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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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How to add a garbage disposal and filter system to this mess?

I am planning on installing a garbage disposal and a water filter system into this mess under my sink. I also need to install an air admittance valve into this because it has no vent stack. The black ...
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Sink drain slip joints leaking

I'm trying to install drain plumbing under my sink, and I can't seem to stop the slip joints from leaking. Here's what I have right now (see picture): coming from the wall is a white plastic fitting ...
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Using self leveling cement in basement bathroom around drain

Should you a use self leveling product over the slope towards a drain in the concrete floor in basement bathroom? We are wanting to install luxury vinyl plank in the bathroom and most sites say to ...
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Washer floor drain install [closed]

We have plumbing in place for a floor drain and I was curious how hard it would be for me to add a drain in myself. The washer and dryer will go directly on top of this so this would just be used for ...
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Leaky drain, round 2: Trap joint won't stop leaking

I've just replaced the trap on a sink drain, and I can't get the replacement to stop leaking. The leak is coming from the where the trap connects to the wall stub (circled in the picture). There is ...
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How can I remove my sink drain?

I'm trying to replace the second of two sink drains. The first went smoothly, but I'm stymied by the second, which is of course a completely different product. I have the trap off and everything ...
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Why is it unwise to use a Drain King to unclog a toilet?

On its website, Consumer Reports has posted a review and comparison of drain-cleaning products (PDF). The article is about ten years old, but it's free even for non-subscribers. Out of all the ...
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Dishwasher drain pump and circuitry diagnostics

Dishwasher is not draining. Error code "d02" on display on start of cycle. No sound from the drain pump. Has lived and operated near Paris for some years, with hard water. "pompe de vidange" - French ...
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How should I run a sink drain around a corner in my basement walls?

I have a bathroom vanity on the wall about 3 feet from where I want to put a bar sink. Is there a way to run the plumbing around this corner? I still need to put a couple studs on the corner for ...
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Can I add a wye fitting to this cast-iron drain stack?

I recently leased a warehouse space in which I am trying to add a shower to a current half bath. There is a mini basement right below the bathroom which contains the plumbing. Attached is a photo of ...
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Is this a drain pipe?

I found a copper or brass pipe attached to the sewer piping in the basement of my house, that terminates with a rubber cover. I'd love to install a utility sink in that general area of the basement, ...
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No loop to hang dish washer drain hose higher

This is behind my dish washer and the drain hose has been like that for awhile (by laying flat on the ground): I believe it should be hang up to make a loop on top, right? But there is no where to ...
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Garbage disposal drain is slightly higher than drain pipe

I bought an old house and this is the old kitchen drain setup: Frankly I never "tested" it before I remodeled the kitchen completely. The old kitchen has drop-in sink and now mine is under-mount. ...
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Bathtub starts draining normally but then slows down

I have a bathtub in an upstairs master bathroom. I recently noticed (couple weeks ago) that when I go to drain the tub it starts draining like normal but then after about 5 seconds it slows down ...
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Is Liquid Plumr or Drano safe to use with a septic system?

Just as the title asks, is it safe to use products like Liquid Plumr or Drano in a Septic system?
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Why is my kitchen island sink gurgling when my dishwasher is draining?

I noticed a few days ago that, whenever my dishwasher is draining, the sink in my kitchen island gurgles (glug, glug, glug). I THINK that the sink connects to the main kitchen sink drain underneath ...
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Is is okay to run 4" PVC drain pipe on the outside of a house?

I have to run 4" drain pipe for the washer that is on the second floor, but, the building being old and all, I wouldn't want to rip the floors, instead, I was thinking of running the drain on the ...
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Sink Drainage Configuration [closed]

I have a double sink, garbage Disposal & dishwasher. There must be a better way. How I can modify this to make it better?
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Strategy for replacing leaky tub trap

I have a leak in the trap underneath my bathtub. Specifically, the leak is happening at the union nut of the trap (see red circle in picture). I have confirmed that the nut at the union does not ...
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Problems unclogging a Kitchen sink drain when there is a dishwasher line attached to garbage disposal

Need some ideas on how to unclog a single kitchen sink. I have a dishwasher that has a water line going to the garbage disposal. I have tried snaking the line...but cables are too thick to put ...
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Bathtub drain leaks around edges, cannot remove drain

I have an old bathtub, and have had issues with the seal around the drain being leaky. The drain itself is utterly and completely stuck to the tub -- no idea what the previous owner may have done to ...
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When I drain my tub, the P-trap in the sink is emptied

I recently had a basement bathroom finished by a contractor. I'm noticing a problem when the tub drains. First off, the tub drains super fast, I was initially impressed, as I've never seen a tub ...
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Repair drain for two sinks on opposite sides of a wall

Doing a bathroom reno in a single floor ranch built in 1962. Two full bathrooms share a common wall. The vanity in each bathroom drains into opposite sides of a galvanized tee. Two inch galvanized ...
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Remove garbage disposal piece in bottom of sink

I am replacing a new sink in my kitchen and this piece is from the garbage disposal Do I just break the glue / putty free and pull it out?
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Drain pipe P trap leaking under sink

I removed the P trap and pipe from the old kitchen and tried to reuse it for the new kitchen remodeling: However, it's leaking water at the connection from the white pipe to the metal P trap: I even ...
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Relocating sink drain that goes behind the cabinets?

