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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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Clear Drain from Toilet to Street

My downstairs toilet is the last fixture hooked up to the house drain line before it makes its way to the public sewer system. This line between the toilet and the public sewer gets clogged ...
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Remove broken drain in manufactured home

I have a drain for a bathtub that is stuck and broken. I was able to get it to turn, which seemed like a good thing, but looking in the drain, the fitting is turning as well. I tried using the flange ...
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Why did my sink drain blockage clear after several weeks?

Recently I installed a new kitchen in a flat in a very old house (1830s) in a neighbourhood known for sagging pipes. The old pipes up to the soil stack were cleaned by a pro, after the kitchen was ...
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Is purchasing a valve necessary when shopping for a bathroom faucet?

A product page for a bathroom sink states a "rough in valve" must be purchased separately for the purpose of installation. I wasn't sure if I really needed that because I am just going to replace my ...
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Toilet just fills with water then it will slowly drain but nothing other then water goes down. Not even one sheet of toilet paper. Please help

When I flush my toilet it fills up to the rim with water. It will then drain slowly but not even a piece of toilet paper will go down the drain. I've tried plunging it and nothing is coming up like it ...
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Venting a double kitchen sink (converting from an S trap to a P trap with AAV in a tight space)

I'm replacing my double kitchen sink and replacing an S trap with a P trap. There is no vent nearby that I can tie into easily, so I'm going with an under sink AAV. Issue is, I don't have much space ...
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Seal bathroom sink drain to vanity/wall

I'd like to seal the hole in the wall/vanity where the drain goes to. I assume there is some sort of circle cap that I could glue there. The reason is that I feel a current of air going out of there....
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How can I prevent my AC condensate pipe from making my soil soggy?

I live in a Townhouse in NC, in a community under a HOA management. I've been doing some improvements on my patio. One of them that I couldn't find a solution is what to do with the condensed water ...
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Keeping Large Channel Trench Drain Clear

My new garage has a large Channel trench drain in front of it. The architect oversized the trench drain and used a non-typical 12-inch drain. I'm confident that I won't get water in my garage. But on ...
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Does a fixture connected directly to the ground stack (vented) need to be vented separately?

I'm adding a shower in the basement (there was a half-bathroom already) and the new drain is literally right by the stack (probably few feet away, 3-4' max), so I would think the air coming from the ...
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What is on my shower drain and why is my shower not draining?

I just moved into an apartment and the shower does not drain well. It floods above my feet every time i shower. I've tried running vinegar down it after showers and this sort of helps, but eventually ...
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How can I separate a drain pipe from a sleeve protruding from the floor?

I am assuming that this late 1940s, early 1950s, drain pipe, which goes into a pipe protruding up through the floor, is simply sealed there with putty. Is that correct? Should it be dislodged and ...
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how to deal with tub drain smell?

There's a foul odor in our kids (teens) bathroom which I'm pretty sure is coming from the tub drain. We have some kind of domed cover over the drain most of the time to catch hair, but apparently it ...
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Why are shower drains 2“, but tub drains 1.5”?

In the US, code dictates that the drain (p-trap and arm) on a shower use 2" pipe, while on a tub you use 1.5" pipe. I understand that is code, but I am curious as to why it is the way it is. ...
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Fixing garage drain

So I am planning to put an epoxy on my old garage floor, but before I do that, I want to get my drain taken care of. As you can see from the picture, its in pretty rough shape. How would I go about ...
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Hole suddenly opened in the sink siphon?

Which substance can damage a pipe to the point of opening a hole in the trap? I used two times that i remember Drano® Max Gel in the past 4 years
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Plumbing toilet and sink into same drain

Please see attached sketch for more details, but we want to avoid cutting through the joists below the bathroom and also avoid creating a bulkhead in the family room below. We are located in Toronto, ...
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How to cut hole larger than 1/3 of joist?

I need to run a toilet drain (3”) through three joists (9 1/4”). Code states holes in joists can not exceed 1/3 the size of the joists. Catch is for 3” pipe I need a 3 5/8” hole — which is larger than ...
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bathtub drain stuck

My bathtub drain is stuck, and I used lots of Drano Clog Remover in the past, but it only lasted for a few days. Also I tried all kinds of Drain Clog Remover Cleaning Tool, and none of them works. ...
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1.5 inch male thread drain coming out of the wall. How do I connect a plastic p trap on it?

I have the following pipe coming out of the wall. It seems to me that I would need a p trap that screws onto the existing thread but all drain plumbing I have seen so far (e.g., https://www.lowes.com/...
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Blocked sink, waste forced back when rodded

I drew a quick diagram here (you will have to forgive the crudeness): What started as a small blockage with slow draining has grown to be a near complete blockage. We put some water down and over ...
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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 to fix leaking bathroom sink drain where PVC meets ABS connection?

My bathroom sink drain began leaking recently. The PVC connection that meets the ABS connection is the culprit. See picture with red arrow below. After taking everything apart and cleaning the parts, ...
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AC Drain Line Redo

I've moved into a new home here in central Florida, and had a new AC system installed. They attached the drain line to the old existing pipe that was there with the old system. Unfortunately, this ...
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Remove ABS P Trap

Related I have an ABS p trap that doesn't seem to have any union nuts. Where my finger is pointing is the tail piece nut that I can loosen (and probably remove), but the rest of the p trap doesn't ...
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Confirming if the toilet drain is properly installed

I have a toilet drain done, but when I flush the toilet, the water is not rushing down the bowl, but rather takes time to develop the spin. I am wondering if this is the right way to do it and use ...
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How to best cover corrugated plastic along basement wall without affecting the catching of wall water?

