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How can I figure out exactly where a bathroom leak is coming from?

There's a small amount of water at the lowest point on my bathroom floor. It looks clear and doesn't have a smell. Lately, it's been showing up every day, whether anyone's taken a shower or not. ...
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Leaky Tub Faucet

I have a single handle (cartridge style I believe) delta tub/shower setup. The faucet is leaking after a shower but does not leak after running just the tub only. Any thoughts on what this could be? ...
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Water seeping through where pipe exits slab foundation

OK, the backstory can be found in this previous questions: Repairing leaking DWV vertical 3" thin wall PVC. Basically, found mold growth behind baseboards of a powder bathroom adjoining the kitchen. ...
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Wall leaks due to rotten wood in footer!

My home was built in 1979, and I have a small leak in the basement. It appears to me that the water is coming from a piece of 1x4 that is embedded in the footer, presumably this wood goes all the way ...
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Is “hissing” sound from a water main a good indication that water is in use?

I recently received a notification from my water department that they suspect I have a leak somewhere in my house. Apparently, the meter outside has a mechanism that goes off if water has been ...
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How do I get my faucet handle off?

I've been trying to get to the cartridge in my bathroom sink faucet handle. I took off the top part, but in order to get the cartridge out it looks like I have to take off the bottom part as well. ...
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Leaking roof valley strategy

UPDATE: New album with additional photos here: http://imgur.com/a/RGfrP My parent's house has a pretty bad leak that has been going for a few years. Because of money and other issues with the house ...
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Does a leaking cell destroy the other cells in the same battery?

I have a device I have never used before. Unfortunately I found out that one of the device's 3 LR44 cells was leaking white potassium carbonate. See my sketchy illustration below. I have only 2 new ...
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How to fix a vanity mold built up as a result of valve leak?

I noticed a valve leak too late and now part of the vanity has built up some mold. I would like to avoid replacing the entire thing obviously. So I would like to understand how (un)safe it is to keep ...
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Shower floor cracking

Our house has a raised corner shower stall in the downstairs bathroom. Just by doing a quick search and going off of looks, I'm pretty sure it's this model: ...
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How can I figure out where the toilet overflow pipe goes?

In the toilet tank I know that the overflow pipe is there for when the toilet tank is full. However my toilets overflow pipe in the tank doesn't go back into the toilet it goes to a pipe which runs ...
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How to fix a faucet that drips unless we turn it extremely tightly?

We started to notice that the hot water bathroom sink faucet still drips after we turn it with the normal amount of force, but if we twist it harder it would stop. This problem exacerbated and it ...
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Where can I find replacement stops for a shower faucet?

I've looked everywhere locally for a replacement shower stop and cannot find the right now. This is from an old shower (about 20 years). I've attached photos that show the size on top of a ruler. The ...
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Massive Pool Leak

For the last two years (since we have been in this house) the pool has leaked - at about twice the standard evaporation rate. Three different pool leak detection companies have been here since. One ...
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How can I locate a mysterious leak in a 3 story rental unit?

I have a 3 story rental unit with 4 apartments. The apartment on the middle floor reported that the closet wall was wet. When I checked it the wall had mold and a moist/wet feel to it. The ceiling and ...
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Why is the TPR valve dripping on my new water heater?

I recently install a Kenmore #58240 40 gal. electric water heater. I had a 50 ga. approx. 12 yr. old Rheem which started to pop a little so I just decided to get a new one. After I installed it at ...
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Does water hardness affect the life of copper pipes?

We have just completed the renovation works of our old home in Toronto. A short while later the pipes in bathrooms began to leak. The plumber may have used lower quality materials or lower class ...
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Can earthing of a building degrade over time

The building is almost 12 years old. We didn't have this problem before. But in this last 2-3 days some residents complained they have experienced shock coming form the pipeline of bathroom even after ...
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Options for fixing leaking polybutylene water service line

The water service line going to our house is leaking. The leak is originating from our lawn down to the street. The plumbers who have looked at it are saying that our pipe is made of polybutylene, ...
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Kenstar Jacuzzi Pressure Valve dripping every minute

I bought this Kenstar Jacuzzi 3 L instant water heater for the bathroom since I am going to be the only one using it and didn't need a bigger capacity than this. Post installation, I noticed that the ...
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Toilet Tank slow leak, have all new parts, tried all troubleshooting…help!

Just installed the Fluidmaster 400ARHRK (http://www.fluidmaster.com/our-products/toilet-fill-valves-toilet-parts/400arhrkp10-performaxr-all-in-one-toilet-repair-kit.html) and we still have a slow leak ...
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Massive Door Leak Repair

It appears as though my 4th floor exterior door is leaking inside through the subfloor and down to both the 3rd floor ceiling and 2nd floor (pictures attached. On the 3rd floor, the ceiling is now ...
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Reducing a 3/4“ Male Flare to a 1/2” Male Flare

I currently have 1/2" hose and female flare fittings that I need to connect to a larger 3/4" flare. I went to a local plumbing supply store and the set of parts they gave me seems a little excessive ...
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Ceiling leaks When it Rains, Roof Looks Good

My ceiling drips water sometimes when it rains (especially when it rains hard). It seems inconsistent though, so I think that it may have something to do with the angle at which the rain comes in. The ...
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Dripping toilet with vertical plunger

My toilet drips and I have no idea what to do about it. It's a vertical style plunger with a button on top (not a handle) with 2 flushes. I can stop it constantly filling by using a pen to raise the ...
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How can I fix a clothes washer faucet that is leaking?

