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Old 05-13-2017, 05:51 PM   #1
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We don't have sewers and this has nothing to do with cesspool. Our washer drains to a drywall buried under our driveway. When we do a load of laundry we notice there is a bad funky cesspool smell that comes out of the hole in the wall we're the drain pipe from washer goes into the pvc tube that drains down into th drywall.

Could the smell be coming from th drywell because it sure seems like it but it doesn't make sense as only water is being drained into the drywell....how could a sewage cesspool smell be caused from that? Thanks
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It may be difficult to believe but there is probably organic matter in the clothes being laundered. I'll not delve into that more.

A P trap appropriately located usually takes care of this problem.
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Years ago I had to dig up a grey water drywell made from a 45g drum and stone/rocks. I was completely plugged and stunk. When you consider all the Natural and synthetic compounds in soap, dirt and oil from soiled clothing, bits of lint and threats from the clothing plus whatever minerals in the water - all breaking down and reacting together over the years - it's more than "only water". At some point, that drywell may become unusable if it becomes clogged.
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Wow we can't do that in Ohio all drains go to a septic system.
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No trap under the laundry drain or sink?
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No trap under the laundry drain or sink?
No. I guess I should have. Can I still?
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Where does your washing machine drain to? If you have a laundry box or a sink, there needs to be a trap under it.
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Where does your washing machine drain to? If you have a laundry box or a sink, there needs to be a trap under it.

Directly into the dry well. Can I still install the trap at this point?
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Any thoughts to plumbing it into your sewer line?
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Any thoughts to plumbing it into your sewer line?

Rather not ...will have to pump more often.
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Rather not ...will have to pump more often.
You said in your OP that you don't have a municipal sewer system but have a "cesspool". Do you mean a septic tank with a tile bed? If so, routing your grey water to the septic system won't necessarily mean you have to have it pumped out any more often.
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You said in your OP that you don't have a municipal sewer system but have a "cesspool". Do you mean a septic tank with a tile bed? If so, routing your grey water to the septic system won't necessarily mean you have to have it pumped out any more often.
Yes we have a septic tank. If we drain the washer into it of course it would fill up quicker. No? Thanks
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Yes we have a septic tank. If we drain the washer into it of course it would fill up quicker. No? Thanks
Yes, but it will drain out the tile bed (assuming a septic tank with a weeping bed - not a holding tank). The level in the tank chambers are fixed by the drain locations - as water comes in the first chamber, the same amount of water will be discharged to the weeping bed from the second chamber. The time spent in the tank allows bacteria to consume organic matter (and non-consumable material to fall to the bottom - that's why they have to be pumped out every so many years). Septic tanks are always roughly 4/5th full. Unless you really overload a properly functioning septic system, normal household flow rates will have no negative impact on them. That's why you should not direct rain or ground water to a septic system - they can overload it.

When you flush a toilet or have a shower, where do you think it goes?
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Yes we have a septic tank. If we drain the washer into it of course it would fill up quicker. No? Thanks
Yes, but it will drain out the tile bed (assuming a septic tank with a weeping bed - not a holding tank). The level in the tank chambers are fixed by the drain locations - as water comes in the first chamber, the same amount of water will be discharged to the weeping bed from the second chamber. The time spent in the tank allows bacteria to consume organic matter (and non-consumable material to fall to the bottom - that's why they have to be pumped out every so many years). Septic tanks are always roughly 4/5th full. Unless you really overload a properly functioning septic system, normal household flow rates will have no negative impact on them. That's why you should not direct rain or ground water to a septic system - they can overload it.

When you flush a toilet or have a shower, where do you think it goes?
We have a septic tank with a holding tank not a weeping bed. I believe that's what the cesspool guy said. I know for sure we have two separate tanks about 5' apart. I truly appreciate your input.
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Then what you have is not, by definition, a septic tank and you would be correct that whatever goes in must be pumped out.
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