For questions generally relating to the unwanted permeation of water or other liquid, indoor/outdoor air, or fuel gas through a barrier designed to contain it, including identification, repair, and prevention techniques, tools and materials.

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Leak at Main Shut Off Valve

I've dealt with a little bit of plumbing fixing toilet valves, but now my main water shut-off valve seems to be leaking in a very particular spot. Not sure what steps I should take to resolve this one ...
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Electric water heater leaks around the top, how do I fix it?

My water heater is leaking from the top around the copper fittings. It seems to be filled to capacity. Will adjusting my pressure relief valve stop my water heater from leaking? I turned the main ...
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Does air trapped in water pipe disturb the meter reading?

I have about 7 meters of PVC pipe connected to the water meter. Some of this pipe is above the meter level so some air sure gets trapped inside. Is it possible that the air in pipes expand and ...
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What is coming out of my pipe and how can I fix it?

A water spot appeared on my basement ceiling, so I cut a hole to explore what was going on. I found the following: Something is going on with the pipe, a growth of some sorts. I'm assuming it isn't ...
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How do I stress test a roof for leaks?

I am about to have some ceiling work done on my house that has previously had roof leaks. I would like to be sure that the repairs to the roof are successful. How would I go about stress testing the ...
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How can I repair a broken bathroom sink drain?

My bathroom underneath is leaking at the joint point. The pipe seems to be okay. And the surface of the sink, the ring was broken. When I hold the pipe underneath, it can be moved up and down and ...
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Newly installed water heater with faint gas smell

Installed a new water heater last night (Rheem Performance Plus Model #XG50T09HE40U0). All went well with installation (including gas line bubble test), but this morning I could detect a faint smell ...
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Exhaust fan leaking from elbow joint connected to the ceiling

I have a metal elbow joint that is leaking. It is connected to an exhaust fan in the bathroom and runs to the roof. What can I wrap the elbow with to stop the leak?
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How can I stop this downspout leak?

The image is outside of my house where the down drain leads away from the house. The water flows in the direction of the arrows, and leak occurs where the "T" connector connects to the outlet. I tried ...
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What could cause water to come up from the bottom (upwards) through the tundish?

I have an oil-powered boiler along with a water cylinder which has been installed in our home for a number of years by some previous owner. We've been here a couple of years without a hitch. Just the ...
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Mysterious toilet leak

We noticed water dripping down the wall below the toilet on the 2nd floor. I assumed it was a leak in the wax ring, especially because the toilet had become slightly loose and rocked slightly when sat ...
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What is this piece inside the spigot supply hole, and what is it used for?

I'm watching videos online describing how to fix a leaky Delta kitchen faucet. As I'm following the instructions I encounter an odd hitch. Where, according to the video, there should be an empty and ...
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Leakage in my pipes, how to densify/seal?

I've never built with pipes before so maybe I'd need some general advice regarding leakage. On a specific note, I've built a system (see picture) where it leaks practically everywhere. I've sealed it ...
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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. I'...
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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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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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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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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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Insulating/preventing heat transfer on non-IC rated recessed lights

I recently bought a thermal leak detector and discovered that my recessed lights upstairs are leaking a lot of heat and causing the upstairs to be uncomfortable and hard to cool. This is the brand ...
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Leaking Humidifier

We have a Honeywell whole-house humidifier attached to the duct directly above the heating element/electronics of our furnace. A few possible pertinent facts: The water intake is attached via a ...
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dripping sound inside wall

I'll try to get everything in here, yet be concise. This is a 3-story building, plus basement/underground parking. I'm on the 2nd floor, studio. Same layout above and below. Exterior wall to ...
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Is that a leak from roof into my ceiling?

I found a spot into my ceiling that was not there before. Spot looks like this. We had rain last night and i am worried if there is a leakage in the roof. This is what is on top of it. Is this ...
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What do I need to fix this leaky sink?

My sink started leaking - it looks like I need to replace all of the seal/gasket type things between the basin and the garbage disposal. Top side: Bottom side: I am guessing that the steel part ...
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What could be causing this leaky evaporator problem?

My apologizes if I do not know the correct terminology for some of the parts. I will try my best though. We have a Trane A/C system that is causing us a headache. It is causing water damage in our ...
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How do I deal with a leaking toilet cistern inlet pipe?

