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Kitchen sink/garbage disposal waste draining into backyard

I've recently discovered that my mother in-law has a planter outside her kitchen window which is catching run off from her sink. There is a pool of water and a smell that can now be detected from the ...
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Outside drain - how to replace this grate?

I'm planning to redo a back entrance into the REO house I bought. There is this drain: see images which seems like it had a grate on it initially but was broken out? It's hard to read - but it ...
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Should I add sand or more limestone crush to raise a patio with no gravel bedding?

I need to regrade my patio and I had a quick look under the pavers to see how it was built. To my surprise I found the following layers: one thin layer off gravel -you would say it is about 1/4in ...
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Can I install a sink that drains into this floor drain?

I would like to install a sink in my basement but the only drain that is close to it is being used for the HVAC. Can I use this existing drain for the sink as well? This is roughly how the drain is ...
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How to diagnose a greywater system backup

In recent weeks I have noticed that the drain pipe from the washing machine has been overflowing into the laundry room. We stopped using the washer thinking that we needed a plumber to come to the ...
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What can I do about a window well that is filling up with water from below the surface?

I have 2 covered basement window wells on the side of my house. When it rains heavily, they fill up with water from beneath the surface. There are 4 downspouts from the gutters on our roof. They run ...
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Why is my shower not draining, even though there is no physical blockage?

I've recently moved in to a new home. For a while the shower was draining really slow, as there was no access to the pipework (it's all tiled in), I ended up ripping the shower tray out in order to ...
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Ejector Pit & Sump Pit Combined - Whats a good backup option?

Here in Chicago we have a combined sewer and storm drain system - as a result it's not uncommon to have sump pits and ejector pits combined - which is the case in my basement. The ejector then handles ...
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Backyard Drainage Issues

I recently had a sink hole in my backyard that I consulted with here on DIY and got some helpful responses. This was as a result of an old well. It was fixed by a landscape architect. However, after ...
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How do sub-surface drains (e.g. French drains) work?

Do sub-surface drains (e.g. French drains, rubble drains, etc.) require a uniform rise in the water table in order to work? Or can they catch and convey localized sub-surface water? For instance, ...
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French Drain placement question

I am installing a French drain around the back side of my house to help protect the perimeter foundation. I have a 31'X 36' patio butted up against part of the foundation. Should I also install the ...
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Hooking up drain in dishwasher

I have a 2 yr old Bosch dishwasher that does not drain into the sink drain but straight down into a pipe in the ceiling below. That pipe has the proper P trap etc and worked well for my previous ...
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drainage problem from kitchen sink

My kitchen sink(double sink) backs up, there is no clog I have removed the trap, I have also removed the basement trap and snaked both ways. Now the bathroom sink will also backup at same time, so I ...
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Lowering the basement, water table 2 metre deep

My house is constructed on the side of a slope where the top of the slope is built the road. I'd like to dig out the basement which is not high enough to stand in mostly, and is just clay. As part ...
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What is a 'normal' time for water to completely drain out of a shower pan?

I installed a new shower with slimline tray. Now when I am showering there is a fair build up of water in the tray. Nothing major or overflowing, but not quite perfect. As a gauge, when I stop the ...
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Pathway / French Drain combo

My back yard is basically shaped like a bowl and is lower than all the surrounding area on all sides. We have very heavy clay soil and for much of the year there is standing water in the lawn. I ...
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Is this foundation properly supported against rotation in an earthquake?

This foundation was built 1938, and seems unusually tippy even for the time. This is in an earthquake zone, the garage has a second floor above, and the given wall is shearwalled and bolted, with ...
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Is it Okay to Snake Underground Line that has a Shielded Fernco Coupling?

I need to tie-in a pvc pipe to an existing 4 in. pvc drain pipe. I plan to use a shielded fernco coupling. Is it okay to snake a pipe that has a fernco coupling? Will the snake tear up the fernco? The ...
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Can I add an air gap to an existing drain pipe?

I am installing a water softener in my garage. There is already a place to connect into the water line (after the existing sediment filter), and there is an existing drain pipe (2 inch PVC that runs ...
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Sprinkler Box Drainage

Photos & more explanation here: Sprinkler System Album Installed Box w/ Description I recently paid a lawncare company to move my sprinkler box ... I was busy with work, patio was being ...
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Window well drainage

We live in Denver and have been getting an enormous amount of rain this year, so had to deal with some seepage issues. What we've done: Grading away from foundation outside Downspout extensions ...
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Storm drain sizing for gutters and driveway runoff

I have about 1200sq feet of my roof going through two gutters on one side of my house which empty the water on the lawn. I also have a driveway and front yard that slope down towards my house (this ...
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What household materials can safely be used in a French drain and dry river bed?

What household materials can safely and very economically be used in a French drain and dry river bed -- crushed plastic bottles, food cans and broken glass? My soil is total clay!
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Flow rate of water in gutter system

I am attempting to build a waterfall out of a gutter system. I currently have an awning that is 72" by 48" with 3" high (tentatively) buffers on each side to keep the water from flowing off. The ...
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How can I stop the smell from my kitchen drain?

Our home is 15 years old. We rented our house for a year. When we moved back it smelt like burning smell. We started getting sick. The smell seemed to come form the kitchen drain. It smelt kind of ...
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How do I stop water from leaking through the bottom of my shed walls when it rains?

I have a shed that was built on a low foundation so that when it rains water builds up against it and water tends to flow in between the concrete and the bottom of the wall and now there's mold ...