Inspection Photo of the Day...

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Home Inspector with Complete Home Inspections, Inc.

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

Apr 15, 2010 06:30 AM #1
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Those stinky sewer gases should be incentive enough to change it!

Apr 15, 2010 06:37 AM #2
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David North
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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.

Apr 15, 2010 06:38 AM #3
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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.

 

Apr 15, 2010 06:40 AM #4
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Jackie Connelly-Fornuff
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Why can't things just be done right the first time?

Apr 15, 2010 06:53 AM #5
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Gita Bantwal
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Thank you for the information. I will share it with others.Good luck.

Apr 15, 2010 06:56 AM #6
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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

Apr 15, 2010 07:22 AM #7
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Diane Osowiecki
Diane O and Friends - Benchmark Realty - Franklin, TN
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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.

Apr 15, 2010 07:33 AM #8
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I agree with one of the commenters above regarding the shear smell of it as being motivation...ewwwww~

Apr 15, 2010 09:08 AM #9
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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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Apr 15, 2010 09:40 AM #10
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Tom Boos
Sine & Monaghan Realtors, Real Living - Grosse Pointe Farms, MI

I had no idea.  I too thought that all sinks were supposedly hooked up to the main vent stack.  Who'd a thunk?

Apr 15, 2010 09:43 AM #11
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I have never witnessed the plastic ones rusting through though Michael =)
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Apr 15, 2010 09:56 AM #12
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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

Apr 15, 2010 10:15 AM #13
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Nancy Larson
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Michael, does anyoone pass inspection with you on the job?  My goodness...lol

Apr 15, 2010 10:22 AM #14
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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.

Apr 15, 2010 10:26 AM #15
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Debi Boucher
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Go get em Michael! No one wants a stinky house! LOL

Debi

Apr 15, 2010 10:42 AM #16
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Greg Nino
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wow, how bizarre. thanks for sharing. i like these blogs of yours.. very educational.

Apr 15, 2010 11:09 AM #17
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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.

Apr 15, 2010 08:28 PM #18
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Michael,

 

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

Apr 15, 2010 09:02 PM #19
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Thank You Michael, I find your posts very informative.

Apr 17, 2010 07:24 AM #20
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