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    This is the main waste outlet to the street for the house of a buddy of mine. It looks like the previous owner punched some holes in it as a means of draining the basement in the event of a flood. He has 3 manual sump pumps down there, but the previous owner was a snow bird who most likely did this in case a flood happened in the summer.

    he says he is not getting any sewer gasses coming out of the holes, but I told him that any holes in the waste pipe used for drainage without a trap is most likely a bad idea. Should he replace or patch that part of the line? Could he branch off a floor drain with a proper trap?

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    no posts in an entire day? Sounds like a good time for a good ol' fashioned bump.

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    • #3
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      Wow...That is plumbing ingenuity at it's finest right there! As a plumber, i would say yes, fix it so it is right and meets code. I am surprised he gets no sewer smell, or flies/bugs. He must have the worlds cleanest sewer line

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      • #4
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        I never seen anything like that in my life.

        If there is a building trap further down the line, there will be very little sewer smell at all...but still...that set up right there is crazy.

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        • #5
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          Not good ..What happens when the sewer backs up..Hmmm ..What he needs is a proper floor drain or sump system installed
          ''Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy" Benjamin Franklin

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          • #6
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            Heck ,He May be on to something!Just use Perf all the way! I never woulda Thunk of that !
            I can build anything You want , if you draw a picture of it , on the back of a big enough check .

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