For questions about the supply and removal of water and liquid waste.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

8
votes
1answer
2k views

How should I drain water from a basement dehumidifier?

Our basement has had difficulty with water in the past, from intrusions through the side (fixed by gutters) and chimneys (fixed by chimney caps). Most recently, however, water has been collecting on ...
2
votes
2answers
257 views

What is the function of a check valve on the inlet of a household macerator pump?

Macerators sometimes require check valves on the inlet for shower waste. I'm thinking the low rate of flow from a shower might not be enough to trigger macerators activated by air switches, so the ...
3
votes
1answer
275 views

How can I fix a leak in the pipe coming out of my water heater?

There's a water leak in the tube coming out of my heater. Yet the bolts look tightly put. I'm not sure how to fix it. Any idea ?
3
votes
2answers
9k views

How does my refrigerator water line connect to the valve?

I was shipped a new Whirlpool refrigerator today. I had an existing 1/4 " copper tube that I used as a water supply line. I cut the copper tube with a pipe cutter, and I slipped a compression nut and ...
2
votes
1answer
3k views

How do I stop a leak in a refrigerator water line connection?

I have a copper water line going into my refrigerator. It's leaking at the connector line in the attached picture. It looks like the leak is not from the fridge, but from the connection line, right ...
2
votes
1answer
8k views

What causes tub drain to gurgle when toilet flushed?

Recently, the drain in my second floor tub makes a gurgling sound when I flush the toilet, which is located right next to the tub. They are obviously on the same drain line. I know that there is a ...
0
votes
0answers
210 views

How do I flush and pressure-test a PEX system?

I have all the information on how to install the PEX plumbing system, but nothing on how to flush it or how to pressure test the PEX system. Can someone help?
0
votes
2answers
615 views

What could be causing water to drip from the relief valve of my new gas water heater, again?

I installed a brand new water heater about 4 months ago, noticed that that relief valve was dripping like crazy. Checked the expansion tank and it was filled with water. I replaced it with a brand ...
1
vote
4answers
4k views

PEX for hot water tank

I was just replacing an electrical hot water tank. Had to call a plumber because I didn't fancy my soldering skills on something that could flood the house. The plumber simply cut off the old copper ...
3
votes
1answer
521 views

Should I add a second main branch to this water supply layout?

This image roughly represents the layout of a renovation house that I am working on. Due to a few layout changes and the plumbing nightmare that I inherited (a maze of piping, inaccessible shut-off ...
2
votes
2answers
3k views

How do I connect a polyethylene water supply line to my refrigerator?

I have a Kenmore refrigerator (model 53552200), and want to connect a 1/4" polyethylene line for the incoming water. I'm guessing the connection is something similar to right portion of the following ...
1
vote
1answer
56 views

Why is my water heater leaking?

Last night after I took a shower, I heard water still running and I saw that it was leaking from the bottom of the heater. I shut off the hot water and it still wouldn't stop, so I turned the water ...
2
votes
2answers
394 views

What kind of pump would I need to supply my trailer with water from a nearby creek?

The water has to come out of the creek, up 30 feet to the pump, then about 100 yards to the holding tank. I am not sure how much higher the holding tank will be above the pump, but I do know that it ...
3
votes
1answer
107 views

Are two smaller septic tanks equivalent to one large tank?

Related: How often do septic tanks typically need to be pumped? Our home has two 800 gallon tanks next to each other, from the previous plumbers drawing it looks like they are connected. I was ...
5
votes
5answers
22k views

How to fix stinky bathroom sink?

It smells like really musty water, but the water itself does not smell or taste bad at all. Only happens when I run the water, so it doesn't make the room smell, just when you fill something up or ...
4
votes
2answers
576 views

Whats the difference between black, blue and red PEX pipes sleeves

I'm using PEX pipes for water tubing, but I'm not sure which sleeve type should I use for hot and cold water pipes. Whats the difference between black, blue and red sleeves? and which should I be ...
2
votes
2answers
663 views

What is the difference between MSS SP-80 Type 1 and Type 2?

I have a bronze gate valve whose spec sheet says it conforms to MSS SP-80 Type 2. However, the project standards specify that the gate valve must be MSS SP-80 Type 1. What is the difference between ...
3
votes
2answers
1k views

How can I fix a shower faucet valve that is sticky?

