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lakehouse06

10:09AM | 03/17/07
Member Since: 03/16/07
4 lifetime posts
Bvplumbing
After doing laundry, I have suds coming from my hot water tank. The hot water tank (new 40 gal) sits very close to the washer (2 yrs). We are on city water, disconnected the well, and the water softener. We have had the broken washer drain pipe repaired. The sudsy water comes up in our kitchen and bathrooms. Maytag and their repairmen deny it is the washer (we wonder). We are at a loss and so frustrated. PLEASE HELP

lakehouse06

04:50AM | 03/19/07
Member Since: 03/16/07
4 lifetime posts
To correct my original message ~~~ The suds from the washer is coming out the faucets in both the bathroom and kitchen sink and also the washer refills with sudsy water.

Handyman

05:41AM | 03/19/07
Member Since: 11/18/98
188 lifetime posts
Have it tested. It may just be the softening salts causing a little bubble. Or maybe you have a four year old that touched the aerator with sudsy fingers.

If you are getting back flow of water back into your supply lines. Call a plumber as the water is not potable.

Sylvan

06:57AM | 03/19/07
Member Since: 01/24/06
1455 lifetime posts
Me_office1
Make sure the "plumber" is licensed as it does sound like a cross connection and there should have been an air break installed on the drain discharge

lakehouse06

11:50AM | 03/20/07
Member Since: 03/16/07
4 lifetime posts
We did have a licensed plumber and I called to read them your response. They have no clue what an air break is on the discharge line. They said the air break should be in the wall with the plumbing lines. Can you explain what an air break should be and/or look like? Thank you so much for your help

lakehouse06

11:54AM | 03/20/07
Member Since: 03/16/07
4 lifetime posts
We disconnected the water softener and this is definitely soapy water after we use the washer. We were told it could be the drain discharge needs an air break. Does that make sense? If it does where is the air break installed. Thanks!

Sylvan

07:02AM | 03/21/07
Member Since: 01/24/06
1455 lifetime posts
Me_office1
I honestly wish all Master plumbers took a five (5 YR, 10,000 hours) apprenticeship program and the required 744 hours of theory and then worked for a master plumber for at least 2 more years before being eligible for taking the 4 part exams.

OK class is in

An "air break" is used on drainage systems where a discharge pipe is not physically connected to the drainage system.

The space from a drain line above a receptacle is called an AIR BREAK

Not to be confused with an

AIR GAP which is is used on a water distribution system

The unobstructed vertical distance through the free atmosphere between the lowest opening from any pipe or faucet supplying water to a tank,plumbing fixture or other device and the flood level rim (not over flow)of the receptacle.

An AIR BREAK is the safest way to guarantee there is no possible way of having any type of contaminated waste water entering the water supply.

Possibly the local plumber may have heard of an indirect waste the space between the waste and the drain.

This is called in technical terms AIR BREAK
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