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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Drain pump on dishwasher running backwards

I have a GE GDT665SFN0DS dishwasher and the other day it stopped pumping out the drain. I checked for debris and clogs, nothing. I did notice that when I ran it without the filter and screen installed ...
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Smell from laundry drain, possibly no vent?

Just purchased a home that was renovated. Appears to have not been by a professional, nothing major but small things. Not sure what to do on this one. There is a smell coming from the in wall drain....
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Leaking sink drain. Possible defective drain assembly?

I replaced the drain on my bathroom sink, but I'm getting a slow leak when draining water. I've checked and re-checked the P-trap, the rubber gasket at the bottom of the sink, and the wall drainpipe. ...
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drain hose for chest freezer

I'm trying to build a DIY ice bath (Wim Hof style ice baths) using a chest freezer. I have a Magic Chef small size chest freezer (pic below). I need to drain the water in it every couple of months or ...
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Connect small diameter poly tubing to 4" PVC drain pipe

I have a wastewater output from an RO system that I need to drain. The RO system is located in the basement, so the only drain pipe available is the 4" main drain for the house which is PVC. The ...
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Tiling back patio over concrete, with slant towards drain

We have a small 9' x 9' concrete back patio that has a drain in the center (see pic). The cement is angled towards the drain, so when it rains there actually isn't too much water build up, which is ...
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S Trap conversion - not enough room

I'm getting some gurgling from my kitchen sink which I think is due to this S trap. No ventilation. I want to convert to a P trap, and bring an AAV into the situation but with the current PVC layout ...
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Kitchen sink water pipes installed, not cloged but water does not drain at all

I installed the new pipes after the old ones broke. They are all installed as the old ones, but somehow the water doesn't drain at all. See pictures: (click to enlarge) I believe that everything is ...
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How can I accommodate newer washing machines with older drains?

There is a similar thread on this topic. I've got a new LG WT1101CW top load washer and our drain pipe can't keep up with the flowrate coming from the washer. It's a great idea to add a larger ...
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Draining 2 series connected water heaters?

I have 2 series-connected water heaters. I have sediment showing up in my shower head clogging it. So I am thinking I need to flush my water heaters. I understand if I have 1 water heater to shut ...
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Strange suction in toilet and sink, like a vacuum in the sewer pulling the water out

This is hard to explain.. But I was sitting in my bedroom when all of a sudden my toilet started draining, then the sinks in the bathroom started pulling air in, then when the water from the toilet ...
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Roof Drain Stack: Split 3“ pipe into two 2” pipes?

My existing 3" roof drain stack runs through an interior wall that was furred/boxed out a bit to allow for the 3" pipe size. To make this wall flush again I'm wondering if there would be ...
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Is this a drain-pipe?

I am about to install a water heater in our condo. This is inside the house so I want to be careful about possible leaks. I am putting a drain pan underneath it and need to connect it to a drain ...
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How can I reduce my 2“ shower drain to match my 1 1/2” ABS drain plumbing?

I have this Kohler shower base that I am about to install. At the bottom of that page it says it pairs well (for them) with their shower drain Specs here (PDF) Here are the dimensions for it: ...
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Do I need a floor drain for the water heater in my townhome?

I’m looking at replacing an 11-year-old water heater as the hot water has become extremely discolored recently. I have flushed it twice in five years (I know, not enough) and could never remove the ...
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Garbage Disposal - Water Shoots Up Non-Disposal Side

Understand this is asked often. Each case is different though and have not found someone with my plumbing configuration (see pictures). So when we turn on garbage disposal we get water shooting up ...
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How to remove this galvenized pipe?

I'm attempting to replace the pipes between the bathroom sink ptrap till the end of the pipe that leads to the basement as you can see depicted in the photo. I was able to remove the ptrap as well as ...
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Is a drain snake the right tool to clean a long-term clogged bath pipe?

OK, I'm not sure how to explain this best... If you have a better wording in mind for the title, please edit or tell me: The setup: I live in an apartment. The bathtub after the U-bend connects to ...
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Can I use horizontal 90 degree elbows to run a p trap along a wall?

