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Is the vertical pipe just behind the trap connected? This is a WAG but some people are under the mistaken impression that grey water, especially the food waste from a kitchen, is bad for septic systems. Could it be a diverter between a septic system and a grey water drain?

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That's one reasonable possibility.

Another is a lousy municipal sewer system; sewer systems back up and the sewage comes up through the fixtures. It happens in parts of Chicago sometimes; don't know about Oxnard.

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Your spouse is Lucky Marc. Oxnard is a great place, at least along the beaches. This inspection was in Santa Barbara and I found out today from some late disclosures that the valve was installed during this first floor condo remodel. The reason for the remodel is the sink backed up and flooded the unit when the owners were away. Not commonly seen around these parts and seems a bit unusual that a valve would have to be installed to prevent the condo from flooding every time they left the home.

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