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Old 10-31-2014, 03:02 PM   #1
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Hey guys,

I need a little advice, and was hoping some of you might be able to share your expertise. I have a split level house and I noticed there is standing water in the sewer trap. Does anyone know if this is a big issue and what recommendations you might have for a fix?

Any advice would be GREATLY appreciated.
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Old 10-31-2014, 03:57 PM   #2
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If i'm understanding you correctly, there's supposed to be water in the trap, to block the sewer gas from entering the home.

All traps have standing water in them for this reason. Now if water is backing up and coming out of the drain, then that's a different story.

Please wait for the plumbers to respond. Thanks.

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I can't tell from the picture but if you have standing in the hole around the pipes that is not good. If it is sewage water then it is really bad. You have a sewer leak that needs to be repaired. If it is ground water then there should be some sort of drainage that takes it away, a sump pump or weeping tile system.
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Not even seeing a trap in that picture.
Just old style cast iron that's going to fail at some point and the wrong style Tee.
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Ayuh,.... I think what's bein' called a Trap, is the Sump Pit,......
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Ayuh,.... I think what's bein' called a Trap, is the Sump Pit,......
Now it makes sense. Thanks Bondo.

Still don't know if it's sewage or water he's seeing. Once we know for sure, joed, post 3, suggestion makes the most sense.

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Much appreciated for the responses! Its definitely not sewage, and seems to be ground water. I'll let you guys know how we decide to proceed.
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If you look closely at the picture- it looks like a house trap to the outlet side of the clean out riser. To the right of the trap and riser appears to be a small sump pump.
So, I'd say you have a pit there to handle the ground water. It just happens to have a drain line running through it.
Research that pump some to see if it even works....
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Even if the pump works there will still be some water in the pit.

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