I have two bathrooms that have been completed in the last year. Both have the same Price Pfister rough-in valve. One is sticky and requires a bit of force to turn on the water (turns on by pulling). ...
1
vote
2answers
2k views

How can I reattach a drain pipe that detached under the sink?

Recently, I had a clog in my bathroom sink that I wanted to attempt to fix myself. Believing the clog to be in the P-trap, I bought a pipe wrench, removed the trap, cleaned it out, and attempted to ...
2
votes
4answers
2k views

How do I clear a drain pipe clogged with dried soap?

I think we have a clog of dried soap in our pipes, past the U-bend and down the pipes from upstairs to the drain at ground level. How do I clear them?
1
vote
0answers
103 views

What would cause a water pressure drop after tripping a breaker?

I recently plugged my laptop into a cheap powerbar, which caused said-powerbar to short. This tripped the "sockets" circuit on the breaker, which, upon resetting, caused power to begin flowing to ...
1
vote
1answer
186 views

How do I fix leaking sprinkler line from this valve?

After restoring water to my sprinkler system line, I noticed it is leaking between two pieces of the valve. Is this something that can be fixed easily or do I need to have a plumber come out and cut ...
4
votes
3answers
612 views

Is it a problem that my toilet flange is 3/8" below the surrounding tile?

My tile setter had to elevate the tiles around the toilet hole in order to make up for some unevennesses. As a result, the toilet flange is approx. 3/8" below the surrounding tile. Can that be ...
3
votes
2answers
636 views

Can I use the exposed water line on a Kenmore refrigerator to bypass the internal filter for incoming water supply?

I have a Kenmore refrigerator (model 53552200) that has incoming tap water connected to a valve near the bottom on the back of the fridge. In addition, there is an exposed 1/4" plastic water line ...
1
vote
0answers
64 views

How should I replace these pressure reducing valves?

At my church, we have a fairly old boiler system. The system was just passed for annual inspection, but it is failing to refill after having been drained. There is absolutely no water flowing past the ...
2
votes
1answer
54 views

Do I add calcite or magnesium first to my new acid neutralizer?

So I am replacing a smaller acid neutralizer with a larger one. Bought it at the local water store, had a nice chat with Wolfgang. He loaded 3 bags of calcite and one box of Magnesium mix. He told ...
2
votes
3answers
725 views

How can I repair an air conditioner drain line that is broken flush with the wall?

As you can see below, I broke the drain line off flush with the wall. There appears to be either a union or an elbow embedded in the wall with a broken off piece of pipe in the fitting. The joint ...
6
votes
2answers
296 views

What can I do about a gas pipe that is in my way?

I have just taken part of a studded wall out for modernization reasons, but found a gas pipe right there in the middle of the aperture. The easy way round this would be to use a 'flexi hose' is this ...
8
votes
2answers
4k views

How can I deal with waste water from a washing machine in a non-plumbed room?

My wife wants to build a small add-on to the house in the current carport for the washer/dryer. It's not a huge project. The washing machine will be about 30ft from it's current location. I don't want ...
5
votes
2answers
870 views

What is this pipe called, and how does it work?

I recently saw a plumbing setup where a 2" pipe was run from a bend in the 4" toilet return. The 2" pipe bent upwards to meet the floor next to the toilet, where it was capped off with a removable ...
3
votes
1answer
100 views

Does pumping a septic system disrupt the tank's ecology?

We are the original owners of a 4BR/2.5 Bath home that has been mainly occupied by 2 people over 14 years. (Occasionally 3 people for short periods of time, less than 1 year) We have never had the ...
3
votes
1answer
6k views

How do I fix a shutoff valve that isn't opening?

My dishwasher started leaking over the weekend. I turned off the water at the shutoff in the basement, it's a standard faucet type in the copper piping. I then replaced the rubber heater hose used ...
4
votes
2answers
689 views

How do I connect 1/4“ plastic tube to 3/8” plastic tube?

I am installing a R/O filter under my sink. The drain for the waste water attached to my dish-washer drain hose provides a 3/8" connection (Watts Premier 164020 DLA-D Drain Line Plumbing Adapter). ...
1
vote
1answer
270 views

How should I avoid corrosion at this water heater connection?

