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What is causing my drain to clog every 7 days?

I have a septic tank that clogs every 7 days. I snake it, but the next week I have to snake it again. Is there any way to know if it's the drain or the pump? Is there a way to check? I checked the ...
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Why would our kitchen faucet hot water stops working intermittently when it gets cold outside?

The cold water works great and has never stopped. But sometimes, when it gets really cold outside, the hot stops working. And then, magically, it will start working again. There is no drop in ...
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Descale municipal water supply line

I have a pretty old house (1910) and the water supply line from the street is ancient. I suspect it may be narrowed with scale, and/or manganese fouling (there is manganese in the local supply), ...
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Can I use ProPEX for Pressure Relief and Steam Generator Drain?

I'm installing a steam generator and a tankless water heater. I want to know if I can use ProPEX for the P&T relief and for the steam generator's auto drain valve. The googling I did on the ...
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Can I shut off the water supply by unplugging the water softener?

I have to replace one of the O-Rings in a leaky faucet, and would have to shut off the water valve to said faucet. However, the faucets in my place don't have individual shut off valves, and there is ...
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How can I fix low water pressure in one shower?

I am experiencing low water pressure in one shower on the second story in my condo. The water heater is on the first floor. The shower downstairs has good water pressure. Every sink and toilet seem to ...
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What disadvantages do thermostatic mixing valves have?

I will soon be buying a new water heater for my home. I want to set the heater to keep the stored water at least 140 degrees Fahrenheit (60 degrees Celsius), and use a thermostatic mixing valve to ...
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Will this connector seal without a washer?

I want to buy this Connector This is a BSP G 3/4" to 1/2" parallel connector(no tapering). See also ISO 228. These type of connectors are supposed to seal through the use of a rubber washer. Do I ...
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How do I permantely plumb 5 tiki torches around my pool by placing a T on my buried propane tank which feed the pool/hot tub heater?

What is required to "T" off of my buried propane tank that feeds my pool/hot tub heater so I can permanently mount 5 tiki torches around my pool?
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What is the difference between Moen Moentrol 3510/3520 and 3550/3570?

I'm trying to pick out a new valve for my shower, and I'm pretty set on a Moentrol. Moen produces four differnet models: Two 1/2" IPS Models: 3510 and 3550 Two 1/2" CC Models: 3520 and 3570 Their ...
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Why is my washing machine standpipe overflowing even after snaking/jetting every way to Sunday?

I have lived in my house for 3 years now with the same washing machine..in the past month my washing machine drain pipe has started to over flow. I do live in the country and drain my kitchen sink and ...
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Bathroom faucet drip

I had a faucet drip in my bathroom sink. I determined it was the hot water (confirmed by the warm drip and it stopped when I shut off the hot under the sink). I assumed that the stem went (which ...
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What can I do about a saddle valve that won't turn on?

First winter my mother is widowed, we can't get the humidifier on. Thought maybe the water to it is turned off. I'm on the phone with her and telling her to turn this saddle valve counter clockwise to ...
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What should be the maximum PSI on the cold water line while the water heater is heating?

I have installed a pressure tank and the PSI is still about 90 PSI . Is this normal?
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Pipe thread in Switzerland?

Hello can someone tell me what is the usual Pipe thread in Switzerland? Is it the British Standard Pipe (BSP)? I'm considering buying this Bidet Shower on dx.com and I wonder: is this compatible ...
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replace stud that has vent pipe through it

I had some water damage in my bathroom and a few of the studs are rotted. I am assuming they need to be replaced. The problem is these studs have a plumbing vent pipe drilled through the middle of ...
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I am trying to identify the brand of this bathtub faucet

I am wanting to replace this bathtub faucet without changing the plumbing behind the wall. I am assuming by identifying the brand/type of faucet already installed I could have success by getting ...
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Why would I have hot water at one faucet but not the others?

I recently installed a new electric water heater and now I only get hot water to one faucet at a time. The kitchen faucet is closest to the heater with the bathrooms being the furthest. when i turn on ...
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Can I drill a 3 1/2" hole through 5 joists?

I need to move a toilet to the other side of room approx. 6 ft I will have to drill a 3.5 in hole for the waste line in 5 floor joist on the second floor. Can I double them and still drill the 3.5 in ...
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Should I attempt to save 4" cast iron DWV fittings and pipe?

I'm in the process of ripping out an old cast iron drainage stack that runs clear from the roof to the basement with a few elbows and wyes in the mix. I'm in Portland, Oregon (west coast USA), and my ...
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Can I connect my water heater pan drain to the building waste drain? (CPC)

This question is relative to the California Plumbing Code (CPC), specifically the Sacramento area. I'm doing some remodeling of a bathroom where the water heater pan drain line comes across the ...
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Imperial to Metric Tap Thread Adapter

We had been using this basin shower head attachment happily for a while, until a plumber came to replace the taps due to a leakage. The new taps (like the old ones) happen to be a pair of hot and cold ...
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How to fill hole in slab after installing new closet flange

The plumber broke up some of the slab, removed an old cast iron Y and put in a new elbow and closet flange. He left back filling and patching the slab to me (my choice). The edge of the hole is ...
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Installing new soil pipe

I'm moving my bathroom to the adjacent corner in my house, and would like to know if I need to vent my soil pipe with my planed system, before it reaches the existing external soil stack, direct ...
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Leak between plastic elbow joint and copper pipe

I replaced a plastic elbow joint which had a crack in it. One end of the elbow has a PVC pipe fitted into it, and the other end is copper, which connects to an outside tap. I replaced the plastic ...
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Why won't my hose bib handle turn either way?

