I’ve noticed that after draining the kitchen sink,

DWQA QuestionsI’ve noticed that after draining the kitchen sink,

I’ve noticed that after draining the kitchen sink, there is water that drains outside. There is a overflow drain?? This is on the outside of the house where it comes from. Is this normal? I never noticed it before but I assume that is what this is for. Thoughts? I’m in TX and fortunately didn’t have any pipes burst due to the freeze but I just want to make sure I don’t have a problem.

25 Answers
answered 3 months ago

You own ? If so how long have you lived here ? That should be tied into your sewer… My ac has a drip line coming out similarly but that’s only for condensation not gray water.

answered 3 months ago

I’ve never seen anything like this where I live and it doesn’t make any sense in my head. I’m just here to read comments and see what it is

answered 3 months ago

Yeah thats a clean out thats missing a cap. Looks like it got hit and damaged. Possibly by a lawnmower. Happens all the time. Thats there incase your kitchen sink clogs up

answered 3 months ago

That should have a cap on it. Did someone pull it off?

answered 3 months ago

I have no idea what is going on but that ain’t right!!!

answered 3 months ago

It looks like a cleanout, a capped (supposedly) pipe that can be used by a plumber to run a snake to unclog the sewer.

And it looks like it got clogged at some point, somebody didn’t or couldn’t pay a plumber, and just took the cap off.

You want to call a plumber and have that sorted out. That’s not good for your yard or foundation or anybody around.

answered 3 months ago

Looks like a clean out missing a cap.

answered 3 months ago

There should be a piece of pipe that directs it into a drain, it shouldn’t just be left to dribble down the side of the house.

answered 3 months ago

No domestic water should be diverted to the exterior of the house. This is not normal.

answered 3 months ago

Whatever it is, it’s not good for your foundation.

answered 3 months ago

Rent the snake from Home Depot then cap it yourself. Not a tough job. Save yourself some money.

answered 3 months ago

It should have pipes going into a drain, like this. (Yes… I’ve just realised that I badly need to clean it.)

answered 3 months ago

We have this happening now, and we know it’s due to a clog in the line that we discovered two days ago and haven’t gotten to clear. Apparently I plunged the sink so hard the cap popped off and hit the fence 😬. We’ve left it off until we can snake the drain on Saturday but when the sink drains it goes straight out that pipe.

answered 3 months ago

Snake access needs a cap and needs to snakes to make sure there’s no Main blockage

answered 3 months ago

That may be a clean out access.

answered 3 months ago

Its a super old practice you see them in older houses in Connecticut and new york it could be a vent for a house trap and you have a backed up line and that’s the lowest point

answered 3 months ago

Put a flower bed there or garden. Hide that so you don’t get a fine for dumping grey water.

answered 3 months ago

That’s also not good for your homes foundation

answered 3 months ago

Looks like you may have a grey water system but it def should be diverted away from the house.
Does the same happen when you wash laundry?

answered 3 months ago

It’s a clear out access. I’m in TX and my house has several of them. Look around your house and you should see several round caps with square protrusions. You need to get another one of those caps for that spot.

answered 3 months ago

Looks like a cleanout for your sink drain. Needs a cap in it. If it backs up in your sink after that, then your drain is clogged and needs to be rodded out.

answered 3 months ago

I live in TX and this started happening to me. My drain line collapsed and now all my drain water is coming out of the same thing. That is a clean out.

answered 3 months ago

Could be coming from your high efficiency furnace. They condensate?

answered 3 months ago

plug it up, let it fill up with water, and then freeze so you have major plumbing issues! look in to it, but don’t do what some of these people are suggesting. drain lines do not normally freeze usually it is supply lines.

answered 3 months ago

Plumber confirmed it is a clean out, just missing the cap but water shouldn’t run out so it’s clogged somewhere on the line. Thanks everyone got your comments! Mystery solved!