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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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 ...
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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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How to determine which size of auger to get for backed up basement floor drain?

My basement floor drain is backing up water (~10L) when washer is dispensing water during the spin cycle. It's an older house at 1955. The drain looks like it has a p-trap. I wonder how can I ...
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Direct stove/kitchen exhaust into kitchen sink drain

I live in an apartment that has terrible or zero ventilation for kitchen smells generated while cooking. The exhaust under the Microwave just removes oil from the fumes and circulates the air within ...
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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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How can I get my sink's trap to fit around the rest of the drain assembly?

I'm in the process of adding a new bathroom to my house. I had a plumber rough in some connections for us, and then we are in the process of finishing it off. We used plastic accordion pipe to ...
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Where are vents required for bathroom drains?

Here is a diagram of the new drain plumbing we are installing for one and a half new bathrooms. Where should I locate any required vents on these lines? I live in Oakland County, MI and it looks they ...
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What is this open pipe below the basement floor?

We are doing our basement floor, and when we removed the old carpet I found the box depicted in the picture. The main pipe is clearly the main drain going to the sewer, so no worries there. But there ...
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Can a sink drain be on the low side of a p-trap

A question and a subquestion: Is it acceptable to have the sewer line on the high side of a p-trap under a kitchen sink? In fixing the situation, can I plumb the dishwasher drain line into the ...
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Toilets Burping and Gurgling

We always liked this toilet for it's strong and quick flush (American Standard Chamption, I believe, with a 4" flush valve), but now we consider it a problem especially seeing the water 'burping' up ...
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Should I use plumbers putty to install a sink drain?

I'm installing a Push Button (not pop-up) drain in my pedestal sink. A rubber washer goes between the metal drain and the sink (another rubber washer goes under the sink). Is it still appropriate to ...
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Dish washer drain hose routing

I've installed one dishwasher (from scratch, there wasn't one there before). The dish washer was right next to the kitchen sink and running the drain hose was easy. From the bottom, big loop as high ...
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Why is my sink not draining well?

The rate at which water is removed from a bathroom sink has significantly declined. The p-trap was removed and a bucket placed underneath to catch water. The sink was filled and water was released ...
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Plastic tailpiece on brass bathtub drain?

I have a new tub that came with the drain & overflow pre-assembled, but no tailpiece. I found a plastic tailpiece for $5 and I would like to know (1) if it's OK to use on this drain and (2) how to ...
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What is this dark oily liquid leaking from the drain pipe under my kitchen sink?

I haven't been under my kitchen sink in a while but recently went down there and found some dark oily liquid puddling directly under the drain pipe. It was still wet and had the consistency of WD-40. ...
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Add overflow drain to utility sink

I haven't been able to find an inexpensive drop-in utility sink base that has an overflow drain. What steps/hardware would it take to add an overflow drain to a standard utility sink? Would this ...
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Is this supposed to be here in the shower drain?

We've been in a newly built house for 3 months, and our shower is already slow to drain. I pulled off the cover to potentially plunge/snake it out and saw this plug thing that only partially opens. ...
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What to do with floor drains in basement?

I'm looking to finish my basement, the house was built in 2005. There is a storage area (it will remain unfinished) with the water heater, hvac, sump pump and storage. There are two floor drains, that ...
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Replacing 47-gal electric water heater with no pan and elevated drain

I recently moved into a condo unit in Washington, DC (2nd floor of 2 story building) and I'm looking to replace the 47-gal lowboy electric water heater that's from 2003. The problem is that there is ...
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Leaky epoxied sink drain

The sink drain pipe was changed to ABS (previously metal), but it leaks at the point where it joins the drain in the wall. Teflon tape was added on the ABS pipe where the washer contacts it (and ...
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How do I replace the pin on a tub rocker

My tub rocker arm split in half, as the rightmost pin/rivet broke. Is there any way to fix apart from buying a new assembly? I've never seen a brass rivet/pin available for sale.
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How do I replace a sink drain body when there isn't a trap?

I'm replacing the faucets in a master bath. Each sink in the dual vanity is set up like this: Presumably there is a trap down the line somewhere. With no trap that can be disassembled under the ...
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Connecting new drain/overflow drain assembly using coupling

I recently purchased a old house and I have had constant problems with the tub clogging. In the past I was able to snake it successfully but this time the snake seems to have gotten stuck and when I ...
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Removing pop up tub drain assembly

I have a slow draining tub so I tried taking out the stopper but after unscrewing the stopper and the overflow plate there isn't anything more I could do, it seems like there is a one-peice L shaped ...
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Drainage pipe in ground

I just discovered that my 2 inch PVC drainage pipe output was buried at about 6 inches below my front lawn. I tried to make a makeshift 1 inch trench to help the water flow out. The problem is that my ...
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What's causing the sewer to back into the tub?

We've lived in our house for several years with no sewage problems to speak of. A few weeks ago, my wife was sick of the sinks not draining very well so she went online and learned about cleaning out ...