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Sewage pump issue

Today I was in my basement and it smelled like sewage really bad. When I flushed the basement toilet it had a lot of air push back up into it and into the shower drain too. Like it gurgled a lot. I ...
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How low could kitchen sink sewage inlet go?

A plumbing book I have says a kitchen sink sewage inlet should be at 16" above floor. I would like to set it a little lower (e.g. 12") in order to make more room around water stubouts for plumbing as ...
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Transparent screw-on 6" cap for PVC pipe

I got a backwater valve installed in my basement. The water table was high, so I could not use a backwater valve with a see-through cover; I had to use a valve that is typically used for outside ...
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How can I hide a sewer 'Candy Cane'?

I'm in the process of buying a newly built house and today the builder had work done on the sewer. When I saw the house I couldn't believe that they placed the 3-4" high 'Candy Cane' smack dab in the ...
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How should I fill in a trench left by replacement of a sewer pipe?

I recently had my main sewer pipe that runs underground to the main pipe replaced, and I left it open for a few days to check everything is okay, and it seems to be. This is just a small run of pipe, ...
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Toilet bubbling, foul smell, no known cause

This morning the toilet started bubbling almost violently for about 30 seconds. I hadn't used any of the sinks or toilet for at least an hour prior to it happening and I haven't been able to recreate ...
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backwater valve: flap on top vs flap on bottom

I am getting a backwater valve installed in my basement (so the backwater valve should be easily accessible). There seems to be two models recommended by the people I got quotes from, one with the ...
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Sewer odor from basement floor drain

I'm experiencing strong "sewer odors" coming from one of the basement drains. This is an old house (meaning the basement floor drains don't have an elbow bend and instead run straight down / there is ...
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Foul smell coming from dishwasher

My dishwasher is 10 years old. It is only used intermittently, but I do try to run it at least once a week. There is an intermittent sewer-like odor, that seems to come and go. It was really bad this ...
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Need help repairing cleanout plug of unusual size

I have a cleanout in my backyard that's been chipped one to many times by the lawnmower over the years. I need to replace the the plug however I cannot find a plug that fits. The threaded pipe ...
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Sewer Line Installation [closed]

I am running a septic line from my mancave to the main 4" sewer line coming out of my house. I want to splice into this line coming out of the house. The total run is 60'; is this ok to do?
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Tiny House Sewer System Advice - Automatic Sewage Pump or Macerator Pump

I'm in the process of doing some landscaping and want to run some electrical / plumbing for a future house (building next summer). The plan right now is to have a storage tank behind or below the ...
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How to install DWV piping for new toilets added to current system

I am wanting to install a toilet in a cabin that is about 150ft uphill from my home. So waste will run downhill, thank goodness. And about 60 ft from my home on that same run I want to install another ...
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Backwater valves, furnace drains, and vent pipes

I'm having a house built and I got a picture of the drain pipes in the basement prior to pouring the slab, and it looks like this: The left blue circle is a floor drain for the furnace, the right ...
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How do I remove or cut a sewer pipe at edge of our basement slab?

What's the best way to remove the unused sewer / storm-drain pipe in the attached picture? It's coming up through the edge of our basement slab where it meets the foundation wall? We want to remove ...
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Do drain pipes (house to sewer) freeze?

My basement drain is backing up a bit recently. Before I call a plumber, or rent an electric sewer snake from Home Depot, can sewer pipes freeze? It is January after all (and my house is in Canada).
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Is my outside sewer cleanout a straight line from my basement drain?

I'm trying to locate my sewer cleanout outside the house. Is it usually just a straight line from my basement drain hole?
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When to replace a toilet's wax ring?

I just bought a new house that was built three months ago. I unfortunately flushed something big down the toilet and had to take the toilet apart, turn it upside down, and fish it out. When I was ...
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Is our vent sewer pipe clogged

We have a new problem in out 110 yr old house. Whenever a toilet is flushed sinks gurgle. We recently had a slow running sink and tub on the second floor. That was well plunged by a plumber. This ...
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Why is my sewage ejector pump running so long?

I have a bathroom in the basement. The sewage collects in a pit with an ejector pump and is then pumped up to a pipe which feeds into the main sewage pipe that goes out of the house (see diagram). ...
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Do I have to periodically pour water down my basement floor drain to maintain the p-trap water seal?

There is a sewer smell coming from my basement. There are only a couple entries to the sewer in the basement: A laundry sink that acts as the drain for a water softener (which regenerates every few ...
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Mystery pipes in basement - where do they go?

