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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Can I connect a vent pipe from a defunct waste drain to a different, active waste drain pipe instead?

My goal is to remove as much defunct plumbing as possible. My scenario is: Former sink in basement (removed), drains to septic under slab Current sink in kitchen, drains to septic through long pipes ...
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Does my new bathroom plumbing need a cleanout?

I am working on new plumbing for an addition we just built. Does anyone see any issues? Do I need a clean-out at the end of the run? I plan on using a 3" elbow in lieu of a combo to keep ...
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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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How do we add removable concrete plinth protection to an existing building

There is a short concrete wall and there's building main wall. The water collects between the gap and this goes into the foundation. I want to build the plinth protection above the height of Short ...
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Will my vent siphon the bathtub P-trap?

We're modifying our bathroom by moving a shower and bathtub around, but we're having trouble working around the limitations of the space. For some background, we're in Florida and are governed by the ...
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how to move Vanity drain from side wall to the back

I am renovating a bathroom and the drain is coming from the side. This was done because the vent stack is on that side wall. The wall directly behind the vanity would be an outer wall. I am planning ...
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Can I keep the old Kerdi drain flange when rebuilding a shower?

My 1 yr old shower built by the contractor started leaking like a sieve. In my efforts to remedy the problem, I ended up demolishing the whole thing to the stud while throwing out moldy drywall and ...
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Can you run two toilets on the same horizontal soil/waste pipe?

I have a bathroom and toilet next door to eachother. Can I add a toilet in the bathroom using the soil pipe from the toilet next door? Current layout: Proposed layout: The existing soil pipe runs ...
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Can I bring this drain system up to code?

I'm redoing a bathroom upstairs and a living space directly below it. I'd love to replace the cast iron & galvanized steel drain pipes with PVC while I'm here (also plan to replace the water lines ...
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What is the right way to plumb bathroom drainage across small joists?

Finished the demo part of the bathroom remodel to find pretty significant damage to the floor joists caused by the original builder's "design" (see photos/video). Setting aside how I'm going ...
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Shower drain line with many curves?

I want to replace a tub with a shower, and the location where I'd like to put the drain has a 2" drain pipe (for the clothes washing machine) that runs very close to where I want to put the drain. So ...
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How to connect bathtub drain pipe to existing floor drain?

I have this floor drain and I want to connect it to a bathtub drain so basically another pipe. The diameter is about 40mm of the narrower pipe, although it has a thick border. It is most likely a ...
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Water softener standpipe question

I have a 1 1/2 inch standpipe coming off of a 2 inch drain pipe in my basement. The only thing before the stand pipe is the kitchen sink. And after the standpipe is a pipe coming down from the washing ...
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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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Why is my sewer drain line suddenly having frequent blockages?

One month ago I experienced bubbling in my downstairs toilet when someone was taking a shower upstairs. The toilet bubbling concerned me and I noticed a little water on the floor the next day, nothing ...
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What could be causing thumping in the wall when the bathroom shower, toilet, or sink are used?

I hear a thumping in the wall whenever the second floor bathroom shower, toilet, or sink are used (sound is similar to if you let the bottom of your fist fall against a sheetrock wall). It is 'almost' ...
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Basement moisture on foundation issues

After taking all sheet-rock down I noticed that all walls (cement block) siting under ground are moist. Some of them even ate through footers. After farther look at the house I found out that their is ...
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Route washer drain into toilet drain or vent stack?

We have a house that has its washer drain into the bathtub drain through a pipe that was routed into the bathtub overflow pipe. It has been working fine but when the washer spews out its used water, ...
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How to deal with crowded floor drain?

Problem My 3" basement floor drain has 10 pounds of... stuff in a 5 pound bag: ¾" air handler condensate drain (hard-piped to air handler) ¾" furnace condensate drain (open air gap) 1&...
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Can't unscrew popup bathtub drain

Bathroom drain has a pop-up drain. I've tried rotating counter clockwise, clockwise, popped up/down. Everything short of a crowbar. I either need to replace it or adjust it so it actually blocks the ...
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Can I use RedGard on my shower drain?

One day my wife was showering and some water starting coming out of a light fixture underneath the shower. I opened it up and didn't see any leaking pipes, and determined it was around the gasket ...
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Will this work? Shower drain to Flow Well to Storm Drain

My outside shower drain runs 12 feet to a dry well. It backs up after a minute or two after showering. I'm looking at other options and would appreciate any feedback. I have several neighbors with ...
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(How) can I correctly add a utility sink to this washing machine drain setup?

The Background: Shown here, the lovely setup behind my unfinished-basement washing machine. This was all installed just before we bought the house a few years ago, because the sewer is about a foot ...
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Trip lever tub drainage broken inside tub - is there a way to get it out?

I pushed the trip lever down after a bath and the linkage broke so now the tub won’t drain. I removed the lever and linkage, but the plunger is still down there. I found a tip about using a c-hook to ...
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Is additional venting needed for my basement bathroom finish?

My house was built in 2015 and was pre plumbed for a basement bathroom. I called the city and all they can tell me is that a pre pour plumbing inspection was completed. There is the shower, toilet and ...
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How to install a shower pan drain with this non-standard drainage pipe?

