Re: Bath Sink Drain (50 yrs old)
I belong to a little 50 year-old brick bungalow in the midwest.
There's a small bathroom that's never been remodeled. A small
sink with a U-trap, drain running horizontally thru
tiles into the wall maybe 14" above the floor.
The portion of the drain that runs from the pvc U-trap
into the wall is badly rusted. The drain runs very slowly.
I've cleaned out the U-trap, run Drano thru, etc (no help).
I can't see anything of the sink drain from the basement.
I figger it does a bend and runs (inside the wall and
floorboards) into the toilet drain. But what do I know? :-)
At least part of the sink drain pipe will need to be replaced
before long. I am sorta half-handy at plumbing. How might
such replacement be accomplished?
On Sat, 14 Feb 2004 18:27:51 -0600 (CST), email@example.com (m
Likely good advice if the pipe wasn't rusted so badly.
I fear that if I snake or monkey or <whatever> the rusty
pipe, the seal for the U-trap will start leaking. Then I'll
be "down the river" ...
I had the same problem last year. I had a small leak in a horizontal steel
drainpipe on the bathroom sink. The pipe was rotten. Luckily, I had a
vanity to covery up my work, because I had to cut a hole around the pipe.
The pipe extended into the wall about two inches and was screwed into a
larger vertical pipe.
It sounds like you don't have the vanity, so cosmetics will be more
important. You might try disconnecting the trap and then putting a pipe
wrench on the horizontal pipe to see if you can twist it out without
disrupting the tiles. If so, you might be able to replace it the same way.
However, there's probably a good chance that you'll have to carefully
removing the surrounding tiles, and then saw a whole in the wall if things
don't go well.
Thanks for the "heads up". It looks worse than yours ...
There's about 4" of horozontal pipe, then a flange that's
flush with the tile. I very gently snaked it out, was
gonna dry it out, smear a ton of petrol jelly in there,
and Pray! <grin>
It sprung a leak by the flange. I shine a lite inside the
pipe, it *looks* like only one (rotten) piece, all the way
to the toilet drain line (maybe 3 ', all inside the wall).
Woe is po' me. :-(
Any/all suggestions welcome.
It is a partition wall between the bathroom and a bedroom.
The bathroom is very small. The sink/drain is very close
to the toilet. I'd have to go thru 50-year-old tiles and
(I think) about 1" of plaster on aluminum lath.
The whole thang's gotten insane.Evidently the original
plumbers planted a genuine time-bomb ...
I'm thinkin' maybe some flexible pipe I can insert thru
the rotten pipe and an adapter to go from the smaller
diameter flex pipe to the 1.25" p-trap fitting. Do such
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