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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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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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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I'm trying to figure out how to fix the drain under the bathtub

My house was built 1974. I recently started a bathroom remodel. I have been fighting with getting the bathtub level and the problem was the drain and overflow assembly was keeping the tub from going ...
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Shower drain location

I'm planning to remove a bathtub and replace it with a shower. I'm planning to create the shower base myself, rather than buy a pre-made pan. However, I won't be able to move the drain, since I'm on ...
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Slow drain after tub-to-shower conversion

I recently hired a plumber for a tub-to-shower conversion into a first floor (slab) master bathroom. I had already removed tub and demo'd the walls, so the scope of work involved: Extending existing ...
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Why does my water heater's drain line rejoin the outlet pipe?

I know very little about water heaters and plumbing. Done some minimal work, but never water heater hookup. I need to replace my 20 year old AO Smith 50 gal gas water heater in a house I've owned ...
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How to fit 3 pipes into 1 laundry box drain?

I am trying to install an LG TwinWash washer + pedestal washer combo in a new 3-story townhome. Laundry room is on the 3rd floor. The 2-washer combo requires 2 drains. LG supplies a part to merge them ...
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Pipe alignment/height issue

I have an issue involving the heights of the pipes under the sink. I recently installed a new deeper sink and the drain is much lower to the point that it is the same height as the pipe leading into ...
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What does this basement floor drain look like beneath the surface?

This is the floor drain near my gas furnace. It handles the condensate line. I'd like to reconfigure it to also accept a water softener drain line, possibly by installing a larger bowl. I'm not sure ...
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Sewer smell every time it rains

I've just moved into a newly build house a few months ago and every time it rains, it smells like sewer in a bathroom and the living room. I'm using the municipal sewer and I checked in my own yard ...
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How can I extend this clothes washer drain pipe to reach the sink?

Installing a new washer, I found the drain hose is too short to reach the sink it will drain into. The old washer had the drain hose coming out of the right side of the appliance but this one has the ...
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Why does the hot water tank need to be drained of water in order to replace the gas valve?

I'm changing the gas valve in my hot water heater. Exactly as shown in this video. The video is queued at the point where they drain the water from the hot water tank. My question is... why? Note: ...
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What is this pipe in my garage?

I have a mystery pipe in my garage which spews water occasionally (can't tell when why). The black flexible pipe is just a small pipe that connect to any drain and just lies on the ground. This is how ...
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Why is my toilet bubbling when other fixtures drain?

After having septic pumped out, main line professionally augered and installed a new efficient toilet, water in toilet still bubbles when other drains empty. When laundry water drained, some came up ...
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Is it OK to expose drain pipes on the exterior of your house?

I live in San Francisco, and my kitchen sink drain goes through my wall towards outside of the wall of the house into a light well. The steel pipes have rusted out so I want to replace them with ABS. ...
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Code requirements on drain cleanout plug

My 3" vertical drain pipe, which penetrates the basement concrete floor slab, has a cleanout plug around knee-height above the floor. I'm looking to install a drainwater heat recovery pipe, and with ...
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blocked sink due to same height of drain outlet?

I recently bought into a new place. It's a fixer-upper, but before my wife and I start the work, we're living in it while we finalize our plans. Our kitchen sink does not drain on its own. We ...
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Can't remove top piece of drain

I am doing preventive maintenance on my bathroom sinks with this: Vastar drain snake and I thought it would be a good idea to do this in my shower stall. I took off the two screws but the top piece of ...
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How to repair a drain line broken flush with a slab

Ok so I have two drain lines going down into my slab that are broken flush or darn close to being broken off flush with the slab. I bought a hammer drill and was going to break around the drain rougly ...
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What can cause a blockage in an otherwise decent main sewer pipe?

I purchased my first house (on city water and sewage system) about 6 months ago and the main sewer drain clogged and backed up through the basement drain within the first week being there. We're ...
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Why does my sink's strainer bowl connection leak?

I have two kitchen sinks, a P-Trap is indeed located under the floor. The problem I'm experiencing is that with heavy water flow (when open hot or cold water tap at full rate), the leak starts at "red ...
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Drain is starting to back up in basement

I have an old house from the 60's. I have lived here for almost two years now. No flooding issues, previous owner had no flooding issues and my inspector said there were no signs of previous flooding. ...
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How to upgrade old sewer drain?

I have a 4" cast iron sewer pipe in a concrete floor basement dating to 1910. I can't figure out how it is configured. Here is what is visible: The connection to the house drains is cast iron pipe ...
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Are the washer drain and electrical outlets underneath up to code?

My daughter got her washer and dryer only to find out that the water supply/drain is 6 feet from the ground. Obviously none of the hoses can reach. I am aware that the maximum height for washer ...
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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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Pipes that supply water to washing machine are constantly dripping

I've recently noticed a regular dripping sound coming from somewhere near the pipes the supply my washing machine. In that picture, the sound seems to be coming from behind the faucet on the left. ...
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Basement shower not draining; dirty water now seeping back up drain

Our basement shower hasn't been draining properly for months. During the course of a 5-10 minute shower water will back up to above ankle height. Drain cleaner had no effect. I just pulled a wad of ...
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Can an ABS drain be fitted to a PVC waste pipe riser?

