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 01-13-2005, 10:35 Post: 104125
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Just venting here. We had a big laundry room sink overflow and experienced a minor flood, doing some damage to the cabinets and subfloor. Why is it that vanity sinks are made with overflows but laundry, kitchen, and utility sinks do not? This seems to be the opposite of the way it should be. I think most vanity sinks are small and filled while somebody is standing in front of them, but big sinks take forever to fill. It's much more likely that someone will leave a big sink unattended while it's filling than they would a small one.






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 01-13-2005, 10:57 Post: 104128
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Look at the bright side..... at least it wasn't the toilet overflowing on the floor. Geez I hate that.

It is strange that only bathroom fixtures have built-in overflows.






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 01-13-2005, 10:58 Post: 104129
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Ken,
Our laundry room sink is constantly overflowing. Not from water though, it's the dirty clothes that my wife collects in the tub while she waits for just the right amount of other clothes with just the right color so she can wash just the right load. Unfortunately this is always at just the right time for me to want to wash my greasy hands.

I see now that I should have had the plumbers put the washer's waste water drain into the utility tub so she would have to keep it cleared of any clothing. But then I suppose we would have your water overflow problem.

Well, I feel better. I hope you do too.
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 01-13-2005, 11:06 Post: 104130
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Sorry to hear about that Ken. I had a similar situation in the ranch house about a month ago when I turned on the well for the first time and checked for leaks. Someone left the water heater drain valve open and I missed it.........at at least until I got into the house and heard the water running. Just try to dry the area out as good as you can and see what the damage looks like after that. I would suggest using a dehumidifier and one of those oil filled space heaters to do this if this area can be closed off. The faster you get this done, the better as you will lessen the risk of mold or mildew.






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 01-13-2005, 11:27 Post: 104131
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Ken, when I replaced our laundry tub the guy at Home Depot, a retired plumber, gave me a good tip.

He told me to buy a double drain even though I was just getting a single tub. Then use a hole saw, a little more drain pipe and install a second drain fitting in the side of the tub near the top to act as an over flow. It works great.

Mark, I don't want to even guess at what causes your toilet to overflow .... Laughing out loud

Randy, when our water heater was replaced they put two pieces of hose it and ran them into a drain, one from the drain pan around the heater (in case it blows and becomes a gusher) and a second one from the pressure relief valve. It seems that it is fairly common for relief valves to let go when they get old, the spring weakens and snaps letting them run till someone notices.

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 01-13-2005, 12:15 Post: 104136
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This actually happened a few months ago, but every time I walk into the mud room it bugs the crap out of me. Time to do some repairs I guess.






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 01-13-2005, 16:01 Post: 104149
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We learned the hard way quite a few years ago to turn off the main water valve to the house before going on any more than an overnight vacation. We had a built in dishwasher in the farmhouse where we used to live and sometime while we were gone on a three day vacation one of the hoses to the dishwasher burst. We have no idea how long the water had been flowing but the furnace vents were acting as floor drains in the kitchen and dining room. Wow what a homecoming, but fortunately the insurance co. we were with picked up most all of the damage expense. Frank.






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 01-13-2005, 16:11 Post: 104150
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one of the hoses to the dishwasher burst.
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Never leve the hoses on the cloths washer turned on either.






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 01-13-2005, 17:48 Post: 104158
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Our overflow was a case of operator error. Since the sink takes (seemingly) 10 minutes to fill I walked away and got distracted by something. As a CRS impaired individual, I simply forgot about the sink for about 30 minutes. The HVAC vents did make nice floor drains. We have sensors under the dishwasher, washer/dryer and water heater that will shut the water off when leaks are detected, and the security system announces the problem and calls my cell phone. Unfortunately the sensors aren't under the sinks (which are hard-piped).






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 01-15-2005, 22:02 Post: 104283
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If any one needs their clogged drains cleared, I think Iowafun has a snake he would be glad to loan you.....permanately...






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