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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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 ...
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Cutting a 2" hole through a load-bearing 2x4 stud for a washing machine drain?

Some previous owner of our house moved the washer/dryer to the second floor, but made some pretty dubious decisions when doing so: I'm preparing to patch the paster, skim-coat, and paint, so I need ...
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New bathroom double vanity. One sink runs the other backs up and drains slow

So when I run either sink for a minute the other fills and they both drain slow. Is it the trap height and/or a clog in the old line or something else. Noob here n looking for help. Thanks
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slow draining bathtub - is a frozen pipe a possibility?

Our bathtub has recently started draining very slowly (bathtub fills with water during a normal shower and takes a while to completely empty). This problem has coincided with winter, and I'm wondering ...
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How to clean Pool main drain

New to this; I have used vinegar overnight, baking soda, a pumice stone, still it will not budge. I tried muriatic acid via watering can direct on it, 1:10 parts water, still nothing, then 5:10 ...
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Minimum Size of First 90 Degree Fitting Downstream of a Sink

The Building code for Wisconsin states this: The minimum radius for the first 90° fitting downstream from a trap serving a lavatory or sink shall be 1-3/4" for drain piping 1-1/2" in diameter. ...
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Help With Washer Drain Pipe

I have to install a washer on the second floor of a new home we purchased. I'm comfortable with the water lines, but I'm not 100% clear on the drain line and don't want to make a mistake. There's an ...
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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 to adjust shower drain height after replacing shower base?

I just pulled out my shower base to replace with a completely new base. Now I have no idea if the height of this will fit: Few questions: How do I remove or cut this top piece? I assume (C) is the ...
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Drain plug or nut in basement hidden in drywall

I have two houses that have different drain plug / nut design in the basement. House 1 has the plug all the way inside drywall like this: Do I suppose to drywall over and hide it? Or do I install ...
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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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Kitchen sink drain occasionally clogs at junction 40 feet downstream from disposal

It doesn't take all that much for the drain to get backed up. We do OK by letting virtually no food particles down the sink, but invariably it backs up now and again, particularly when we're hosting. ...
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Basement drain not flush with flooring and old rusted drain

We are putting in flooring in our laundry room that is located in the basement. The old cast iron cover was removed and we are looking for the best option. We could put a new plastic cover on, but it ...
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How to remove bathtub drain flange with nubs?

I have a non-standard bathtub drain flange that I'd like to replace (and also clean up the rust) that has a pair of interior nubs. The drain is 1.75 inches in diameter, and the nubs sit about 0.5 ...
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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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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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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 ...