The only shower drain available at my local hardware store is The Wondercap, which looks fine. However, the (white) plastic is formed with "ABS", and the drain pipe itself is white plastic, which I ...
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How can I replace this P-trap

This metal p-trap in my kitchen has rusted out at the bottom and is leaking. I removed it and in this case the nut goes on the trap side and the piece it connects to is threaded. I'm used to seeing ...
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Potential issues with adding a 90° bend to shower waste?

Are there any potential issues with putting a 90° bend straight from a shower drain into a 50mm waste pipe? It then falls 10mm over a 1m span into a waste manifold.
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How should I vent this sink drain

I'm helping a friend install a sink in a workshop that was added onto his house. A previous owner installed a water line and a drain by boring through what appears to be the rim joist of the original ...
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Explosive Backup in Shower/Toilet in Small House & Clear Bubbles in Sink & Toilet of Main House

I have small main house and smaller unattached house-like mother-in-law dwelling. Both houses have shower, toilet, sink. Yesterday in main house I noticed clear water bubbles in the sink and ...
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How do I add a utility sink drain into a tight space?

I'm adding a laundry/utility tub to my garage and have exposed the existing plumbing behind the wall (see picture). I understand I need to have both the sink and washing machine drains vented, but I ...
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Temporarily prevent a full toilet bowl from draining

I want to fill the toilet bowl with water as high as I can and let the water sit without draining for up to 24 hours. Why? To let some (gentle) cleansers do their work. I've tried shutting off the ...
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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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Alternative sewer line in basement

I have an unfinished basement in a 1920s house. This weekend we had our second stoppage that required someone to snake the sewer line that the kitchen sink, dishwasher, washing machine, and basement ...
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Backed up toilet, I can't remove the water from the bowl

My toilet is backed up and I have been plunging for hours now. As I was plunging it started overflowing with water. So, I used my shop vac to take some of the water out but as much as I was draining, ...
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How to stop downstairs toilet from bubbling when upstairs toilet is flushed?

I have a newly installed toilet on ground floor of my house. The drain of this ground floor toilet is connected (in the basement) to the drain stack of the toilet in the attic on the 3rd floor. When I ...
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Need to find 2" utility sink drain [closed]

The plastic drain in a utility/laundry sink did not survive the attempt to remove or repair it. The hole in the sink bottom is 2" in diameter. There is a 3" diameter inset at the hole that limits ...
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Laundry Room Floor Drain

When the spin/drain cycle on my washing machine occurs, the floor drain overflows and water is all over the floor.
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Is it ok to use AAV with sanitary T or other T

I am wondering if someone can weigh in on the use of sanitary Ts or other types of Ts (non-comboYs) in conjunction with AAVs on small bathroom sinks. If we turn to Table 706.3, it seems clear that a ...
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water drained from one kitchen sink gushes out over another

I have a two-sink combo in the kitchen and it looks like this (sorry for the somewhat gross appearance :-): sometime when i wash dishes by hands, the food residues slow down the water flowing down ...
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Is it ever necessary to have more than one back flow valve?

I live in a house from the 60s that somehow never had a back flow valve. My insurance company is pushing me to get a back flow valve installed before they will provide basement flooding insurance. ...
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Fixing leaky drain gasket

I am having some trouble making my sink drain gasket not leak. I have a very old sink (50+ years) and it is made of iron. The overflow drain holes in the drain pipe have over the years corroded part ...
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How do I replace this shower drain?

I guess this one is two questions: Can I replace this shower drain? Assuming I can, how do I go about doing it? Some background. We've just moved into an older property and are slowly fixing bits ...
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Trying to snake a clogged external tower style drain/standing waste overflow and can't seem to go further down

The photos in this post are very similar to my own setup. I've used this photo to get an idea of how the standing waste overflow works. I'm as stuck as my tub on this issue. I tried Liquid Plumr ...
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How to install drain in a wall above concrete foundation

I am usual successful finding answers with enough searching but it seems I've hit a dead end here. Just started a kitchen remodel in our 104 year old home. Looking to move our kitchen sink to an ...
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Sewer backup through basement floor drain after heavy rain

tl;dr Sewage backed up through floor drain after heavy rains. Sewage line was clear, whole house trap was clogged with organic matter and toilet paper. No plumbing drains through the whole house ...
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How to connect dishwasher drawer that's installed above counter level

In my upcoming kitchen cabinet replacement, I'm getting a single dishwasher drawer to replace a full sized one and I want to install it at height of about 35" (that's its bottom, so the top will be at ...
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Americast Bathtub Drain

I am installing an American Standard bathtub and the instructions are stating that a brass drain/overflow assembly is required. The assembly is about $150 and I would like to avoid it if possible. Is ...