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Old 04-13-2013, 11:15 PM   #1
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I leave in Canada and I don't think p-trap's are required in washing machine drains. I'm getting intermittent sewer smells coming out of the drainage pipe and wonder how to check to see if there even is a p-trap. The drain pipe is about the same height of the washer.
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Old 04-13-2013, 11:37 PM   #2
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I am not knowledgeable on Canadian code, but I would be very surprised if there were not a trap required on any attachment to the sewer system.

I know that Florida code does not allow a laundry to drain onto the ground, it must drain to the sewer/septic, but it is done sometimes.

You could tie a weight firmly to a string and lower it down the pipe until it reaches bottom. If it comes back out wet, you probably have a trap on it.



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Old 04-14-2013, 12:12 AM   #3
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I can vouch for Canadian code and I know for 100% fact you need a trap on any directly connected drain to a sewer system.

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Thanks for the ideas and clarification.

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Now I'm wondering if it does have a trap, why am I getting the sewer smell out of the pipe?

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Sometimes sludge builds up in the traps. If its not accessible you could use an enzyme. That'll usually help eat away at some of the sludge. I know that I've saw plenty of p traps underground up here for laundry drains. I don't think it's allowed anymore but there are some still in service.



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