I installed a new water heater 2-3 years ago. I put 3/4 pipe to PEX adapters on it and then used pex to connect to my house. On the hot water outlet, corrosion and rust is forming. I bought some ...
4
votes
1answer
660 views

Is venting a vertical waste line required?

I am putting a bathroom in a section of the house that has a crawlspace under it. The main drain is in the basement area of the house. The soil pipes will run horizontally in the crawlspace, then a ...
0
votes
2answers
93 views

Is there any way to make a sink connected to a garborator drain faster?

In the kitchen there are two sinks side by side which share a common drain. One sink has a garborator. It drains ridiculously slowly. The other sink drains faster but I've been told it doesn't ...
4
votes
1answer
543 views

How do I replace this bathtub handle that has a plastic piece?

I have followed a number of videos, but they all seem to have a copper (?) stem. At this point I'm up to some plastic piece that has no notches (namely around the metal piece) to use a wrench on. ...
2
votes
1answer
139 views

How can I remove this flapper alternative?

I had good luck in the past using this product to replace a leaky flapper valve. However, this new toilet does not have a flapper hinge on the base of the flush valve. Instead, there is a ...
5
votes
2answers
3k views

What could cause taps for both hot and cold water to suddenly stop working?

There are two taps in one of the bathrooms of our house. A few days ago, one of them "went out": after giving a noise as if very suddenly closed, the water stopped flowing, only a little trickling ...
4
votes
3answers
2k views

Will I lose water pressure going from a 2“ pipe to a 1/2” pipe then back to 2"?

I have jimmied up a pool heater from an idea on YouTube, but just expanded it. I have a water line of 2" PVC, piped down to 1/2" copper, so it can run through a coil, then increased back to 2" PVC, ...
2
votes
1answer
907 views

Why is my toilet bubbling?

Last night while my washing machine and sink in the master bath was running, my master toilet started having air bubbles come up. Then this morning while I was showering I heard bubbles again, and ...
3
votes
0answers
110 views

Why isn't there hot water coming from my faucet after stem replacement?

I just completed the replacement of the hot and cold water stems form my bathtub faucets. The hot water was leaking so I went ahead and replaced both. They were probably original to the house circa ...
2
votes
2answers
256 views

What could cause an under-sink reverse osmosis filter to have low pressure?

The previous homeowner put in a GE SmartWater reverse osmosis filter under the sink, which is attached to the cold water. It was experiencing low pressure (the sink-top valve would spurt water for ...
2
votes
2answers
3k views

What is involved in replacing leaking iron drain pipes in a house with a concrete foundation?

I noticed cracks in the walls getting larger and called someone to check on the foundation. The foundation is fine (it's previously been repaired) but the center of the house is sinking. I plugged the ...
15
votes
5answers
14k views

Why does the shower get cold when I flush, and how can I prevent it?

When the shower is running and someone flushes a toilet, why does the shower get cold (or sometimes hot) in some houses, but not others? More importantly, would fixing that require replacing the ...
1
vote
1answer
433 views

Is it normal for water to drip from a shower head for a bit after a shower?

Water drips from new large shower head for a while after shutoff. Is that normal?
3
votes
1answer
234 views

What kind of pipe insulation is appropriate for sun exposure?

I want to insulate a water line outdoors, where it will be exposed to sun. I expect that UV light will damage many foam pipe insulations over time. Is there a type of insulation that will tolerate ...
2
votes
1answer
210 views

Can a lack of oxygen cause septic tank deterioration?

After 2 years I had my 8 year old septic tank pumped out for the second time. When we looked inside we found that the area above the outlet had concrete deterioration. Whatever happened ate through ...
5
votes
2answers
4k views

How can I join two lengths of flexible 1/4" copper pipe?

I have found a leak coming from under my refrigerator, after pulling it out to get behind it I found the 1/4" copper pipe that supplies the water for the ice maker and water in the door was severed ...
2
votes
2answers
2k views

How do I remove the sink drain in this situation?

I am replacing the faucets/drain in one of my bathrooms. I am trying to remove the drain, but I'm having a lot of trouble. I think it might be soldered on, but I'm not sure why it would be. What's the ...