Re: load and smelling shower
Posted by e-plumber on December 23, 2003 at 07:28:49:
In response to Re: load and smelling shower
: I am looking at a house for sale that has had two new showers put in in the last year. Everytime you flush the toilets in the baths there is a rumbling water/gurgle sound coming from the shower drain. I assume from this sound that they plumbed the showers with the existing soil pipes in the baths. Is this bad? All the drains and toilets seem to be working fine. The house was built in '79.

: Also there is a slight smell, not all of the time, but you get a wiff every now and then. The smell is not a strong sewer gassy smell, just a slight damp smell. Someone mentioned that there may not be traps in the showers, but if that were true, wouldn't there be a really nasty sewer gas/sulfer like smell all of the time?

: Any ideas/comments/suggestions welcome!

Reply:
Yes, all fixtures are supposed to have traps, if a toilet is flushed and water gurgles in the shower drain, there's a problem, either a clogged drain, vent issue or missing trap.
The plumbing system should be inspected by a licensed plumber. There may be plumbing code violations that could be only the beginning of major headaches for you.
Good Luck & Happy Holidays. e-plumber


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