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Snake It Ourselves, or Call a Professional?

Our basement drain got overwhelmed last night and started bubbling back some black silty water. Should we just call a Roto-Rooter style service, or try and rent a power snake to D.I.Y it? What sort of terrible things could happen if two inexperienced homeowners tried to power snake a basement drain all by themselves? [more inside]
posted by redsparkler on Jan 6, 2015 - 13 answers

Did something dumb - oil down drain edition

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]
posted by lovableiago on Sep 23, 2014 - 12 answers

Vinegar+baking soda+hot water+sink drain= hole in metal pipe??????

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.
posted by mareli on Sep 5, 2014 - 16 answers

How can I fix this bath drain plug?

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?
posted by jonclegg on Jul 29, 2014 - 14 answers

My shower drain will not unscrew from the top!

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]
posted by cheechman85 on Apr 23, 2014 - 5 answers

Help me not snake the drain every day

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?
posted by bluefly on Apr 1, 2014 - 14 answers

How wet is too wet for a basement carpet?

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.
posted by COD on Jul 18, 2013 - 14 answers

My brooklyn tub won't drain and now brown water is coming up!

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)
posted by Unred on Apr 20, 2013 - 13 answers

Do pressure drain cleaners work?

Anyone used a drain cleaning attachment on a high pressure water cleaner? Do they handle tree roots? [more inside]
posted by bystander on Oct 13, 2012 - 1 answer

How to deal with a clogged foundation drain?

How to deal with a clogged foundation drain that's flooding my alley? [more inside]
posted by zvs on May 21, 2012 - 9 answers

Shoo fly, don't bother me. I don't need your company.

Can you help me identify these little flies? [more inside]
posted by unliteral on Dec 23, 2011 - 11 answers

How do I intentionally drain my AA batteries?

What is the best way to regularly drain 6-8 AA batteries? [more inside]
posted by CrystalDave on Dec 19, 2011 - 20 answers

Is my laptop's battery life normal for it's age?

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]
posted by CelebrenIthil on Oct 6, 2011 - 12 answers

I just want to take a bath, and I can't do that when you let all the water run out of you.

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]
posted by Captain Cardanthian! on Sep 27, 2011 - 31 answers

That San Francisco-style... drain.

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]
posted by eschatfische on Aug 12, 2011 - 4 answers

Help with a leaky sink drain

Help with a leaky sink drain [more inside]
posted by markblasco on Aug 7, 2011 - 5 answers

Where does this exterior drain go?

How do I find where an exterior drainage pipe in the ground goes? [more inside]
posted by wongcorgi on Jul 22, 2011 - 8 answers

Can you help me fix this problem with an old sink?

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]
posted by hwickline on Mar 6, 2011 - 6 answers

mutha-effin snakes in the mutha-effin drain

How do you snake a drain with right angles? [more inside]
posted by panmunjom on Jan 24, 2011 - 3 answers

Stubborn drain clog, help!

Got a clogged sink tried several methods with no luck - rather not call a plumber, any ideas? [more inside]
posted by wongcorgi on Dec 18, 2010 - 10 answers

How to unclog a bathtub?

PlumbingFilter: how do I unclog my bathtub? [more inside]
posted by rainy on Oct 16, 2010 - 21 answers

How to get my tub to stop draining?

Hey! I filled that bathtub for a reason - so why is it draining without my permission? [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Jun 25, 2010 - 13 answers

Verdigris in bathtub drain?

How to treat the bright green deposit in my bathtub drain? [more inside]
posted by Iridic on May 27, 2010 - 10 answers

God, please let my PVC-to-ABS issue be minor.

ABS, PVC, a six-inch drain and me -- am I as frakked as it appears I am? [more inside]
posted by liquado on Apr 26, 2010 - 12 answers

Squeaky drain gets the grease

Is there anything I can do to remedy a whole lot of cooking oil (...a whole lot) being poured down the drain? [more inside]
posted by beepbeepboopboop on Apr 4, 2010 - 13 answers

Worried about drain cleaner

Am I being too paranoid about drain cleaner? [more inside]
posted by cellphone on Dec 16, 2009 - 6 answers

Would an embedded internal wireless 3G modem draw significantly less power from a laptop battery than an external USB wireless 3G modem?

Would an embedded internal wireless 3G modem draw significantly less power from a laptop battery than an external USB wireless 3G modem? [more inside]
posted by gttommy on Oct 12, 2009 - 5 answers

Kitchen drain maintenance?

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]
posted by exhilaration on Sep 10, 2009 - 20 answers

this will end well

[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]
posted by ddaavviidd on Sep 4, 2009 - 7 answers

Aztek Battery Woes

What is draining the battery in my 2001 Pontiac Aztek? [more inside]
posted by soelo on Jul 1, 2009 - 14 answers

clogged bathtub drain is backing me up

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]
posted by rxbert on Apr 28, 2009 - 12 answers

When is it time to call the experts with a tub drain clog?

Drain snakers, how much longer should I mess with this bathtub drain before I call a plumber? [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on Feb 2, 2009 - 27 answers

Remind me to get a dog and teach it to sniff out mold.

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]
posted by GleepGlop on Jan 26, 2009 - 12 answers

should I panic about the ground sinking over my sewer line?

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]
posted by comah on Jan 9, 2009 - 12 answers

Can't close my bathtub drain.

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.
posted by foxinthesnow on Dec 2, 2008 - 7 answers

Something is rotten in my state (not Denmark).

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]
posted by Unicorn on the cob on Oct 27, 2008 - 13 answers

How is my kitchen like the Internet?

Should I be getting a break on my rent because my kitchen pipes are clogged? [more inside]
posted by Who_Am_I on Oct 10, 2008 - 6 answers

Strange sink/dishwasher drainage issues

Why does my sink only drain when the dishwasher is running? [more inside]
posted by gwint on Sep 1, 2008 - 10 answers

The mouse chose to run down the drain instead of being bitten again. Repercussions? Advice?

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]
posted by nobody on Jun 14, 2008 - 11 answers

I don't want to wash my dishes after I wash my dishes, either...

How can I get rid of my dishwasher's funk? [more inside]
posted by on Mar 20, 2008 - 8 answers


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]
posted by 4ster on Nov 27, 2007 - 21 answers

How do you deal with an overflowing air conditioner?

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]
posted by dkg on Sep 10, 2007 - 6 answers

What is this strange object attached to my basement floor?

What is this strange object attached to my basement floor? [more inside]
posted by fusinski on Jul 1, 2007 - 23 answers

Overpowering kitchen sink stench threatens life on earth

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]
posted by autojack on May 13, 2007 - 22 answers

DrainSpin North and South of the Equator

Do drain's really drain counterclockwise in the Southern hemisphere? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah on Nov 26, 2006 - 18 answers

How Hard is it to Use a Drain Snake?

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]
posted by Taken Outtacontext on May 20, 2006 - 33 answers

Oh Dear God What Have I Done?

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]
posted by TheGoldenOne on May 13, 2006 - 22 answers

Basement drain overflow.

We have water coming up from the drain in our basement. [more inside]
posted by drobot on Feb 21, 2006 - 10 answers

How do we drain a pool?

How do we drain a pool? [more inside]
posted by climalene on Oct 14, 2005 - 12 answers

Sewer gas smell in the basement?

SewerGasFilter. Help![+] [more inside]
posted by nj_subgenius on Jan 29, 2005 - 8 answers

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