08:13PM | 07/06/05
Member Since: 07/06/05
2 lifetime posts
Hey Everyone,

I'd appreciate any help or advice. I have an

20 year old house on a crawl space. We have recently been having some flooding problems in the crawl space. I got under there tonight while it was raining and discovered water was coming in through a vertical appr 2" pipe coming down through the floor. The pipe was originally attached directly to the outgoing sewer pipe. It appears to have been cut and the entry into the sewer pipe plugged. My assumption is this is a soil vent pipe which allows the plumbing to vent (we are on a septic tank). Why (aside from insanity) would someone

cut and block this pipe? I'm assuming it was done intentionally. I can easily route the pipe out through one of the crawlspace vents to prevent the water flooding the crawlspace but I'm concerned that my plumbing is not properly vented. Any help appreciated.




07:23AM | 07/09/05
Member Since: 08/29/04
227 lifetime posts
If it was me, I would reconnect it to the drain line. You can never have enough vents on a septic system. To tell you the truth, people often try to connect into the drain system to add other fixtures and openings, like tying in a dishwasher or washing machine. Most of the time they tie it in wrong.

Good Luck

Raymond VinZant Plumbing Prof.


05:56AM | 07/11/05
Member Since: 07/06/05
2 lifetime posts
Hey Ray,

Thanks for responding. I think I'll take you advice and hook it back up. Yet another thing on the list :). Have a good one.

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