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Old 04-14-2019, 01:52 PM   #16
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I canít get to the trap. Itís too far under. Can i use a second trap or just hold off 12Ē away.

PS. The tar smell is strong. I need to cover it before it fills the while house.

Any tips?

Covered with plastic for now to hold smell down...

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Old 04-15-2019, 10:56 AM   #17
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Any word on the tar around the drain pipes in the slab? Do I need to stay from that or is it safe to clear out and re-plumb?
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I canít get to the trap.
Ain't no such thing. Keep digging, Derek, you need to find that P-trap.

Don't understand the question about the tar. It's there, you'll need to dig through/around it, too.

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I wasnít sure what the tar was used for and whether it led to something else more problematic.

Is it safe to remove it and clear it out? Ever run into tar before?

It is strong smelling but I have it covered now and it is fine.

Rented a breaker that I had to return but have your recommended hammer drill on order. I donít want to half-bake this project.
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I have seen people use tar to seal the surface of the leave-out in concrete slabs, Derek, and I expect that's what you're encountering. Other than being messy, it's just one of the kinds of things that make remodeling fun, eh?
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Ok, dug more today. More tar and groundwater. I am now 12Ē down and still not finding the trap.

What am I missing here? Is see a slight bend through the pipe but have dug where i would expect the P and there is nothing to be found

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How old is your house, and in what state are you located?

Can you see down the pipe at all? If you run something down it, like a wire hanger, how far down will it go before you hit something?
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Houston Texas built in 1978. Just put a coat hanger down - 22.5Ē is when it stopped.

I can see down the pipe and see a slight turn at about 12 inches but no up hump.
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Are you sure there is no trap there? It kinda looks like we are just starting to see the trap in your pic but it is still too covered in mud. Anyway that trap was definitely code in 1978. Ive seen all kinds of illegal shortcuts in construction but this wouldnt save a plumber any money and carries a big risk. Perhaps he ran out of traps and had a deadline to meet? I still think there must be a trap somewhere in there. Im assuming the vent is what we see there so there isnt much more to dig until you hit your tee and know for sure.
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If left the pipe open for days and no gas smell so I assume there is a trap. I just donít know how dang deep I have to go. The ground water freaked me out a bit too but water table is high in Houston. Dug outside the house and ground water is at same level.

Do you run into things like ground water when digging that deep below slab?
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If you'll add that geographic location to your User Profile, Derek, it'll remain permanently in view to aid in answering some types of questions.

I think I agree with John that what we're seeing in your photo is the beginning of the trap. Little more digging is still my recommendation.
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Ok. Dug another 4Ē-5Ē and this is where I am. No sign of the trap and i donít know how deep this is going to go. The ground water is making it a pain.

What are my options?
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Derek, are you digging down, or further back under the wall? This last picture looks about the same as the one from yesterday.
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Iím at a loss with the ground water. Iím nervous the hammer bit is going to bust through the pipe because I canít see very well.

Any suggestions?
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