Help with a drain question?

30 Mar 2011
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United Kingdom
Hi all,

Our kitchen sink drains directly into an outside drain, via a plastic pipe that stops just above the drain grille (pictured). Since we moved in about 6 months ago, each time the sink drains then water escapes over the patio and appears to be soaking through the cracks, and we're concerned that it may be damaging the underpinning of the patio.

My missus is convinced that we need to put some kind of a funnel arrangement over the bottom of the pipe, but I think that surely there must be the right kind of drain to do this. As you can see from the pictures, the drain entry does seem to be designed to take water in this way - but the pipe is on the opposite side to the slide!

We're looking for recommendations of people more experienced as to what our best course of action is:
  • simply twist the pipe to land more centrally
  • remove the cover to the 'sled' part of the drain and extend the kitchen pipe to below the level of the grille, landing in the 'sled' and not through the grille at all
  • replace the grille with one that will accommodate a slightly longer pipe so that the water does not land on the top of the grille
  • replace the entire drain top with another designed for this (hardest option, as it's mortared in)
thanks a lot for your help in advance!


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Cut a hole in the grill and extend the pipe to just below it.

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