I know absolutely nothing about plumbing, but may need to learn. My
kitchen sink drain started leaking today. We have lived here for six
months and not seen it before. From what I can tell (I'll try and
explain, but pardon my ignorance) There is a piece of PVC under my sink
drain. It has a small section that is angled up that comes off of the
side, that I believe is there to hook a dishwasher drain hose up to. My
dishwasher drain hose connects on the other side of the sink through the
garbage disposal. If I run a lot of water through the drain it will start
to back up and come out of the piece that could be connected to the
dishwasher drain hose, but isn't. Do I need to cap this piece somehow, or
is this a sign of a clog since it hasn't been a problem before? Any help
would be greatly appreciated
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I would replace the plastic piece with a new one without the dishwasher
connection. The part will be inexpensive. The new part will have to be cut
to the correct length before installation. While you have it apart you can
clean the trap out.
If it was not a problem before and it's backing up now, something's going
on. Take stuff loose, and check your U shaped trap first. Take stuff loose
after that until you find the blockage or restriction. Reinstall and make
sure everything is tight. That plastic pipe under a sink is inexpensive,
but it sounds like you have something blocking it, as it was fine, and now
it is not.
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It wasn't fine before. He has an unused, open dishwasher connection
on his sink drain. Only now the drain has likely become partially
blocked, enough so that water backs up enough to come out the open
The solution is to both clear the drain and fix the open connection.
You mean the piece that you think a dishwasher drain is supposed to
connect to is *open* and water can come out of it from the sink drain?
Well, that ain't right. Yes, if that's the case it needs to be capped.
How depends on what's at the end of that piece. Describe in more detail,
please. Threads on the outside? Black plastic? white?
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Yes, it should be capped. If it was not all along, you've been lucky it has
not leaked. Could it be that the cap got knocked off?
Does it leak when the disposal on the other side of the sink is used? If so,
there is at least the start of a clog. I'd start by checking the trap for
buildup and then run a snake down the drain. If parts have to be
replaced, they are fairly cheap and easy to obtain at the local hardware
store or home center.
The proper thing is to replace that section of pipe.
If you are timid about tackling that chore you can just cap it off and call
it a temporary fix. You can do that with just a screwdriver if you use a
product like the one shown on this page:
You may or may not be able to buy that part at home depot. A real plumbing
supply will have it.
I think, you should measure before buying, that a 3/4" cap will do the job
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