When someone is thinking too deeply, they can get trapped in an idea. And what was imagined ends up not becoming exactly what it should, and isn't right.
Getting trapped in an idea is exactly what has happened here.
Turning on the water in this sink to test it I noticed that it drained very slowly. VERY slowly.
The pop up drain maybe could have opened a little higher and needed an adjustment.
But still, it drained VERY slowly!
Hair? Goopy clog?
Looking underneath I think we know why!
Ideally a trap under a sink is about 4" deep. That's deep enough to store water to prevent sewer gases from entering the house. And it's not so deep that water passes easily.
Like the porridge and beds in the Goldilocks adventure, the depth of 4" traps is just right.
Well, in over thinking this trap, what did this "plumber" do?
- It is exceptionally deep, so there is more trapped water, about 18", than there is water forcing it down (then up). Hence the slow drain.
- There are four handsome compression fittings! More is better, right?
- Slightly askew, what could be better to align everything than some nice accordion material, sure to last a long, long time!
- Hard to see perhaps, there is putty or caulking where the white tubing meets the metal on the left, at the top compression fitting on the right, and the lower compression fitting on the right.
- Properly plumbed nothing here would leak and putty or caulking would not be necessary. But hey, it isn't leaking now so the objective was met! Right on!
My recommendation: slow drains can mean a lot of things. But it's always fun to have a look under the hood, so to speak, and see how things are done! You might just find some deep thinking! And a deeeeeep trap! In this case it was a LOT of fun! And when things aren't right, well, they just aren't right.
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560