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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What should I do after drywall compound was flushed into my plumbing drain?

I washed bucket of wet drywall compound down my toilet. Will it clog the pipes? What might be some possible solutions?
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Can I remove this second side-by-side house trap and replace it with a check valve?

I'm trying to make room for a check valve to my house sanitary behind my main check valve and a Y connection to my storm line. Currently I have two lines side by side that join together near the ...
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overflow safety drain cover of my tub rusted away, can't remove rusted bolt that holds the cover

So the overflow/safety drain of my tub rusted away, I got a replacement, but can't put it in since the bolt that held it to the PVC fitting is all rusted. I So I'm all out of ideas, I tried WD-40, ...
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I having trouble try to connect my p-trap to the wall drain pipe

My wall drain pipe is facing down, so I am having a hard time trying to connect the p-trap to the wall drain pipe because of the angle.
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Bathroom drain is leaking even with nuts and washers properly installed

I am installing a new bathroom sink and it is leaking in two parts, at the faucet drain and at the p-trap. I will ask separate questions for each of these as I believe it is a different solution at ...
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Pipe fitting identification for bathroom sink drain

I am installing a bathroom sink and this is what I'm dealing for a drain pipe opening/receptacle. I'm hoping that's a drain pipe with a nut rusted onto the end of it, and hopefully with a little bit ...
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Is there a problem with two 90 degree bends in waste drain pipe?

I just had plumber replace cast iron toilet/lav/etc drain. It all drains fine. the only problem is I have a modern art sculpture in my basement.. Is this to code? Will it pass a house inspection if ...
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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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Which of the two provided tailpiece types should I use?

I have this new bath drain. It comes with two optional tail pieces. One uses outer threads and a nylon washer. The other uses fine inner threads. The drain basket is threaded for either one. Are ...
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Installed new deeper sink and now disposal line is the same height as drain line. Is what our contractor did okay?

So we're remodeling our kitchen and my wife insisted we get a new farmhouse sink. We had a contractor install the new sink and after getting it put in he mentioned that the disposal line is about the ...
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puddle around my new bathtub drain. I think the threads go down too far

I recently replaced the old drain in my bathtub with a shiny new one. I noticed when I did it the old drain had shorter threads that did not screw down as far as my new one but I thought nothing of it....
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Should I change cast iron drain stack? Galvanized Drains too? [closed]

Currently renovating 2 bathrooms that are above each other and the full plumbing stack is exposed. The house is from the 1950's and has a cast iron drain stack and connects to the bathtubs and sink ...
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Must drains be air tight?

I've got a cabin that had a closet reworked to include a washing machine, by the water heater. After the rework, the drain from the water heater pan and washing machine can freely move around a bit ...
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Kerdi Drain - Concrete Slab PVC too high

EDIT: I self-answered a question below and have a follow-up. I'll definitely be putting new concrete in. I was able to easily break up the bed around the pipe with a hammer. I measured the pipe with ...
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Lemon pop up sink drain from Moen -not sure why it is leaking -should I return it ? How is the water actually leaking in this case?

So I have this thing https://www.homedepot.ca/product/moen-all-metal-pop-up-drain-with-overflow-brushed-nickel/1000837835 and it is freaking leaking, driving me crazy. I tried caulk and it leaked. ...
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Why is brand new plumbers putty keep breaking of in pieces around brand new kitchen drain basket with a paper gasket and rubber sealtin the sink

rebought new plumbers putty and and kitchen drain basket 2 times Cleaned surfaces with alcohol and let completely dry Installed basket according to basket manufacturers directions Used more putty the ...
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Can I safely remove this drain cover to my shower stall?

Can I safely remove this shower drain cover? I want to snake my drain, but this shower cover seems to be grouted in. I had to remove the grout from the screws to get it out. I spayed with WD-40 and ...
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How to insert water softener drain pipe

I'm installing water softener in my garage .. there are two drain pipes already there, which one to use and how to open these? Any pointers on these?
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Troubleshooting broken washing machine

I'm trying to fix a broken washing machine and any advice, hints, tips would be greatly appreciated. It is a Proline PFL 106F. It switches on, but won't start when you select any of the cycles. It ...
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Is it safe to have a drain in the floor out to the septic tank with no trap?

I had a contractor add an additional bath. When we were planning out the project, he mentioned my lack of a water heater valve drain pan. Instead, he installed a drain directly into the septic line ...
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Shared trap between disposal and dishwasher standpipe

We recently got new counters installed with a deep sink. The garbage disposal outlet is now just about level, if not a little lower than the drain. I understand that the sink will likely not drain in ...
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Water in an unused dishwasher

We went on a 2 week vacation and returned to standing water in our empty dishwasher.We did use the kitchen sink for a couple days and just noticed when we started to fill dishwasher we had standing ...
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How to properly seal the bath tub drain?

I got this old bath tub with half broken drain flange, tried hard to get remaining piece out so I can install new one. I was able to remove it. Ready to install new bath tub shoe gasket and drain ...
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Sink Drain Building Pressure

I live on the bottom floor of a 2 unit condo (neighbors above) and the bathroom sink seems to build up pressure in its drain and begin leaking at the tailpiece connection above the p-trap (which is a ...
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Laundry drains overflows during laundry, but handles full blast hose

The drain for my laundry machine overflows fairly quickly and spills water out whenever I do laundry. If I put a hose in the drain, and turn it on full blast, it can keep running without it ever ...
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How to remove tub drain?

