so yesterday i go to a job at the beach for a new customer.
his newly remodeled duplex has a smell in the upper unit shower. these are new tenants that are paying a fortune to live at the beach.
before i even go there i'm thinking a shower pan with plugged weep holes and bacteria under the tile. this typically causes a stink when it gets wet
go upstairs with the manager and was impressed with the unit. bathroom spotless and shower drain as clean as it was from the factory. although this is 5 years old it's spotless.
then i look into the drain and see that the trap has little water. so i try to fill it with a cup and it drains down again.
so i have them flush the lower unit toilet and i can hear the toilet. i'm thinking no trap. so i have them add some pine sol to give the flush a smell.
sure enough you can smell what they ate for lunch
i suggest to cut the ceiling open below and see what's going on.
then the owner shows up and tells me he had the unit renovated 5 years ago by his general contractor now living in italy
so i cut a 6'' x 6'' hole and it's damp.
what i see is unbelievable
the 2'' instant set shower drain is leaking.
the drain is not trapped. it's connected to a 2'' abs 1/4 bend that's bushed with a 2x1.5 bushing. that's what causes it to hold a little water.
a foot downstream is a san tee on it's side trying to be a vent.
it's run flat and has a vent 90 running flat towards the wall.
owner is asking what can be done without ripping apart the ceiling
not much, you also have to open the tile around the drain to fix the leaking drain.
i advised him to call his contractor in italy
have fun with the pictures
1/4 bend with bushiing and white stains from leaking joint.
san tee on its side for venting.
flat venting and vent 90.