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Can I use PVC to tie into sewer drain with 3 elbows and 10 foot run?

The house we are in currently has a flexible discharge tube from water softener to nearby floor drain which goes to sump pit. To avoid burnout and sump pump getting rusty I’d like to tie the discharge ...
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Are these sewage vents or cleanout in our backyard?

We saw this in our backyard. We are thinking the opening on the black pipe with the black cap tilted sideways is the sewer vent, and the grey "mushroom-looking" cap is to cover the sewer ...
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Advice Needed for In-Wall Tank Toilet Wastewater Pipe Installation

I am remodeling my bathroom and have ordered this in-wall tank toilet: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Swiss-Madison-St-Tropez-Back-to-Wall-Concealed-Tank-Toilet-Bowl-Bundle-in-Glossy-White-SM-WK514-01C/...
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Mysterious washer leak

I am trying to remedy two washing machine leaks, one mysterious, one not so mysterious. First, the not so mysterious leak. When running a large load, water backs up and spills out the top of the box/...
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AC Condensate Drain Line - drain connection cleanout

See picture below for my AC drain line. When I bought the house the condensate drain line wasn't aligned with the in ground drain so I put that blue tubing on it to ensure all the condensation made it ...
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strange sewer like smell

Can anyone answer this sewer question. We have been having stench smells in our trailer for a while. I thought it might be the AAV vents under the sinks. But it's not those, replaced. Already cleaned ...
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Is it normal for ground to settle like this, and how can fix it?

Before we bought this house, they repaired/replaced the sewer line out front. Refilling the dirt and replacing part of the sidewalk. They didn't really leave a mound of dirt, but I also don't know how ...
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Is it possible that my sewer line is not connected (after professional trench-less lateral sewer replacement) and how can I confirm it?

Before I moved into my house two years ago, I had to replace my lateral sewer line which was replaced with trench-less technology by a reputable local company. I was very happy with their work (which ...
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How can I temporarily remedy root clogs in an inaccessible pipe?

Two different plumbers have stated that we have, about 3 feet under the house, a sewer pipe that has tree roots invading, and that this is the reason for our frequent clogs. The fix for this is not ...
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Plumbing Nightmare - What would cause this? [duplicate]

Awful Rental House Plumbing. We moved into a 1950's house (with cast iron plumbing) on August 17, 2023. My owner is claiming that all plumbing clogs are from us, because that they did not have before ...
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How can I mitigate roots in ABS sewer pipe?

I just purchased a home and during the inspection process I decided to go above and beyond and order a sewer scope inspection. I was told that it was unlikely we'd find anything since it was ABS and ...
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Is my sewer line broken?

Home Built: 1955. New York City. https://imgur.com/a/mpjRvKl Landscape is pitched towards the street, so I don’t think grading was an issue. I moved in a year ago and in the front corner of the ...
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Can I terminate my sewer vent pipe in the attic? [duplicate]

Can a vent pipe stop in an attic crawl space as long as there is adequate ventilation in the attic?
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Can we run utilities (sewer) to a new building from an existing house, or do we need parallel external hookups?

We're looking into building a new "tiny home" (or at least fairly small) as an auxiliary dwelling unit on the same lot as our existing home. One of the major concerns is how we'll hook up ...
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How to fix a broken section of horizontal sewer vent pipe

We moved into a house in Oregon 3 months ago and were plagued by sewer smells both inside and outside one side of the house. We found in the crawl space an approximately 12 foot horizontal section of ...
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Trouble locating the lateral sewer line to house

I am having trouble locating the lateral sewer line to my house. So far I have tried all of the following: Have looked for 'S' marking on the sidewalk concrete - not legible/wiped out, no cleanouts ...
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Decision on cutting the trees? [closed]

I have two big trees in my front yard. Their roots are visible all over the surface in the grounds. I am more concerned about the utility damage (water and sewer) they are eventually going to cause. ...
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Can I install a p-trap with AAV onto a horizontal sewer line?

I currently have a standpipe for a dryer (no p-trap and unvented) which connects (via some elbows) to a horizontal sewer line in the basement. I would like to (a) install a p-trap in the basement ...
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How can I check if my sink drain is properly trapped and vented without opening walls?

This is another question in my series of understanding my drain/sewer. I have a bathroom sink with a p-trap that enters the bathroom wall. Underneath the bathroom is a basement where I see the pipe ...
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Do I need a p-trap although no sewer gases noticable and how to correct it?

I noticed that my washing machine drain may not be properly vented: There is just an ABS pipe sticking up behind the laundry. In the basement underneath, it just goes into a cast iron sewer line that'...
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How to add condensate drain to this small section of cast iron/PVC sewer line?

I am looking for a way to connect a condensate drain line (pump from HPWH and HP) to this sewer part: The bottom part seems to be cast iron, the top part PVC. I do not know how they are connected. If ...
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Can a cast iron sewer pipe union be above roof line?

Should this sewer pipe connection be below the roof line? Is there a code stating this should be below the roofline?
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sewer smell on cabin toilet

Hello I have an off grid cabin with one bathroom and the toilet room smells of sewer pretty bad at times, esp with rain and colder weather. I looked under the crawl space for venting and there is a ...
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What is this leaking pipe?

