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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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Good way to remove something from a bathroom sink overflow drain?

My wife dropped an earring down the overflow drain of her bathroom sink. The earring is about 1" in diameter, so the hole which goes from the overflow to the main drain is too small for it to pass ...
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Why does my dishwasher back up into the sink, but running the disposal allows it to drain?

When my dishwasher runs the kitchen sink backs up. I have a two tub sink and only the side nearest the dishwasher with the garbage disposer backs up. Running the disposal for a few seconds causes the ...
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Is it safe to flush newspaper down the toilet?

Recently an Australian newspaper printed several blank pages to help readers who may have run out of toilet paper. Would it be safe to flush pieces of newspaper down the toilet?
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Is my fast-draining, gurgling sink the cause of sewer smells?

My laundry has a washing machine, a large sink, a toilet and a small hand basin. The washing machine drains into the large sink. We sometimes notice a sewer-like smell in the laundry. I'm trying to ...
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What can I do about my drains constantly getting blocked?

The one thing I have tried to do about this is use those foaming and non-foaming drain unblockers regularly. That has just been money down the drain, pardon the pun. I suspect that unblockers only ...
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What can cause a never-frozen indoor copper drain pipe to crack?

The 1-1/2" copper waste pipe than runs from our kitchen just up and cracked two days ago along its length, and for no apparent reason. The crack is in a section of pipe that runs vertically through ...
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How can I refill the toilet after the water has evaporated from disuse?

My toilet bowl and tank water appear to have evaporated after several weeks of disuse. How should I go about getting water in them again? I haven't tried anything yet because I didn't want to do the ...
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French Drain: Why do I need 3" of rock bedding beneath the pipe?

I'm having issues with a leaky basement in the Portland area. There's dirt, mud, and vegetation outside of my foundation wall, and it's absorbing lots of rainwater. 4 feet of it is inside my property ...
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What is this mysterious pipe in my back yard?

There's a plastic pipe with a vent cover in my back yard that runs to a green cap in the middle of the yard. What is this for? I don't have a septic tank. Update: this picture shows the entire ...
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Does a plumbing vent need to penetrate the roof? (Can it penetrate a wall?)

We're going to move our washer/dryer to the garage (the front loader needs to sit on concrete to keep it from shaking our house to the ground). I'll need to add a washer drain to the garage for the ...
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Is it safe to have a drain in the floor out to the septic tank with no trap?

I had a contractor add an additional bath. When we were planning out the project, he mentioned my lack of a water heater valve drain pan. Instead, he installed a drain directly into the septic line ...
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Strange suction in toilet and sink, like a vacuum in the sewer pulling the water out

This is hard to explain.. But I was sitting in my bedroom when all of a sudden my toilet started draining, then the sinks in the bathroom started pulling air in, then when the water from the toilet ...
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Why would a P-Trap be required before an air gap for a refrigerator drain?

Background: A walk-in refrigerator with a remote refrigeration system includes an evaporator coil that requires a drain. The typical installation is an indirect drain (terminating above a funnel drain ...
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Attempt to locate buried sewer line with melted snow?

I live in a housing addition (built 1965-1980) in the barren (no trees) Oklahoma panhandle. The first thing the new home owners in this area did was plant as many trees as possible. Over last several ...
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Can anyone tell me what kind of drain this is?

I found this drain in my basement in the middle of a raised rectangle of concrete. Its supposed to be for a shower the previous owner installed. I have never seen this drain type. Looking for answers ...
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How do I fix my bathtub drain plug that's not working?

I've looked online and couldn't figure out exactly what I need to do. I just moved to a new flat and found out that the bathtub drain plug doesn't work well, so water leaves from the bathtub pretty ...
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Is my p-trap installed correctly?

I just moved into a new house and am having a problem where the sink takes longer than normal to drain. Also, while using the shower, there is a gurgling from the sink. I tried some drain cleaner, but ...
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How can I reseal a shower drain on a pre-formed shower base?

The shower drain in my first-floor bathroom leaks. Based on looking from the basement below, it seems the leak is at the point where the drain assembly should clamp to the shower base (which is pre-...
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Snaking a clogged tub drain

My tub was draining slowly, so I removed the drain cover stopper and reached down into the drain with needle-nose pliers and extracted a disgusting wad of hair and soap residue, as I have done several ...
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Do I need a vent for extending a drain to a new bathroom addition?

I am building a new full bathroom on what used to be my back porch. I am planning to extend the existing drain at a cleanout and to run it outside the house underneath the floor. I need to know if I ...
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Sink tailpiece doesn't line up with trap

After installing a new bathroom sink, the drain tailpiece doesn't line up with the trap coming out of the wall. I've seen flexible accordion hoses for this, but I think that violates code (P3002.3.1)....
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Garbage Disposal - Water Shoots Up Non-Disposal Side

Understand this is asked often. Each case is different though and have not found someone with my plumbing configuration (see pictures). So when we turn on garbage disposal we get water shooting up ...
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How to fix stinky bathroom sink?

It smells like really musty water, but the water itself does not smell or taste bad at all. Only happens when I run the water, so it doesn't make the room smell, just when you fill something up or ...
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How can I prevent water from pooling in the street in front of my house?

