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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 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 ...
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Toilet drainage leak

We have a problem with our toilet. When we flush it, water rises in the bowl, then slowly leaks away through the drain onto the floor. I took a video of the problem to possibly send to a plumber. ...
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Replacement of toilet on wooden block

I am trying to replace a toilet which is on top of a block of wood. Before I uninstalled the old toilet, I thought that I would be able to remove the block of wood but now that I have removed the old ...
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Basement moisture on foundation issues

After taking all sheet-rock down I noticed that all walls (cement block) siting under ground are moist. Some of them even ate through footers. After farther look at the house I found out that their is ...
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Reattaching Drain Rod to Trip Lever

The trip lever on my bathtub drain has broken. The small loop on the back of the trip lever drain broke off (see picture) and thus can't connect to the rod anymore. Now when I went to purchase a new ...
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Bathtub Trip Lever Plunger Won't Go Past Lip Of Pipe

I was caulking my bathtub and was removing the caulk around the overflow plate when the linkage for the plunger came loose. I removed the linkage put the plunger back down the hole but now then the ...
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Dishwasher drain hose getting dirty - what's wrong with my setup?

I've installed a built-in Kenmore dishwasher about 7-8 months ago after following the high drain loop method and today I found out that my drain hose looks like this, which I assume isn't normal. ...
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Do PVC glue, cement leave traces?

Before a month, I bought a domestic air conditioner for my bedroom and the person who came to install it, used somewhere PVC glue with that strong toxic smell (you can smell glue without to have to ...
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Standing water at bottom of sink

I wish I could figure out how to load a picture that’s a small enough file to explain but hoping someone can understand what I’m saying here. I have a ring of water around the entire perimeter of the ...
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Tapping into existing 3/4“ supply and 3” drain to add washer

I understand there are a lot of variables to something like this, so I'm going to try to provide enough detail that people can at least understand the question here: I have a washer/dryer I'd like to ...
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How to tie interior crawlspace drain to outside discharge pipe?

I am installing an interior perimeter drain in a damp outbuilding crawl space. In the "literature" (YouTube) this kind of drain is commonly described but always with a pumped discharge (basin, pump, 1 ...
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How to make an underground connection to 4 inch clay drain pipe

I need to connect to an existing 4" clay drain pipe opening that will be underground, and I don't want dirt/sand to enter the joint. Are there connector pieces that form a tight joint? For extra ...
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Washer drain pipe overflow

We recently just moved. A week in. It's been raining on and off for the past few days. This morning I noticed a huge puddle in my laundry/half bath. Couldnt find the source. An hour ago I heard a ...
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What can cause a never-frozen indoor copper drain pipe to crack?

The 1-1/2" copper waste pipe than runs from our kitchen just up and cracked two days ago along its length, and for no apparent reason. The crack is in a section of pipe that runs vertically through ...
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How can raise a downspout drain from ground level (Picture)

I have a gutter downspout in my backyard that leads to a 4" clay drain which leads to the municipal sewer line. Currently the opening sits at ground level. I'd like to raise the ground level a few ...
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Is there a temporary solution to alleviate wet carpet stench in the basement?

Yesterday I discovered that part of the carpet in the basement is soggy and there's a sewage-like stench. I've contacted both the water damage restoration company and the insurance company to evaluate ...
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Stopping sewer smell

I have a sewer near the house where two sewer pipes meet. The problem is that it's been built badly and a lot of sewage remains there instead of going in the 3rd pipe. How could I make it go through ...
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Dual kitchen sink disposal causes water to shoot up in non-disposal side, drain connection is horizontal

I have a dual bowl kitchen sink. The nondisposal side drain sits higher than the disposal side. The disposal drain connects to the nondisposal drain horizontally via a tee pipe. Sometimes when ...
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Lower kitchen sink drain pipe

So I went to install a new kitchen sink that is 9 inches deep to replace the 6 inch double drain we had. The new sink hits the top of the drain vent. What is the best way to reroute the pipes? ...
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Do mechanical drain traps exist for retrofit on inaccessible plumbing?

I recently purchased a home that has a shower with no drain trap. The home is built on a concrete slab. I plan to gut and replace the shower (and break concrete/re-work plumbing) eventually. ...
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Do dishwashers with a built in “high loop” require a second high loop under the sink?

A "high loop" in the drain line of a dishwasher is one method of preventing backflow of fluid to the dishwasher. In the past I think this had to be created manually when the drain line was installed ...
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Tailpipe of sink not aligning with P trap

The tailpipe of the sink is about 1" behind the P-trap. It's also too long. If I try to jury-rig it and force the connection, it throws everything off including the vanity top. I can probably cut ...
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Pipe drips water on my exterior porch?

So, there's this pipe sticking out of the wall between my garage and the front porch. Occasionally, an amount of water seeps out of it, enough to pool eventually though I've never seen any water "...
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Does my kitchen sink trap have a removable cap?

My condo in Toronto was built in 2013. Does my kitchen's trap have the "removable cap" mentioned in this post? Full resolution image ]3
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Drain under the kitchen sink check

Today I inspected the drain and trap under the kitchen sink. I haven't really had any specific problem but I guess the drain could be faster. Sometimes I start the disposer to make it drain quicker. I ...
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Tub to shower conversion plumbing questions

I'm in the middle of a tub to shower conversion but am a complete amateur when it comes to plumbing issues. The tub is out, the walls are open, we have the stand up shower kit bought. But upon looking ...
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Corralling multiple drain hoses

I'm trying to get my utility room in order, and one issue I'm finding is drain hoses. My washer has a drain hose that drains in to the utility sink. My water heater has the T&P drain that ...
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How much deeper sink can I get away with without having to redo waste drain?