I'm installing a shower pan (this one, to be exact) into my condo unit, but I don't think the drain pipe is a standard size. It's a metal pipe, here are some photos of it: I measured the pipe to be 1-...
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Shower Drain Pipe Outer Ring

Updated photo to show make and model - I'm no plumbing expert but it appears that this black raised/bubbled ring around the shower drain pipe needs attention. It's gotten worse over time. Shower drain ...
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Misaligned rough in drain pipe and HVAC vent

I roughed in a VERY small bathroom in the basement, then had an HVAC crew replace some old vents with more discrete boxes to create more headroom. Every inch counts. Problem is, the washer drain on ...
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Bathtub won’t drain

The tub was draining perfectly until I pulled a little hair from the drain. Now the bucket system in my very old tub, wont stay down. I pulled it, soaked it in CLR and greased it but now the lever won’...
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What does section 904.4 of the international plumbing code mean?

I'm trying to figure out where I'm supposed to install my main drain vent stack. I assumed it would be just above the toilet, but I'm confused by section 904.4 of the international plumbing code, ...
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Drain of kitchen sink on a 1/70 slope over 5 m - passive or active solutions

I am making a home improvement and want to route a kitchen drain of 40mm in an existing sleeve of 110mm diameter at approx. floor level over a straight run of 5 m. The best fall I can hope to get is ...
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Garbage Disposal Housing Touching Drain Pipe

I have just taken out an old insinkerator badger 5 and I'm replacing it with a evolution select from Home Depot. First some pictures: Overall situation: A closer look at the drain: From underneath: ...
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Bathroom sink and toilet shared drain

I don’t know how to explain it other than referring to the drawing. Due to short distance between the toilet flange and the nearest drain pipe, and limited access from the sink, I couldn’t come up ...
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How to prevent washing machine discharge from spraying out of drain?

Since moving into a new house, we've been battling with an issue with our washing machine. We've got it plumbed in beneath a sink (as the previous owners had done) as shown in the image below: Above ...
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Dishwasher not draining and emitting a weird sound

I have a 5 years-old Whirlpool WDT910SSYM3 dishwasher and very recently it stopped draining at the end of the washing cycle. Every time I tried to make it drain, it emits a weird and unusual crackling ...
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Smell from laundry drain, possibly no vent?

Just purchased a home that was renovated. Appears to have not been by a professional, nothing major but small things. Not sure what to do on this one. There is a smell coming from the in wall drain....
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Kitchen sink water pipes installed, not cloged but water does not drain at all

I installed the new pipes after the old ones broke. They are all installed as the old ones, but somehow the water doesn't drain at all. See pictures: (click to enlarge) I believe that everything is ...
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Is this a drain-pipe?

I am about to install a water heater in our condo. This is inside the house so I want to be careful about possible leaks. I am putting a drain pan underneath it and need to connect it to a drain ...
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Shower waste, water level

My shower drain is regularly filling up and overflowing, subsequently leaking water outside of the screened shower area. When not in the shower I removed the tile and waste plate and can see the water ...
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Water softener drain challenge - looking for expert advice

I'm replacing a 19 year old Ecowater water softener. The softener is in my basement and drains using 1/2" ID PVC that runs overhead about 45 feet before tapping into the main drain line at the ...
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Is this wet venting solution ok?

I am completely redoing my basement bathroom and am wondering if this way of venting the plumbing is ok. From what I've seen, wet venting is the most money and time efficient way to do it, so I would ...
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DIY Bathroom Addition Vent and Drain Questions

I am adding a bathroom addition and I need some advice on laying out the drains and vents. The new bathroom will be 8'x 15' and will be slab on grade. When the new septic system was installed a few ...
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Tub drain renovation

So I'm renovating an old, rusty tub to avoid replacing it. The drain and overflow valve were rusty and holes were made to remove them. So far, I've used Bondo to fill in gaps, which is working great....
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Code question about wye and 90 degree elbow

Can a 90 degree elbow be placed right next to a Wye? The toilet drains into main branch by a wye. It immediately goes into a 90 elbow to drop the main branch down to the sewer.
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Abs shower drain wtih 2 90° elbow to p-trap in shower drain

I am rebuilding shower, and i have a little issue with drain, I need to move it back and to left, the only way to do it as I figured it out it's to put 2 90° degree elbow together than in to p-trap,I ...
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How to manually drain a free standing water tank (washing machine) into bucket(s)?

Since our washing machine's filter was clogged, I had to drain it manually via emergency drain. As the emergency drain is a very short (about 1 inch) and thin tube located about 1 inch from the floor,...
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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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Tapping into existing 3/4" supply and 3" drain to add washer

I understand there are a lot of variables to something like this, so I'm going to try to provide enough detail that people can at least understand the question here: I have a washer/dryer I'd like to ...
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How to tie interior crawlspace drain to outside discharge pipe?

I am installing an interior perimeter drain in a damp outbuilding crawl space. In the "literature" (YouTube) this kind of drain is commonly described but always with a pumped discharge (basin, pump, 1 ...
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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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