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Does filling in cement(inside or outside the house) act as a deterrent to the soil-water and mold problems resulting from it?

An experienced contractor suggested to me that filling cement near the bottom one foot of basement walls will stop the water from coming inside the basement. And also, a 2 feet of cement floor around ...
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Sealing the top of an appliance trap

I have a washing machine which is plumbed into the drain with a standard sort of appliance trap: http://www.screwfix.com/p/mcalpine-appliance-trap-40mm-white/81714 There's a nozzle for the ...
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what connection to use for drain

I have a 3" drain running horizontal. I will have a new 2" drain running horizontal to just above the 3" drain at an angle and need to connect them together. I assume I shouldn't use a regular T ...
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How can I remove calcium deposits from a drain?

My shower drain has 4 plastic "teeth" that stick out into the center of the drain. From this I have found some stalactite calcium columns hanging down to the U bend. I tried to pull one of them up ...
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Bathtub trip lever broken and detached

I have somehow broken the bathtub trip lever and it is detached from the inside. How easy is it to fix it? I am worried that whatever (chain, rod) that is behind the bathtub might be falling down to ...
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How do I remove this plastic shower drain cover?

My shower has recently been having trouble draining and, with a flashlight, I've noticed that there's a great deal of hair and other material stuck in the pipe, clogging it. It seems simple enough to ...
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Is it wrong to connect multiple J-bends (traps) together?

My tenants recently told me that they have constant clogging problems with their bathroom sink and had me come take a look at it. I found the following 3-trap configuration: This was done because ...
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How to fix stinky bathroom sink?

It smells like really musty water, but the water itself does not smell or taste bad at all. Only happens when I run the water, so it doesn't make the room smell, just when you fill something up or ...
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What's the right way to clear a vent pipe?

There have been a number of answers pointing out that draining problems may be a blocked vent pipe rather than a clog in the drain per se. But I don't think there's been a clear answer on whether ...
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Clay drain pipe repair

I was digging up a foundation and broke some parts of the top sewer pipe. The pipe is encased in concrete so not easy to replace. How can we repair the hole without replacing the pipe?
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Drain pipe at wrong angle. What are the consequences?

A friend of mine is asking me about severity of the problem she has with the drain pipe under her kitchen faucet. The pipe was installed horizontally, but now for some reason (I suspect the main drain ...
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How can I move a tub drain plunger, if the linkage chain is missing?

The broken linkage chain was removed from our tub a couple of years ago. All has been good until now the plunger has fallen shut and the water drains v e r y, v e r y s l o w l y. any suggestions how ...
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Water leak below the foundation and into the garage

I have water puddle that has been appearing just below the foundation threshold from my laundry room in to garage floor just below the entry door. There is an 9" step up into the house (the ...
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How to unclog a toilet? (solid object obstruction)

I just accidentally flushed my toothbrush down the toilet. (Bathroom multitasking: bad idea.) The toilet still flushes, but it's draining more slowly. What should I do? EDIT Phew! After 15 ...
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Solution for A/C Condensate Drain Line that doesn't require emptying a bucket of water every day?

I have a split A/C system in a room that runs on low 24 hours a day during Summer that unfortunately cannot be connected to any drain or pipe and which therefore requires a bucket outside to be used ...
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How to wrap french drain

I'm putting in a french drain to control runoff and get it out of the yard. The drain is going in an area of the yard that is covered with 1.5" river rock, no dirt will cover the trench at all. I want ...
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Air handler condensation draining problem

For the life of me, I cannot figure this out. My air handler and heat pump were installed in 2006 and work great. For the first summer since I've owned the home, condensation started to not drain ...
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How can I prevent a secondary condensation drain line from dripping down the side of my house?

I have 2 central AC units in my 2 story house. From what I was told by the last AC repair man that visited, each of my ac units in the crawl space/attic has a main drain line that drains directly ...
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Can I tap into the kitchen / dishwasher drain pipe with my washing machine?

I am moving my washing machine as a part of finishing my basement. Can I tap into a kitchen drain pipe (draining my sink and dishwasher) for my washing machine drain? How would this be done? I ...
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Preventing Clogging/Flooding at bottom of exterior basement steps

I just purchased a house this weekend, and moved in yesterday. I live in MD (USA), and there just happened to be a torrential downpour yesterday after we moved in. I went downstairs to check my sump ...
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Hiding rain drain pipe below the sidewalk

I have a 100mm pipe (4") that comes under the garage ramp and outputs the rain water to the street. My problem is that I couldn't have the pipe goes straight to the street because of the slope needed, ...
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How to find a faucet with a decent drain plug mechanism?

So I've replaced one bathroom faucet with a basic Delta model faucet. The problem is that the mechanism to raise and lower the plug sucks. They include a semi-hard plastic rod to connect to the rod ...
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Should I caulk around this drain pipe?

I've got an interesting drain layout in the kitchen. Our water supply lines to the sink come up straight through the floor as is typical around here. However, the drain does not. It drops down and ...
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Are my outside HVAC units and condensation drain PVC pipes set up correctly?

I'm a newbie with this stuff, but here's my situation: I have two HVAC units in my home. One sits on top of the patio and one sits on the ground. Both of them are draining condensation from the PVC ...
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How can I remove a large obstruction from a storm drain pipe?

