Inspection Photo of the Day...
The dreaded S-trap lurking under the sink or basin will certainly show up in an inspection report, provided that the inspector is on the ball. While certainly not a deal killer, these serpentine slip-joints, slithering under your sink can raise a real stink.
Under the right conditions, these can siphon dry allowing sewer gases to enter the property. While I typically see these in rehabbed properties, such as the property I inspected in the Nashville real estate market, I have also seen these in newer construction.
The repair can be quite simple. Install a air admittance valve above the entry point to break the siphon effect. The cost of installing one of these should not suck your wallet dry, so call around and get some quotes. Competent handymen will often be less expensive than plumbers...
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