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PLUMBING SYSTEM INSPECT DIAGNOSE REPAIR
AGE of PLUMBING MATERIALS & FIXTURES
AIR DISCHARGE at FAUCETS, FIXTURES
BACKDRAFTING HEATING EQUIPMENT
BACKFLOW PREVENTER VALVE, HEATING SYS
BACKFLOW PREVENTER, HEATER WATER FEEDER
BACKUP PREVENTION, SEPTIC
BACKUP PREVENTION, SEWER LINE
BACKWATER VALVES, SEWER LINE
BATH & KITCHEN DESIGN GUIDE
BLOCKED DRAIN REPAIR METHODS
CARBON MONOXIDE - CO
CHECK VALVES, WATER SUPPLY
CHLORINE IN SEPTIC WASTEWATER
CLEANOUTS, PLUMBING DRAIN
CLOGGED DRAIN DIAGNOSIS & REPAIR
CLOGGED SUPPLY PIPES, DIAGNOSIS
CLOGGED SUPPLY PIPES, REPAIR
CLOGGED SUPPLY PIPES, HOT WATER
CONDENSATION or SWEATING PIPES, TANKS
CROSS CONNECTIONS, PLUMBING
DEPTH of DRAIN & SEWER PIPES
DEPTH of SEPTIC TANK
DRAIN & SEWER PIPING
FLOOD DAMAGE ASSESSMENT, SAFETY & CLEANUP
FLOODED HEATING EQUIPMENT REPAIR
FLOODED SEPTIC SYSTEMS, REPAIR
FLOODED WATER HEATER REPAIR
FLOOR DRAIN / TRAP ODORS
FLUSHOMETER VALVES for TOILETS URINALS
GALVANIC SCALE & METAL CORROSION
GALVANIZED STEEL PIPING
HARD WATER - SOFTENERS
HEAT TAPES, Heat, Insulation prevent Freeze-Up
KITCHEN VENTILATION DESIGN
LEAD POISONING HAZARDS GUIDE
LEAD PIPES in BUILDINGS
LEAD in WATER, ACTION LEVELS
LEAK TYPES, WATER SUPPLY or DRAIN PIPES
METHANE GAS SOURCES
MIXING / ANTI-SCALD VALVES
MVOCs & MOLDY MUSTY ODORS
NOISE CONTROL for PLUMBING
NOISE, PLUMBING DRAIN DIAGNOSIS
NOISE, PLUMBING DRAIN REPAIR
NOISE, PLUMBING CHECKLIST
NOISE, WATER HEATER
NOISES, WATER PUMP
ODORS GASES SMELLS, DIAGNOSIS & CURE
OUTHOUSES & LATRINES
PIPING IN buildings, Clogs Leaks Types
PLUMBING FIXTURES, KITCHEN, BATH
PLUMBING FIXTURE TRAPS
PUMPS, WATER REPAIR
REPAIR BURST LEAKY PIPES
SEWER GAS ODORS
Sewer piping: this article series describes how to diagnose problems with building drain, waste, and vent piping (DWV), main building drains, and sewer connection or private septic system piping.
We include information about the proper inspection, installation, diagnosis, and repair of building drains including clogged or slow drains, damaged or broken drains, and improperly-constructed DWV piping.
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Our page top photo shows a sewer line cleanout under and building exit piping under construction at a New York Home, courtesy Galow Homes.
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Our photo (below-left) illustrates terra cotta sewer piping described in more detail at PIPING IN buildings, Clogs Leaks Types.
In our list of plumbing piping articles below you will find description of inspection, installation, diagnosis, and repair articles concerning building drain waste vent (DWV) piping. Types of building supply piping and supply piping problems are described and listed at PIPING IN buildings, Clogs Leaks Types [Link given just below]
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
(Oct 31, 2011) Alex in Seattle said:
the sewer line that comes through the foundation wall has a large irregular hole around it. the space between the copper sewer line and foundation is between 2" and 6". It was crudely made. I have water seeping in here and would like to seal it. If it was smaller I'd use hydrolic cement, but it seems to large. Can I fill the hole with regular cement and call it good? I'll use a bonding agent. Or I was thinking of doing some sort of sleeve that would allow the pipe to move a bit if needed.
I was thinking of wrapping the pipe with rope and then taping plastic over the rope. fill the hole with cement. after the cure, then pull out the rope and the plastic. should give me some space between the cement and the pipe. seal this space with a high quality sealant or spray foam. Any thoughts or ideas would be helpful. I can't seem to find any helpful info on this issue. Thanks.
(Aug 13, 2012) Gary Rice said:
I have a septic system with a house on blocks that I can crawl under. We have two toilets downstairs discharging into a 3 inch PVC with a 3 inch vent pipe going upstairs and venting outside the house. I want to add one more toilet in an up-stair bathroom and I want to discharge it into the 3 inch vent pipe - will i have any problems if I do this?
(Aug 11, 2014) Dave A said:
What would be the acceptable limit for foundation settling before
it would seriously affect the pitch of the drain pipe leading to
There's no smart succinct "right" answer to the question as you post it.
Any settlement that results in loss of the proper minimum pitch of 1/8 to 1/4" per foot in the drain line can lead to clogging.
I'd be worried that settlement might also break a sub-slab drain line leading to leaks, blockages, and possibly unsanitary condtions. Some investigation is in order. YOu could start by having a plumber send a camera through the line.
I'd also want to know the cause of settlement and what else it may have affected.
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