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  1. Plumbing
    Hello - I'm trying to understand what pipes I have in my basement rough in. Primarily because every now and then I get sewer smells - which unfortunately permeate the house when I have my attic fan running! I've taken some pictures (see below) and numbered the pipes. Of these, only #3 is...
  2. Plumbing
    I heard some dripping in my basement and went to scope it out. The waste water pipe that goes through my basement floor into the sewer has a leak in it. I think water is escaping between the pipe and the access plate. Should I just try to tighten it down or open the thing up? There's a fair...
  3. Plumbing
    I'm researching and spec'ing out the house I hope to build in a few years. Now, I haven't checked with the city or even a plumber yet - I just wanted to float this idea by some experienced amateurs and possibly professionals on the forum here before investigating further. Any thoughts on going...
  4. Plumbing
    I'm trying to install a bathroom in my basement however I ran into a snag trying to connect to the sewer line. Under the slab it's all 3'' elbows and a wye with 1.5. Any suggestions on how to connect into this? Thanks.
  5. Plumbing
    What does the plumbing code require for the "fall or pitch" of sewer pipe. Prefer X inches in 5 feet understand it's 4 degrees. Don't know how to convert. Also how is the easiest way to check for leaks prior to concrete is poured. Done some plumbing on mobile homes but not in a slab where you...
  6. Plumbing
    Hello. First time posting. Thanks in advance for your help. The cabinet beneath the sink in my bathroom smells bad. It's a sour smell, and I assume it's sewer gas. At some point, a plumber said there is a vent of some sort under there (photos included), which I assume vents the said sewer gas...
  7. Plumbing
    My wife and I recently bought a house that had been winterized for nearly 18 months. Knowing that this in no way could have been good for the pipes/drains, I wanted to get the rooter man out sooner rather than later, as both bathroom sink and shower were draining slowly. I had him do those...
  8. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    As Spring unfolds many start thinking about outdoor type projects. i.e. landscaping, porches, decks, patios, retaining walls, ponds, water features, new trees, shrubs, etc. Keep in mind however, and be extra cautious around septic tanks, drain fields, leach fields, and sewer and septic...
  9. Plumbing
    We are remodeling the basement in our new-to-us 1908 house and want to remove the old sewer ejector installed by the previous owner. Unfortunately this means we have to install a new sewer line, lower than the existing one. I currently plan to pour 3" of new concrete slab anyway to flatten/level...
  10. Plumbing
    Is it safe to tap into a 24" main? Long story short we have a 1983 Ranch with the original septic system. System needs to be replaced but city has a new policy requiring homes to connect to city sewer. We have a tap in our front yard that taps directly to the...
  11. Plumbing
    We want to put a shower, or even just a tub, in the basement with a guestroom. Unfortunately, the sewer drain exits a full 2 feet above the floor. To make matters worse, the ceiling is less than 7 feet high, so there's no room to raise the unit above the drain. Are there such things as pumps...
  12. Plumbing
    This old house is over 100 years old. City sewer. I had a major clog due to very large tree roots coming in through a joint in the main sewer line under the basement floor and then one day suddenly breaking the ceramic clay pipe and filling it with mud. During the digging the plumber...
  13. Plumbing
    Hi, If I run the clothes washer (in the basement) and run water in the bathtub (in the basement) at the same time, I get large air bubbles coming up from my toilet. I also have an issue with water entering my basement on the floor of the exterior wall of my 50 year old, newly renovated home...
  14. Plumbing
    I am trying to find out if it is 1. Legal 2. Functional to replace my cast iron waste stack that is outside with a plastic one. Do I need to worry about the NE weather damaging it? I live in a three story rowhome in Philadelphia that I am renovating. I have decided that while I am renovating...
  15. Plumbing
    I'm looking at pouring a slab in my backyard. I recently dug in a 4" schedule 40 sewer line that connects to the cast iron main - also in the backyard. It connects at about 4 feet underground and the run of the sewer line gradually rises from that 4 feet to about 18". My question is whether...
  16. Plumbing
    **** Please skip to my post with updated diagram near the bottom - this diagram is incorrect! ***** Hi all, I apologize in advance, because I know this has been discussed endlessly. Unfortunately after over an hour of searching, I still don't have an answer to my particular situation. I've...
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