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Under sink has cylindrical fixture instead of J-pipe, what is it and how to clear it out?

Part of my problem is not knowing the names of what I'm referring to, so feel free to suggest title edits please. A bathroom sink is draining very slowly after someone bearded shaved, despite them ...
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How to snake a bathtub with no overflow drain?

Our upstairs bath tub has been taking longer and longer to drain and my wife has finally tasked me to fix it. Yesterday I literally emptied an entire bottle of Liquid Plumber down the drain (...
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How do I open this sink trap?

I have a clogged sink in my bathroom. Tried a bunch of things already, like chemicals, a pump plunger - no success. I don't know what's in there but it seems serious. The next step would be to open ...
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Can I use a drain auger on a toilet clog?

A little too eager I bought a drain auger in order to clear out a constantly / randomly backing up toilet. After I got it home I thought I should then do research and I realized there is a completely ...
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Why does water and gunk back up through the overflow hole in the bathroom sink?

When I run the water in my bathroom faucet it sometimes (but not all the time) slowly starts to creep up the overflow hole and pour back into the sink. Included with the water is black and grey gunk. ...
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What are some ways to remove hardened epoxy from drain pipes?

Long story short. Some idiot poured down half a gallon of mixed epoxy into the sink, and washed it down with water. Epoxy traveled quite far, and then hardened, fusing with the pipes, creating a hard ...
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What should I do about putty that fell in the toilet opening?

When I was lifting off the old toilet a large chunk of plumbers putty/clay fell in the opening. (There was a huge amount under the toilet, and no wax that I could see.) I tried using a vacuum to get ...
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Will repeated use of drain cleaning chemicals damage plumbing?

I have a bathroom sink that gets clogged (or the water goes down very slowly) about every 2 to 3 months. When it gets that way, I put some Drano down and it solves the problem. My concern is that the ...
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Sink clogged completely when using NaOH drain cleaner

I used a drain cleaner containing sodium hydroxide (NaOH) to unclog it. I followed the drain cleaner's instructions to the letter: pour the NaOH into the pipe entrance. pour hot water. As soon as ...
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What is this foam in my downspout for? Can I get rid of it?

When we had our house's gutters and downspouts replaced a little while ago, the installer discovered that the bottom (end toward the ground) of one of the old downspouts was clogged with the black and ...
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Tub clog with no snake access

I’m trying to figure out how to snake a tub clog. The tub has a pop up stopper that won’t fit a snake. The overflow has a single bolt in the center that screws into a large piece of pvc in the ...
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How do I fix a slow draining garbage disposal?

I put an avocado skin down my garbage disposal, and since then, the sink doesn't drain well. If I run water for 10+ seconds, it fills up the disposal a decent amount, and will drain if I turn on the ...
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How should I troubleshoot and unclog an outdoor drain?

Our back concrete patio directs water to a nearby outdoor drain. The drain consists of what seems to be a 5 Inch green PVC pipe with a plastic grate cover that sticks out of the ground a few inches. ...
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What is this stuff in my faucet?

About every week I notice a decline in water pressure at my kitchen sink. When I notice it i unscrew the faucet head and the screen is completely clogged with this gritty sand stuff. Is this calcium? ...
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How can I fix a toilet that is backing up with sink water?

I need help. I would like to avoid calling a plumber. The toilet in our downstairs bathroom keeps backing up. Here is what I have tried and/or observed: I tried using a good plunger. I cannot even ...
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What tools are required to unclog sink drain with garbage disposal?

So yesterday someone in my family put some celery stalks (with the hard stems included) down the garbage disposal, after which our drain drained much slower. I tried filling up the sink with water ...
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How do I remove a wiffle ball from a pool vacuum pipe?

A wiffle ball with a wad of string attached to it is stuck in the skimmer vacuum pipe of the pool at my Dad's place... It is not completely clogged, but flow is restricted. At a guess, the ball ...
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How can I resolve sagging pipes below basement floor?

Recently we started noticing several issues with drainage in our master bathroom/shower, that resulted in overflow into our downstairs kitchen sink. They look to both be on the same plumbing stack. We ...
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Why does my kitchen sink not drain properly after I don't use it for a while?

I can't figure out why my kitchen sink drain keeps clogging. I've bought several bottles of Draino type stuff and they work for a day or two. But if I don't use my sink much in 2 or 3 days and then ...
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How to clean hair and junk off an auger?

Afterusing an auger/snake to clean out the pipes from a shower, the tip is usually disgusting, with a large clot of hair inextricably entangled into the tip. Is there a trick to clean this thing? I ...
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My sink is not clogged but water does not drain

Our kitchen sink (which is like 2 weeks old) is clogging up... and it's really weird, because I can't find a single (physical) clog. When you fill up a basin (let's say you put in 2 liters) and open ...
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How do I remove a bottle cap stuck 3 feet down a drain line

A bottle cap (I think) fell down my sink drain and down the pipe before I could retrieve it. It seems to be the perfect size to block the drain because despite no water down the drain for a month, ...
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My child flushed a flashlight down the toilet, how do I get it out?

My 2 year old flushed flashlight down the toilet a couple weeks ago, and now its starting to clog. It worked fine at first, so I thought that maybe it went all the way down, but I've been having to ...
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What is wrong with the toilet?

