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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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Is a threshold drain outside my laundry room and bathroom, draining to daylight, a good idea?

We are building out a two-room suite that consists of a full bathroom (tub, sink, toilet) and a full laundry room (washer, sink). There is one single door that enters into this two room suite. I ...
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Bathtub Drain leakage - recurring failures

I have had recurring problems with a bathtub drain leaking. After soaking the ceiling below the problem is noticed, and each time reapplying putty to the drain, seems to solve the problem. ...
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How do I remove the connected **plunger** of a bathtub linkage assembly that won't fit through the opening?

I have a trip lever mechanism on my old tub and want to replace it because the water stop lever is faulty and the tub drains and leaks slowly. I removed the cover plate from the overflow opening and ...
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What is this rubber tubing called?

What is this rubber looking elbow here called and where can it be purchased? It's the black part that is fastened to the 3/4" pvc using hose clamps. For some context, this is a condensate drain on an ...
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How to inspect/test old capped off drain pipe

I have a roughed-in bathroom in the basement of my 1969 home. There is a 1.5" metal drain pipe coming through the slab. It is capped with a metal cap. I am looking to install a bathtub and use this ...
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Restrictions on 45 on bottom of vertical Drain Main

I'm getting ready to install a vertical 4" pipe to serve an upstairs bathroom and vent to the roof. At the bottom, in the basement, I want to install 2 45 degree bends to get from the wall out into ...
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How can I extend the rough-in drain away from the wall?

I installed a new bathroom vanity and sink, and the sink is a slightly different size than the old one. As such, the tailpiece for the new sink doesn't line up with the existing drain line coming out ...
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Why can the gurgling sound of water only be heard when it's disappeared down a drain, and not before?

In lots of sinks that I've used, I've noticed that the water makes a gurgling sound when it has all disappeared down the drain - however, the gurgling sound can only be heard after all of the water ...
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How to deal with drain pipe sticking out of bathroom wall

This is the picture of a wall behind the toilet. You can see the black pipe sticking out of the drywall about 1" The previous owner decided to build a box around it. I didn't know what was inside and ...
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what is the correct slope for a 2" horizontal drain pipe

For a 2" drain pipe horizontal run in a bathroom, what is the correct slope drop per 10 feet? Also, can a single 2" drain pipe support a separate tub, shower and 2 sinks?
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If an overflow gasket does not fit, can it be rotated?

Our new tub is very vertical at the supply/drain side at the overflow hole. The drain fitting we have slopes backwards very slightly where it connects. The rubber gasket for the overflow is very ...
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Can this drain pipe service two bathroom sinks?

we are in the process of modifying some rooms and we have an existing 3" pipe with a 1 1/5" drain pipe as shown here: We're trying to add a sink on the side currently not serviced by the drain pipe ...
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What is the best way to drain my patio?

Here is what the lowest corner of my patio looks like in heavy rain. My plan is to remove some of the cement bricks in that corner and to create some sort of drain -not sure if I should connect it to ...
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Hooking aftermarket drain hose to Frigidaire dishwasher

I would like to replace the 8' factory drain hose that came with my Frigidaire dishwasher (model FMB330RGC0) with a 6' hose to save space under the sink. I ordered a replacement hose, which needs to ...
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Can Air Admittance Valve under bathroom sink fix bathtub drain overflow?

In my duplex, when Unit B flushing water down the drain, the bathroom sink and bathtub in Unit A would have sewage overflow up. I researched and I think about using Air Admittance Valve under the ...
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Faint sewer smell in highrise bathroom during high winds in one direction?

I rent an apartment in a highrise, and often smell a faint sewage smell when there are high north-westerly winds with gusts. Following suggestions on a past Stack Exchange posting, I did the simple ...
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Slip nuts - brass and PVC

I've got a brass tub drain of 1 1/2" diameter, and the p-trap it connects to is the 1 1/2" PVC. The brass drain kit did not come with any slip joint nuts for the part where the bottom of the brass ...
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Toilet just fills with water then it will slowly drain but nothing other then water goes down. Not even one sheet of toilet paper. Please help

When I flush my toilet it fills up to the rim with water. It will then drain slowly but not even a piece of toilet paper will go down the drain. I've tried plunging it and nothing is coming up like it ...
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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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Waterproofing / drainage around jacuzzi tub perimeter

I have a large jacuzzi tub with jets in my house that I rent out short term on AirBnB. The jacuzzi is on the second floor, directly over a first floor bedroom and on numerous occasions people have ...
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Minimum length for shower drain?

The shower drain in my fiberglass shower is poking up and slightly off center, which caused a small leak. I had assistance with fixing it, but it gives very little clearance below for me to drywall ...
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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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Remove broken drain in manufactured home

I have a drain for a bathtub that is stuck and broken. I was able to get it to turn, which seemed like a good thing, but looking in the drain, the fitting is turning as well. I tried using the flange ...
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Does a fixture connected directly to the ground stack (vented) need to be vented separately?

