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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Ground flour toilet started bubbling randomly and the water level has risen in the toilet bowl

We live in a house, we have 2 toilets 1 upstairs and 1 downstairs. The downstairs one started bubbling vigorously and the water level in the bowl started rising. Now flushing just increases the water ...
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How to seal tub drain when the plumbing under the tub is “off” & slightly mis-aligned?

This is a newly installed tub. The last thing to do is install the drain. It threads in fine, however, the "shoe" is slightly elevated at the 12 o'clock position and tighten down on the tub ...
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Tub drain wrench doesn't fit

I am trying to replace my tub drain: I tried one of these guys: but neither end fits the hole pattern. So then I thought it had to be this one: but the "fork" side is too narrow. It looks ...
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How to replace bathtub drain stopper?

Here is picture of my tub drain. As you can see, it doesn't have smooth edge. Whenever We clean around, we see very small metal fragments come off from edge. I watched few YouTube videos on how to ...
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How to fix leak in bathroom sink at rubber gasket of drain assembly

I've just installed a new drain assembly from home depot on a new cultured marble bathroom sink. I followed the steps in this fabulous video to prevent leaks, including putty plumbers putty around/on ...
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Drain pipe issue

I recently had a concrete patio poured and I'm looking for some help on how to deal with where the water drains. I think I need some type of metered catch basin. Right now " as is" my ...
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Drain pipe and sink pipe don't line up - gas smell coming out

We installed new vanity and the drain pipe (floor) and sink pipe don't line up to install S-trap. We worked around it by installing a straight pipe but now we are getting smell coming from sewer gas. ...
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Can I Drain Basement Sink into 4ft high washing machine drain?

i want to pump the water from the sink up and over into the washing machine drain hole but nobody does this, the only way they combine the sink and washing machine drain is to drain the washing ...
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Does a kink in a snake ruin it?

I've got a hand operated drain snake which looks similar to this model: I'm trying to snake out the drain under the kitchen sink, but I have found that when I get to a certain point I'm no longer ...
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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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Is this tub pop-up drain stopper fixable/replaceable?

I noticed that the cap was not upright, so I tried to unscrew the cap to reseat it, thinking someone screwed it on incorrectly, and the whole thing very easily came out in my hand. Looking down the ...
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Is this washing machine drain hose too long/ installed wrong?

Yellow is the current setup Should the hose be shortened/rerouted? I'm thinking it would have a hard time draining properly, and I believe my washing machine has issues rinsing. Could this be the ...
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Side offet linear drain

I am currently renovating my bathroom and converting my bathtub into a walk-in tiled shower. In the process of deconstruction I've noticed that I cannot center align my drain with the valves and ...
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How to offset this shower drain

I'm installing a new acrylic shower pan and the drain pipe is off an inch from where the new pan needs it to be. I don't have a ton of room to make adjustments here. I want to use a mechanical seal ...
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Is this type of under-sink connection appropriate?

I had my bathroom remodeled about 6 months ago and today I noticed water under the counter. To my completely untrained eye, the plumbing connection between the sink and the drain line looks hacky. The ...
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Removed old vanity and installed new vanity and there is limited space to install new P-trap

As noted, I have installed the new vanity, and the space between the new sink drain and the wall is very limited (4.5 inches to center of the new sink drain). I thought I could just go on the other ...
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Connecting polypropylene to straight pipe (without inside bevel)

I have a couple of connections that seem like they could work but due to lack of the inside bevel I'm questioning whether or not this will be a good idea. In both cases the threads match and the ...
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Can I use a small (2“ or 1.5”) diameter drain “stack” from a second floor kitchenette down to my crawl space?

My main plumbing stack is on the north side of my house. That handles my three full bathrooms, laundry room, etc. On the second floor, south side of the house, I am building a kitchen area with a ...
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Drain pump on dishwasher running backwards

I have a GE GDT665SFN0DS dishwasher and the other day it stopped pumping out the drain. I checked for debris and clogs, nothing. I did notice that when I ran it without the filter and screen installed ...
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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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Leaking sink drain. Possible defective drain assembly?

I replaced the drain on my bathroom sink, but I'm getting a slow leak when draining water. I've checked and re-checked the P-trap, the rubber gasket at the bottom of the sink, and the wall drainpipe. ...
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drain hose for chest freezer

I'm trying to build a DIY ice bath (Wim Hof style ice baths) using a chest freezer. I have a Magic Chef small size chest freezer (pic below). I need to drain the water in it every couple of months or ...
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Connect small diameter poly tubing to 4" PVC drain pipe

I have a wastewater output from an RO system that I need to drain. The RO system is located in the basement, so the only drain pipe available is the 4" main drain for the house which is PVC. The ...
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Tiling back patio over concrete, with slant towards drain

We have a small 9' x 9' concrete back patio that has a drain in the center (see pic). The cement is angled towards the drain, so when it rains there actually isn't too much water build up, which is ...
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S Trap conversion - not enough room

I'm getting some gurgling from my kitchen sink which I think is due to this S trap. No ventilation. I want to convert to a P trap, and bring an AAV into the situation but with the current PVC layout ...
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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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How can I accommodate newer washing machines with older drains?

