Questions tagged [drain]

Use this tag for plumbing-related drains such as under sinks, including when something is clogged it is helpful to include this so it is clear it is a drain clog.

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Washing machine drain hose very high

I recently moved into this place and this is the setup of the washing machine and its drain hose. The clothes come out of the wash still pretty wet, particularly on the bottom. My girl thinks the ...
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Refinishing options for metal sink drainplug?

The drain-plug in the sink of my bathroom vanity is made of a plastic base with a metal top (brass by the looks of it) that is chrome plated. The chrome-plating developed some scratches which turned ...
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How do I move a drain pipe move into a wall?

My washer drain pipe is in the floor, but I want to put it in the wall. How would I go about moving the drain's location? The drain pipe goes under the trailer
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Clogged tub drain (clogged with chopped fiberglass)

I build fiberglass boats for a living and it gets pretty messy. My bath tub drain has become clogged with fiberglass and has a slow drain. Any recommendations? If it helps the catalyst is mekp9 (...
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Bathtub drain schedule: to keep or to replace?

We're remodeling our first bathroom and learning a lot. I'm planning on having the existing cast iron tub refinished after tiling everything. But before I tile, I need to figure out what to do with ...
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Basement Utility Sink Draining into Auxiliary Vent Stack

I want to install a utility sink in my basement. The problem is that the main sewer line is on the other side of the house and there is no way to run a pipe from where I want the sink to the main ...
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Reverse osmosis drain with a single basin sink when there is garbage disposal?

The reverse osmosis installation instructions state if you have garbage disposal then install the drain saddle before it Unless I am misunderstanding what "before" (or after) means, it is ...
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How to install sink with overflow hole and tube?

I am installing a drain, and the old drain system has a overflow hole with a tube connecting it to the drain. The new one has no part for the tube to connect to the drain, I think I need a part for ...
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Water Seeping Under Fiberglass Shower Drain

I had a water leak dripping under my shower onto the ceiling below. I replaced the drain (especially the rubber gasket), and now the leak seems to be much less. It looks like the fiberglass making up ...
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Can elbow fitting be used to line up drain tailpiece with trap

I installed a new vanity and the drain tailpipe does not line up with the P trap. Can I use two 90 degree elbow fittings to make this connect? Can elbows connect to elbows directly or does it require ...
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Identifying my trip-lever drain stopper to buy a replacement

I inherited a rented apartment with a trip-lever drain stopper in the bathtub with the stopper itself missing (see attached images). The maintenance told me that they cannot replace the missing part ...
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How can I tell if there is a trap in my floor drain?

I’m a bartender at a restaurant that is in an old gas station building. The floor drain that the sinks behind the bar drain into frequently smells like rancid meat farts, which is quite embarrassing ...
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Bathtub drain has hole in it and the pop up drain is also stuck

I am wanting to know who I should call to fix a bathtub drain pipe and the pop up drain on a bathtub. The house is a one story on a concrete slab. The clean out is between the kitchen and the bathroom....
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Laundry Sink Drains Slowly

My washing machine drains into a basement sink, which is connected to the same pipe that handles the kitchen sink and dishwasher located upstairs. The drain has never kept up with the washing machine ...
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Order in size for fixture drains to enter the main stack

I am adding drains for a first floor bath and have replaced the main stack and vent. In what order should I connect the drains into the stack? Should a 1.5" sink drain enter the stack above or ...
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What kind of j-trap will fit this pipe?

The quarter bend is threaded and has, at the threaded end, an exterior diameter of approximately 2.5" while the pipe itself is more like 2.375" OD, so I believe this is 2" PVC. It is ...
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Can I extend my sump pump outlet and dig it down in the ground?

I attached an image of what I want, but essentially the water pools 6 feet from the house and ends up creating a swampy area for my dog to run though right out side the door. Can I add a 45 degree and ...
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Unclogging sink drain

My bathroom sink drain is clogged. I tried to use a hanger to remove whatever was blocking it up, and I got a nice chunk. But, I saw it was still clogged. There is a semi clear piece under the sink ...
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storm inlet drain blocked

Residential storm inlet overflowing and blocked in the car park. Removed water but was unsure what to do next or how the mechanics of the inlet work. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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How to deal with a 1-1/4" trap on a pedestal sink

I have an older pedestal sink that was installed with a 1-1/4" P-trap (or maybe it is part of the sink?). Another plumber saw the wall fitting (not the fixture) was 1-1/4" and said that such ...
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How do I handle a piece of wax from a toilet ring falling into the drain?

When removing my toilet, a piece of wax approximately the size of a golf ball fell into the drain. I can't reach it with my arm. What would be the best way to address this? I imagine this could ...
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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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How do I remove a plunger inside the overflow assembly? without the rod?

I have an issue about some type of plunger stuck inside the overflow assembly. The tub is older and the overflow cover plate was gone and the entire assembly was missing when I got to the tub (helping ...
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Pulled a lot of stuff from Bath tub drain, now the clog is even worse!

