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    Default Desperate need of help!

    I have 2 concerns 1st I have noticed water leaking on the driveway after checking when washer and diaswasher draining it leaks between outside bricks and foundation.So I called a plumber he says he has no idea but he did say my drain needs a trap to prevent sewer gas , I'm not sure where to start
    here a picture. the previous owner sawed the vent pipe off and run washer machine hose into it. sorry picture is in attachment

    any ideas on trap would be appreciated they left this plumbing a mess
    also suggestions on drain leak?

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    Last edited by Terry; 02-13-2009 at 06:24 PM.

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    In the Trades Gary Swart's Avatar
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    Yakima WA


    A P trap is absolutely required on every fixture's drain. The toilet has one built into the base, but all the rest must be installed. I'm sure you have traps under your sinks. Take a peek and you'll see it. Traps simply create a water seal to prevent sewer gas from entering the house. My advice to you is to have your plumber survey you home and install traps as needed.

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    DIY Senior Member TedL's Avatar
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    NY Capital District


    Find a better plumber. The one who's baffled by the leak is a pretender.

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    Master Plumber nhmaster's Avatar
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    S. Maine


    That looks like a job for a licensed plumber. you need a trap and a vent for it.

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    Moderator & Master Plumber hj's Avatar
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    Cave Creek, Arizona

    Default drain

    1. Find a real plumber.
    2. Let him diagnose the leak and find a cure.
    3. Have him install a correct washing machine connection.
    4. The have him reconnect the piping properly.

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