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Dripping water from the pvc drain pipes of 2nd story eaves.

I have seen these pipes before, but just noticed I have seen these pipes before, but just noticed one of them draining a consistent amount of water, should I be concerned?

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Yes, that is your emergency drain pipe. You need to have the a/c drained cleaned out. It is probably jammed up with algea. A professional should be called to blow it out. or get ahold of your Mr. Fixit buddy. If you leave it like this your drain pan will eventually rust out and cause major interior damage to your home.

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2. Locate the same WHITE PVC drain pipe inside your house. You should notice a "TEE" where two WHITE PVC drain pipes merge into ONE WHITE PVC drain pipe.


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C. THIRDLY, very gently lift the entire WHITE PVC drain line up in the air as high as you can without breaking it, and slam it down onto the rafters or attic floor or garage floor. You are attempting to dislodge the CLOG within the drain pipe WITHOUT having to actually CUT the PVC and without damaging or breaking the WHITE PVC. Depending on how old the system is, it may or may not be brittle; and it may not take much to damage or break the PVC, which will cause leaks. So, be very careful at this point.


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E. If the person informs you that there IS water now starting to exit the WHITE PVC DRAIN PIPE, you should then wait until all water has drained from the EMERGENCY DRAIN PAN; and then pour at least 1 quart of BLEACH down that drain, from the EMERGENCY DRAIN PAN exit. The BLEACH will further clear out any SLIME which may be remaining within the "P-TRAP" and will also CLEAN OUT and DISINFECT that drain line.

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