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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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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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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Should I install a floor drain in my laundry room?

I am relocating my laundry to a room over my garage. I have an opportunity to put in a floor drain. My old laundry has a floor drain (not sure why -- it is carpet and subfloor with only crawlspace ...
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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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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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Is my plumbing drain/vent setup ok?

I'm new at plumbing, working on installing a master bath in our house. Pictured is the room with the shower pan in place, a vanity drawn where that will go and you can see the toilet flange sitting in ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How can I remove calcium deposits from a drain?

My shower drain has 4 plastic "teeth" that stick out into the center of the drain. From this I have found some stalactite calcium columns hanging down to the U bend. I tried to pull one of them up ...
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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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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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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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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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finding the easy to install vessel sink drain stopper

I have a vessel sink which is lacking a drain stopper. The vessel sink does not have a pop out system (buttom to pop out the drain). The internal diameter is probably 1 inch. When i look for drain ...
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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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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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Are my outside HVAC units and condensation drain PVC pipes set up correctly?

I'm a newbie with this stuff, but here's my situation: I have two HVAC units in my home. One sits on top of the patio and one sits on the ground. Both of them are draining condensation from the PVC ...
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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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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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Sink tailpiece doesn't line up with trap

After installing a new bathroom sink, the drain tailpiece doesn't line up with the trap coming out of the wall. I've seen flexible accordion hoses for this, but I think that violates code (P3002.3.1)....
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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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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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How to hook up this kitchen drain?

I'm trying to use flexible hose drain pipes that came with the sink. How do I attach this pipe to the wall drain? Also, Can I attach dishwasher drain to this inlet - I believe its originally designed ...
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Basement rough-in. Converting plumbing from a tub to a fiberglass shower

the basement rough-in was completed with a shower/tub rough-in. I want to convert it to a shower. I bought an alcove left drain fiberglass tub. The shower does have a p-trap and everything should be ...
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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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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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How do I seal an unused washing machine drain?

I have an unused washing machine drain in part of my house and it's started to smell because (I assume) the water in the u-pipe has dried up. My objective is to stop the smell and I guess the only way ...
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Draining sediment out of my hot water heater

Trying to improve the odor of our well water, I’ve installed a whole house filter and a UV sterilizer (adding it to an existing water softener). Now, the cold water (still with a lot of iron) smells ...
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How to reattach detached cable onto a drain hand auger?

I have this drain hand auger, But the cable is detached when I extend it out for cleaning, now I don't know how to attach and wind it back onto the device, I also can't find any manual or tutorial ...
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PVC drain pipe that the washer empties into is echoing all plumbing sounds

My father said that we could put tape around the washer hose to lessen the gap between the hose and the pipe. I've found some adapters that go from the ~1" washer hose to our 2" pipe. My father said ...
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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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Sink clogged completely when using NaOH drain cleaner

I used a drain cleaner containing sodium hydroxide (NaOH) to unclog it. I followed the drain cleaner's instructions to the letter: pour the NaOH into the pipe entrance. pour hot water. As soon as ...
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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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Unidentified pipe and smelly water trickling under slab into basement floor drain

Our house is in Toronto, Canada and was built in the late 1960's. We have lived here 5 years and currently rent out the basement suite. A few days ago, our tenants complained of a sewer smell ...
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Can a vent be started from a wye?

Is it ok to start a vent on a 45 from a wye like on this drawing? I need to clear the edge of the sink (actually a giant double compartment sink) before I can go up and start horizontal once I clear ...
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What is the correct procedure to turn a 10“ rough-in toilet drain into a 12” rough-in drain when the drain goes through a slab-on-grade?

I need to replace a leaking toilet, but the distance from the drain to the wall is about 10.75". The selection of toilets that I'm finding in the 10" rough-in range is pretty pathetic and overpriced, ...
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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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running a washer drain

I need to move my washer to the other side of my basement. Approximately 25 feet away from my sewer line. I need to go up to my floor joists, forward 2 joists and from there I'm able to run along the ...
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Basement floor drain back up, 1/2" snake failed, what next?

The basement floor drain is having backup after the wash cycle from the washer, it doesn't backup from other water usage. I had a plumber came in to power snake with 1/2" tip (and few other tips) ...
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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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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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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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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. ...