While this is a water feature you won’t see very often—-it can happen.
I once even had a handyman tell me that the air gap was supposed to be a water feature. Well he didn’t call it a water feature–he just thought that because there was a hole in the side of the air-gap device, that that is where the water was supposed to come out. How he explained why there were two hoses attached to it was a bit baffling and I have no clue. This basic lack of understanding of what the device is for and how it works perhaps showed he was not handy enough.
The air-gap device–like its name implies–is just merely a “break” in the drain line that prevents dirty water from backing up into the disposal when bad things happen to the drain sink side of the device. Here is a short little video of the air-gap functioning as a drain instead of for what it is intended.
This is what will happen when you install that brand new disposal and don’t realize there is a little plug in the tail piece of the disposal that must be broken away before you connect the drain to it.
In this case that plug was still in place–hence the nice kitchen water feature.
At least all the water went into the sink–and not onto the counter-top.
By Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle
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