The handle on my outdoor hose bib won't turn at all. The faucet is currently partially on and the handle will not turn either way. How can I fix it so it will work properly?
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How can I isolate an indoor water pipe to prevent freezing?

In my basement I have a 1/2" copper water pipe that goes to an outdoor faucet for a garden hose/sprinkler. This line has its own shutoff, so during the winter it is turned off and emptied. The ...
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Bathroom exhaust Fan

I need to install an exhaust fan in my bath on the main floor but I have no place to vent it but down through the basement and out a window. Is this Okay?
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How to connect primer tubing to non-laundry faucet?

The previous owner of my house didn't know what the trap primer tubing was when he installed an expensive kitchen faucet and stainless sink in the laundry room, so left the tubing dangling. Is there a ...
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How should I replace this ABS p-trap and drain?

I just replaced a faucet and drain on a sink which involved taking out and reinstalling the p-trap. When removing the p-trap I noticed the union nut was very tight. After my re-installation - hand ...
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What could be causing water to leak out of the overflow hole from the bottom of a sink?

I have installed a new sink (A St. Thomas Creations Antiqua Petite Oval Self-Rimming Lavatory Sink with Overflow). After the water has been running for a while, water starts to leak out of the ...
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Can I use the existing rigid copper plumbing when replacing a water heater?

We have a 40 gal RUDD water heater installed in 1997. We are thinking of replacing it before it starts leaking. The existing plumbing is with rigid copper, with an expansion tank connected on the ...
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Can we install an aeration unit in an older septic system?

Our home was built in 1957. We have had problems for years with having a wet drain field and keep having our septic pumped. Today (of course my husband is away), I have done a couple of loads of ...
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Is it worth it to insulate hot water PEX tubing?

Is it worth the time and expense to put the foam pipe wrap on pex hot water pipes? I've seen mixed statements. What is your thought? But more importantly, can you back it up?
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What could be causing drainage issues in our new bathroom?

We had a bathroom reassembled in stages. The bathroom functioned when we moved in 17 years ago but fell apart over time. So we had the floor re-leveled then we had new plumbing and a stall shower ...
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Can I run water lines through the attic?

I recently had a Slab leak in my home in Indianapolis,IN. This is the 4th Slab leak since I've owned the home. I decided it was time to reroute all the Water lines. I thought this was best so I ...
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Legal water heater replacement

I'm looking to replace my water heater. I currently have a 15 year old 40 gallon gas water heater, and it's time to go. I had several quotes from local plumbers, and choked at the prices. I'm going to ...
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How can I clear a blockage caused by the previous owner flushing grout down the toilet?

The previous owner of our house tiled the main bathroom before selling the house and flushed the grouting down the toilet. This caused the pipes to become blocked. We've had to break down some of ...
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All toilets in my house flush slowly, afraid that there is a clog in the main line

I have 4 toilets, and all of them appear to flush slowly. They are older toilets (huge tanks), so there is definitely plenty of water going in (the bowl itself almost fills with water). It swirls ...
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How do I determine if a pipe is frozen?

I have a shower which has no hot or cold water this cold (2F outside) morning. I can get to some of the piping directly behind it, inside an attic. There is at least 8-10 inches of insulation ...
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Stop a leak in an outdoor plastic pipe

We had our bathroom refitted a couple of years ago, which required all the waste water piping around the house to be refitted. One of the joins in the pipe carrying all the waste water away from the ...
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Why dual sinks stopped running cold and hot water?

Dual sinks in upstairs master bedroom stopped running cold and hot water. The shower and toilet in the same bathroom work fine. It was still working last night and this morning nothing, not even a ...
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Why does my toilet make air noises when nothing is being used?

There is no back up in sink or shower. Nothing using water is turned on. Flush handle is sometimes hard to press. Why?
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What could be causing a dripping sound inside the wall?

We have the problem with the dripping sound. Whenever we turn on the hot or cold water on in bathroom on the first or second floor, we can hear the dripping sound behind the wall. Usually lasts 5 min ...
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Why doesn't the hot water work but the central heating does?

We have a gas fired boiler (which works). There's no problem with the central heating. Both the hot water and central heating valves actuate automatically when they're selected on the heating ...
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What could be causing a high pitched squeak when the water is turned on?

When the water is turned on for toilet flush or sinks-hot or cold and when the clothes washer is filling (newer type washer that adds more water), many times for the first 4 minutes (starting the ...
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What could be causing water pressure drop with sprinklers?

My first issue is that when the sprinklers come on, there is a significant drop in water pressure in the sink, shower, etc. I checked the sprinkler lines and there are no obvious leaks (i.e. holes in ...
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How can you tell when a vacuum breaker needs to be replaced?

The one in the master bath just started "leaking" recently and now my daughter reports the same problem in her bath. Is this just a part of their normal function or do they need to be replaced or ...
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What could cause a tubs drain to gurgle when the toilet is flushed?

One day after I used a bacterial enzyme degreaser/ septic treatment to clear slow draining bathtub drains I can hear gurgling in my master bath tub drain when someone flushes the toilet in the other ...
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Should I be concerned about the waterproofing method of this tub surround?

I had two tub with tile surrounds completed, one looks terrible so it needs to be replaced. The other looks great, but I am going with a new contractor who says we should redo both. We have metal ...