We just moved to a new house and I just finished taking the kitchen cabinets off and realized that my sink drain is going behind the cabinets (why?). My goal is to make it go through the floor (see ...
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How to remove shower drain cover

Right, I've recently moved into a new flat in London and it's time the drain was unblocked but I just cannot figure out how to take the drain cover off. If someone could let me know so I don't end ...
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How can I accommodate high washing machine drain flow rates with older plumbing?

Newer machines have a drain flow rate which overwhelms older drains, and there's no adjustment. The only answer I ever hear is tear up your floor and put in new bigger drain pipe. That is not an ...
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Best/Quickest way to drain hot water lines from tank?

Due to serious lack of appropriately placed shut-off valves in my house plumbing (not my fault, it came that way), I need to shut off the cold water supply to my gas hot water heater so I can replace ...
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How to convert 1 1/2 inch drain pipe to 2 inches coming from my basement floor?

I need to have washer and laundry sink installed in my basement. Washer drain needs to be 2". I have only 1 1/2" pipe. Do I need to replace that cleanup box? Lokks like all this is glued together. I'm ...
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Where to pour bleach solution to unclog AC drain

I don’t see the opening to pour a bleach solution into on my current system. Old ones had a cap that I could remove. Any ideas? The pic shows the systems drain pipes.
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New construction, who is responsible for water drainage?

We moved into our new construction and opted to do the landscaping at a later time. I have already put downspouts and extensions to get the water 20 ft away from the house. However, the way the land ...
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Tum toe tap drain removal

I am trying to clear a clog in my bath drain with toe touch stop. I have removed the top portion by unscrewing it. I can’t turn the screw in the bottom portion at all. How can I get it out? Thanks!
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How do I get a tub drain line to work with this setup?

I removed an old bathtub from a friends house and of course, its not anything typical. The bathroom is in a basement with a small sub floor. The hole into the slab is directly below the bathtub ...
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Is this a drain fly? [closed]

The fly/moths have been increasing in my apartment. All my windows are closed. All summer there would occasionally be a few in my bathroom, and in the past week I sometimes come home to find tens of ...
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How to remove shower drain

My shower drain is clogged. I want to open the drain cover, but I can't get it off (see picture of drain cover) How should this be opened: prying it off or unscrewing it? Regards, UPDATE This ...
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How do i open my toe touch drain stopper

I just got out of the bathtub of my new apartment where I was taking a soak and I went to push my toe touch bath stopper which I have never used before but it seems to be stuck and the fact that I ...
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Basement has crack over a drain run no water leaking

I'm trying to figure out how concerned to be. Most of the basement has slate tile, but I tore out a kitchen, and discovered this crack running from the nearest wall, to the sink drain, and on across ...
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How to tell if lightly clogged shower drain has a venting problem?

I have a shower drain that was snaked a few months ago and has started having a very light back up again. After maybe 5 seconds of unenthusiastic plunger work, it clears up just fine. But come back an ...
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How to connect plumbing to a trap adapter which is already installed?

I'm replacing the drain plumbing from my bathroom sink, and there is currently a 1-1/4" male threaded PVC fitting coming from the wall, which I assume is a trap adapter that was installed at some ...
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Washer drain pan installation

I am trying to install the drain pan for the washer. I found the pipe to fit in the drain pipe underneath the tile.(when I put 3/4 inch pipe inside the pipe underneath the tile, it goes few inches ...
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Are these bends in the tub drain going to be an issue?

Im getting ready to run the drain for my basement bathroom but I'm concerned that I have too many turns in the tub drain. I had to start in the wrong direction in order to pick up a wall for a vent. ...
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Washer drain pipe flush against outside wall

I am looking for a way to fix an every winter, problem with the drain pipe from our washer. We live in Alaska and we have a 1960's built ranch with no basement but crawl space under entire house (no ...
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What is the right way to use reducer gasket?

I recently found my bathroom sink drain pipe had a crack and had to replace it. At all the stores, all the replacement bathroom sink drain pipes that are sold are 1 1/4" diameter. However, ...
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Possible to drain mini split into clean out opening?

I have a mini split in a bedroom that was set up so the condensed water drains via a plastic hose into 5 gallon bucket in the cellar. There is no proper drainage in the cellar so periodically I have ...
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How do I fix a sewer snake cable that has kinked inside the spooler cage?

I had to snake out my sewer this weekend and rented a large sewer snake from the hardware store. When I hit the problem area the cutting tip on the end of the cable apparently got stuck and I didn't ...
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Hot water heater T&P discharge going into furnace condensate pump?

I recently had some electrical work done at my house, and as part of that, the power was shut off. After a few minutes, we noticed water coming from the closet containing the hot water heater and ...
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What to do for unused shower drain? (Prevent sewer vapors and mosquito larvae.)

I have a shower stall with a drain that is going unused. My first concern is that if the water evaporates out of the plumbing trap below, I could have sewer vapors coming up, so I pour in some water ...
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Is this an ok construction for a bathroom sink drain?

I have a bathroom sink that is constantly clogged or running slow. I’ve cleaned out the P trap, removed the pop up drain stopper and it still ran slow. I bought a DIY snake and can’t get it past these ...
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Basement sewage ejector fed by upstairs bathrooms - try to re-plumb drain line or live with it?

Our townhouse has a sewage ejector pump in the basement since the main sewer drain line is above the basement plumbing fixtures (bathroom & washing machine). Someone (prior to us) did some ...