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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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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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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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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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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Air handler condensation draining problem

For the life of me, I cannot figure this out. My air handler and heat pump were installed in 2006 and work great. For the first summer since I've owned the home, condensation started to not drain ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Product or technique to plug a pipe from the inside?

I'm in the process of moving our laundry area from inside the house to the garage. I'm not going to dismantle the old washer drain stack or plumbing, as future owners may want to relocate the laundry ...
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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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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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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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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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Water backing into dishwasher WITH new check valve and loop in place?

So this is really baffling... Our GE Profile dishwasher is having an issue with dirty water backing into it while it's off. We've had the dishwasher for years with no issues, it just recently started ...
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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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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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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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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 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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How to snake a bathtub with no overflow drain?

Our upstairs bath tub has been taking longer and longer to drain and my wife has finally tasked me to fix it. Yesterday I literally emptied an entire bottle of Liquid Plumber down the drain (...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Water Softener Drain Line with Loop - Flexible PVC to Sharkbite?

So, I bought a Genesis Revolution upflow water softener to install in my first house in Laveen AZ. We have a water softener loop already plumbed into the house. The airgap is in the laundry room ...
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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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Can a broken circulation impeller cause a dishwasher not to drain?

Problem I have a Maytag dishwasher (model MDB4100AWW, serial number starting with 12) that does not drain. During the wash and rinse cycles, water enters the dishwasher and sprays. But during the ...
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Faint sewer smell in highrise bathroom during high winds in one direction?

I rent an apartment in a highrise, and often smell a faint sewage smell when there are high north-westerly winds with gusts. Following suggestions on a past Stack Exchange posting, I did the simple ...
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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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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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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 ...