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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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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Can I clean out a GE dishwasher drain pump?

I have a GE GDT530 dishwasher that just went out of warranty 2 months ago. Now it's starting to make crackling sounds when it's draining water and it sounds like there is some debris in the drain pump....
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How can I remove grout and mortar from a drain?

I accidentally poured some mortar and grout down my bathroom drain when I was cleaning the remains of a bucket of mortar after tiling the kitchen. The drain was plugged up pretty bad so I tried to ...
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Should I secure a free-standing vanity sink to prevent drain pipe damage?

I recently installed a free-standing vanity sink in my laundry room, similar to the one pictured below. Due to the configuration of the drain and supply pipes in the room, the sink could not be ...
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Why are shower drains 2“, but tub drains 1.5”?

In the US, code dictates that the drain (p-trap and arm) on a shower use 2" pipe, while on a tub you use 1.5" pipe. I understand that is code, but I am curious as to why it is the way it is. ...
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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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Basement drain without a trap

What do you do if your basement đrain doesn't have a trap? I tried shined a flash light down and the pipe just goes straight down. The house smells and 3 buckets of water have not helped.
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How can I remove a stuck bath stopper assembly?

The drain in our tub is slow and I'd like to snake it. I was planning on going through the overflow / drain stopper toggle plate: But I can't remove the stopper and link from the overflow pipe. It ...
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What could be causing all of my washing machine troubles?

The past few times we have tried to use the washing machine, it has given off a burning smell and has even begun to smoke a bit.  Also, it doesn't appear to be draining fully in the spin cycle, so the ...
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What is the correct material to reseal a shower pan to a drain pipe?

After finding a leak in room below my shower, I discovered that the silicone like ring that was attaching my shower pan to my drain pipe was peeling back I pulled the seal the rest of the way out, ...
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how to tell if a remote lot ever floods?

Any way to tell if some remote lots I have ever floods? It's 3 hours away and i've been there a few times and even after rains seems not, but I'd like to be sure. would driving some white wood ...
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Where do I cut glued piping to reconnect a new p drain for new sink?

I am installing a new sink/vanity and the drain needs to be relocated (closer to wall). The piping is all glued vs a simple "unscrew this nut" operation. Where do I cut and how do I reconnect? Pic of ...
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Sewage smell from kitchen sink area

(An update is below the pictures.) We just moved to our house in November and had to buy a new dishwasher. We had installers install it for us. A couple of months ago, we started noticing a bad odor ...
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Old drain clogged with a lot of ceiling spackle

The man that fixed the ceiling over our tub cleaned his tools, pan, buckets in the little tiny bathroom sink. Now the drain is clogged and the area below is too small for my husband to get into. ...
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How to stop downstairs toilet from bubbling when upstairs toilet is flushed?

I have a newly installed toilet on ground floor of my house. The drain of this ground floor toilet is connected (in the basement) to the drain stack of the toilet in the attic on the 3rd floor. When I ...
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Ideas to hide pipe between bathtub and drain

not sure if it's the right forum for my question, but I'll give it a shot. I'm about to start a quick and cheap renovation of my Bathroom (basically putting some finish on top of the walls and floor ...
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How can I fit a trap on a sink bowl that's directly above the vertical drain pipe?

I am just replacing an old double bowl sink at a rental unit . I put a new granite countertop in and now have a single bowl coming down the bottom . The sink and pipe going to the ground is just ...
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Re-framing basement walls after flooding. Drain tile with no concrete?

Im getting ready to re-frame basement walls after basement flood (shocking images attached). I'll be doing this for every wall portion that can possibly flood: 1) ridgid XPS foam insulation ...
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Is it a problem to have water around a tub drain flange?

I just replaced my 30 year old tub drain flange with a new one. I have made sure that the flange is tightened. Water goes down the new configuration just fine - it is not clogged. However, after ...
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How can I remove calcium deposits from a drain?

My shower drain has 4 plastic "teeth" that stick out into the center of the drain. From this I have found some stalactite calcium columns hanging down to the U bend. I tried to pull one of them up ...
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How to fix a slow draining sink?

I have a bathroom sink that has started to drain slowly. There are 2 sinks in that bathroom, and the other sink drains just fine. The pipes and joints are PVC and the construction is fairly new. We ...
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How should a water heater drain pan be installed on a concrete slab floor?

My water heater sits on a concrete slab floor in my utility room next to a wall with a bathtub drain, and a few feet over from my washing machine drain. When I replace the heater I would like to ...
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Can I move a drain without moving the vent too?

I want to move the kitchen sink to the other side of the kitchen (approx. 10 feet away). Can I just extend the pipe and rely on the existing vent?
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Slow water drainage, then air bubbles from shower drain

I tried loads of things that may clear a blocked shower drain (store-bought liquids, vinegar+baking soda, running hot water through) over the past months, but the water still drains very slowly. After ...
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Will I have a code problem attaching a 1.5“ grease interceptor to a 4” drain pipe?