I just moved the clothes washer out of the way but now I found the faucet that connects to the washer is leaking. I tried to replace the faucet but looks like it is soldered and I cannot find a way ...
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Ceiling wet at corner of chimney

Whenever it rains, the ceiling becomes wet at the corner of the chimney. I ASSUME it's just a small leak, but obviously I don't want it to become any worse. I have a flat roof, so getting up there ...
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How to avoid Water Leaking through Airlite Windows

I have Airlite Windows throughout my house remodeled in the last 3 months. I discover that continually in huge rainfall, with windows closed firmly that water penetrates through the joint in the frame ...
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Unusual tub leak

OK, this one has been driving me nuts for a while now. I have a shower/tub on the second floor that leaks down on to the first floor. It only happens with showers, not baths. It takes about 5-10 ...
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Can a tiny leak get worse?

I replaced my shower arm with one that has a universal 1/2" male end so I could install a Culligan water filter showerhead. I did a fair amount of research beforehand and made sure to teflon tape the ...
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Shower Plumbing or Concrete pan

We were having a frequent drip show up on our stairs from the master shower above. The tiled floor of the shower (over concrete pan) had mildew in the corner, so I cleaned out the corner and found ...
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Bathtub Drain Leak near Concrete

After recently moving into a home (built in the mid 90's and apparently went through a remodel at some point), the guest bathroom tub started leaking. I noticed the leak in the room on the opposite ...
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What to do if average gas usage increased by 30x but they say there is no leak?

Not sure if this is the right place, but figured you guys may have some answers/suggestion of what to do? My average hourly gas usage has increased by 30x suddenly and the company said they will send ...
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Had a leak behind a new tub do I need to do anything else to prevent mold or other issues?

About four weeks ago I had an old tub/shower enclosure removed and a new acrylic tub and three wall enclosure put in, including a new valve and moving the shower head up, this was all installed by a ...
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Fixing Old Leaky Faucet - Handles won't budge

I've been tolerating a small leak for a while in our bathroom, but it's started to get bad enough that it needs fixing. While I was hoping I could just pop out the handles and replace an old O-ring ...
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Damp on the ceiling of the flat downstairs looks like a leak - what should I do?

A couple of days ago the downstairs neighbour knocked to say he was seeing some damp on the ceiling of his bathroom that might indicate a leak coming from my flat, so I went down to look and it does ...
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Plastic shower pan about to crack. Any preventive measures to take before it is too late?

Recently our shower pan started to make really loud, cracking sounds when we step on it. I feel that it will crack, if we don't take any action. The paint has already come off slightly in the places ...
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Which foam to use for temporary leak remediation?

I have a leak around a vent pipe in my attic. Unfortunately I cannot get someone out to fix it for several days, and we have a hurricane coming so I can only imagine the rain is going to get worse. ...
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How to fix a leaking bath shower mixer

I rent a flat where the bath shower mixer never really is in one position : even in shower mode, there is still some water coming out of the bath faucet. I have contacted the owner to have it ...
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Water leak below the foundation and into the garage

I have water puddle that has been appearing just below the foundation threshold from my laundry room in to garage floor just below the entry door. There is an 9" step up into the house (the ...
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bathtub leak into walls

We discovered a bath tub leak from our second floor bathroom which dripped through the sidings. The bathroom has the original fixtures from 1989. It leaks when there's excess amount of water used. ...
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toliet has been flooding my home 3 rooms have been effected it has happen 3 times now

septic tank and my toilet has been releasing water from the base , we changed out the ring already and it was completely worn down and broken , right now we have to keep the water to fill tank shut ...
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Leaking tap after seat recutting

I installed brand new Automatic washing machine taps, recut the washer seats & what I thought was impossible, happened... it still leaked. I cut the seats again with a new seat cutter.... still ...
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Can fiberglass insulation cause leaks?

I've recently bought a 100 year old wood frame house from a DiY guy who took decent care of the place. He didn't put any insulation in the attic though and my home inspector said insulation is a great ...
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Can you diagnose coolant leak in a refrigerator by blowing hot air on the back?

An "engineer" has recently investigated my 10+ (that's my estimation - we bought it together with our apartment) year old Smeg FB30 refrigerator and claimed that the coolant gas is leaking from the ...
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I have two roof drains, can I seal one of them?

My house has a flat roof and leaks, mostly directly underneath the drains. I've had problems with leaking around the drains since I've owned the house, mostly dripping, but over time it's turned ...
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Weird set screw on single handle bathroom faucet

I have a leak in my single handle bathroom faucet. I can't find any stamp or marking on it to indicate the manufacturer. Turning off the hot water fixes the problem short term. I have found some ...
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Water leaking when we are away for a few days

our water system at home works perfectly when we are at home, but when we leave for more than a couple of days the bathroom starts leaking water that goes dripping right on the kitchen that is ...
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Brass central heating elbow joint leaking at connection to plastic pipe

Since removing a radiator to decorate a room I've had a slow leak in the central heating. Luckily I've found where it is - directly below said radiator - I must have moved it about too much in the ...
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How to repair leak mould under bathroom floor tile?

The attached picture is a bathroom floor. The tile worked loose and on lifting it I found extensive black mould under it (killed and cleaned off it before the picture was taken with a mould killer ...