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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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P trap for tankless water heater drain

I have 2 problems that I'm hoping can be fixed with one solution. (1) an exposed drain pipe from a previous sink that is giving out pretty foul smell (2) A tankless water heater condensate pipe that ...
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Large drain opening found in basement slab. Best way to tile around it?

I was tearing up a wooden platform the previous owners had in our laundry room because I'm going to tile. I figured I'd find a drain in the slab underneath but not something this big. It's probably 12 ...
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Is the rust on this shower drain normal?

Is the rust on the shower drain normal? I'm not too savvy when it comes to plumbing, is the rust on this drain concerning? I wiped it down and it feels pretty solid so hoping nothing here requires ...
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How should I reinstall bathtub drain when there is a gap with the pipe

The bathtub drain in the new house that I moved in wasn't smooth so I decided to open the drain and give it a good cleaning! There was a screw in the middle of the drain valve that I opened but when ...
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Connecting water softener and RO drain into single drain

I have, what I presume, is a 3/4" copper drain line which is currently connected to my heat pump emergency water relief valve. However I'm going to disconnect that and simply point it down into a ...
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Why can I not reinstall a drain linkage assembly for my bathtub?

I have a bathtub where I discovered that the prior owner had lost the linkage assembly plunger down the drain, but screwed the broken overflow cover plate back in place. With a new overflow cover I ...
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Pea stone or not, around shower drain at dry pack on top of PVC pan liner

I'm building a traditional shower pan. Poured concrete pre slope, next will be the PVC sheet pan liner. I'm planning on using a dry pack bed for under the tile. Should I use pea stone around the drain ...
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What’s the best way to fix this drainage hole?

I have this water outlet from down spout that opens up in my backyard. Because the water collects here and during rains it comes with good speed and causing a sinkhole here. I have filled the hole ...
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Under Sink Plumbing WTF

Recently bought a house that has this setup under the kitchen sink. The garbage disposal flows into other side of the sink, which seems obvious when looking at the tee connecting the two sides. ...
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Can I use PVC to tie into sewer drain with 3 elbows and 10 foot run?

The house we are in currently has a flexible discharge tube from water softener to nearby floor drain which goes to sump pit. To avoid burnout and sump pump getting rusty I’d like to tie the discharge ...
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Kenmore washing machine 600 series. Smell coming from water standing in drum

We got a used Kenmore washing machine when our old one suddenly quit working. Ever since, we have had a smell coming from the inside of washer. I have used bleach baking soda, washing machine cleaners ...
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Is a Pair of 22⁰ PVC Fittings Appropriate for Sump Drain?

I'm planning a hardware store run to repair my sump drain line. Currently, there are two PVC pipes in the back yard. Near the surface of the grass, there is an exposed Fernco-style fitting between ...
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New shower gurgles, is this normal or cause to bring the installer/plumber back?

I recently had an old fiberglass tub removed and a shower installed. We went from 1" (or something) drain to a 2" drain (or something) per the code. Now there's a gurgling noise in the drain ...
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How to seal shower pan / gasket / cast iron pipe

My shower pan appears to be leaking somewhere between the black rubber gasket, the cast iron pipe and the pastic bezel in the attached image. I checked the gasket under the pan and the seal with the ...
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Kitchen sink stops draining, then resumes once toilet is flushed

A strange occurrence has happened twice in one week at my home. The first occurrence: my wife was using the toilet and flushed lots of toilet paper, which slowed the emptying of the toilet bowl, but ...
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AC Condensate Drain Line - drain connection cleanout

See picture below for my AC drain line. When I bought the house the condensate drain line wasn't aligned with the in ground drain so I put that blue tubing on it to ensure all the condensation made it ...
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Where is the best place to cut and rebuild my bathroom drain pipe?

I am remodeling my bathroom. I'm at the point of fitting the drain in. They glued all the PVC together up to the ABS. Where would be a good place to cut? I've marked in the photo where I am thinking,...
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I'm replacing a bathroom faucet drain, but the p-trap has no nuts + trap arm is leaking

I'm replacing a few bathroom faucets, and when I went to replace the drain with the provided drain assembly, I realized that the p-trap was missing nuts to remove the j-bend from the p-trap assembly. ...
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Double vanity, one sink drains slowly

Pics show waste and vents above floor and below. The drain on the right connects to the main waste pipe. (It’s near enough that it doesn’t need a separate vent.) The one on the left has a vent with a ...
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How to add a vent to the washer?

There is a pipe coming out of the floor and it's what the washer hose drains into. Recently it started backing up. Had a plumber come out and he said it needs to be vented. Said he could add a p trap ...
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Can I compromise structural integrity of my house when digging next to foundation?

For context: Talking about at 1920 stucco/lath+plaster house on raised perimeter foundation in the Bay Area. I know that in modern construction the stucco would never go all the way down, there would ...
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Is a PVC Coupling Reamer Effective?

In my area code allows me to keep my 1 1/2 inch drain for new shower which I thought would save a lot to not have to cut out the stack and replace the wye to the toilet and present bathtub drain etc. ...
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shower drain sinking on one side

I've noticed for a while that my shower drain is sinking from one side (attached). I have called a plumber to check and they have confirmed via thermal cameras that no water is leaking through the ...
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Sink drain is slightly misaligned relative to trap

The drain under the bottom of my sink, and the upwards section of the trap that is supposed to meet it, are misaligned—but by much less than other examples I can find online, including here. Looks to ...
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Can plumbing PTFE tape be used between PVC and metal?

