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  1. Plumbing
    It was a crazy weekend... Attached you'll see a before/after images of of my project. I appreciate any advice! Before pic - My cast iron drain started overflowing alot from the washer drain inlet a couple weeks ago. I opened the rubber cap at the end of the sewer line and did by best to...
  2. Plumbing
    Hello, We just moved into a new house. It was built in 1960. We were testing out the washer in the basement and it seems like the drain hose is either not set up correctly or there is a clog in the pipes. When the washer switched cycles to drain water started spraying and gushing...
  3. Plumbing
    I am trying to find out how to unclog my hot water line feeding my upstairs shower. I had not used the shower in nearly 2 years then went to use it as my second shower is out of commission due to Sheetrock work being done. (No pipes affected) When water pressure wasn't what it used to be and the...
  4. Plumbing
    I have a 3rd floor unit in an apartment building. My kitchen sink drain was running slow. The plumber ran a 13/32” cable 40 feet through my kitchen line to clear blockage. Two weeks later the two apartments below mine (both vacant at the time) were discovered with damages: the 2nd floor unit...
  5. Plumbing
    So this is what the drain in my 1990 house 2nd story shower drain is clogged with. It is a hard, coral or calcium like substance. Tried liquid plumber and vinegar/baking soda with barely any result. The stuff is very hard, even tried a sturdy steel rod, and the stuff hardly will even break up at...
  6. Plumbing
    At least once a year my basement sink is filling up with backup from the main drainpipe, coming down from the kitchen. My washer also drains into the connection and backs up into the sink. It is a pain to augur it out so often and I am wondering if the plumbing layout is the problem. Pics are...
  7. Plumbing
    Bear with me as I have very little plumbing experience. I noticed last night the smell of sewer gas coming from my basement drain and my sump pump was pumping out quite a bit of water, which is very strange for my house in the dead of winter. After some investigation I realized my basement...
  8. Plumbing
    We had a septic company come out yesterday and replace our sewage line because they said it was drooping because of the way the ground settled when our house was built. We were told this would solve our toilet problem but it did not and we still had to pay the very large fee of them replacing...
  9. Plumbing
    This just started happening this week in our new Chicago house- essentially whenever we run a load of laundry, it drains into the laundry sink directly next to it. The laundry sink itself has been draining slower as well. On large loads, the floor drain will completely back up and we will end...
  10. Plumbing
    My house has a handicap accessible tub insert with a door. I was clogged, so I went and got some drain cleaner and one of those plastic zip ties with the barbs on it. I couldn't get the barbs through the holes in the drain very well, so I decided to unscrew the drain cover. the drain cover...
  11. Plumbing
    We have just replaced a section of pipe going from our toilet to the septic tank and it has backed up but slowly drains so we believe it has a clog but somewhere in the pipe between the new section and the tank, we have tried draino and plunger but still has not cleared...any tips?
  12. Plumbing
    My home was built in 1960 and has cast iron pipes. About every 2 months our toilet backs up and we have to call someone out to snake the pipes. We have had 2 different plumbers run a camera through the pipes and neither found any collapse or holes. They both told us to use cheap toilet paper...
  13. Plumbing
    Hi guys. I would love some help in designing a filter to help prevent sewage clogs in my pipe leading to the main line. I live in a house on a college campus that is over 100 years old. Our sewage line constantly (averaging around twice every three weeks) clogs during the home stretch before...
  14. Plumbing
    Hello Friends, I want to thank all of your for your advice in replacing a length of corroded pipe with PVC. Normally, one can take dirty and disgusting satisfaction in a job well done. And I think I did a pretty good job for my first time, BUT Now the sink fills up and the water goes...
  15. Plumbing
    Hi there, I'm a DIY newbie, and am having trouble with a clogged American Standard sink. I've tried the vinegar/baking soda trick without much success. The main issue is, I can't figure out how to remove the drain stopper/plug to get at the main piping (e.g. to get a wire down there to...
  16. Plumbing
    I am a renter and have well water and a septic tank. That's what I was told anyway and I'm assuming it is accurate. This morning I flushed a few kleenex' which I have already learned I shouldn't do, and won't do again. I think I flushed 2 at a time, twice. The only thing that happened... is...
  17. Plumbing
    Hello All, I have an issue that in my head makes sense but I need to bounce it off other people who probably have more experience. My upstairs master bath has a separate tub and shower and a toilet in it. Also on the 2nd floor is a 2nd full bath with just a tub/shower and a toilet in it. The...
  18. Plumbing
    I was replacing the washer on the valve under the sink and must have left a piece of the old broken washer. It clogged the line, I tried blowing it out from the fridge end to no avail. this is a copper line that goes up into the attic and down the wall behind the fridge. I was thinking of...
  19. Plumbing
    I'm a complete newbie so bear with me. I just bought my first home a couple weeks ago and when I went to turn on cold water to do laundry nothing came out (cold/cold cycle). I made sure the faucets behind the machine were turned on, and hot water worked. Then I checked bathroom sink next to the...
  20. Plumbing
    I just bought a foreclosure in Michigan and the bank didn't winterize it properly. After everything thawed out, the cracked meter was replaced, but I am not seeing any other evidence of leaks or damage. I haven't turned on the water heater yet though. The big problem I am having is that no...
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