I had a jar of coconut oil that got contaminated with raw chicken (long story) and I mindlessly dumped it down my drain. I immediately realized this was the WRONG thing to do. How can I prevent a plumbing problemo? [more inside]
The bathroom sink drain was clogged, probably with hair. The tenant poured some combination of baking soda, vinegar, and boiling water down it. Shortly afterward the bottom of the metal U-shaped drain pipe beneath the sink in the vanity cabinet developed a hole. The vanity full of useful and not-so-useful items was flooded. Could this combination of ingredients have caused the metal pipe to corrode. I don't know what kind of metal it is.
My house came with a plug like this. A few weeks back my wife unscrewed it to remove some hair and now it won't go back. It won't screw to the threads in the drain. It seems like the drain threads are slightly larger than the one in the plug. Maybe some adapter was there that fell into the drain? No idea. I bought another plug from Lowes that looked slightly larger, but it didn't thread. How can I fix this without getting a plumber to visit?
Leaky stand up stall shower drain seems like it is loosening as I turn but will not unseat. Is there light at the end of my turning? [more inside]
My shower has a flat drain cover that looks like this. I have a lot of hair that of course falls out when I take a shower. I wanted to get a hair catch for the drain to prevent clogs, but all the ones I can find at Home Depot have a little cup which won't work. Also, the drain cover doesn't appear to be easy to remove, as there are no screws on the top (I'm a renter, so I don't want to pry it off or anything). Do you have any ideas of what I can use instead (and how to attach it)? Some kind of mesh that would withstand daily showering?
The basement floor drain where condensation from my AC unit drains backed up, leading to a minor leak which soaked a small section of carpet (maybe 50 sq feet). I'm guessing it was 4-8 gallons of water total that leaked, and that it had been wet 24-36 hours before we noticed. The back up now is fixed. I've got every fan in the house blowing on the area of carpet. Do I need to do anything else? I'm thinking I don't need professional help given the amount of water and that a few days of the fans blowing in that corner of the basement will dry it out without permanent damage.
I live on the top floor of an old apartment building and my shower stopped draining the other day. After trying drano, I upgraded to Pequa last night and its not working. Or it seems like its working, and then it stops. Before, some brownish water came up before it went down. But now that I've poured the last of the Pequa down the drain some really dark rusty water has come up. Is this a good sign? And if I let it sit for an hour or two and flush with warm water I'll be saved? Or do I have to deal with my inept landlord? (Which I'm trying to avoid)
Anyone used a drain cleaning attachment on a high pressure water cleaner? Do they handle tree roots? [more inside]
How to deal with a clogged foundation drain that's flooding my alley? [more inside]
Can you help me identify these little flies? [more inside]
What is the best way to regularly drain 6-8 AA batteries? [more inside]
Is my laptop's battery life normal for it's age? It's used and I know next to nothing to laptops. More inside. [more inside]
I'm sick, I'm achey, and all I want to do is take a bath. So how the *%@# do I work this bathtub stopper?! [more inside]
Where can I get a replacement San Francisco-style 5" square drain cover? You know, the kind that looks like this that you see every 20 feet embedded directly in the sidewalk. [more inside]
Help with a leaky sink drain [more inside]
How do I find where an exterior drainage pipe in the ground goes? [more inside]
Just moved into a new place, and the oldschool sink (1910s?) has a weird area that collects dirty water. It is, in a word, gross. Anyone have experience with this kind of sink, or suggestions on what to do with it? Pictures of the offending sink inside. [more inside]
How do you snake a drain with right angles? [more inside]
Got a clogged sink tried several methods with no luck - rather not call a plumber, any ideas? [more inside]
PlumbingFilter: how do I unclog my bathtub? [more inside]
Hey! I filled that bathtub for a reason - so why is it draining without my permission? [more inside]
How to treat the bright green deposit in my bathtub drain? [more inside]
ABS, PVC, a six-inch drain and me -- am I as frakked as it appears I am? [more inside]