A metal shower drain: is screwed into a PVC drain pipe. It was very difficult to remove: presumably because of the plumber's putty. Is PTFE tape effective? or will this cause problems. The hope is ...
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Is it possible to make garbage disposal drainage pipe longer without effecting P-Trap?

I am installing a water filtration system under my kitchen sink. The filtration system requires a small drainage line to be drilled into the vertical drainage pipe from my disposal to the P-Trap (See ...
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Leak at sink slip joint/drain pipe

I am having a leak where my p-trap tailpiece connects into the drain pipe coming out of the wall. I’ve tried to replace the washer, slip joint (the one in the picture has a built in washer), also ...
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Shower Drain Cover Installation/Replacement

We have shower drain cover which isn't quite anchored to the shower floor and keeps moving out. We're looking to make it anchored. After removing the existing cover/hair catcher, this is what we see. ...
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Does My Garbage Disposal Outlet Need to Be Higher than This Drain Pipe?

I'm going to install a new sink in my kitchen island. The attached picture shows what the plumbing looks like with the old, shallow sink. My new sink is 3" deeper than this one in the picture. So,...
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Kitchen sink water not draining though there is no clogging

I'm reaching out to you all in a bit of a panic as I'm facing a perplexing issue with my kitchen sink and dishwasher. Recently, I noticed that the water in my kitchen sink was not draining properly. ...
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What type of pipe should I use in my drain/leach septic field?

I have an older house and its septic somewhat failed. Leach field pipes were not glued and they all disconnected immediately after d-box so that none was going into the field. These are also very ...
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Can a P-trap turn backwards?

We are gutting and rebuilding our basement, and part of that included removing an improperly installed shower and replacing it with a bathtub. However, in order to position the tub so it fits in the ...
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How can I repair soil gas barrier membrane when relocating basement drains?

My dad and I are finishing his basement and the three piece bathroom is roughed in by the builder. The drains for the toilet and shower are not ideally placed, so we want to move them a few inches, ...
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What do I need for a small drain in a basement sauna floor with poured concrete?

I am installing a drain in a basement sauna. I am pouring 4 inches of concrete over an existing concrete floor. I need to fit the drain and pipe in that 4 inches. The drain will not be subject to a ...
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Is it a problem to have water around a bath drain flange?

Installed a new bath and drain and it drains fine but the fit is not 100% flat and leaves a ring of water around. This was still lying around a day later so may not be an issue, I just don't like the ...
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Repairing a shower drain - will this work?

I'm not that great a plumbing, but I'm researching whether this will work or be a problem. Below are 2 crude diagrams. The first is what I can implement, the 2nd would be extremely difficult for ...
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Can I extend a shower drain with dedicated vent further than 8 feet to the main stack?

The tub currently has a 1 1/4” drain about 6 feet long to the main stack that will be replaced with a 2 inch pipe. There is a dedicated vent just downstream of the P-trap that has a horizontal run ...
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Pergola roof drainage

We have a Pergola with no roof but only slats. So pergola was built with no slope. We are fixing to install a roof and am thinking of sloping pergola toward the house due to gutter system home has. Is ...
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Installing drain in wood floor

I am installing a drainpan in an upstairs, wood floored laundry room to go under the stacked washer and dryer. I have built the pan of glued and screwed 1/2" plywood bottom and 1x3 sides. The ...
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What is needed to repair a garage drain cover in concrete?

Our garage is a concrete slab on grade with a floor drain in the center. I intend to use this space as a workshop with a desk and need to repair the rusted out drain / drain cover to be flush with the ...
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How can I remove my bathroom sink stopper?

I bought a house where the drain plug doesn't work properly in my bathroom. I want to replace it with a plug that can be removed so that I can put a SinkShroom (just like TubShroom, but smaller) to ...
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Is it a problem if my sink drain fittings aren't quite straight?

I had new kitchen counters and a deeper sink installed, which made re-connecting my garbage disposal a bit of a challenge. The drain is also further to the side, so I could no longer connect straight ...
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How can I replace this shower drain cover?

The drain cover that covers the vertical tub/shower overflow drain came off the other day, and it looks like the screw holding it in is rusted. I’m not sure any of my normal rusted screw removing ...
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Why is there a hole in my sink tailpipe and can I replace it?

I'm replacing my water filtration system. The old one used a dedicated drinking faucet. The new one connects directly to the main faucet. In removing the old drinking faucet, I found 3 lines: input, ...
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Where should I install drain for RO system?

Where should I install the drain pipe for an RO filter? I have heard that the drain pipe can get clogged if it’s directly after the disposal.
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How can I clean a linear shower drain?

The shower cabin in my apartment has a drain manufactured by Geberit: there's a wide, but very tiny alcove (covered by a decorative plate on the photo) hosting a floor-even vertical collector pipe. As ...
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Radon Fan Getting Noisy & Other Questions

We are wrapping up a French drain installation, and our radon fan has been much noisier for the last day or so. The concrete has been poured over our new French drain piping, with the sump pump hole ...
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How do I find leak from second floor shower. Shower is located in room by itself so it's definitely from it

My second floor shower leaks when my husband leans against wall and slides down to sit in shower. If he just stands in shower, it doesn't seem to leak. The ceiling below room is already removed to ...
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Hvac drain pipe fell off. Accident or not?

I had my HVAC unit fully inspected in May of 2023 and the repairman said that the unit is in excellent condition. However, in December of 2023, I was away on a vacation and while away I got an email ...
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Does buried cast iron have a coating?

After fully exposing the cast iron pipe that I will be working on, I noticed that it has a coating ... however the pipe looks in good shape underneath ... is this just corrosion or compacted dirt or ...
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