Recently there's been an odd, damp smell coming from one of our bathrooms. On further inspection, there seems to be a leak on this pipe where it connects to the bowl (where the little red arrow is). ...
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Should I be concerned about rusty nails just inside an outer wall?

Last year I nailed down the linoleum in my pantry with small brads because it was curling badly. This year during spring cleaning I noticed that the nails on the edge near the outer wall of the house ...
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What should be cleaned or examined after an air conditioner drain pipe leak?

The other day, we found some water on the floor in our utility room. After some research and investigation, we discovered that the drain pipe from the central air unit was blocked. We were able to use ...
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Toilet Supply Line and Valve Leaking

I had an issue with my bathroom flooding, so I emptied out the toilet (turned off the valve and flushed until it was empty). Then after 2-3 days, the toilet backed up. Yech. Anyway, I re-opened the ...
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What type of mortar would I use to seal cracks in our chimney?

We've got a brick chimney that's ~25 years old and it's got a quite a few cracks in the mortar (some hairline, some as thick is a quarter). What's the best way to seal all those cracks? I assume ...
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Home-made joint for a top window

I have some sort of artisanal, metal, top oriented, window that essentially serves as a light well (but the room is almost completey dark, the main door is covered by a curtain because my girl friend ...
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Repairing Leak in Refrigerant Lines

We recently found and pinpointed a leak in my copper refrigerant line (the non-insulated line) and was wondering if there was anyway to repair and replace that one spot on the line (like if there were ...
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Do I have to replace this entire valve or can it be fixed?

My bathtub/shower faucet has been constantly dripping and I took it apart to try and get it repaired. Here is what is on the inside: I would rather, for obvious reasons, avoid having to take ...
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How to fix this leaky sink drain?

New to the forum. This I am thinking is a fairly straight forward job, but I don't have any plumbing experience so a little ify on how to go about it. Essentially I have a leaky sink drain. Little ...
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Hot/Cold Water Faucet Dripping

I have a water heating system in my kitchen sink (picture below) that is about 4 years old. All of a sudden the faucet is dripping water. I am trying to figure out how to fix it. I tried cleaning ...
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Leaky garage when it rains

When it rains, I have two leaks in my garage. I have had people look for this leak, but they can't seem to find it. I don't know if it's my windows or roof. Who should I call to help me with this ...
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Where's this water coming from?

The carpet outside the bathroom has two wet spots, as though water is seeping up from slab foundation. Cannot find any pipes leaking in bathroom, the spots are randomly positioned, about a foot into ...
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Fix leak between seal and shower door joint

Anyone got any suggestions for sealing this gap up? The problem is because of the door joint, the top seal can't work all the way down, but the bottom seal can't move all the way flush because ...
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How to fix a leaking concrete ceiling?

We are occupying the second floor of a 4 story apartment complex. We have recently moved in and all 4 floors are now occupied. The occupant in the first floor says his bedroom ceiling is leaking with ...
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faucet (grohe arden?) leak. how do i remove the handle, get to the O ring

Got a 2 handle bathroom faucet that seems to be leaking. I think it is a Grohe Arden (I am not the original owner of the house and the faucet is over 10 yrs old). The only place I can see Grohe ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to handle vanity replacement when finish materials do not continue behind existing unit?

I had a plumbing leak under my bathroom sink that soaked the vanity before it was discovered and the water shut off. The vanity is cheap crap made out of particleboard that has swelled up like a ...
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Honeywell Humidifier Leaking Near Overflow Tube

My humidifier is leaking. It is leaking at the drain assembly. The assembly itself has some designed openings that don't make much sense to me. The water is collecting there and dripping out slowly....
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A/C Air Handler Leaking Water Everywhere

I have a relatively old air handler that has worked fine for many years. Just recently, it started leaking water everywhere, and it seems to be seeping from inside the base of the air handler itself (...
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How to find source of dripping drain pipe?

I have an older house (1920s) it's two stories, although the second story was probably the attic originally. I used to live in it, but now I rent it and live nearby. There is a pipe that sticks out ...
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Does water in the water heater drip pan mean my heater is bad?

I recently noticed my drip pan had about a half-inch of water in it. I could find no water leaks around the fittings or valves. The water is slowly evaporating--very dry climate area--and the water ...