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How can I find a hidden water consumption source? UPDATED

After replacing a flapper valve in my leaky toilet, I made note of my water meter reading and went on vacation for a week. On return I found that I had used 100 gallons of water, about a half ...
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Kitchen sink draining into catch basin

For a house that I'm in the process of buying, there is what I think is called a "catch basin" in the backyard (under a manhole-looking cover). It seems that the kitchen sink may be draining into this,...
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How to best repair poorly fitted rubber ring around overflow of bathtub?

I flooded my downstairs neighbor and after doing some troubleshooting, I figured out why. The overflow outlet on my tub was poorly fitted by the previous person touching it (I bought the condo like ...
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What are good methods of locating plumbing blockages?

In medicine if you want to know about the flow of food through the intestinal tract you feed the patient a Barium Meal and X-ray them. Is there any way to achieve a similar sort of result in domestic ...
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Toilet leaking above coupling nut

I'm a newbie homeowner, and I keep having a minor plumbing issue. My toilet is leaking a little from above the coupling nut at the water supply connector. Just to make sure, I replaced the gasket ...
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Why does this sink gurgle?

This is the drain and vent for a pair of kitchen sinks, one directly above the other (2 separate apartments). (The larger pipe to the far right is a roof drain that doesn't join until underground.) ...
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toilet intermittent runs

I live in high rise condo with identical units on each floor. Only when my neighbor directly above me flushes his toilet does my commode run briefly. My toilet functions correctly. Our building ...
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How to replace my kitchen sink basket with no lock nut?

I have a kitchen sink basket that's leaky and has a bunch of gunk caught under it. I want to replace it. All the instructions I see for removing and replacing a kitchen sink basket start by removing ...
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Corrosion around hot water heater connection?

I installed an electric hot water heater about 3-4 weeks ago. Everything has been operating without problem and there have been no detectable leaks around the water connections into and out of the ...
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What's causing hot water to come through cold faucets?

Turned off water main for 2-3 hours and drained some cold water from system to hook up new shower pipes. Have 16-year old 50 gallon AO Smith gas heater, which I did not turn off or down to pilot. ...
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Can I use existing 1/4 inch copper tubing for an in-the-wall ice box shut-off valve box behind the Refrigerator?

our old house has a new problem when we recently bought a new refrigerator from Costco: the installation guy requested us to have an in-the-wall shut-off valve first before he can install the fridge; ...
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How do I fix a leaking outside shutoff valve?

I decided to turn the outside water tap on this weekend, and when I did I noticed the valve inside that connects to the main (in the basement) seems to be leaking a lot along the threads of the valve. ...
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I don't have a disposal, my kitchen sink fills when my dishwasher empties, why? [closed]

I don't have a disposal, when the dishwasher empties my kitchen sink fills
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Shower drain clogs yearly after clearing - call plumber or DIY?

My shower drain clogs infrequently but regularly - about every year or so. The first year it happened, I used one of those 18" plastic drain "hooks" (and pulled out a fairly large hairball). It ...
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Why does water randomly come out of the kitchen tap every now and then

Sometimes the taps have a little bit of water come out for a few seconds while I'm just sat around not doing anything with the sink
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Why does my dishwasher fill when the machine is off?

Water slowly fills my dishwasher cabinet when the machine is off, and eventually leaks out thru door. Any suggestions on cause and repair video? I have a Whirlpool dishwasher model DU8750XY-0.
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Toilet bowl filling but not flushing

When I flush the toilet it rises instead of flushing. I replaced the full valve yesterday. It worked fine for an hour.
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Dishwasher not draining water

I have a Bosch dishwasher that is 4 years old. Lately it has been leaving water at the bottom at the end of the cycle. Tried running the cycle again and it cleans the dishes but leaves water in the ...
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what is the name of this outside faucet?

I want to replace the handle of this outside faucet but there is no replacement found in local hardware stores. If I can get the name then I could try to find it online
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Why does water rush through pipes when no water is being used?

We live in a house with city water, septic well, water softener and sump pump. We periodically hear a very loud sound of rushing water through pipes in the house. It lasts about 15 - 20 minutes. This ...
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Water pressure buildup causing water meter to turn

I have a problem that no professional has been able to answer. The water meter will turn intermittently even when main valve is shut off. Water pressure on my fire sprinkler system has shown values ...
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Help with unclogging the kitchen sink using a plunger

I tried to unclog my kitchen sink using a plunger, but it's not work, probably because the dishwasher is draining to the same pipe; see the Y-connector in the photo below. I want to cap off the ...
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Can my pex line freeze if I use 90 degree elbow connectors?