I have this soldered looking pipe protruding from the foundation of my house that continues to leak water. What could this be possibly?
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Nightly overwhelming sewer gas smell from shower drain only while in use

Ok here is a doozy we have been dealing with for over a year. House was a new build 2012 and we had never had any plumbing issues until we had our roof replaced a bit over a year back and around the ...
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How to cap abandoned drain stack vent flashing

I have an abandoned drain vent with the pipe removed and am wanting to somehow cap it without removing all surrounding shingles and re-shingling. Does any product exist that is made to cap an ...
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Green cover with water noise inside

I have this green cover which has something inside connected to the electricity, and I have no idea what it is, but today it started to make a lot of noise. I've lived in this house for over a year ...
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Can these concrete sewer clean out covers be safely removed

Located in CA. I had the sewer lateral replaced and the company put the code required clean outs in the flower bed by our front door. They also put these terrible concrete covers on top of them which ...
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How to seal off sewer gasses on a 3" horizontal sewer pipe coming into a sump pit?

I have a drain in the front vestibule that I've turned into a sump pit since I have stormwater backup that I need pumped out of it when the backyard floods and overflows into the front drain through ...
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I think this is an awkwardly broken sewer cleanout cap...if so how to remove and replace?

This is just outside the door to the laneway house and was broken after being stepped on and after doing some googling it looks like it's the sewer cleanout cap which is now broken awkwardly. I tried ...
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Backyard Greenhouse Studio Sink Drainage Question

I live in San Francisco and have a permit to build a greenhouse ceramics studio in my backyard. I am a potter. I am currently renovating my 1915 house and adding the studio as part of the plan. I want ...
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Master bathroom sink sewer smell won't go away

Master bathroom has a sewer smell. It mainly seeks to come from my wife's sink. I've snaked it, drano, vinegar baking soda, plumber has snaked it, but the smell always comes back. I've been ...
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Why does my basement utility sink that drains my washing machine stink?

The washing machine in my basement drains into this utility sink. On the end of the washing machine discharge, there is a lint catcher. Can anyone tell me what this white pipe is that comes up and is ...
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Dry Well Failing in Septic System

My septic system (tank and dry well, no drain field) is about 60 years old and from the most recent inspection, it seems that the dry well is no longer discharging water to the soil. Is there any fix ...
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1.6 GPF toilet instead of 1.28 GPF - Old Cast Iron

I'm renovating the bathrooms on an old house I purchased. The house sat empty for a year or two and I have no idea of the condition of the waste line on city sewer. Turning the sink on or putting a ...
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Sewer Gas Smell From Shower But P-Trap Is Full

I smell sewer gas every other day or so in my basement bathroom which has a sink, toilet, and shower. The p-trap on all of them are full and when I get down and smell the drain of the shower, it has a ...
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P-Trap missing on laundry drain / sewer smell

I moved into a new home with laundry room in basement and started to notice occasional wafting of sewer gas out of the laundry drain pipe. It is an older home built ‘58. It looks like there is no p-...
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Is there a benefit to venting a shower in an otherwise unvented house?

I recently purchased a home built 40 years ago. It was owner built, who was not a contractor. The home 1800 sq ft top level and 1300 sq ft finished basement. There are no sewer vents. Toilets have ...
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Can I install not 1 ( BUT 2 ) check valves in my house lateral line out to septic pit that is 14 ft below pump station

Moving into 15 yr old home that does not have a sewer backflow check valve in the lateral line. The home sewer system is configured with a 4” PVC line that drains out 30 ft to the concrete septic tank....
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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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How can I make my basement drains easily serviceable?

My house's sewer system is encased in the basement floor, and there are sections of the old cast iron system that need to be replaced, including two old floor drains and a rusty section of the kitchen ...
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How can I implement an NRV in brickwork or masonry?

Location: Nagpur, India Glossary: NRV = Non-return valve / One-way valve PVC = Poly Vinyl Chloride SWR = Soil, Waste, Rain Over the years repair/renovation of the street in front of the house has ...
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Identify Basement Plumbing Access

I am considering finishing my basement and trying to identify the plumbing in the photos. Cutout is approximately 42" x 22" with a 1-1/2" shelf formed into the concrete where layers of ...
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How to solve the drain and sewerage issue along the street curb

Water always fills on our side of the street curb in front of my house. We have a curb drainage hole on this side, but water still fills up the curb on rainy days. During winter, water would freeze ...
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How do you join white plastic (PVC) to black plastic (ABS)?

I have a drain pipe located underneath under a bathroom sink. Half of the sewer pipe is black ABS, while the other half of the pipe is made out of white PVC. There are no threads on either side. We ...
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Can this old drain pipe still be active

My house is a renovation of a 1940 house. Many of the old nonworking disconnected parts were left in during the reconnection, including this 5 or 6" cast iron drain pipe. I recently noticed that ...
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roots growing in a grey water drain that's not too accessible with rods

I have a grey water drain (70mm diameter) that has roots growing in it. I can rod the first foot, and that's it. Looking for some chemical that will work to clear them, as physical removal is nigh on ...
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Maintenance of internal roof drain

we have an internal roof drainage system on a 1880 small condo building in New England (MA) that goes to the sewer drain pipe. I just cleaned the outlet for the first time since we moved in. I am ...
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can I install an inline check valve on a condensate drain line down pipe?

I actually need to add a check valve to my condensate drip line/sewer drain connection since it had sewer backup recently (the 3/4" PVC condensate pipe was piped down directly into a 2" ...
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Is it reasonable to expect a home sewer system to handle 2-ply toilet paper?

I own a fixer-upper that has... more problems than I originally anticipated. The current problem that I'm working on tackling is that the sewer line under the basement blocks if 2-ply toilet paper is ...
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