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An object, usually unwanted, lodged in a water- or waste-carrying channel that severely impedes flow.

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Can you remove a drain strainer/housing from a tub while it has water in it without causing a leak?

I have a tub full of water that will not drain. I have a lift and twist drain plug with a cross-hairs (+) strainer in the plug housing. I already removed the plug and haven't been able to get any ...
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How might I clear out my pool’s filter system pump of debris?

I found the pool's filter cup dislodged and floating around the inlet tube, letting debris run straight into the pump system. Since then the outflow rate has been reduced severely. How may I be able ...
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What on earth is this that came out of my sink's drain?

Our kitchen sink was draining really slowly so I went to town with the plunger. When it finally unblocked I went outside to where the waste drains and found all of this! Yuck! Can anyone tell me what ...
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Dual kitchen sink is draining very slow

my cousin-in law's sink is draining very slow. I believe it is because she has been washing guinea pig grass/hay or something else down the sink, and now there is a blockage(s) somewhere. After some ...
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Clearing a blockage on the other side of the u-bend of an outside drain?

We have a blocked drain in our garden. I've had my arm down it and part way round the u-bend, pulling out a ton of crap, but it's still blocked. It looks like this in cross section (forgive the ...
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Water Droplets Forming Inside AC with Irregular Air Flow

We've been using a Hitachi Split Inverter Type Air Conditioner for over a year now, and we recently had it service cleaned about three months ago (the recommended schedule is every eight months). ...
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Tub drain takes time to drain

The house I shifted into recently was built in 2016; I have lived here for six weeks and don't know the place yet. Before moving in, I had the plumber check all the pipes and drains. After shifting, I ...
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Kitchen sink backing up with no apparent blockage

We're having trouble stopping our kitchen sink drain from backing up. The sink now backs up nearly instantly (after a few seconds), previously it took a bit longer to backup. We've tried on multiple ...
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Is this a displacement or just a blockage?

We just had an inspection done on a house we are buying, and during the sewer scope, the inspector found what he believes to be a displacement. In the video, at about 0:44, there is something ...
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Tub only drains when toilet is flushed

My tub usually sounds haunted when flushing. I cleaned it for hair. Now it only drains when the toilet is flushed. My toilet is vintage 1960s and is in need of replacement anyways but this is bizarre.
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How to deal with water damage from backed up AC drain

We have a central air conditioning unit that has one part of the unit in a closet. The blower connected to the ductworks and coils in this part of the unit, while outside there is a compressor and ...
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kitchen sink blocked deep inside pipe

I'm having trouble unclogging a kitchen sink pipe. I've taken apart everything outside the wall and cleaned it, but inspection showed that despite a bit of dirt, none of those parts are blocked. I ...
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Do I need to remove a 2 inch screw I dropped down the toilet waste pipe?

I replaced my bathroom floor and installed a new toilet. By accident I dropped a 2 inch brass screw down the flange waste pipe. Before I caulk everything up, I thought I’d check to see if it would be ...
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What can cause a blockage in an otherwise decent main sewer pipe?

I purchased my first house (on city water and sewage system) about 6 months ago and the main sewer drain clogged and backed up through the basement drain within the first week being there. We're ...
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Clearing out Small Diameter Pipe

I have an A/C condensation drain line that's blocked, and I'm having trouble using a snake to get to the blockage. The pipe is 3/4" PVC with many 90 degree elbows. I tried using a regular drain ...
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Backed up kitchen sink drain that gets worse when I run garbage disposal

I have a kitchen sink that is recently backing up when I run the sink. I ran the garbage disposal thinking this would solve the problem but once I turn off water (lots) bubbled up into the sink. If ...
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What are good methods of locating plumbing blockages?

In medicine if you want to know about the flow of food through the intestinal tract you feed the patient a Barium Meal and X-ray them. Is there any way to achieve a similar sort of result in domestic ...
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Blockage in bendy pipe

I have a problematic pipe that has a blockage. Problematic for three reasons: I could not snake through it (I have a 25 feet snake with a manual spin, spent a good while spinning trying to snake ...
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Bathroom drainage: bath's water flooding shower

I have a drainage problem in the bathroom. So, after a bath, I drain the bath water into the bath sinkhole. But most of the bath water comes out of the shower sinkhole, flooding the shower and onto ...
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How do I snake this dual-sink configuration?

The sink drains have become blocked in a duplex apartment. There is a bathroom on either side of a shared wall, with each sink belonging to a different living space in the duplex. There is a ...
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How can I remove the stopper from my sink?

As you can see in the picture, in my infinite wisdom, I managed to block the kitchen sink with the stopper by placing it upside down in the sink, now I can't take the stopper out... Oops. Any ...
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How to unblock a blocked toilet?

I have a toilet which drains out quite slowly and water rises to the brim when the flush is exercised. I have already used the plunger multiple times to try to see if it makes a difference, but it ...
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How can I clear a blockage caused by the previous owner flushing grout down the toilet?

The previous owner of our house tiled the main bathroom before selling the house and flushed the grouting down the toilet. This caused the pipes to become blocked. We've had to break down some of ...
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Toilet, sink and shower blocked

I live in a block of flats in China. I had a lot of friends over a couple of days ago and since the toilet, sink and shower are all blocked. The water on all those items does go down, but really, ...
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My toilet backed up with no water

I live in an old condo apartment. My toilet just backed up. It backed up several times before and I managed to unclog it every time, but it's nothing like I've seen before this time because I don't ...
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What is the "warm water method" of clearing a clogged toilet?

In this question the OP mentioned that, when having problems with blocked toilet, as his first attempt he tried warm water method. I would like to ask: What is warm water method? For which ...
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How do I unblock an interceptor chamber?

I have a house built in the UK in 1906, which has an Interceptor Chamber. Having identified it as such, I need to figure out how to unblock it. Water is currently backing up all the way to ground ...
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How do I diagnose and fix a toilet blockage

I have a toilet that makes a gurgling noise IF it flushes down. However, at times it will fill up when I flush the toilet and I will see something come up from the bathroom drain. I have tried putting ...
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How do i remove mineral deposits from a toilet's rim jets? [duplicate]

I have an old toilet, and the mineral scale inside (INSIDE inside) the rim is slowing the flush speed. I reckon I need to temporarily block up the holes somehow, dump a solution in the flapper, and ...
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How can I remove a clog in a central vacuum system?

We have a central vacuum system in our house: Somewhere along the line, something got stuck so various rooms do not have suction. How can I unblock it? Should I try fishing it out, or will that just ...
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What is the white, crusty, crumbly stuff I find in my kitcken sink drain pipes?

From time to time my kitchen sink needs to be unplugged, and each time I invariably find accumulations of a crusty, crumbly white material in the pipes. It looks a lot like old cheese, has no ...
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What steps should I take when cabling a drain?

We have a drain that backs up when a few gallons of water are put down it over time. The back pressure forces the water out through the toilet drain seal, leaving the water pouring into our basement. ...
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