My bathroom bathtub was very slow to drain, water will stand in the tub for long time. I bought the 20 ft long auger (advertised for bathtubs) and I can't believe I snaked through about 12 feet deep ...
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Basement rough-in PVC drain pipe is not centered with stud

Our basement rough-in PVC drain pipe is not centered with the wall studs. It is not a load bearing wall since it's a newly framed wall (wall can no longer be moved). We now have to extend the drain to ...
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Dishwasher drains with drain line detached, but not into the drain line itself

I have a Whirlpool dishwasher (model # W10632077A) that has been a problem from the day we moved into this apartment. It's never cleaned dishes properly, and now it's suddenly stopped draining. The ...
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Washing machine drain pipe backing up

After 5 years of using the same washing machine, suddenly the drain pipe backs up and overflows onto the floor during the drain cycle. House was built in 2008. We have done the following and cannot ...
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Should I use plumbers tape on tub drain or just plumbers putty?

I am replacing the tub drain (chrome to bronze). I was wondering if I should use plumbers tape on the drain, or is the putty enough? EDIT: Thank you for your responses. I am changing the drain only. ...
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Is this plumber's putty?

Is this giant mess made of plumber's putty, and if so, what can I expect to find behind it if I chisel (or Dremel) it off? It has a slow leak so I'd like to fix it, but I'm not sure what it is, and I'...
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Replacing garbage disposal w/ straight pipe. What to do with the wire?

I'm removing a busted garbage disposal from under the sink and replacing it with straight pipe. I think I can manage this part of the job, but I don't know what to do with the wire. I mean the wire ...
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California Code requirements for a low flow toilet

When calculating drain pipe sizing for a bathroom addition, what is the fixture value for a low flow toilet? When reading the code, I see 3 one place and 6 in another. Is the points value of a low ...
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Toilet flushes, bowl fill then drains

Toilet was installed less then a year ago and has been working fine. All of a sudden, when I flush the bowl fills almost completely. It then drains slowly and almost completely. It takes maybe a ...
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What is the right way to plumb bathroom drainage across small joists?

Finished the demo part of the bathroom remodel to find pretty significant damage to the floor joists caused by the original builder's "design" (see photos/video). Setting aside how I'm going ...
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Increase drain size?

My kitchen sink has a good size drain pipe heading into the basement and out: And what I assume is a pretty normal connection from the drain to the sink: But when you look at the drain in the sink, ...
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How to repair leak between P-trap arm and drain pipe

I recently replaced my bathroom faucet including the water supply lines and I now have a slow leak from the drain pipe/P-trap connection. I'm thinking I must have accidentally bumped the P-trap or ...
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How to do sink plumbing in the basement?

We are working on finishing our basement. We have this area that is perfect for a fridge/counter and maybe a sink. I'm thinking of leaving space for a fridge on the left, then some cabinet/countertop....
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What are steps to take to resolve a frequently clogging toilet?

Here's the situation: Conventional toilet flushes liquids with some TP just fine. Everything works and looks exactly as expected. It flushes effectively with a nice swirl. But when someone makes ...
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How to open this drainage cap?

Just moved into a new house and had a new washer and dryer delivered today. When they installed them, they said they couldn't complete the washer install due to this cap on the drainage pipe. They ...
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What is this strange plumbing on my sump pump drain?

From documentation left with our house we know that our sump pump used to empty into the sanitary sewer. In the early 90’s the home owners took advantage of a city grant that paid for moving the drain ...
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Can I run a washer hose up and over a door?

Currently my washer is on one wall next to a standing drainpipe and blocks access to an exterior door. I would like to move the washer to the exterior wall, next to the dryer, but that would require ...
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Drain pipe through floor joist

I'm moving my sink. And I have to run my drain pipe through my floor joist or cabinets. My floor joist are 2×8's. Can I run a 2 inch pipe through them. And if i did run them through my joist would it ...
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Is this horizontal drain pipe under kitchen sink a problem?

My double kitchen sink drains into a 2” white plastic DWV pipe that traverses approximately 4-5’ of distance without any slope at all. I used a level to confirm my visual observation: there is indeed ...
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How to clean a drain in a refrigerator?

We have an old Kenmore fridge/freezer combo. It is slowly leaking water into the bottom of the fridge which is below the freezer. After doing some research we think its likely because of a clogged ...
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Water softener drain challenge - looking for expert advice

I'm replacing a 19 year old Ecowater water softener. The softener is in my basement and drains using 1/2" ID PVC that runs overhead about 45 feet before tapping into the main drain line at the ...
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What things to watch for when installing sewer line in the basement under 15" concrete slab

I am going through a major renovation in my house which involves excavating 7'6" basement and pouring seismically strong 15" slab as a floor. The house is pretty high on the hill and ...
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Does my new bathroom plumbing need a cleanout?

I am working on new plumbing for an addition we just built. Does anyone see any issues? Do I need a clean-out at the end of the run? I plan on using a 3" elbow in lieu of a combo to keep ...
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Would this be a proper way to run drain line for basement sink?

On the other side of my mechanical room's wall, we are putting in a small powder room. The sink is going to be on the wall below the boiler valves, which is represented by my awesome graphic. I was ...
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How to fix when water is not sinking from bathroom and balcony?

It's my first question on this site, even though I have toured it but still if my question is not to the conventions of this site please let me know and I shall try to improve it. I live on the 3rd ...
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How can I convert this cast-iron cleanout to a proper air-gapped drain?

My house's water softener and salt tank overflow currently drain through what appears to be a drilled-out cast iron cleanout cap in the basement, close to where the sewer line exits the house. This ...
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How do I plumb this kitchen sink to stop the leak and improve drainage

I'm trying to stop this setup from leaking and improve the drainage. The sink is a bit low, and the basket strainer drops a few inches. Below that, I have a tailpiece with a dishwasher connection, ...

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