Inspection Photo of the Day...

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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...

Typical S-Trap


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Kenneth Cole
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I don't understand why they never had a vent?

April 15, 2010 06:30 AM
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Those stinky sewer gases should be incentive enough to change it!

April 15, 2010 06:37 AM
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There is never a shortage of things to learn about the systems our homes depend upon.  Thanks for the insight on this one.

April 15, 2010 06:38 AM
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Claudette Millette
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Michael:

This is a simple enough but highly effective solution to a problem. It does take a good home inspector to point these important issues out.

 

April 15, 2010 06:40 AM
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Jackie Connelly-Fornuff
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Why can't things just be done right the first time?

April 15, 2010 06:53 AM
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Thank you for the information. I will share it with others.Good luck.

April 15, 2010 06:56 AM
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Brian Madigan
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Michael,

 

Thanks for the simple explanation. It's something that should not be missed.

 

Brian

April 15, 2010 07:22 AM
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Diane Osowiecki
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I thought all sinks, toliets and bathtubs/showers had to be vented?  Maybe that's why I am not a home inspector.

April 15, 2010 07:33 AM
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I agree with one of the commenters above regarding the shear smell of it as being motivation...ewwwww~

April 15, 2010 09:08 AM
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Carra Riley
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Michael....With the potential for problems, It seems that the plumbing job should be done properly in the first place.  Sewer smell is horrible!

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April 15, 2010 09:40 AM
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Tom Boos
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I had no idea.  I too thought that all sinks were supposedly hooked up to the main vent stack.  Who'd a thunk?

April 15, 2010 09:43 AM
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I have never witnessed the plastic ones rusting through though Michael =)
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April 15, 2010 09:56 AM
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Wow, can that be the same problem on a washer---my laundry room has a sink but the smell happens when we are washing clothes?

shelton

April 15, 2010 10:15 AM
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Nancy Larson
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Michael, does anyoone pass inspection with you on the job?  My goodness...lol

April 15, 2010 10:22 AM
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Hi Michael..I also understand this can be the source of a musty basement smell, when the trap in the floor drain goes dry and allows a moisture smell from the drainage system.

April 15, 2010 10:26 AM
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Go get em Michael! No one wants a stinky house! LOL

Debi

April 15, 2010 10:42 AM
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Greg Nino
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wow, how bizarre. thanks for sharing. i like these blogs of yours.. very educational.

April 15, 2010 11:09 AM
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Dan Quinn
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The slithering S trap.  I want to see a plumbing connection like the electrical junction box you showed us yesterday.  Got anything like that?  It would make for a good laugh.

April 15, 2010 08:28 PM
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Michael,

 

Looks like they put together a perfect S trap. Good job.

April 15, 2010 09:02 PM
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Thank You Michael, I find your posts very informative.

April 17, 2010 07:24 AM
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