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Old 12-17-2011, 11:17 PM   #16
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I believe what you have is a faucet with a trap primer line connected to it. As you use the faucet, water is supplied to a p trap- usually a floor drain. This extra water keeps a seldom used floor drain primed so it will not dry out and allow sewer gases into your living space. Most codes now require trap primers and there are several designs. Your faucet is doing it's part but for some reason the water is leaking under the slab.
The small black pipe I assume is "poly" pipe. It is probably a sleeve for the clear line. The clear line should be directly attached to the p trap. So, Either your clear line has a leak in it under the slab or it is no longer/never was attached to the trap. Another possibility is that the clear hose is just shoved into the black tubing-bad idea.
The inspector gave same explanation about the role of the clear tube.
Yes, the faucet is doing its part because as soon as you turn it on I see some water going through the clear line.

Yes, the black small pipe is "poly" pipe, it is not metal. Now I tried to pull the clear tube out of the poly pipe and it looks like a long one going down into the ground. It is not attached to anything, you can just pull it out. I have not pulled everything, infact when I realised how long it was, I stopped and pushed it back down. I do not know where that drainage leads to but it is towards the side of the garage and I see that the garage wall on the inside of the garage just above the garage floor is always wet since we moved in. This is the side of the garage that is close to this drainage. Could this leakeage under the slab be contributing to this? House is 3 years not sure whether warranty covers this problem. Will have to check. Is it a major problem? Can I fix it myself? By the way where is the trap supposed to be?

Other fixtures drain into the big black pipe.

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Old 12-17-2011, 11:34 PM   #17
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Although you don't mention a floor drain(is there one?), this picture shows what I believe you have. Except the clear pipe is not connected on yours. The poly pipe is just a sleeve to protect the clear tubing from concrete. I don't understand your description of the garage but any water under the slap is not good. If this was my house, I'd replace the faucet with one that doesn't have the primer and abandon the tubing, or not use the faucet--but thats me. To fix it properly, the connection under the floor needs to be fixed which means breaking out concrete.
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Okay so I have managed to post more pictures here about the system. I hope you will all find this helpful.

Thank you so much. It sounds like some big plumbing job that we have to do.
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What you have is a single tube coming from the faucet that connects to a T fitting. The two tubes running into the sleeves are likely to supply two floor drains.
You need to remove the covers for the drains and check to see if there is water in their traps.
If they are both dry, it would appear that the connections to the drain were over-looked during installation.
If one has water and the other not, then the one without water is not connected.
If one trap has water, you will have to keep the faucet connection in place, to maintain the supply to that trap.
For the dry trap, I would remove the T fitting for the tubing and use a coupling to connect the supply tubing to the trap with water.
For a dry trap, you have 3 options. One would be to manually fill the trap once a month. The 2nd would be to buy a plug and close the drain off. The 3rd would be to break up the floor around the drain and reconnect the tube.
Its likey that the tube became disconnected by a cement finisher stepping/tripping on the tubing and having it pulled off the connector.
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Widlie, Thanks a million for this. I am a new home owner and so know little about this. Where do I remove the covers for the drains. I have no clue what they are.
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Floor drain covers are usually made from metal, but can be plastic. They are about 4" in diameter and and usually have many large perforations in them to allow water to run through. The covers are similar to what the drain would look like in a walk in shower.

Home Depot sells them! http://www.homedepot.com/Plumbing-Ba...searchNav=true

Generally, they have two or three screws holding them in place, although some have the whole assembly screwed in.
If you look about the basement floor you would expect to find two of these centrally located.
If you do not find any, its likely that they have been over-looked during construction. The building codes in my area require these to be installed. Its very likely that your do too!
If you don't have any, that would be the reason that the tubes were not connected.
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Hello,
The toilet problem has been fixed. Had to change the fill valve. It is working great now. Thank you all very much.

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