I have a problem with water pooling in front of my house. Between my Sprinklers and the rain there is always a puddle where my lawn meets the street. What do you think is the best way to stop this ...
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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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What is this object inside my bathtub drain that is causing a blockage?

My bathtub drain seems to be clogged whenever I close and open the drain stopper. Plumbers snaked the drain but nothing comes out and the drain starts draining again. I put a camera through the ...
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Under sink has cylindrical fixture instead of J-pipe, what is it and how to clear it out?

Part of my problem is not knowing the names of what I'm referring to, so feel free to suggest title edits please. A bathroom sink is draining very slowly after someone bearded shaved, despite them ...
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How can I temporarily repair a lengthwise crack in an ABS drain pipe?

I have a 3" diameter by 4 ft long, vertical ABS sewer drain pipe (unpressurized), in my wall that has a crack running lengthwise for around two feet and slowly getting longer. I've called a ...
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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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Do tub drains of the same diameter ever have different thread-per-inch counts?

My tub's drain flange has had the little cross piece inside it broken out, which means I cannot screw a grid drain into it. Right now, it's totally open and an invitation for my toddler to drop stuff ...
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Can I temporarily cap off a PVC drain line without solvent (during a reno)?

I'm doing a bathroom reno and will be removing the bathtub and shower, and they will be out for quite some time. Because of this, I want to cap off the 1.5" and 2" PVC drain pipes (rather ...
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How do I correctly join this sink fitting to the wall pipe?

I was unclogging a blocked drain and putting everything back together and I'm unsure how this piece is supposed to work Here it is just loosely resting where it came from. It seemed to be held onto ...
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Is Liquid Plumr or Drano safe to use with a septic system?

Just as the title asks, is it safe to use products like Liquid Plumr or Drano in a Septic system?
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Connecting a p-trap via bending the drain stem vs the trap arm?

I have a p-trap that has an outlet that ends too close to the wall for it to be able to be connected straight into the trap adapter of the vent inside the wall. I'd like to avoid the non-code ...
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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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Can't re-attach bathroom sink drain pipe

I was trying to fix a slow draining bathroom sink today, so I followed the instructions in this YouTube video. Everything went fine (and it's draining perfectly now), but I can't seem to re-attach the ...
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Where to drain pool water

I have a 20K gallon pool that I need to drain. I don't have a proper sewer cleanout, but I do have access to a waste line that is on the exterior wall of my house, adjacent to one of the bathrooms. It ...
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White solid drain pipe vs black flexible corrugated pipe for a french drain

Which one is preferable if you have a straight line 2 feet deep trench in mostly clay soil? I'll put either one in a sock with gravel. There are some roots around the trench so I thought the solid ...
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How do I fix broken screw flange in shower drain?

On my shower drain, I have a broken screw flange, so only one of the screws is holding the drain cover in place. This causes the drain cover to slide around easily when your foot hits it during a ...
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Bath and sink connected on same pipe - bath gurgling when sink emptied

The bath and sink are connected to the same pipe as shown on schematic below - pipe has a gradient downwards towards the main pipe (yes, I have found some people fit it with an upward gradient!). ...
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Do I have to periodically pour water down my basement floor drain to maintain the p-trap water seal?

There is a sewer smell coming from my basement. There are only a couple entries to the sewer in the basement: A laundry sink that acts as the drain for a water softener (which regenerates every few ...
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How do I retrieve a detached plunger from a bathtub drain?

I have an old bathtub drain assembly that is similar to this: As far as I can tell, the linkage broke off completely due to old age. If I unscrew the trip lever and cover, it's not attached to ...
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How to snake a bathtub with no overflow drain?

Our upstairs bath tub has been taking longer and longer to drain and my wife has finally tasked me to fix it. Yesterday I literally emptied an entire bottle of Liquid Plumber down the drain (...
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How do I install a sink in a room that doesn't have a drain vent?

I want to install a sink in my attached garage where there is no existing plumbing. I will be running new water supply and drain pipes to mains behind a nearby wall. I'm concerned I will need a ...
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How do I handle a piece of wax from a toilet ring falling into the drain?

When removing my toilet, a piece of wax approximately the size of a golf ball fell into the drain. I can't reach it with my arm. What would be the best way to address this? I imagine this could ...
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How do I open this sink trap?

I have a clogged sink in my bathroom. Tried a bunch of things already, like chemicals, a pump plunger - no success. I don't know what's in there but it seems serious. The next step would be to open ...
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Can p-trap be installed higher than drain entry?

I have p-trap entry in drain at 16" above the floor. However, vanity that I got has lower drawer which has top at about the same height. There is also about 4" clearance behind drawer. I was told that ...
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How does an external tower style bathtub drain work?

I have this style tub drain and can't figure out how it works. Does it simply block the flow of water when lowered? Or is there something more complicated happening? My tub has stopped draining and ...
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Why does a laundry drain need to be installed at a minimum height of 30"?

My laundry machine doesn't work properly in my new flat (the wash cycle never ends), and the instructions specify that the common cause of my problem is that the drain is too low (my drain is indeed ...
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Why are there bubbles in my bathroom toilet and sink?

I have had a lot of really odd things happen in my bathroom this weekend and I want to make sure it is nothing too serious. Ok so when I was taking a shower I heard the toilet bubble up. A few ...
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