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Old 02-05-2009, 12:29 PM   #1
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What do you guys do to clean out the trap?

It seems that the big box stores don't carry traps that have cleanouts, which most plumbers or HVAC techs carry. There are even some traps made of clear PVC to eyeball when they need to be cleaned out.
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Old 02-05-2009, 01:29 PM   #2
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I use CO2 if it's all glued parts.

If the trap is removable I just rinse it out in the sink.
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Co2 ? Do you use a Gallo gun?
http://www.azpartsmaster.com/Product...n__A66800.aspx
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No. I have a push button valve that hooks up to a regular service hose and then to the Co2 tank. The valve out let let is tapered to get into small openings.
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I bought a Gallo for unplugging A/C drains but it can produce one heck of a high pressure blast so you have to be careful with it. We don't seem to get a lot of dirty condensate trap problems here. LP is supposed to be bad for that.
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Guys here have a bad habit gluing all PVC fittings together and make no allowance for disconnecting the drain for easy cleaning.

I use 3/4" clear tubing. On annual inspections you can see if a mold plug is starting. It comes apart easy and you can pull a cleaning rag thru with a fish tape.
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Most guys here use solid PVC as vinyl kinks easily/homeowners step on it etc etc. Hard to keep it full size like pipe.
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There is an art to running it, that is true. We use barbed 90* as a last resort.

Mostly use pumps but we anchor it to the floor when we have a long run to a floor drain. But we never make a run if it's going to be a tripping hazard, unless HO signs off on it.
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Guys here have a bad habit gluing all PVC fittings together and make no allowance for disconnecting the drain for easy cleaning.

I use 3/4" clear tubing. On annual inspections you can see if a mold plug is starting. It comes apart easy and you can pull a cleaning rag thru with a fish tape.
For most, finding clear tubing is not possible. I've never seen it at a big box store.
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I buy direct from BRAMAC.


Or if you have a plbg wholesaler they can order it for you.
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Strange. HDepot here sells it by the foot. They have it on rolls and cut it for U.
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Yeah but it's outrageously priced.

100ft cost about 25 bucks.
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Strange. HDepot here sells it by the foot. They have it on rolls and cut it for U.
I'm referring to hard clear pvc, not soft tubing (eg. Tygon Tubing).

My zone upstairs had this installed by the HVAC tech before I bought the house. I may consider buying one through the distributor to install in the basement.

http://www.airtecproducts.com/Water_Removal.html

http://eztrap.org/documents/products...-100series.pdf
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