Re: First time used home buyer seeking knowledge...
Posted by Gary Swart on April 28, 2004 at 18:58:19:
In response to Re: First time used home buyer seeking knowledge...
Both of the previous responses are right on target. The only thing I'd add is a little more explaination as to what a trap is. A trap is the M shaped pipe that is required for every fixture. You can see one under your kitchen sink and bathroom washbasin. Others are a bit more difficult to see because of location. You toilets have a built in trap and a shower or tub in a basement will be under the slab. A trap holds water in the U part so that sewer gases can't enter the house. If a trap sets for a long period of time unused, it can dry out a you will notice sewer gas odor. Due to the shape of a trap, it is impossible to run an auger through them unless they are a type that has a clean out plug. One last thing. Don't sucker into buying a bunch of chemicals to try to clean the drain. They do not work and will create a hazzard for a plumber as well as damage to the environment.


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