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How can I prevent my HVAC condensate drain line from freezing?

Last night, my heat (forced air) suddenly stopped. Today, a plumber figured out that my heater is 90% efficient, produces lots of condensate, and the drain line had frozen. We went outside and saw ...
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Did I do the right thing putting small stones under my deck?

I bought a foreclosure house last year (built in 1987), there is a tall deck at the back, and backyard is slightly sloped away from the house. The deck was rebuilt from scratch before put on market ...
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What could be causing drainage issues in our new bathroom?

We had a bathroom reassembled in stages. The bathroom functioned when we moved in 17 years ago but fell apart over time. So we had the floor re-leveled then we had new plumbing and a stall shower ...
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Washer Drain pipe too high - suggestions?

First post on this site, long time Stack Exchange consumer for tech stuff, didn't realize there was a Home Improvement section! I've got a GE washing machine that periodically will spray water out of ...
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Should I add a grease trap to a long drain run from the kitchen?

My 1955 house has a 25 foot drain run from my kitchen to my main stack (~7 feet of bends, then ~18 feet straight along a back wall). It has clogged several times in various places, and I have had it ...
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What could cause a foaming clothes washer standpipe?

I'm a plumbing contractor and my customer called to say her drain standpipe had started to foam out of the top near the very end of the drain cycle, allowing time for the suds to build up I guess.She ...
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How can I prevent water from pooling in the street in front of my house?

I have a problem with water pooling in front of my house. Between my Sprinklers and the rain there is always a puddle where my lawn meets the street. What do you think is the best way to stop this ...
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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 can I remove grout and mortar from a drain?

I accidentally poured some mortar and grout down my bathroom drain when I was cleaning the remains of a bucket of mortar after tiling the kitchen. The drain was plugged up pretty bad so I tried to ...
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How to prevent washing machine drain overflow

I have a washing machine upstairs. The discharge hose is placed in the top of some 2" ABS pipe. That pipe then drops about 14' to my basement floor, then runs along the floor for 5', ending in a ...
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How does one identify compatible shower drain covers?

One of the several things that our contractor never completed on our project was the shower drain. We've got this awesome hole in the shower floor right now: Sorry, I know it looks nasty. THe ...
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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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Proper size drain and venting behind new bathtub

I'm a plumbing newbie and I'm adding a bathtub where one didn't exist before and I want to make sure that I am plumbing the drain properly. I have a 2" drain available to me directly below the tub ...
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How does an external tower style bathtub drain work?

I have this style tub drain and can't figure out how it works. Does it simply block the flow of water when lowered? Or is there something more complicated happening? My tub has stopped draining and ...
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How to deal with a pop up drain install when nut doesn't sit flush with bottom of the sink?

Finished up a bathroom today and installed a pop up drain assembly on new sink. The nut to tighten the drain assembly is off by about a 1/4 inch - tight in the back, gap in front. I am guessing that ...
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Use Rigid Foam Underneath Sidewalk to Control Water

hoping to get some opinions on this. I recently dug up a wall of my house as I was having water problems. It's been now sealed, backfilled, and I'm debating how to refinish the top layer. It used to ...
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How do I install the trap for a standard bathroom sink?

I have an open 1.5" drain pipe in the wall. I just need to redirect it through the (currently non-existing) drywall and put in a trap. What is the proper way to do this? Do I just put a 90 degree EL ...
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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 can I repair a loose T joint connecting pipes under my kitchen sink?

I found a puddle under my kitchen sink and was disappointed to find that the T joint connecting the drain from the garbage disposal and and the second sink was completely loose. As shown in the ...
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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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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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Sink tailpiece doesn't line up with trap

After installing a new bathroom sink, the drain tailpiece doesn't line up with the trap coming out of the wall. I've seen flexible accordion hoses for this, but I think that violates code ...
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How to extend my washing machine standpipe?

I need to extend my standpipe so that it's higher than my washing machine drum height. I need it to be about 24" taller than it currently is. I'm not experienced doing any plumbing work beyond ...
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Should I install a floor drain in my laundry room?

I am relocating my laundry to a room over my garage. I have an opportunity to put in a floor drain. My old laundry has a floor drain (not sure why -- it is carpet and subfloor with only crawlspace ...
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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 to be used to ...
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How to fix leak in ABS pipe going into cement

I discovered a leak in the drain pipe from my kitchen sink (and dishwasher) as it joins with the main drain in my basement floor. The leak is at a Y junction - the bottom of the Y is in the slab, one ...
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Why is foam coming out of the kitchen drain while washing dishes?

I am in Saudi Arabia using FAIRY liquid dish washer to clean my dishes after meals. Every time I observe that the foam is coming out of the drainage located at the kitchen floor during my cleaning of ...
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How can I get the drain apparatus out of a pedestal wash basin?