Take a look at attached picture of my tub drain which is corroded. I tried this tool with no avail. When I used more force with that tool, some pieces broke apart from it. Now I ended up with what you ...
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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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Bathtub shoe doesn't have internal threads. How to replace drain?

I removed the bathtub waste assembly and was surprised to find neither it nor the drain shoe were threaded. A single bolt holds it in place, and there are no other parts still in the tub assembly. Am ...
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Is my fast-draining, gurgling sink the cause of sewer smells?

My laundry has a washing machine, a large sink, a toilet and a small hand basin. The washing machine drains into the large sink. We sometimes notice a sewer-like smell in the laundry. I'm trying to ...
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Removing Glued-On Stub Out

I am replacing my two-bin sink with a one-bin sink. As a result, the garbage disposal is now resting on the tip/edge of this angle stub out that is glued on to the waste drain. I was good up to this ...
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Floor drain is overflowing next to furnace

We have our furnace on the second floor of our home. There is a pvc pipe coming from the top part and it leads to what looks like a floor drain. The last couple of weeks when our air conditioner is on,...
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Double fixture fitting with a cap on top

I'm looking to put two toilet drains into the vertical main from either side. I see that I should use a double wye fitting (according to everything I could find for toilets), but I cant find any ...
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How can I refill the toilet after the water has evaporated from disuse?

My toilet bowl and tank water appear to have evaporated after several weeks of disuse. How should I go about getting water in them again? I haven't tried anything yet because I didn't want to do the ...
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How do i fix a washing machine drain overflow?

I've found that others are having a similar problem with newer washing machines that drain too fast for the drain. The result is that some of the water comes back up. There are three solutions I found,...
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Why there is a wye under a pedestal?

Is there a reason why the builder used a wye under the pedestal with one end capped with a mechanical cap. The P-Trap is located under the floor. I’m replacing the pedestal with a vanity. Do I need ...
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Second floor washer drain pipe sticks out from the floor. Should I be concerned?

I am having a washer and dryer delivered soon. Wondering if I need to have the washer drain recessed, or is it fine protruding from the floor about 2 inches? This is the way it was when I purchased ...
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Can a sink drain connect to toilet drain before toilet vent?

Long story short, I ran my bathroom sink drain, which has an AAV, into the toilet drain before the toilet drain vent. So the current drain goes: toilet -> sink (through a wye) -> vent for toilet ...
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Can I permanently cap an unused drain line stub out?

I'm building a bathroom in my basement and the builder left a roughed in 1.5" ABS line for the sink. It's a vertical pipe that goes from the roof (presumably) down into the concrete and has a T ...
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Can I connect a vent pipe from a defunct waste drain to a different, active waste drain pipe instead?

My goal is to remove as much defunct plumbing as possible. My scenario is: Former sink in basement (removed), drains to septic under slab Current sink in kitchen, drains to septic through long pipes ...
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Whirlpool washer found loose wire

The power supply going to the drain pump has two wires that are supposed to go into the connector but one of them is hanging out of the connector. Either, how do I put it back securely or what is it ...
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What is the correct way to clean/maintain sink bathroom drain?

Some research says boiling water, other research and people I know warn against boiling water (too hot, bad for pipes or the glue or something). I am of the opinion to avoid boiling water. I also ...
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Safe to use this narrowing 2" PVC extension in shower drain?

After leveling shower floor for new shower base, I need to raise height of 2" drain pipe about 1.75" to accommodate a "no-caulk" base drain. The pipe is buried in concrete ...
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What are these rubber gaps near the top of my sink drain?

Context I just moved apartments, and when I went to the bathroom, there was a lingering smell of mold. When I looked at the bathroom sink, I could see the stopper had some white mold on it. So I took ...
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French drain exit placement

I am going to be installing a French drain in my yard to relieve the standing water in my yard. The majority of the yard slopes towards the house and after heavy rain there is water the pools around ...
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Kitchen sink backs up after 50 seconds

A few days ago without warning, my kitchen sink started backing up. From a presumably drained state, it takes about 50 seconds for the water to back up. I've measured the fill rate as one liter in 9 ...
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Kitchen Sink Drain Needs a Re-do?

I have a kitchen sink that slows down and clogs every few months. Every time I could snake it, but it gets clogged again after few months. The build up is mostly oil. I suspect the pipes have too many ...
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How to unclog a grease clogged drain

Here's the story of my day: Water in my kitchen sink started pouring out very very slowly. I checked all the pipes, one by one, directly under my kitchen sink. One of them was clogged with grease. I ...
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Connecting a p-trap via bending the drain stem vs the trap arm?

I have a p-trap that has an outlet that ends too close to the wall for it to be able to be connected straight into the trap adapter of the vent inside the wall. I'd like to avoid the non-code ...
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Fiberglass Shower Drain Removal

1974 Condo on a post tension concrete slab. This was an original fiberglass shower enclosure. I can’t figure out how to remove this drain. Any advice is appreciated.
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2 Sinks, one Drain Arm. Slow drain and gurgling

My original basement plumbing had a single arm coming off of the toilet drain/vent to service the bathroom sink. This year, while remodeling, I wanted to add a deep utility sink/wet bar in my laundry ...

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