We recently had the drain tile replaced in our basement. We are in the process of putting in vinyl planks in the unfinished portion, and have these black plastic correlated pieces lining the walls. ...
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Square shower drain cover

I have a new marble shower in a new home. The marble around the drain is dark and discolored. It appears to me that water runs in around the edges of the square drain cover into the area outside of ...
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Bead of water remains around bathroom sink drain

Like a previous writer, I too have a bead of water around the entire perimeter of the waste seat at the bottom of the sink bowl after normal draining with new bathroom faucet/drain combo I have ...
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Dirty Dishwasher water flows back into dishwasher

Attached a video demonstrating the symptom, and pictures of the setup. Video starts just before the Drain Cycle ends. Once it ends, air slowly enters from the disposal-end, pushing all the water ...
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Dog Groomer Tub has wall drain up too high for water to drain, how can I fix this?

I am a dog groomer and the building I recently moved in was used as a Beauty Shop. The drain that my bathing tub is supposed to hook up at is located too high. I know the water will not drain uphill. ...
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How do I repair this bathtub drain plug

I don't understand how to get this working. When workibg properly, you rotate a wheel on the frontof the bathtub and the drain plug would rise to drain or fall to plug. Recently somehow it stopped ...
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Clearing a clogged tub

Our shower has been draining very, very slowly. We have a hair catcher that seems to be working well (it catches a good amount of hair). I tried running a snake (two different sizes) down the ...
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Snaking a clogged tub drain

My tub was draining slowly, so I removed the drain cover stopper and reached down into the drain with needle-nose pliers and extracted a disgusting wad of hair and soap residue, as I have done several ...
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How to remove outdoor drain cover to clean insides and prevent overflow?

I want to know what tools I need to remove this drain cover. The insides are starting to get clogged and I'm afraid of overflow. Can I remove without sawing it off?
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My mini fridge had a frosty back wall, so I turned it off for 24 hours. There was water on the floor through the back of the fridge, why it happened?

I know that there is a drain hole, and then that water is drained through it and then evaporated by the evaporator, and when the fridge does not work - nothing will evaporate the water. So does the ...
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How to adjust tub water level with standing waste stopper?

I have an old tub with a standing waste stopper. When the drain is closed, if the water level gets too high, it automatically drains down to a fixed level. That level was 3/4 of the tub depth, until ...
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How do I attach gutters to a french drain, does the perforated pipe need to run entire distance?

We have an ongoing problem with water pooling in a pseudo gulley between my house and my neighbors house. We have water that drains from the backyards to this area, along with two gutter roof drainage ...
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Draining washing machine into combination size pipe

Will 24" standing 2" PVC pipe with p-trap also 2", following horizontal 8-9" pipe 2" diameter that goes into 1.5" horizontal pipe 6-7" long that tees into 3" stack be enough to pass water at discharge ...
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How to convert bathtub drain to shower?

I have a 1960's house. I am renovating a bathroom, removing bathtub and putting in shower. I will be using Schluter Kerdi-Shower for conversion. I would like to know what parts of that iron drain ...
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Air Lock in Trap?

It takes a while for this to drain. Am I getting an air or vapor lock condition due to the "S" shape used with this trap. I did this due to the shelf in the vanity.
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Stop Gravel from Washing Away

My problem is that we have a long area of gravel used for parking for myself and several neighbors. When it rains really hard, the gravel alongside the road washes away and becomes a real danger for ...
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pipe leakage in the sink

I have this sink in my laundry room, and it started water-leaking a few days ago. After checking it seemed to me that the joint part between the sink hole and the pipe was a gasket, which was ...
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Odd Size Tub Drain- 1 3/8" Coarse Thread

I recently removed a drain from my fiberglass tub/shower enclosure. It didn't survive. The problem is that it the older 1 3/8 standard but coarse thread, not fine. All I can find is fine in that ...
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How damaging can a 3 meter (10 feet) long drain hose be for the washing machine pump and microorganism growth?

I have two washing machines and they are placed one next to each other (this is the only way I can position them due to the space). The first one is connected to the drain pipe under the sink ...
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Can (must) P-trap be directly underneath the drain in stand-up shower stall?

Can (must) P-trap be directly underneath the drain in stand-up shower stall? I'm roughing in a 48"X36" one piece shower stall with a center drain. In the photo I've just got it dry fit. This is the ...
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Tying in bathroom/laundry room addition drains… good or bad idea here?

I am trying to plan for adding a small 2nd bathroom/laundry room to my house, and wondering if tying into the drain here is a good or bad idea? Is it relatively easy? Thanks!!!
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How can I remove dried latex paint from a bathtub and tub drain?

My 16 year old daughter decided to paint her bathroom this summer without telling us. To her credit she painted and cleaned up everything relatively well. But, apparently she cleaned everything in her ...
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How to direct connect 1-1/4 tailpiece to 1-3/8 vessel sink drain threads

I got a new drain for my vessel sink. The style is what is shown here: The tailpiece that came with the drain is too short (4-inches). I need at least 6-inch. Unfortunately, the original tailpiece ...
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What should I do about water appearing in drain tile in my basement?

I purchased this older home about 7 months ago and having issues with basement getting wet. One area has an old clay tile coming up out of the concrete about 2 inches and goes nowhere but it will fill ...