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Smelly under sink...

Discussion in 'Plumbing and Central Heating' started by Roger465, 8 Oct 2017.

  1. Roger465

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    This view is under the sink in my utility room – there’s a bad smell coming from in there somewhere. I removed the kick plate at the bottom of the unit, and all is bone dry underneath.


    I assume the odour is coming from the vertical pipe the washing machine outlet hose drains into, for no better reason than that it’s the only thing which is open, for a smell to get out…


    Ideally I’d like to take it all apart and clean it out with a long brush, but I’m not sure how that sort of pipework is joined together… looking at it, is it push-fit/rubber washer stuff, or is it bonded together do you think, as I found in a previous house? If the latter, I assume there’s not a lot I can do…


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    There is no 'trap' for the washing machine waste.

    Andy
     
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    That is all pushfit but that's not your issue, The reason it smells is that there is no trap, therefore the drain smells can backup through that pipe.
    You need to get a trap onto that or have a sink trap with an appliance spigot on it installed.
     
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    Thanks... not quite sure what's wrong with it? You can't really see from the photo as I was concentrating on photographing the joints, but the outlet hose goes up quite high, then just pokes into the top of the drain pipe.

    I read the link you posted, but I can't see anything in there which explains the problem... my washing machine drains fine...?
     
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    Ah right, so it's a lack of U bend. Amazing - the guy who owned this house originally was a plumber :eek:
     
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    Yup, It simply doesn't have a bend/trap with a water seal in it to stop foul smells backing up through the pipe, that's all you need to change to solve your problem.
     
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    Cheers... so obvious now you point it out :mad:
     
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    It's funny you find in a lot of occasions someone who does something as a day job will do good work for customers but neglect their own houses :confused:
     
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    My boss recently moved into a local plumber's house and it was leaking from pipes etc everywhere. Mind you, he was well known as a terrible plumber anyway...
     
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    Yep, my mate bought a house owned by a plumber.... The plumbing was as disgrace. We've slowly sorted most of it out, but, as is often the case, they've put a nice hard wood floor down over a section of concrete that needs digging up. So they'll just have to live with schitty heating at the front if the house for another decade or so :LOL:
     
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    With this house, it's not just the plumbing... it's everything. Wiring, lighting, heating, uPVC doors and windows, smoke detectors, alarm system, I could go on and on and on. Basically no maintenance, and a fair bit of bodging, since it was built in 1994. But it'll be nice when it's sorted.

    Here's a before and after of the Leylandiis in the back garden...

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    The push fit pipework leading to the cold feed to the washing machine looks as if it's about to fall apart.
     
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    Doesn't look brilliant, does it. Oh well, I have a gradually expanding list of "little jobs" for the plumber, after he's fitted my new boiler and stopped me freezing to death :eek:
     
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    What he said.
    Get that sorted before it fails in the middle of the night and makes you an unwanted indoor water feature.
     
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