I'm adding a shower in the basement (there was a half-bathroom already) and the new drain is literally right by the stack (probably few feet away, 3-4' max), so I would think the air coming from the ...
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Clear Drain from Toilet to Street

My downstairs toilet is the last fixture hooked up to the house drain line before it makes its way to the public sewer system. This line between the toilet and the public sewer gets clogged ...
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Washer drain pipe flush against outside wall

I am looking for a way to fix an every winter, problem with the drain pipe from our washer. We live in Alaska and we have a 1960's built ranch with no basement but crawl space under entire house (no ...
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Is my plumbing drain/vent setup ok?

I'm new at plumbing, working on installing a master bath in our house. Pictured is the room with the shower pan in place, a vanity drawn where that will go and you can see the toilet flange sitting in ...
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How can I install the drain for my reverse osmosis water filter?

I have purchased a Whirpool Reverse Osmosis Water Filter which installs under the sink. I am trying to install it and have run into an issue with the drain: the revers osmosis filter has a red tube ...
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How to determine if a drain running into concrete slab has a trap?

Had a home inspection recently that indicated this drain may not be trapped. It's a wet bar in my basement that we've never used since we bought the place. The sink works fine, just never used it. ...
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how to deal with tub drain smell?

There's a foul odor in our kids (teens) bathroom which I'm pretty sure is coming from the tub drain. We have some kind of domed cover over the drain most of the time to catch hair, but apparently it ...
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How can raise a downspout drain from ground level (Picture)

I have a gutter downspout in my backyard that leads to a 4" clay drain which leads to the municipal sewer line. Currently the opening sits at ground level. I'd like to raise the ground level a few ...
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Why did my sink drain blockage clear after several weeks?

Recently I installed a new kitchen in a flat in a very old house (1830s) in a neighbourhood known for sagging pipes. The old pipes up to the soil stack were cleaned by a pro, after the kitchen was ...
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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 purchasing a valve necessary when shopping for a bathroom faucet?

A product page for a bathroom sink states a "rough in valve" must be purchased separately for the purpose of installation. I wasn't sure if I really needed that because I am just going to replace my ...
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Fixing garage drain

So I am planning to put an epoxy on my old garage floor, but before I do that, I want to get my drain taken care of. As you can see from the picture, its in pretty rough shape. How would I go about ...
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Venting a double kitchen sink (converting from an S trap to a P trap with AAV in a tight space)

I'm replacing my double kitchen sink and replacing an S trap with a P trap. There is no vent nearby that I can tie into easily, so I'm going with an under sink AAV. Issue is, I don't have much space ...
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Stopping sewer smell

I have a sewer near the house where two sewer pipes meet. The problem is that it's been built badly and a lot of sewage remains there instead of going in the 3rd pipe. How could I make it go through ...
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How to tell if lightly clogged shower drain has a venting problem?

I have a shower drain that was snaked a few months ago and has started having a very light back up again. After maybe 5 seconds of unenthusiastic plunger work, it clears up just fine. But come back an ...
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finding the easy to install vessel sink drain stopper

I have a vessel sink which is lacking a drain stopper. The vessel sink does not have a pop out system (buttom to pop out the drain). The internal diameter is probably 1 inch. When i look for drain ...
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How can I accommodate high washing machine drain flow rates with older plumbing?

Newer machines have a drain flow rate which overwhelms older drains, and there's no adjustment. The only answer I ever hear is tear up your floor and put in new bigger drain pipe. That is not an ...
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Using self leveling cement in basement bathroom around drain

Should you a use self leveling product over the slope towards a drain in the concrete floor in basement bathroom? We are wanting to install luxury vinyl plank in the bathroom and most sites say to ...
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Plunger stuck inside tub drain

I have an older bathtub with a "plunger drain" setup like this: I can see the very top of the plunger's linkage assembly (it must have become detached from the trip lever linkage at some point, and ...
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Seal bathroom sink drain to vanity/wall

I'd like to seal the hole in the wall/vanity where the drain goes to. I assume there is some sort of circle cap that I could glue there. The reason is that I feel a current of air going out of there....
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How can I prevent my AC condensate pipe from making my soil soggy?

I live in a Townhouse in NC, in a community under a HOA management. I've been doing some improvements on my patio. One of them that I couldn't find a solution is what to do with the condensed water ...
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How to best cover corrugated plastic along basement wall without affecting the catching of wall water?

We recently had the drain tile replaced in our basement. We are in the process of putting in vinyl planks in the unfinished portion, and have these black plastic correlated pieces lining the walls. ...
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Keeping Large Channel Trench Drain Clear

My new garage has a large Channel trench drain in front of it. The architect oversized the trench drain and used a non-typical 12-inch drain. I'm confident that I won't get water in my garage. But on ...
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How to hook up this kitchen drain?

I'm trying to use flexible hose drain pipes that came with the sink. How do I attach this pipe to the wall drain? Also, Can I attach dishwasher drain to this inlet - I believe its originally designed ...
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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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How can I separate a drain pipe from a sleeve protruding from the floor?

I am assuming that this late 1940s, early 1950s, drain pipe, which goes into a pipe protruding up through the floor, is simply sealed there with putty. Is that correct? Should it be dislodged and ...
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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 ...