink without an overflow hole is provided. The device includes a magnetically controlled valve to open a return path for the flow of overflow fluid to the draining pipe. When the sink is about to overflow, water pressure increases causing the valve in the magnetically controlled valve to open a bypass path to the drain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Inventors: Zheng Cao, Zhongyan Lv
  • Patent number: 7480954
    Abstract: A scraper and stuffer tool for a sink disposer having a split rubber entry portion in a bottom portion of a sink well comprises: a) an upper portion having a bottom portion sized to generally extend around a peripheral portion of the split rubber entry portion so that the tool can be carried/stored on and above the split rubber entry portion of the disposer; b) a central push portion extending centrally beneath the upper portion, configured to push food centrally through the split rubber entry portion into the disposer; c) a singular blade portion extending centrally across and beneath the push portion for scraping food off dishes and the sink into the disposer well; and, d) a top lift means extending centrally above the upper portion so that the tool can be lifted up and out of a storage/drain position in the well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Inventor: Theresa A. Houck
  • Patent number: 7367078
    Abstract: A “plunger-brush” is described and claimed. The plunger-brush includes a surface cleaning element at one end of a cylindrical member, which is used to sweep debris from a surface. The cylindrical member also bears a collar that closes a drain opening when the plunger-brush is placed in a drain, for example of a kitchen sink. A handle at the other end of the plunger-brush provides for easy handling of the implement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Inventors: John Mameletzi, Mark J. Nuell
  • Publication number: 20080072387
    Abstract: An improved combination garbage disposal safety poker and scraper for scraping waste from eating ware and sinks and pushing such materials into the disposal unit so that such wastes are close as possible to the blades of the disposal. The safety poker/scraper has interchangeable tops which may consist of a cup-shaped drain and handle, an elastomeric cap and handle or simply an enlarged handle. The scraper portion is detachable and can be replaced when worn. The scraper portion is curved so that it can fit more easily into the garbage disposal unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2006
    Publication date: March 27, 2008
    Inventor: Thomas K. Dombrowski
  • Patent number: 7290295
    Abstract: A captive drain plug assembly is securely attached to a drain trap and has a mounting anchor mounted inside the drain trap, a sleeve mounted slidably on the mounting anchor and a decorative stopper attached to the sleeve. When the drain plug is used, the decorative stopper will not detach from the mounting anchor. Further, the decorative stopper can be formed as an interesting figure to increase fun when the decorative stopper is used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2007
    Inventor: Chin-Chi Pan
  • Publication number: 20070174954
    Abstract: A dissolving drain plug includes a body made of a material which is adapted to dissolve within a specific time interval when exposed to a specific liquid solvent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2007
    Publication date: August 2, 2007
    Inventor: Nancy Millard
  • Patent number: 7082961
    Abstract: An apparatus for flood relief comprising a bell shaped hollow body having a top, a bottom, a top opening suitable for attaching a hose, and a bottom opening; a base ring having a center opening, a bottom surface, a side, an adhesive material on the bottom surface, and a protective sheet attached to the adhesive material; and a hose having the means for attaching said hose to the top opening of the body, whereby the protective sheet is removed from the adhesive material on the bottom surface of the base ring and the base ring is placed on the floor of a basement so that the center opening of the base ring is juxtaposed with a drain opening and the body is screwed on the base ring and the hose is attached to the body whereby water that rises through a basement trap will pass through the body and the hose and will be deposited onto a yard of a house.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Inventor: Linda Phillips
  • Patent number: 7032254
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an optimized plug for a sink drainage to solve the inferior plug shaft and plug knob structure. The plug shaft and plug knob has two engaging structures, namely, rotating engagement and vertically sliding structure; the plug includes a plug body, a plug shaft, a plug knob, and a plug cap, wherein the plug shaft has side slot defined a top end, the plug knob has a trans-slot, a longitudinal annual channel, and knob shoulder and a biasing bridge slidable inserted into the side slot; by rotating the plug cap from 10° to 170° angular degree, the biasing bridge is supported by the top edge of the plug shaft for ensuring the plug in a water-flowing position, while from 171° to 11° degree, the plug knob is slide into the plug shaft for sealing the water; by inserting an elastic member into the trans-slot, the elastic member is adapted to extend out for biasing the plug shaft edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Inventors: Weilong Dong, Hanping Ding
  • Patent number: 7013501
    Abstract: Apparatus for sealing an aperture against ingress of floodwater is disclosed. The apparatus comprising a cover portion for covering and forming a seal around an aperture, and location means for engaging with a component associated with the aperture to retain the cover portion in place. For example, the locating means may include a securing element that engages with the fixed component, and screw threaded components to draw the cover portion into place. Embodiments of the invention may be applied to seal an aperture such as an airbrick, a wastewater outlet, an overflow, etc. Further apparatus comprises a sealing portion and a securing portion whereby the apparatus can be disposed for use in a toilet bowl such that the sealing portion is retained in position by the securing portion to substantially seal an outlet of the toilet bowl. Once the risk of flooding has passed, the apparatus can be removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Inventors: Robert Alexander Jones, Peter Anthony Jones