The toilet fills with water when flushed, but it doesn’t go down. Here’s some info: -it’s been over a week. I can’t afford a plumber. -the house is on a concrete slab. The pipes are in or under ...
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How can I remove cured epoxy from a bath tub drain?

I was refinishing my bathtub and got some epoxy in the drain. It's completely clogged. I opened up the wall and took off overflow pipes and I see this flexible coupling with steel clamps but I don't ...
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Where does my p-trap start and end

I have a clogged kitchen sink and most videos show removing the p-trap if using a plunger does not work. However, my p-trap looks different than most videos I've seen. Usually the two "screws&...
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Espresso machine drain line keeps clogging

I have an espresso machine plumbed in for both water intake and drainage. The water intake is working fine, but the drain line that came with the machine keeps clogging. The symptom I'm observing is ...
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How to fix a slow draining sink?

I have a bathroom sink that has started to drain slowly. There are 2 sinks in that bathroom, and the other sink drains just fine. The pipes and joints are PVC and the construction is fairly new. We ...
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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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Best practice to unclog calcium deposits on the water holes of the toilet seat

So, basically I live in a region where the water has a lot of limestone content and calcium gets stuck to everything. In my house one of the toilets has this issue where water comes out only from the ...
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Toilet repeatedly clogs - is putting toilet bowl cleaner in the toilet's tank causing the problem?

Our apartment's toilet repeatedly clogs. My roommate puts toilet bowl cleaner in the toilet's tank, so that when we flush, the cleaning liquid runs through the toilet. I'm starting to wonder if the ...
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How much grease accidentally going down a drain is a concern?

I always try to dispose of my cooking grease safely, but I'm curious as to how grease actually causes a clog in a drain. For example, if a bit of cooking grease gets down the drain one time, will it ...
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Toilet clogged with paper cat litter

Here's a very related question but seems to be about clay litter: Flushed cat litter, maybe clogged? I flushed paper cat litter down my toilet. I have been doing this for 5 years without any problems,...
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Old drain clogged with a lot of ceiling spackle

The man that fixed the ceiling over our tub cleaned his tools, pan, buckets in the little tiny bathroom sink. Now the drain is clogged and the area below is too small for my husband to get into. ...
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How can I remove calcium deposits from a drain?

My shower drain has 4 plastic "teeth" that stick out into the center of the drain. From this I have found some stalactite calcium columns hanging down to the U bend. I tried to pull one of them up ...
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Will the water be able to drain out of a blocked toilet?

Our toilet is backed up and water is filled to the brim but there is nothing else in the bowl. I turned off the water supply for the toilet with the little knob connected to the wall, but will the ...
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What do you call a threaded sink strainer that doesn't seal when screwed-in?

Is there a keyword I can use to identify a type of sink strainer that screws into place such that it still allows water to flow when it's tightened (by hand)? I'm looking for a sink strainer for my ...
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How to fix toilet jets clogged with chlorine tablet chunks

The flush on my toilet is weak. It went from strong to weak overnight. It flushes fine if I dump in extra water. I watched and the flapper does stay open until the reservoir is adequately empty. I ...
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Toilet continually slowly drains days after I clear it

I have a toilet i replaced in a downstairs bathroom that no one uses (no one lives downstairs and rarely goes down there). This is a three floor house and just me and my brother. It continually ...
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How can I fix a very slow drain?

I have a bathroom with a bathtub, toilet, and sink that are all very, very slow to drain. When water drains out of the toilet, it backs up into the tub, and vice-versa. Here's what the setup looks ...
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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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How do I unclog a clogged swimming pool vacuum?

I have a swimming pool which I was vacuuming the other day. Unfortunately, I accidentally vacuumed some larger items (leaves, paper, etc) which caused the whole mechanism to clog, i.e., I can no ...
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How to proactively detect a clogged sewer drain pipe?

Is there a way to detect that a sewer drain pipe has clogged and is in the process of backing up? I'm not looking for a) advice like "don't put grease or tampons down the drain" or b) here ...
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Bathroom Sink Clog

I've had an ongoing battle with my bathroom sink. A little over a year ago, I successfully cleared a clog using a liquid drain cleaner but noticed some leaks at the juncture of the J-bend, and so I ...
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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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How do I prevent my gable vents from clogging with ice?

This is the first time I have seen this happen in my 6+ years of owning my home. It is an older home (45+ years), but has gable vents on both ends (facing east and west). It has always vented well in ...
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How do I snake this tub drain?

I have a Trip Lever Plunger Style Stopper. I removed the faceplate and there was no plunger attached to it or in the pipe, and it seems like the stopper closed. Why i say this is because when we ...
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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 bad is Latex Paint down drain and how to remove it?

This falls under the category of "I should have asked before starting the job"! I've been painting a bedroom with latex paint and to clean the brushes/rollers/etc at the end of the day I take them to ...
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How can I find the cleanout for my cast iron drain line?

I bought a 1962 home in Merritt Island, Florida last year and immediately noticed a plumbing issue due to cast iron pipes corroding since they sat for a few years. Where is my cleanout so I can snake ...
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