I have successfully replaced two out of the three wash basin faucets in my house so far, but this one has me stumped: As you can see from the picture, it's a pretty run-of-the-mill pedestal wash ...
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How do I seal an unused washing machine drain?

I have an unused washing machine drain in part of my house and it's started to smell because (I assume) the water in the u-pipe has dried up. My objective is to stop the smell and I guess the only way ...
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In slip joints, what's the difference between rubber and nylon washers?

I've put together a few different drain fittings, and usually seen nylon tapered washers that seal the slip joint. But this time, when I bought a sink tailpiece extension, it came with a square-cut ...
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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 much water is too much water underneath the basement concrete?

We are getting ready to install a new shower in our basement. When we had our house built about 8 yrs ago we asked to have a shower & toilet drains roughed in. I cut off the plastic cover for ...
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Why does my dishwasher back up into the sink, but running the disposal allows it to drain?

When my dishwasher runs the kitchen sink backs up. I have a two tub sink and only the side nearest the dishwasher with the garbage disposer backs up. Running the disposal for a few seconds causes the ...
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Leveling basement floor while keeping it sloping to the drain?

I am having similar problem with the basement slope being exceptionally steep around the floor drain (similar to this: How do I level a basement floor but not the slab underneath?). The discussion ...
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Pool skimmer drain suction

I have 15k gallon pool with a 1.5hp pump, 1 skimmer and 1 drain. I have a Float valve assembly over the skimmer. If the skimmer is fully open does that mean there is no suction in the drain? I don't ...
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Putty around a new kitchen sink drain

This may sound too simple, but I know nothing about it. My kitchen sink drain was replaced and a small amount of putty comes off around the diameter. I know that is normal but am I suppose to let that ...
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2 parallel drain pipes

Just opened a hole in my old house to replace some plumbing. I can see where the main drain/sewer stack comes down from the bathroom, but in parallel there's another galvanized? 2"? pipe coming down ...
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Should I secure a free-standing vanity sink to prevent drain pipe damage?

I recently installed a free-standing vanity sink in my laundry room, similar to the one pictured below. Due to the configuration of the drain and supply pipes in the room, the sink could not be ...
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What is the maximum distance a trap can be installed from a shower drain?

I am installing a new shower in an upstairs attic. I am taking part of a downstairs closet for a chase wall to run the plumbing and electrical. The closet is 10' from where the shower drain will be ...
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Can p-trap be installed higher than drain entry?

I have p-trap entry in drain at 16" above the floor. However, vanity that I got has lower drawer which has top at about the same height. There is also about 4" clearance behind drawer. I was told that ...
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How can I remove this bathtub drain?

I have this bathtub that had a trip lever drain that kept getting stuck so the water would not drain unless you have a foot on the trip lever while you're showering (not ideal). I decided to replace ...
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Why is my sewer drain line suddenly having frequent blockages?

One month ago I experienced bubbling in my downstairs toilet when someone was taking a shower upstairs. The toilet bubbling concerned me and I noticed a little water on the floor the next day, nothing ...
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A ground rod where a drain needs to go

My house sits on a hill, and the gutters don't properly drain. As a result, I'm digging a new drain along the side of the house to re-route the water. However, while digging the drain, I came upon a ...
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Is this a clog, or poor plumbing?

Our basement washroom shower started overflowing. It happens when we use the sink for longer than 30 seconds and when we use the shower. It will over flow, then slowly drain. We have tried snaking ...
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Can I move this drain line from the wall to the floor?

Here is my kitchen sink drain configuration: (The horizontal run after the trap is actually pitched correctly, not as drawn.) The portions inside the wall are galvanized steel pipe. Under the sink, ...
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How to remove turn-style tub overflow cover?

I've tried looking all over for a solution, but I've yet to find a solution that matches my situation. The cover I have (I think) is supposed to turn so the hole is downwards so you can remove the ...
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Where does my garage drain go and how can I unclog it?

I have a drain in my garage floor. I've never worried about it too much, but with some heavy rains recently I discovered it doesn't work. It appears to be clogged with lots of dirt, pebbles, and ...
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Mold and pop-up drains

Earlier today I realized that I had a major leak underneath my bathroom sink. It soon became clear that I would have to replace the entire pop-up drain assembly. After all the hardware was removed, I ...
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How should a water heater drain pan be installed on a concrete slab floor?

My water heater sits on a concrete slab floor in my utility room next to a wall with a bathtub drain, and a few feet over from my washing machine drain. When I replace the heater I would like to ...
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Partially frozen sewer line

I think the line running from my house to the municipal sewer system has partially frozen. It's been below freezing here for weeks on end, with no end in sight. I hadn't noticed any problems until I ...