S-Traps vs P-Traps

S-traps are no longer allowed in new construction

Years ago most plumbing codes banned S-trap configurations in favor of P-trap style fixtures. S-traps are no longer used in modern plumbing because on rare occasions with just the right conditions the water can be sucked out of the trap allowing sewer gas to enter your home.

The risk from sewer gas can be much worse than just that terrible smell. Sewer gases can be poisonous or even explosive and are not to be treated lightly. Continue reading “S-Traps vs P-Traps”

Plumbing problems found at inspections

Plumbing  Problems are Often Easy to Repair

Plumbing repairs called out in a home inspection are usually minor.  However occasionally we find problems that must be repaired.  These are usually do-it-yourself projects gone terribly wrong.

Many plumbing repair problems can easily be addressed by a handy man or a proficient do-it-your-selfer.  Other problems such as a replacing a sewer main should only be addressed by a licensed plumber. Continue reading “Plumbing problems found at inspections”