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  1. Plumbing
    We're replacing a 10' x 2" galvanized steel drain pipe for a 2nd floor washer. Multiple plumbers have said the ABS vs. PVC "heat tolerance" debate is overblown and you can use PVC for the drain pipe from the washer. Others swear by ABS for all sanitary. Looking at the numbers, though it's about...
  2. Plumbing
    Our house was built in 1888. Originally, the house had a cistern well that collected water from all the downspouts. The downspouts have long been disconnected, but the clay pipes that once connected to the downspouts are buried and broken in the ground. When indoor plumbing came about 80ish...
  3. Plumbing
    I am on the board of directors for a small condominium building (12 apartments, 4 stories, built in 1979) and I would like to know how to maintain the sanitary plumbing system efficiently. Here are some details about the sanitary plumbing: There are 8 risers total terminating on the roof (7 x...
  4. Plumbing
    I am in the process of setting up an RV pad at my property. I will run a sewer line from the pad to my existing septic tank (about 170' down the slope). The pipe will be buried about 2 feet and some of it will be under a driveway so subjected to (very occasional) driving over with the RV (18,000...
  5. Plumbing
    House built 2 years ago ... Long story short, my main sewage line clogged up so bad that water/waste started coming out through the vent pipe. Builder comes over and guy from sewer company comes to take out the clog and starts talking about how the soap scum is clogging so badly but he usually...
  6. Plumbing
    My sewer cleanout line cap is ten feet away from a standalone storage room behind my house. i want to install a toilet in this room (running water and electricity in the storage room, but no toilet stub) and build a studio apartment. The concrete floor of the storage room is 5 feet above the...
  7. Plumbing
    I need to remove an 8" SDR35 PVC Gasketed Cap. It's on a sewer access above ground. The brand is Marathon, if that matters. I'm a rookie, although I did search for an answer here and elsewhere. Any kind soul want to point me in the right direction?
  8. Plumbing
    We purchased this house last year and I am not familiar with an ejector pump. Just found out what it was after the alarm went off in the laundry room. Guys came and opened the tank outside. It's small and he says it may be a faulty pump and proceeds to drain. There is thick globs of white chunks...
  9. Plumbing
    New to the diychatroom and my very first post here so, Thank you! I’m a GC who recently had a sewer line stubbed from the street into my basement I then plumbed the inside. The line was town inspected and approved however, shortly thereafter the inspector called asking about the old...
  10. Plumbing
    I noticed today a a minor leak in the big black drain pipe ( see images ) where it is attached to basement wall . Any idea what material shall I use to fix it ? Since there is water in it, I need something which can stick on watery surface. Thanks in advance. Any help is appreciated .
  11. Plumbing
    Hello all, I'm from Casa Grande, AZ. and I just replaced the sewer pipes in my back yard, the home was built in 1954. A neighbor said I could pour salt (water softener salt) in my trench before I cover it up, to prevent roots from ever getting into my pipes. I have a huge pine tree in my back...
  12. Plumbing
    I am a homeowner (not a plumber) so I apologize in advance if I use any wrong terminology. I have had a recurring issue for years with tree roots getting into my sewer line. The line is PVC but a thin PVC. Last night the roots clogged the pipes again. Today I hired a new plumber (seems...
  13. Plumbing
    I have cast iron pipe, built in 1970. A galvanized connection is LEAKING. The scale and rust stops sewage from gushing out. Another leak is bugging me too, it is a little newer and a donut gasket connection. Rust blobs are appearing at the connection. How can I fix it? Will epoxy putty fix the...
  14. Plumbing
    Hi we just bought a 1955 brick house on a crawl space foundation. We've only lived here 2 weeks and it's rained twice and both times the whole house stinks like sewer. The house had been completely remodeled with new plumbing, electrical, new roof, windows, floor etc, and pretty much everything...
  15. Plumbing
    Hello, We bought a house last year with 2 bathrooms of which 1 was only partially finished. It has since been finished and is used every day. The second bathroom gets used a few times a month only. Since we moved in we have noticed that sometimes there is a strong sewer smell in both...
  16. Plumbing
    Hi everyone! My husband and I bought our first house last year. It's a 20yr old house and needs a little work, but for the most part it's in good shape. Starting last year, in the cooler months, I began noticing random whiffs of rotten egg. It would only last 30-45min then disappear. We thought...
  17. Plumbing
    I was just looking for a little help with a plumbing layout for a bathroom. This room was an addition to the house. The light brown area is dirt floor and I'm hoping to make as many connections there as possible. The darker brown area is concrete slab. The red lines are the drain lines, with...
  18. Plumbing
    I have researched and researched, but it doesnt seem that very many people have had this issue. my house was built late 40's. We have a home warranty plan, and they sent out a pretty lazy plumber. he gave up. we went and rented a plumbing auger which we could not for the life of us, several...
  19. 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?
  20. Plumbing
    A few months ago I had a damaged sewer pipe replaced with a new cast iron pipe. Everything's been good, except lately I've noticed a black oily substance leaking from the lead and oakum joints. I've had a bucket under it, and it's caught quite a bit. I asked someone from the plumbing company...
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