We’ll show you the problem—and the fix.
Plumbing creativity at its finest—shortcuts you don’t want to try at home.
Bath on the rocks
This might look like an icicle, but actually it’s mineral deposits that have created the stalactite you see. The faucet has been dripping for a very long time, leaving behind the mineral buildup. Just imagine what’s going on inside the pipes!
THE RIGHT WAY
This is why water softeners were invented. The resin bed in the softener attracts and holds the minerals. When the softener recycles, a salt bath removes the minerals and sends them down the drain.
Yes, even bar sinks are covered by the plumbing code. Hopefully, this homeowner sees this as a short-term fix. It’s really not permissible to substitute a bucket for a code-compliant drain.
THE RIGHT WAY: Every sink should have a complete P-trap plumbed in between the sink and the waste line to prevent sewer gas from finding its way into your living space.