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Cold water heater overflow outside drain pipe

My cold water heater's overflow outside drain pipe has been running hot water out of it non-stop. I turned the inflow water valve to the water heater off and the water stopped running. But what is ...
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How can I prevent or remedy “bio slime” accumulation in a sink drain?

The drain in the sink which we use for mouthwash consistently gets clogged by a very repugnant slime. I've tried all the common drain unclogging products (Drano, Liquid Plumber) as well as some ...
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How do I remove a brass pipe that has been jammed into a larger iron pipe?

I was replacing the sink this afternoon when I noticed that the p-trap would not reach the drain pipe. No biggie, right? I'll just buy some extensions from the local big box and be on my way. I ...
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How can I stop my washing machine drain from overflowing?

When my washing machine drains it sometimes comes up and out of the open pvc pipe in the service closet where the water heater would drain. I've found lots of posts where people speak of the washer ...
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Do I need a separate vent stack for my kitchen sink?

The drain line from my kitchen sink drops down through the basement, into the basement floor (Concrete), and I assume under the floor to the main sewer line. The sink tends to drain slowly. Should I ...
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Why is there a septic/methane smell only in our kitchen?

I have a new log house and the plumbers didn't want to put a hole in the roof, so they vented my drains with a stutgard(?) for air exchange and flow. Now there is a septic/mehane smell in our kitchen. ...
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What are some causes/solutions for poor drainage?

What are some causes/solutions for poor drainage? It seems that our house tends to drain water very slowly. The bathroom sink could probably overflow if the water was left on, the bathtub also seems ...
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What is the correct way to install a washing machine drain pan?

I've got a laundry room on the second floor, and when it was remodeled the contractor put in a drain pipe, but no drain pan. At the moment, I have the washing machine hooked up, but it's away from ...
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How do I clear a drain pipe clogged with dried soap?

I think we have a clog of dried soap in our pipes, past the U-bend and down the pipes from upstairs to the drain at ground level. How do I clear them?
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Cleaning film out of plastic drain pipe

The drain pipe and trap on my bathroom sink are made of plastic, and every four to six months I find that it slows down. When I disassemble it, the pipe walls are coated with maybe 1/8" of disgusting ...
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How can I remove this dried drain cleaner from a kitchen sideboard?

I recently spent a week or so trying to unclog a seriously blocked kitchen sink drain. I tried various things, including One Shot Instant Drain Cleaner (a hardware-store 91% sulphuric acid drain ...
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How do I decide between a “Power Drain Snake” and a drain cleaning jet kit?

I have some slow flowing drains that back up when it rains that I need to clear out. As there are no manholes or rodding points, I can only access them via the P-trap connected to an outside hopper. ...
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How to connect primer tubing to non-laundry faucet?

The previous owner of my house didn't know what the trap primer tubing was when he installed an expensive kitchen faucet and stainless sink in the laundry room, so left the tubing dangling. Is there a ...
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Snake drain gun vs compressed gas drain gun vs liquid - which is better for what?

I borrowed a powered snake style drain gun for some toilets and shower stalls, from an HVAC guy who said that liquid drain cleaners were next to useless. The short version is that the drain cleaner ...
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What can (and cannot) be put down drains that are connected to septic systems?

This might be more appropriate as a community wiki... We have a septic system and I'm extremely paranoid about what can (and cannot) be put down our sink drains. I know the general answer is ...
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How do I replace a bathtub drain trip lever?

The trip lever for the drain in my bath tub is very old (I'm guessing 30+ years) and has begun corroding and rusting. It's definitely time to replace it. I plan to replace the entire trip lever along ...