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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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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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Best/Quickest way to drain hot water lines from tank?

Due to serious lack of appropriately placed shut-off valves in my house plumbing (not my fault, it came that way), I need to shut off the cold water supply to my gas hot water heater so I can replace ...
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How to convert 1 1/2 inch drain pipe to 2 inches coming from my basement floor?

I need to have washer and laundry sink installed in my basement. Washer drain needs to be 2". I have only 1 1/2" pipe. Do I need to replace that cleanup box? Lokks like all this is glued together. I'm ...
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Where to pour bleach solution to unclog AC drain

I don’t see the opening to pour a bleach solution into on my current system. Old ones had a cap that I could remove. Any ideas? The pic shows the systems drain pipes.
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New construction, who is responsible for water drainage?

We moved into our new construction and opted to do the landscaping at a later time. I have already put downspouts and extensions to get the water 20 ft away from the house. However, the way the land ...
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Tum toe tap drain removal

I am trying to clear a clog in my bath drain with toe touch stop. I have removed the top portion by unscrewing it. I can’t turn the screw in the bottom portion at all. How can I get it out? Thanks!
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Is this a drain fly? [closed]

The fly/moths have been increasing in my apartment. All my windows are closed. All summer there would occasionally be a few in my bathroom, and in the past week I sometimes come home to find tens of ...
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How to remove shower drain

My shower drain is clogged. I want to open the drain cover, but I can't get it off (see picture of drain cover) How should this be opened: prying it off or unscrewing it? Regards, UPDATE This ...
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Basement has crack over a drain run no water leaking

I'm trying to figure out how concerned to be. Most of the basement has slate tile, but I tore out a kitchen, and discovered this crack running from the nearest wall, to the sink drain, and on across ...
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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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How to connect plumbing to a trap adapter which is already installed?

I'm replacing the drain plumbing from my bathroom sink, and there is currently a 1-1/4" male threaded PVC fitting coming from the wall, which I assume is a trap adapter that was installed at some ...
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Washer drain pan installation

I am trying to install the drain pan for the washer. I found the pipe to fit in the drain pipe underneath the tile.(when I put 3/4 inch pipe inside the pipe underneath the tile, it goes few inches ...
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Are these bends in the tub drain going to be an issue?

Im getting ready to run the drain for my basement bathroom but I'm concerned that I have too many turns in the tub drain. I had to start in the wrong direction in order to pick up a wall for a vent. ...
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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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Possible to drain mini split into clean out opening?

I have a mini split in a bedroom that was set up so the condensed water drains via a plastic hose into 5 gallon bucket in the cellar. There is no proper drainage in the cellar so periodically I have ...
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How do I fix a sewer snake cable that has kinked inside the spooler cage?

I had to snake out my sewer this weekend and rented a large sewer snake from the hardware store. When I hit the problem area the cutting tip on the end of the cable apparently got stuck and I didn't ...
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Hot water heater T&P discharge going into furnace condensate pump?

I recently had some electrical work done at my house, and as part of that, the power was shut off. After a few minutes, we noticed water coming from the closet containing the hot water heater and ...
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What to do for unused shower drain? (Prevent sewer vapors and mosquito larvae.)

I have a shower stall with a drain that is going unused. My first concern is that if the water evaporates out of the plumbing trap below, I could have sewer vapors coming up, so I pour in some water ...
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Is this an ok construction for a bathroom sink drain?

I have a bathroom sink that is constantly clogged or running slow. I’ve cleaned out the P trap, removed the pop up drain stopper and it still ran slow. I bought a DIY snake and can’t get it past these ...
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Never seen before tub overflow plate

Replacing all the tub trim including the overflow plate and drain trim. I cannot find an overflow plate like this that goes onto a threaded pipe without any screws.
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How can I reduce the sound of my HVAC condensation drain?

I recently had a brand new addition added to our house include a new master bath, plus a new HVAC system. The unit sits above the bathroom in the attic. The HVAC installer connected the drain for ...
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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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washer drain overflowing, tried cleaning vent

The drain pipe for the water coming from the washing machine overflows. I tried drano, but that did not fix the problem. I climbed onto the roof and slid the metal snake down the pipe. I met some ...
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How to prevent the washing machine outlet from backflowing to other devices

I have a washing machine that drains into a sink standpipe. I also have a clothes dryer that drains to sewage or greywater plumbing. When I connect the two via a T-piece with the dryer inlet at the ...
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I have a leaking drain in my kitchen sink

There are two washers that are constantly coming loose under my kitchen sink. I've tightened and retightened both of them with a pipe wrench, but they always come loose. They don't seem to be ...
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Is it safe to put drain cleaner down a dishwasher?