I'm remodeling the kitchen. Our sink is a standard 7" deep sink, but most cool sinks these days are 8-10" deep. I would probably want to keep the existing configuration with the double bowl and ...
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Should a bathroom sink drain outlet flow away from the trap, or back toward it?

My bathroom sink drain routinely (~5 months) becomes so ridiculously clogged with build-up that I have to remove the trap and outlet arm in order to clear it out. The build up even extends beyond the ...
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Can i use butyl caulk on a shower drain?

I'm putting in a drain onto a shower base and I have some butyl caulk laying around. It says "gutter and flashing" on it and I'm thinking since it is water proof...can I use it between the drain and ...
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Would caustic soda destroy a rubber gasket under a sink?

Today I made the mistake of pouring caustic soda down a kitchen waste-pipe to unblock it. Despite reading that it's safe on plastic pipes, it created a terrible leak between the pipe and the underside ...
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Difficulty (drain plumbing wise) in splitting a large bathroom on the second floor into two bathrooms?

We have a large main bathroom and we'd like to split it so we have a small master bath and a smaller main bath. Layout wise, door wise, etc, we think it will fit but we're trying to gauge the ...
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Can I install a trip lever drain on a new tub that doesn’t currently use one?

I have a brand new tub. How can I tell if I can install a trip style drain? Right now we are just using a plug and the faceplate doesn’t have a lever. I was reading online that these drains aren’t ...
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What kind of Shower fitting can I install in a stock tank to tub conversion?

I have a 4ft stock tank (something like this: https://www.lowes.com/pd/tarter-71-gallon-galvanized-steel-stock-tank/3159637) and an almost done tiny house. I'm trying to convert it into a tub with a ...
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Best way to split an existing drain pipe

I am trying to tie in a new kitchen sink into an existing drain pipe currently servicing a bathroom on the other side of the wall. Here's the conceptual schematic of what I am trying to achieve: And ...
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Tankless water heater plumbing: neutralized condensate and pressure relief valve

Hello recently my old 50gal gas water heater developed a crack and started leaking. I replaced it with a tank-less gas heater. Everything is good, I installed the proper intake an exhaust with 3in ...
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Will I have a code problem attaching a 1.5“ grease interceptor to a 4” drain pipe?

I want to install a grease interceptor in my house. The problem is that it will not fit under the sink, so I plan to put it in the basement. The problem is that the sink, laundry and dishwasher all ...
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Bathtub Drain leakage - recurring failures

I have had recurring problems with a bathtub drain leaking. After soaking the ceiling below the problem is noticed, and each time reapplying putty to the drain, seems to solve the problem. ...
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90 degree turn in horizontal sink drain

I'm doing a kitchen renovation and moving the location of the sink so that the plumbing stub-outs (supply and drain) need to exit the wall one stud-bay over. I'm also replacing the old galvanized pipe ...
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How do I remove the connected **plunger** of a bathtub linkage assembly that won't fit through the opening?

I have a trip lever mechanism on my old tub and want to replace it because the water stop lever is faulty and the tub drains and leaks slowly. I removed the cover plate from the overflow opening and ...
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How to unclog cast iron T drain for three sinks

I have a common drain for three sinks the clogs 1-2x per year. All three sinks back up at the same time and slowly drain. Total distance between sinks is about 25ft. I suspect that the sinks share a ...
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Leaking Shower Floor: Shouldn't there be a liner here?

I'm trying to find out what's wrong with a leaking shower floor in the basement. Having eliminated all the surface possibilities, I removed the drain and hammered out the floor to examine the drain ...
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Tailpiece not aligning with trap

I am putting in two drains in my bathroom vanity. The tailpiece is 1 ¼" and the drain outlet is 1 ½". In both drains, the trap is touching the white shelf in the vanity, so I can't lower that without ...
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Care and feeding of a long kitchen drain?

My kitchen sink has a garbage disposal, and its drain crosses the entire house within the height of the first floor joists. With 9 1/2" joists, that's at most 7" drop over 23', or a hair over the ...
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How can I locate the drain plumbing in my old house?

I don't have plans for the house. I have had a plumber here but he's dug and he didn't find the pipes. We have had every kind leak imaginable for months. Now it's coming in under the concrete and ...
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shower drain not snug in mortar

Poured shower bed mortar around drain and sloped it properly. Drain is type that screws into base. The face of the drain is square. Now that the mortar is dry and I am ready to tile the shower floor I ...
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Can I use fiberglass shower drain for tile base?

I pulled out my fiberglass shower enclosure and replace with a tile base. I only found this drain in stock Is it OK just to use that? This is basement shower and concrete foundation. So basically I ...
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How to disassemble a pop-up trip lever drain in tub?

My tub has a pop-up trip lever drain like this: My tub is clogged; the water drains but very slowly. I tried to use an auger to clean it out but can't get past the spring. How do I disassemble the ...
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Nice way to cover vent and drain after removing washer dryer

We have moved out washer and dryer upstair. But the basement bathroom still has all the vent and drain holes. What is the best way to cover or make things look nice (beside drywall over)? UPDATE 1 ...