Newbie to the forum here. Will upload photos this evening, but thought I'd start with the question/context: Just bought a fixer upper farmhouse in Portland, OR area. House is at least 1930s, could be ...
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Sewer Smell in Sumps

I recently bought a house with two sump pumps in the basement. They do their job well despite running every hour or two due to the high clay table in the area. The property also has a septic system, ...
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How to fix a sewer pipe leak in a prefab concrete floor

My house is built with prefab concrete slabs for walls and floors. These have been prefabricated with most of the plumbing and electricity tubes pre- installed inside the concrete. While redoing the ...
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Sewer main backups

I have a 6 inch main from house to city Main drain. It takes alot of water from the roof and a drive way drain when it rains. Many downspouts go into the main because of the design of this old house ...
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Emergency my waste is leaking over my back patio

The toilets make a gurgling sound and waste p Spills out of an outside cleanout. Or at least thats what i think it is theres 2 beside each other. We have a septic tank and have well water system. Also ...
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how to patch minor leaks at cast iron sewer pipe's joint

please see attached image, I am not sure whether it's a leak where the metal is split, or whether its corrosion where the liquid seeps through the metal. I am looking to patch this, somehow, can ...
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How can I cut cement sewer line to add cleanout?

I have a home built in 1950 with a cement sewer line. I have had to have the line cleared twice in the last two years. The last time they sent a camera down the line and the line seems root free with ...
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What are the possible solutions for an uphill septic system in rocky area around lake

I'm looking to purchase a bank owned bungalow that had some really sketchy things going on with the septic system. I know that I will have to completely re-work the septic system if I purchase it and ...
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Is cleaning out the main sewer line a regular scheduled maintenance item?

I just had to have my main sewer line snaked, and the technician said it should be done once every 2 years. Is this really the case, or was he just trying to insure he has job security?
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Can I cut or cover a sewer cleanout pipe in front of my house?

I have a PVC pipe sticking up in front of my house, in a flower-bed area. It's 20 inches high and 5 inches in diameter. As I understand, it is a sewer clean-out pipe. It's rather unsightly and I've ...
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Why is sewage backing up from this outdoor pipe?

I just recently moved into my first house this morning and when I went outside I noticed this: What happened? What should I do? I have no idea what that pipe even is. I don't believe there is a ...
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What Type of PVC pipe is required for a septic tank inlet?

I am trying to understand what type of PVC pipe is required for the main septic drain line from the house to septic tank. The IRC says this: International Private Sewage Disposal Code 2012 ...
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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 repair a cinder block wall around a sewer line?

After having replaced ~30' of 4" cast iron w PVC, I'm left with two holes in the cinderblock foundation. The holes are the height of 1 block and about 1/2 the width of a block. These leaves a pretty ...
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Can rock salt be used for sewer maintenance?

I have read that flushing a glass full of rock salt down your toilet every month is good practice if you have a cast iron sewer line. Reason being is that the salt will kill off any tree roots in the ...
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How often do sewer lines collapse?

I have the opportunity to add some coverage to my insurance that would cover a sewer line collapse (amongst other issues with underground services). Is there any rule of thumb as to how long they ...
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My sewer pipe makes a huge noise when flushed. Can that damage the pipe?

The sewer pipe on my building makes a huge noise whenever someone flushes the toilet. Apparently there is not enough air input in the pipe and whenever someone flushes the toilet this causes vacuum ...
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Restarting toilet line after 50 years

I have a sewer opening in my basement for a toilet. The flange looks just fine, but that sewer line has probably not been used in 50 years. Is there anything I should do before starting to use it? Or ...
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Sewer drain cap replacement options

I have sewer cap that has lost its threads. I am wondering what options I have to replace/fix that does not involving tearing up the cement floor. Are compression fittings a good option?
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How large must the air inlet tube of the sewage be?

A friend of mine lives in the last floor of a building with 4 floors. One of his bathroom syphons keeps being emptied each time he or a neighbour flushes the toilet. The water is simply drained out. I ...
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Holes in basement floor

We have a couple holes in our basement floor that I assume drain to the sewer, but they're not covered. A guy installing our water heater recommended covering them so we don't get sewer gas or ...
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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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How can I repair this sewer cap?

My home was built in 1959. The clean out cap in the basement is 2.5" ID but it doesn't have threads. It has 2 nubs (now it only has one) opposite each other that fit into two notches in the pipe. ...
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Why is my toilet backing up and bubbling after replacing an ejector pump?

About two weeks ago my sewage ejector pump died and had a massive overflow in the basement. I replaced the pump but I am now noticing that the toilet backs up. I am also noticing that when I take a ...
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When snaking the main sewer line, how do you know when you've reached the street connection?

I've had good success clearing out a blockage but am wondering - how do I know when I hit the street line? What does it feel like? Right now I hit a seemingly impassable point (I didn't force it) ...
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Would connecting the downpipe to a gas boiler inlet save energy?

I have a condensing gas boiler for tap-water and central heating. Not very far from the inlet there is a downpipe outlet for the sewer. Since this smelly pipe is partially filled with the same ...
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How can we repair cracked and broken concrete around a sewer stack in the basement floor?

Last summer we had a sewer smell and an epidemic of sewer flies in the basement. There was no backup of water or sewage to indicate a blockage - just an odor and a lot of pforish flies. We called a ...
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How to get rid of this sulfur problem

I just moved to China about a month ago to live with my relatives in an apartment complex on the 16th floor. Now, there has been a sulfur problem near their washing machine, and sometimes their ...
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Question about my sewer stack situation

I just purchased my first home with limited knowledge on many things. At one point my house was outside city limits (using a well and septic) and has since been annexed into the city and brought onto ...