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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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 ...
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How can I relocate hookups for washer and electric dryer?

EDIT: added info and added alternate locations. Our washer and dryer hookups are located out of reach, 40" behind the appliances. They are mounted on what, in the 1940's, was the exterior side of an ...
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Too much drop in 3 inch pvc line?

I'm redoing old rotten cast iron and I have a problem with a gas line in the way. Is a 9 inch drop too much in a 6 foot run of 3" pvc coming from the water closet to the main stack?
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Is soil in an open rock spoon drain a blocker? Think we've got a cowboy job done

Being on a slope, our place has a lot of problems with surface water flooding. We've had a spoon drain installed along our upper boundary to redirect surface water away from the house. Here's a pic ...
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Sink P-Trap doesn't line up with Drain pipe

How can I get my sink drain lined up properly. The drain coming out of the wall is welded together and it doesn't have the connector that catches the threaded side of the p-trap. It's' also about an ...
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Loop-de- loop waste pipe

I replaced an old metal pipe and p-trap with 2 inch PVC for a shower drain. I was only able to fit the new pvc p-trap if I made a loop-de-loop. Is this a good solution?
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How can I relocate this drain to accommodate the new shower pan

I removed a fiberglass shower/bath combo and I wish to replace it with a TileRedi shower pan. 42x60 right drain. the problem is, the spec drawing shows the center of the drain to be 6 inches away from ...
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How should I modify this drain pipe

I just removed a fiberglass tub/shower alcove and with to create a walk in shower. I need to relocate the drain, to the center of the alcove. I also need to get rid of the "periscope" part of the pipe....
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can I mount the sink 50 cm away from the wall drain hole

let s say I have 250 cm available for my kitchen and the wall drain hole is at 125 cm from the wall, half way. Can i mount the sink away from the wall drain hole say at 70 cm from the wall and have a ...
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How to avoid drilling into the drain?

I want to drill a tiny hole from the bathroom into the next room. This wall has a sink and shower attached. On the other wall of the bathroom is a toilet and bath tub. Above the bathroom is another ...
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What should I do with these old cleanouts?

Three years ago I had my house's septic tank replaced, and the guys put in new cleanouts because they couldn't find the original ones. Well, by chance I just found them: buried under about 6" of dirt ...
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Connecting the drain hose of a clothes washing machine to a wider drain pipe

I need to install a clothes washing machine in the bathroom and I have a problem to solve. The drain hose of the washing machine is 25 mm in diameter on the exterior, made from a soft rubber material ...
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What should I use to seal the ball rod on a pop-up sink drain plug?

I had to replace the ball rod assembly on a bathroom sink's pop-up drain since the old rod had corroded badly. I used a universal replacement kit that came with balls of several sizes and one very ...
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Compression fit necessary for waste pipe

Ive never done plumbing so im trying to learn some basics. I have this waste pipe (i believe thats what its called) sticking out of the wall. I believe its a 1.5" waste pipe. I want to connect it to ...
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Wall Tiling Shower with Corner Drain

I am preparing to start a bathroom renovation, and when we're redoing the shower, we plan to install a corner drain (this one, in fact). Based on the installation instructions, we need to angle the ...
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Drain line adapter recommendation for reverse osmosis kit + dishwasher?

I want to put in a reverse osmosis kit under my kitchen sink, and it requires a waste line tied into the main drain line of the kitchen sink. There's already a dishwasher drain line hooked up to the ...
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Sewer Line Clog suggests pipeline replacement

Our 1963 in-city home has occasional sewer line blockages. Renting a power snake for $30/half day has gotten old. The city has scoped the line and suggest the constriction in diameter occurs 40 feet ...
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Plumbing drain and vent question

I am in the middle of a bathroom remodel and discovered an assortment of drain and vent pipes behind the old shower. As I get ready to reframe the wall and make the plumbing ready for a tub, I find ...
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Washing machine drain suddenly backflows

Since very recently, our washing machine's drain pipe started overflowing. It has worked fine for the last couple of years but for some reason it doesn't anymore. When the washer dumps only one load ...
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How might I discharge a sump pump, furnace condensate line, and water softener to a single floor drain?

My home has a sump pump running to a floor drain. While no longer strictly legal in my city, this arrangement has been in place for many years and there isn't a convenient way to get the water outside....
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How to install a drain cover in the shower for this opening in the floor?

We have a tiled shower in the house we just bought. The drain cover is not there anymore. I bought the drain cover that is closest in size. However, it does not fit perfectly. There is about 1/8" ...
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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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Does my new shower need a dedicated vent?

I am adding a shower to my existing 1/2 bath. to do the plumbing I can do the p trap and go straight over to the main house drain. Do I still have to have a vent??
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How to repair porcelain sink?

I have a chip and some rust in my porcelain sink. How do I repair this and is this causing water leaking? I was thinking to use a wire-brush to brush out the rust and use porcelain paint to repaint ...
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unclump cat litter in drain

Someone told me that the plastic jugs used for cat litter can be reused to store drinking water for emergencies. So I took three empty jugs and rinsed them out in a bathtub before filling them. Oops. ...
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Compressor drain

Whenever I drain my compressor only some droplets come out and I find that strange so today I opened the drain valve and I tried tilting the compressor and brownish/orange water came out, the ...