I believe, my dishwasher is not draining fully. (See separate discussion of my diagnosis here. For this question let us assume I'm correct.) We've cleaned the filter and followed the relevant ...
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How To Stop Hair Going Down Square Shower Drain

My shower drain is a 3.5 x 3.5" square with largish holes. I want to keep hair from getting into the septic, so under it I have a round trap that goes in the pipe. This is effective, however it gums ...
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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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Cast iron drain pipe replacement

I live in a ranch with a concrete slab for a foundation built in 1956. The kitchen drain feeds into the pipe under the concrete where it is rotted or collapsed. This 2 inch pipe runs approx 18 feet to ...
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OK to drain humidifier into basement floor drain

What I have in my basement could loosely be called a drain. It doesn't have a pipe. Best I can tell, they just cut a 3 inch hole in the floor; all you see is the rocks under the floor. I've been ...
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How can I align an existing drain trap with my new kitchen sink?

Installed new kitchen sink and the drain is 4" off from the existing p-trap. The below pics illustrate my problem. Today I will buying a tailpiece with a dishwasher connect. When the tailpiece is ...
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How can I drain the hot water line in my house? (re: adding a spigot)

I'd like to add a hot water spigot to the outside of my house but my hot water heater doesn't have a shutoff for the output (ie. hot water side of plumbing). However, the cold water has a shutoff (...
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Bath tub stopper won't go down into “locked” position anymore

I took off the bathtub stopper and now, when I put it back down into the drain, it won't push down into the locked position! Gahhh.... Basically, the stopper will fit into the drain, but it's left ...
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Bathroom vanity instalation

I am installing a new vanity and the sink will be relocated about 12” off set from the exit pipe coming out of the wall. Is this a problem? And should the P-trap be located closer to the sink or ...
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Can a vent be started from a wye?

Is it ok to start a vent on a 45 from a wye like on this drawing? I need to clear the edge of the sink (actually a giant double compartment sink) before I can go up and start horizontal once I clear ...
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How can liquid enzymatic drain decloggers reach the clog in a toilet drain?

I added liquid enzymatic drain "declogger" (brand: Earthworm) to a clogged toilet drain that I already tried plunging. How are the enzymes supposed to reach the clog, unless the clog is in the first ...
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Water heater flush yielded almost no sediment

I did a water heater flush by turning off my heat down to the pilot light only and setting it to pilot instead of on, let it sit overnight. I then opened the stock drain valve and let it drain until ...
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Dropped my ring in a shower drainage. How do I get it back?

Unlike sink in a washing bin, I don't have access to the U shape part of the pipe and it's not visible. What is the recommended way to get the ring? The ring is quite heavy and not magnetic; I'm have ...
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Sink too low for p pipe

My new sink is too deep for the drain. How can I plumb it to lower the p pipe?
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Is this flexible drain trap configuration acceptable?

I recently redid my entire bathroom (new to all of this), The sink we chose has a draw back we discovered late into the remodel...it has a non-removable drawer that sits almost level with the drain ...
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Can I run a sink drain horizontally through an adjacent cabinet?

I am in the process of finishing my basement, and am at the stage where I need to plumb the wet bar sink. When the house was built, the contractor just plumbed the area for the future wet bar, and we ...
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Schluter®-KERDI-DRAIN hair catcher

I just had a Schluter®-KERDI-DRAIN installed in the shower. After a few weeks it's been working fine. Out of curiosity I unscrewed the grate to see the hair situation and only found a few clumps ...
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Water backing into dishwasher WITH new check valve and loop in place?

So this is really baffling... Our GE Profile dishwasher is having an issue with dirty water backing into it while it's off. We've had the dishwasher for years with no issues, it just recently started ...
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How much grease accidentally going down a drain is a concern?

I always try to dispose of my cooking grease safely, but I'm curious as to how grease actually causes a clog in a drain. For example, if a bit of cooking grease gets down the drain one time, will it ...
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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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How can I get this elbow off my shower drain, or do I need to replace the entire assembly?

I've had a shower that drains extremely slowly. I added an air admittance vent. After doing so, apparently I was too rough on the connections b/c the shower started leaking like crazy the next day. ...
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Help with drain and vent configuration

What to do with this drain situation? The kitchen sink drain shares the galvanized pipe there. Problems have been that the water from the kitchen sink backs up into the bathroom drain and there is ...
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How to determine the location of the clogged spot in floor drain using a powered drain auger, and auger tip suggestion?

I have a basement floor drain that clogs and backs up a bit (but do slowly drain all the water). I used a powered auger attempting to clear it but without total success (it drains better but not as ...
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Determine the purpose of a particular stack

I'm removing a sink that's draining to a 2" PVC stack. However, it appears that there might be another sink or shower connected to the same stack. (I live in a odd-ball house with 3 bedrooms and 14 ...
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Dishwasher causes terrible smell in disposal - why?

Our 15-year-old Asko dishwasher has its drain connected to the garbage disposal on our sink, and it in turns drains through a P-trap into a sewer pipe that has a "sure vent" (not vented to the roof or ...