There is a similar thread on this topic. I've got a new LG WT1101CW top load washer and our drain pipe can't keep up with the flowrate coming from the washer. It's a great idea to add a larger ...
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Draining 2 series connected water heaters?

I have 2 series-connected water heaters. I have sediment showing up in my shower head clogging it. So I am thinking I need to flush my water heaters. I understand if I have 1 water heater to shut ...
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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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Roof Drain Stack: Split 3“ pipe into two 2” pipes?

My existing 3" roof drain stack runs through an interior wall that was furred/boxed out a bit to allow for the 3" pipe size. To make this wall flush again I'm wondering if there would be ...
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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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How can I reduce my 2“ shower drain to match my 1 1/2” ABS drain plumbing?

I have this Kohler shower base that I am about to install. At the bottom of that page it says it pairs well (for them) with their shower drain Specs here (PDF) Here are the dimensions for it: ...
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Do I need a floor drain for the water heater in my townhome?

I’m looking at replacing an 11-year-old water heater as the hot water has become extremely discolored recently. I have flushed it twice in five years (I know, not enough) and could never remove the ...
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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 remove this galvenized pipe?

I'm attempting to replace the pipes between the bathroom sink ptrap till the end of the pipe that leads to the basement as you can see depicted in the photo. I was able to remove the ptrap as well as ...
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Is a drain snake the right tool to clean a long-term clogged bath pipe?

OK, I'm not sure how to explain this best... If you have a better wording in mind for the title, please edit or tell me: The setup: I live in an apartment. The bathtub after the U-bend connects to ...
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Can I use horizontal 90 degree elbows to run a p trap along a wall?

Off center vent stack (see picture). Can I use a 90 degree elbow out of the vent stack, run drain pipe along the wall, and then another 90 degree elbow so that the p track will point directly ...
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How can I extend this waste drain for new bathroom sink?

I'm looking to extend this pvc waste pipe coming out of the wall to accommodate my new bathroom sink. It's too short as it is and doesn't quite reach the new p-trap placement. Does anyone know how ...
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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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Drain for basement utility sink

I want to put a utility sink in my basement next to the washing machine. The sewer is about 4 ft off the floor so it will need a pump. There is an existing drain for the washing machine that ...
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Re-occurring kitchen drain backup

We’ve had a ongoing issue with our kitchen sink gurgling and partially backing up. Plumbers have been out three times to snake the line. The first two were one year apart. The latest snaking was 6 ...
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Can an AAV be in a crawl space if the P trap is also in the crawl space?

I have a situation where the P trap to the washing machine is in the crawl space instead of in the wall. There is no vent. I thought about adding an Air Admittance Vent in the wall (see diagram--...
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Concern with whirlpool tub pump drainage

I am having a whirlpool tub installed by a plumber. This is the tub. We purchased it with an upgraded pump, specifically this one. It came from the factory looking like this: The pump is mounted at ...
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Will a doubled P-trap cause problems if it has a vent between the traps?

Our plumber discovered that the drain pipe under our bathroom sink (which is done properly with a P-trap and vent) has a second P-trap down in the crawl space, which is incorrect. I've been ...
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How to remove bathtub drain

This bathtub drain gets stuck whenever I try to pull it out. Is there a different removal method to get it out besides turning the drain anti-clockwise?
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Drain pipe valve under garbage disposal for compost

I have this idea but I don't know if such thing exists. Basically I want to build a switching / valve mechanism that connects to garbage disposal output so that I can flip it to and point the grinded ...
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2 toilets, 1 slow?

Single-family Florida concrete block home built in 1979, city water and sewage. Hallway bathroom toilet flushes great, quickly swirls, drains completely and quickly, refills. Master bedroom toilet, ...
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Small atrium in 3rd floor of building has a storm drain that's leaking down to the crawlspace. How do i fix this?

My building (old 4 unit Victorian) has a small atrium on the 3rd floor with a storm drain that's leaking all the way down to the crawlspace underneath the building. When it rains, i can hear light ...
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Our Jacuzzi tub just stopped draining. What could be causing this? We’ve tried it all

We’ve just moved into an older home which happens to have a Jacuzzi tub. I’m sure it hasn’t been used in years, but it fired up just fine and we’ve used it 4 times. However, all of a sudden it just ...

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