P-trap for washer box

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by pam h, Jun 21, 2011.

  1. pam h

    pam h New Member

    Jun 21, 2011
    lanham, maryland
    Can the P-trap for my washer (basement) be installed in the same 2" drain line that both the kitchen sink (1st floor) and laundry sink (basement) feed into? It would be like this: kitchen sink (P-trap in cabinet) 2" drain line, then laundry sink ties in (with its P-trap in cabinet) and then the washer box tie in and then the washer P-trap - this trap would be in the wall {with an access for potential clean-out}?
  2. plumber2011

    plumber2011 Expert Plumber

    Jun 4, 2011
    Licensed master plumber and owner of small residen
    Boston, Massachusetts
    Hi Pam,

    You can do what you propose, except you need to be sure that all the fixtures are vented properly or the PTRAPS could end up getting siphoned off and sewer gasses could enter the house, OK? Here, if the setup you plan is like the first picture on the left in my picture, you CANNOT do this as the fixtures are unvented (I'm betting that the laundry sink doesn't have a vent...it should).

    Ideally, the laundry sink is vented, the washing machine drain would be piped and vented and the two basement vents would connect together and connect into a 2" FUTURE VENT provided at many basements nowadays (look for FV written on a pipe in the basement ceiling). Otherwise, by code this combined vent is supposed to go vertical and connect into the upstairs vent a minimum of 6 inches above the flood level rim of the kitchen sink or the vent can be run up and into the attic and connect into a vent up there (see middle picture).

    If that doesn't float your boat then you could also install mechanical vents (AAVs) at the basement sink and at the new laundry drain...AAVs must remain accessible for future change outs and you should know that the mechanical vent (called an AAV) is illegal in most states. You never know though...could be legal in your state...;) See last drawing.

    You may just be better off adding an AAV to the basement sink and draining the washing machine into that!!

    Anyway, that's how this breaks down. Glad to answer questions, OK?

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  4. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona
    Any fixture in the basement could be subjected to "positive" pressure changes when the first floor sink drains, and AAVs CANNOT relieve positive pressures.
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