This is a hypothetical question, so that I'm prepared if it happens again. Sometime ago someone dropped a ball that was almost the same size of the storm drain pipe (10cm/4in) in it. By luck it ...
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The tube drain pipe is in bad shape

Okay, two months or so ago I had the drains in the house snaked because of slow draining at almost all of the fixture sites. After the plumber was done, everything was great, but two days ago I walked ...
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Stuck tub drain

I am having trouble removing a tub. Specifically, I cannot seem to loosen the drain. I've tried a proper tub drain wrench, but it still won't budge. Any ideas how I can get this thing to loosen?
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Can I drain a 15'x35' concrete brick patio using a floor drain connected to a 4" PVC pipe?

I am looking for a solution to drain my patio which is sloped toward one of its corners. The size of the patio is 15'x 35'and the area is Toronto (for rain volume estimation) I would like to drain my ...
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What is the maximum horizontal length of a drain?

My old cast iron kitchen drain has holes in it and goes under my slab. Want to replace with ABS and redirect to another 3" main outside bldg. about 6' away. What is the min or max horizontal distance ...
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What is the best position for a French drain between a wall and a patio?

Below is the layout of my patio and the context The patio settled and now moisture collects at the base of the wall causing efflorescence on it and small cracks in the cement coating at the base of ...
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How can I replace this corroded metal P-Trap with a new PVC trap?

I have a big problem at my apartment, the metal p-trap has a hole under my kitchen sink drain pipes due to corrosion, I was told I could temporarily fix it applying epoxy, but I would rather fix the ...
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Tailpiece too long for new chrome J-Bend in kitchen sink drain repair

The j-Bend of my kitchen sink drain pipe rusted through and started leaking. I bought a new 1.5" j-Bend at Home Depot. Only when I got it home did I notice that the top part of the J is different than ...
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Can I connect laundry tub drain directly into floor drain?

I would like to install a laundry room tub directly over the floor drain. Can I simply have the tub drain directly into the top of the floor drain?
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What sort of a drain pipe is this?

I dont even know if drain pipe is the right word. We have this little pipe jutting out of the wall in our back yard. It keeps dripping water. Its a new unit/apartment in Australia and the builder ...
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Installing the new “crate” type of soakaway

I have 2 problems which, hopefully, can both be solved at once. One part of my garden is about 25 centimetres lower than the rest. Consequently, when we get heavy, persistent rain, that part of the ...
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Bathroom Sink Doesn't Drain (It ISN'T Blocked)

I'm not a plumber but I recently changed the seal between the wall and the drain pipe. Now the water drains extremely slowly from the sink. If I move the drain pipe to allow air in between the seal, ...
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What do I do with a sewer pipe (toilet rough-in) full of cement?

I have a problem that is mind boggling. I bought a house and am now just getting ready to put a toilet in the basement, which has a cement slab. I just took the cover off the rough-in expecting the ...
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Solution for A/C Condensate Drain Line when it is not possible to drain it elsewhere? [duplicate]

I have a split A/C system in a room that runs on low 24 hours a day during Summer that unfortunately cannot be connected to any drain or pipe and which therefore requires a bucket to be used to ...
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How to use RootX in basement floor drain without cleanout

I have an older house with a basement floor drain that feeds to a gray water tank (separate from our septic tank). There is also a drain for our washing machine and a sink that feed into the same ...
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What would cause a kitchen sink to drain very slowly?

I snaked my kitchen sink drain to the end of my 20' snake so I know there is no clog for 20'. When I run water into the sink it starts to fill up immediately - not enough time to fill 20' of pipe. ...
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Water draining out of pipe when usage is high.

We moved into an old house and there is something happening in the basement that I need some help explaining. Here is a image showing where the leak is happening. I've marked where the water is ...
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How can I stop this drain pipe from backing up?

In my basement laundry room is (to my knowledge) the only drain pipe in the whole basement, which hooks into the end of the main line as it exits the house and heads to the septic tank. When we moved ...
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How do I drain a small retaining wall built for flowers?

I have one of these in front of my house. From what I could see the previous owner was not very smart when he built this, it is sloped toward the house and moreover this is on the north side of the ...
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Do I need to trim the dishwasher drain line to prevent water build-up from the disposal? Also are elbows OK here?

We replaced the sink recently, which required taking off the disposal and installing it on the new sink, and also re-doing the plumbing since the new sink's drain would be further back than the ...
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Is it a problem to have water around a tub drain flange?

I just replaced my 30 year old tub drain flange with a new one. I have made sure that the flange is tightened. Water goes down the new configuration just fine - it is not clogged. However, after ...
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Bar sink drain/vent

I am in midst of finishing the roughed in full bath and want to put a bar sink on the wall behind the tub. I will add pictures later- once I am able to get some good shots.... The way it was roughed ...
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Sink drain plumbing pipes won't connect

I'm installing a new sink and as its visible from the picture the pipes are not aligned and sink pipe is not long enough as well. The pipe coming out of the wall is pretty solid so I didn't try ...
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Why am I failing to connect this simple kitchen sink pipe?

Hi all I'm having trouble reconnecting this L shaped pipe to the main pipes under the sink. No matter how I arrange or push or connect the slip nuts, they seemed to get jammed by the washer/band ...
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Persistent sewage smell coming from basement drain

I've recently purchased a house and am now learning all the ins and outs of home maintenance. This summer, I've noticed that I have a very smelly basement drain. Particularly, it smells like sewage. ...
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How can I replace this unusual kitchen sink drain pipe?

I'm trying to replace a broken 1-1/2 inch L-shaped brass pipe under my kitchen sink, as in this picture: At one end, it's connected to the sink drain, which if I'm understanding the terminology ...