|Posted by Lisa on March 13, 2002 at 10:52:47:|
|In response to Re: Septic odor coming up tub drain|
Thanks for your reply to the stinky septic smell coming up from my tub drain. I have worked in the general hardware field for many years but this has me baffled.
I reached down as far as I could under the tub and dug out dirt as far as I could. There is definitely no p-trap at the end of the pipe that the tub drain and overflow are connected to, just an elbow (45 degree?) that connects to a run of pipe which is leading towards the outside of the house. Aren�t p-traps traditionally installed directly below the tub drain and overflow pipes, (so if there is a bad clog you can take it apart and clean it out)? It wouldn�t be usual, (or code), to have a p-trap farther down the line would it? Also, I found a teeny tiny leak at the joint where the tub drain pipe leads into the overflow pipe, but it is so small that the dirt is not even wet.
My septic tank guy said that he could install a p-trap in the line from the septic tank to the house so no gases could enter. A plumber said this is not code, but that no one would ever know.
Thanks so much for your help in this matter!
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