I want to install a grease interceptor in my house. The problem is that it will not fit under the sink, so I plan to put it in the basement. The problem is that the sink, laundry and dishwasher all ...
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Strategy for replacing leaky tub trap

I have a leak in the trap underneath my bathtub. Specifically, the leak is happening at the union nut of the trap (see red circle in picture). I have confirmed that the nut at the union does not ...
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How can I get my sink's trap to fit around the rest of the drain assembly?

I'm in the process of adding a new bathroom to my house. I had a plumber rough in some connections for us, and then we are in the process of finishing it off. We used plastic accordion pipe to ...
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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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Too much drop in 3 inch pvc line?

I'm redoing old rotten cast iron and I have a problem with a gas line in the way. Is a 9 inch drop too much in a 6 foot run of 3" pvc coming from the water closet to the main stack?
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Compression fit necessary for waste pipe

Ive never done plumbing so im trying to learn some basics. I have this waste pipe (i believe thats what its called) sticking out of the wall. I believe its a 1.5" waste pipe. I want to connect it to ...
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how do i connect a plastic shower drain to my old metal sewer

I am remodeling a shower how do i swap this drain, with my old drain, for my old school mortar shower pan? this is how it looks like on top
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Tub overflow elbow standard screw pattern; 2 or 1 screw?

Is there a standard screw for tub overflow elbows? Or most popular? I am installing a new tub and looking for a overflow elbow with a screw pattern that will lend itself to a stylish overflow now, ...
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What is the correct procedure to turn a 10“ rough-in toilet drain into a 12” rough-in drain when the drain goes through a slab-on-grade?

I need to replace a leaking toilet, but the distance from the drain to the wall is about 10.75". The selection of toilets that I'm finding in the 10" rough-in range is pretty pathetic and overpriced, ...
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Do I bond an Air Admittance Valve to the pipe?

I have a drain pipe in my laundry room. It runs into a sewage drain that I imagine is in the slab. I had the local building inspector come check it out. I haven't investigated enough; but we both ...
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How to deal with a pop up drain install when nut doesn't sit flush with bottom of the sink?

Finished up a bathroom today and installed a pop up drain assembly on new sink. The nut to tighten the drain assembly is off by about a 1/4 inch - tight in the back, gap in front. I am guessing that ...
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Putty around a new kitchen sink drain

This may sound too simple, but I know nothing about it. My kitchen sink drain was replaced and a small amount of putty comes off around the diameter. I know that is normal but am I suppose to let that ...
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Plumber told me it's unsafe to drain my water heater — what should I do?

We are new homeowners. Our 11-year-old 2nd-floor water heater was leaking and the first plumber who came told us he would need to come back with a partner to take it away. I asked if I could drain ...
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How can I fix my kitchen sink cheaply?

We live in a condo. Our kitchen sink will gurgle a lot. From time to time, there will be bubbles and even an overflow of bubbles and some sediment coming up from the kitchen drain. Someone has ...
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Attaching new drain trap to a galvanized stub out

I am replacing a vanity in my bathroom. The brass p-trap from the old sink was connected to the galvanized stub out as seen below. While there haven't been any leaks that I'm aware of, the slip nut ...
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How to remove bathroom sink drain with no lock nut

I'm trying to get this pipe out but I have no idea how to remove it from the sink. Any ideas?
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Fixing leak in tub overflow with old style drain closer

I couldn't find any examples of my tub drain lever online, so I can't figure out how to remove it. The overflow is leaking, so I'd like to open it up and see what the gasket is like to replace it. On ...
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Drain under the kitchen sink check

Today I inspected the drain and trap under the kitchen sink. I haven't really had any specific problem but I guess the drain could be faster. Sometimes I start the disposer to make it drain quicker. I ...
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How should I run a sink drain around a corner in my basement walls?

I have a bathroom vanity on the wall about 3 feet from where I want to put a bar sink. Is there a way to run the plumbing around this corner? I still need to put a couple studs on the corner for ...
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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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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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blocked sink due to same height of drain outlet?

I recently bought into a new place. It's a fixer-upper, but before my wife and I start the work, we're living in it while we finalize our plans. Our kitchen sink does not drain on its own. We ...
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What's causing the sewer to back into the tub?

We've lived in our house for several years with no sewage problems to speak of. A few weeks ago, my wife was sick of the sinks not draining very well so she went online and learned about cleaning out ...
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Toilet and shower will not drain

While I was showering this morning, the water refused to drain. After hours of it being in the same state, I found out the toilet would not drain as well. The sink, however, does. If the toilet is ...
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How can I fix this shower drain and eliminate its odor?

A house member had some health issues the past few months and, for a while, another house member was pouring buckets of urine down the shower. It developed something of a smell which we tried to ...
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Plumber connected shower and toilet drain weirdly, now toilet backs up into shower

My plumber attached my shower area drain and the WC (water closet, i.e. toilet) drain through a single pipe and installed a P-trap at shower drain. The level of the P-trap is such that when we flush ...

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