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is there suppose to be water in the shower drain around the curve in pipe hours after showering?

i took the drain top off of the drain and there is standing water in the pipe around the curve in the pipe.  this is a new home and after showering there is an oder that i have been unable to eliminate, even with thorough cleaning and putting lysol directly in the drain and burning candles and turning on the vent.

  • April 15 2010 - US
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Yes in the trap. Or you would get sewer odor.
  • September 26 2010
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Yes it is normal to have water at the bottom of that pipe, as the p-trap is doing its job. I would recommend checking your vent grill on the outside of your house, if that should get blocked the odor may linger in the pipes.  Good luck
  • August 30 2010
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Yes, if you have a p-trap. The trap keeps gases from coming up and into the bathroom. If you are concerned about the smell bleach and hot water should kill the bacteria causing the odor.

Unless your handy and confident with your decisions. A licensed plumber can answer all you questions.
  • July 22 2010
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You should definitely call a plumber or the builder as another poster suggested.  You should not have ODOR coming from the pipe.
  • July 12 2010
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Yes there should be. Infact that water in the trap is there to prevent oders from coming up thru the drain and if you have a shower that you do not use very often you may want to pour some water down the drain once in a while because the water in the p-trap may dry up especilly in hot weather. If you are getting an oder from the drain then you probably have a leaking drian that may be draining under your home and accumulating on the visqueen and causing the oder. You may want to have that checked out thanks Milo
  • July 12 2010
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Kevin is correct, call a plumber.  But you did say this is a 'new' home and if it is a new construction home then call the builder they may be able to help. 

I am also a licensed home inspector so let me answer from that perspective.  Yes you should see water in the drain of a shower if you remove the 'cap.' This water sits in the trap and blocks swer gases from enteriing the home.  This is vital to keep the oder down. I have found however that hair in the trap can catch 'stuff' and really cause a bad oder to come fro mthe drain.  Go to the local hardware store and see of the have a small drain 'snake.'  There are several out there, the one you want is about 24" long, plastic and has little teeth on the sides.  This catches the hair and pulls it out of the drain. 

 

 
  • July 10 2010
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I would contact a plumber to ask this question, most of the people on here are either homebuyers, sellers, or agents that specialize in marketing rather than plumbing. I would always ask someone that specializes in your issue.
  • April 28 2010
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I think you may have a venting issue, that is usually the case when a newer home starts with odors. as for the water, if you are looking down the drain, then yes it will have water in the "j" trap.

Call your local plumber for a consultation.
  • April 28 2010
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Call a plumber...
  • April 16 2010
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If you are referring to the trap, which will look like an upright J joined to and upside down J.  The trap holds water and acts as a check valve for sewer gases, forcing them to vent to the vent instead of up through the drain. 

If you here a belching type sound when a toilet is flushed or water is being run through another drain, you have improper venting, and the water in the trap is being displaced and allowing the sewer gases into your bathroom.
  • April 15 2010
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