My brother renovated my second-floor bathroom, which
included a new tub, faucets, shower, and a diverter.
Now, every time I do a load of wash, when the
first-floor washer is filling up, a lot of water comes
out of my shower faucet.
I am assuming your brother is not a professional
plumber, just a nice guy who was trying to help his
sister and save her the services, and thus the expense,
of a professional. But you may well need a plumber to
unravel this mess.
am not a plumber. Still, Iíve talked to enough of them
over the years to have a couple ideas you should have
followed up on, at least.
water were coming up through the shower drain as the
washer drained, the cause might be a partial clog in the
houseís main drain. Wastewater, in this case, would be
getting forced back into the shower area by the
problem is not wastewater backup, but some sort of
crossed supply-line connection that carries water to
both shower and washer, instead of one at a time.
your brother check the supply-line connections first.
Then call a plumber.
Our bathroom sink has a sewerlike odor coming out of it.
The only things that go down the drain are soap, water,
shaving cream, beard from shaving, toothpaste, and a
small amount of hair.
removed the drain pipe, and there is a black, slimy,
gelatinous substance coating the inside of the pipe. It
wasnít enough to clog the pipe, but that is the
substance thatís smelling.
is the black stuff, and how do we get rid of it and the
That odor is from exactly what you have been sending
down the sink, adhered to the trap by the grease created
by soap and skin oil.
happens to everyone, and to every sink. Some people pour
a mixture of baking soda, vinegar, and lemon juice into
the drain to clear that decomposing mess from the inside
of the pipe and make it smell fresh.
might want to periodically clear the hair and soap that
sticks to it out of the drain to reduce the opportunity
for goo to build up.