I have to run 4″ drain pipe for the washer that is on the second floor, but, the building being old and all, I wouldn’t want to rip the floors, instead, I was thinking of running the drain on the outside of the house and then go back in at the basement level. It would be preferable as the pipe would be hidden with other exterior pipes and would not look ugly or out of place. This is for state of CT, so to prevent winter freezing, I was told to go with 4″ PVC instead of the 3″ recommended by washer manual. Any suggestions? Drilling through the floor to run the pipe on the inside is not possible, so, what options do I have?
Today I lost my keys in a storm drain [insert embarrassment emoji here]. This is not directly in the street but attached to a building.
Unfortunately, it is impossible to open the drain either from above or to get to it from the basement of the building. Fortunately, the drain does not really drain very much, so its bottom is of cement and I can perfectly see down through it. I can see my keys! They are two meters down below, mixed with rubbish.
The drain is just like any other, e.g.:
The space between bars is around 1.5 to 2 cm.
How can I recover them? Any clever idea? I got some but I would like to know what people come up to.
I always wondered if it will drain your battery. I want to do it on my Civic because it looks cool and it is halogen lights he has LED
The basement floor drain is having backup after the wash cycle from the washer, it doesn’t backup from other water usage.
I had a plumber came in to power snake with 1/2″ tip (and few other tips) into the floor drain for an hour without success. He suggested the only solution is to break the concrete of the floor and replace the blocked piping.
Is there any less aggressive or cheaper solution I should try first? Someone also suggested me to hire other plumber who has optical device to look at the blockage in the floor drain pipe (for a full diagnostic), do you think it’s useful?
I’m in the process of building a new house with basement. The deep end and approximately 3/4 around of the basement wall is approximately 8 ft. deep. do I need a French drain this deep basically at the footer. I have waterproofed the block wall with Damtite water proofing. Looking for other suggestions to help prevent problems years later.
I’ve been struggling for a few days trying to unclog a bathroom sink that is extremely slow to drain. I tried the following:
- Removed and cleaned P trap
- Snake: Cheapo ($30) 25ft 1/4″ drum auger with drill attachment. I hit resistance at varying points along the way which I broke through with a few trials until I had the entire snake fed through. I did it a few more times because I still felt areas of resistance, but eventually the snake became kinked and it became useless.
- Baking soda/vinegar
- Plunging: This brought up a lot of nasty black biofilm, but since using the shop vac I don’t get much of this anymore.
- 6 HP shop vac in both directions (suck and blow). When in blow mode, it pushes the water through just fine, but when I turn the water back on the clog remains. It does take about 20 seconds of running water until it backs up into the sink, so that tells me the clog is probably far down.
I’m not sure what else I can do other than call a plumber. I’d rather not use harsh chemicals. Any ideas?