Is there anything I can do to remedy a whole lot of cooking oil (...a whole lot) being poured down the drain? [more inside]
Am I being too paranoid about drain cleaner? [more inside]
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Would an embedded internal wireless 3G modem draw significantly less power from a laptop battery than an external USB wireless 3G modem? [more inside]
How do I keep my kitchen drain from clogging? I already have a good strainer, but I keep getting these grease clogs. Is there some safe chemical or homemade concoction I can use on a regular basis? [more inside]
[Renovation DIY filter] I need to install window wells for my basement windows. Is a drain really necessary or can I get away just by filling it with gravel? [more inside]
What is draining the battery in my 2001 Pontiac Aztek? [more inside]
this is a really hard to figure out problem with a clogged drain. I have a tub that was installed new several months ago and it suddenly has begun slow draining to almost not draining at all. there is a toilet less than 5 feet away that flushes fine (the toilet was installed approx. two weeks ago. I also have a kitchen sink and clothes washer that do not have any issues draining. [more inside]
Drain snakers, how much longer should I mess with this bathtub drain before I call a plumber? [more inside]
When I get in the shower I smell that earthy smell associated with mold. Help me figure out what the source may be! [more inside]
the ground above my sewer line sank about 4" while I was at work today. There's no smell. Do I need to get this fixed on Saturday, or can it wait until Monday? [more inside]
I am really dumb, and I cannot figure out how to get the stopper back into my bathtub. I live in a new apartment, and I am not used to this style of bathtub stopper. It looks just like this. I pulled it straight out, but when I go to put it back, it doesn't seem to lock on to anything, and I can't get it to sit flat. Is there some trick to these? Feel free to describe it to me as though I were a three-year-old child because I think that is the only way I will understand! Thank you.
Last Wednesday I was assaulted by a foul smell in my front (guest) bathroom. I have been trying to pinpoint the cause for several days. I'm about to go out of town and need advice on what to do, especially since I'm extremely broke and have tried all the usual methods of attack. Details inside... [more inside]
Should I be getting a break on my rent because my kitchen pipes are clogged? [more inside]
Why does my sink only drain when the dishwasher is running? [more inside]
My cat brought a small mouse home from outside and was playing with it in the bathtub. I went over to rescue it before things could become violent. Things did get violent and, unable to climb up the sides of the tub, the mouse just scurried into my shower drain. What are the repercussions? Is there anything I should be doing? [more inside]
How can I get rid of my dishwasher's funk? [more inside]
Suggestions needed for getting a rubber ball out of a tub drain pipe. Will Drano or Liquid Plumr dissolve it? Are there other DIY options? [more inside]
The portable air conditioner (an AMCOR PLM 12000EH) in my server room keeps filling up with water. It used to operate without my ever needing to drain the reservoir. What changed? How do i fix this? [more inside]
What is this strange object attached to my basement floor? [more inside]
My kitchen sink drain stinks! I've tried a couple of different things to fix it, and done some Googling, but the stench remains. Help! [more inside]
Do drain's really drain counterclockwise in the Southern hemisphere? [more inside]
ShowerDrainFilter: Every six months or so our shower drain clogs and we have to call a plumber to snake it out. That costs about $125 each time. We asked him the last time if we could buy our own snake and do it ourselves and he strongly cautioned us against that. [more inside]
Help! I just lost a very expensive, very old, and a very beloved family heirloom of a diamond ring down the drain of my bathtub. [more inside]
We have water coming up from the drain in our basement. [more inside]
How do we drain a pool? [more inside]
SewerGasFilter. Help![+] [more inside]
OK, I have Drain Flies. Dirty, disgusting, ewww, gross!!!! How can I get rid of them quickly without poisoning myself in the process? I hate flies more than spiders, snakes, mice, more than anything; so THIS IS AN EMERGENCY!!!!
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