Off center vent stack (see picture). Can I use a 90 degree elbow out of the vent stack, run drain pipe along the wall, and then another 90 degree elbow so that the p track will point directly ...
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How can I extend this waste drain for new bathroom sink?

I'm looking to extend this pvc waste pipe coming out of the wall to accommodate my new bathroom sink. It's too short as it is and doesn't quite reach the new p-trap placement. Does anyone know how ...
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Under sink has cylindrical fixture instead of J-pipe, what is it and how to clear it out?

Part of my problem is not knowing the names of what I'm referring to, so feel free to suggest title edits please. A bathroom sink is draining very slowly after someone bearded shaved, despite them ...
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Drain for basement utility sink

I want to put a utility sink in my basement next to the washing machine. The sewer is about 4 ft off the floor so it will need a pump. There is an existing drain for the washing machine that ...
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Re-occurring kitchen drain backup

We’ve had a ongoing issue with our kitchen sink gurgling and partially backing up. Plumbers have been out three times to snake the line. The first two were one year apart. The latest snaking was 6 ...
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Can an AAV be in a crawl space if the P trap is also in the crawl space?

I have a situation where the P trap to the washing machine is in the crawl space instead of in the wall. There is no vent. I thought about adding an Air Admittance Vent in the wall (see diagram--...
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Concern with whirlpool tub pump drainage

I am having a whirlpool tub installed by a plumber. This is the tub. We purchased it with an upgraded pump, specifically this one. It came from the factory looking like this: The pump is mounted at ...
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Will a doubled P-trap cause problems if it has a vent between the traps?

Our plumber discovered that the drain pipe under our bathroom sink (which is done properly with a P-trap and vent) has a second P-trap down in the crawl space, which is incorrect. I've been ...
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How to remove bathtub drain

This bathtub drain gets stuck whenever I try to pull it out. Is there a different removal method to get it out besides turning the drain anti-clockwise?
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Drain pipe valve under garbage disposal for compost

I have this idea but I don't know if such thing exists. Basically I want to build a switching / valve mechanism that connects to garbage disposal output so that I can flip it to and point the grinded ...
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2 toilets, 1 slow?

Single-family Florida concrete block home built in 1979, city water and sewage. Hallway bathroom toilet flushes great, quickly swirls, drains completely and quickly, refills. Master bedroom toilet, ...
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Small atrium in 3rd floor of building has a storm drain that's leaking down to the crawlspace. How do i fix this?

My building (old 4 unit Victorian) has a small atrium on the 3rd floor with a storm drain that's leaking all the way down to the crawlspace underneath the building. When it rains, i can hear light ...
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Our Jacuzzi tub just stopped draining. What could be causing this? We’ve tried it all

We’ve just moved into an older home which happens to have a Jacuzzi tub. I’m sure it hasn’t been used in years, but it fired up just fine and we’ve used it 4 times. However, all of a sudden it just ...
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Double vanity shared P-Trap

I've seen a couple conflicting answers here for whether or not a second p=trap is necessary, my understanding is 30" is the max distance between drains to share a p-trap, which my vanity is. I ...
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Leaking 70 Year Old Drain Cap

The sanitary drain in my house, going to the city through the concrete basement floor has started to leak. I realized the leaking is around the access cap. The issue is this specific access cap seems ...
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Small leak has appeared in a PVC drain pipe joint, how to seal?

I have attached a picture of the joint, and circled the bit that is leaking, a small hole. What is the best way to go about sealing this up and fixing it? Thanks.
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How can I temporarily repair a lengthwise crack in an ABS drain pipe?

I have a 3" diameter by 4 ft long, vertical ABS sewer drain pipe (unpressurized), in my wall that has a crack running lengthwise for around two feet and slowly getting longer. I've called a ...
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Shower waste, water level

My shower drain is regularly filling up and overflowing, subsequently leaking water outside of the screened shower area. When not in the shower I removed the tile and waste plate and can see the water ...
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can a dishwasher be installed 17 feet from sink?

Due to the issues with my kitchen cabinet layout, I can't have my Bosch dishwasher installed next to the sink. The only place where the dishwasher can fit into is the cabinet that's 17 feet away from ...
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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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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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