I'm installing a sillcock outside my house and I'm trying to create a drainable line so it won't freeze in the winter. Here's the setup from the outside in: This entire run is located through a ...
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Flow sensor adjustment for Navien 240S natural gas

We installed a Navien 240S natural gas in our house, and it is working fine. Except the short range for hot water valves in the showers. So, in other words, I need to turn shower valve almost all ...
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How to secure toilet fill valve hose to canister

I have a Kohler Wellworth (low flow model) that uses a canister-style flushing mechanism. The tube that comes from the fill valve is to be seated/secured in an opening at the top of the canister, held ...
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Moen faucet cartridges repeatedly fail with torn seals

My tub/shower faucet had a slow leak a few weeks ago, so I chose to replace the cartridge (after removing the old one and looking at it, it's a Moen 1225). This solved the problem. However, I had a ...
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Can bottom of P-trap be lower than Saniflo pump?

I am replacing an old shower in my basement. I have a Saniflo macerator. I will be hiring a carpenter to build the new walls and platform, and a plumber to do the drain. Nobody around here has ...
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ABS cellular-core Pipes Safe?

I have some ABS Cellular-Core Pipe for a DIY project. The project is a garden in the pipe. I have been told that this pipe has chemicals that could harm my family when consuming the food. The question ...
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Is it possible to reheat sweat joints to fill a slight leak with solder?

1/2 inch. Leak is on the side of a horizontal pipe.
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indirect hot water storage tank piped to a hot water heater

What is the best way that I can pipe in my 80 gallon indirect storage tank to my 100 gallon bth-250 hot water heater with a hot water return port I recently had a peerless boiler that went with the ...
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Gas hot water tank quit working and leaked

I came home from work today to find that the hot water wasn't working. I opened the area to my gas hot water tank and there's a large pool of water on the ground. I checked the pilot light and it ...
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How to fix leaky outdoor faucet

Water leaks from the valve when the water to the faucet is on. What is the name of this type of faucet & how do I fix this leak? I put in a new washer in the garden hose which stopped the hose ...
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Low Faucet Flow Both Hot and Cold — Aerator Clogged

The water just trickles out of my bathroom faucet regardless if I turn on the hot or cold water. It looks like this: https://youtu.be/McQUTBu9RM8 I took out the aerator, and this black stuff came ...
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How to fix toilet with multiple leaks

Here is the inside of our toilet tank: Not sure what that "yellow thing" on the top is, but I believe that's the main culprit to focus on. For now, I'll call it the yellow thing. When the water ...
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washing machine set ( Australia ) connectors' position

I needed to replace the old with the new one. http://www.bunnings.com.au/estilo-chrome-washing-machine-set_p5003030 My problem is that I didn't manage to screw it exactly tight for the connectors to ...
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Plumbing and septic: bubbling and backing up

My mother lives in a two bedroom trailer with two full bathrooms. It's got a septic tank, but the toilets bubble and back up anytime she uses the dishwasher, washing machine or runs water in the sinks ...
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Is it ok to use a brass compression sleeve on vinyl tubing?

I'm putting together a fountain feature in my yard and I'm using vinyl tubing from the pump to the bottom of the feature (which has a copper tube inside). I've got a compression union to connect the ...
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Fixing a water tap that only comes out with high pressure suddenly

Moved into a new apartment, and the taps in the kitchen have an issue where if you turn the tap multiple times, barely any water comes out (if any), then you get to a point where the water comes out ...
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Water pump and pipe size for maximum water intake?

Each floor is 12 feet in height. I already have the pump (Centrifugal Regenerative Self Priming 1HP Peripheral Type, Self Priming - 180sec At 3m STATIC SUCTION LIFT) and would like to know which is ...
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Do I need to angle/pitch pex tubing for draining in the winter?

I've never installed any plumbing before, but I'm going to try to install an outside faucet/sillcock because it seems fairly simple. The only interesting part is that the pex tubing will be run under ...
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Water Has a Rotten Egg Smell At Times

I purchased a house back in April 2013 and at the time I purchased a new filter and softener system for the house as the water had a strong rotten egg smell. A year later I had the issue with the hot ...
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Pros and cons of coupling vs. threaded when transitioning from copper to PVC

I'm replacing a copper DWV pipe with PVC since it's rotting out. It looks like this: There's the cast iron on the bottom going into the foundation, followed by a brass cleanout, a brass tee above ...
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Is air gap needed if dishwasher is connected directly to the sewer line?

My dishwasher is in an island, across from the sink. If I connect my dishwasher directly to the sewer line instead of to a garbage disposal, then does it still need an air gap?
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Best way to avoid pipe freeze in exterior wall?

We have an exterior wall framed with 2x6's. We are running PEX piping to a pot filler faucet through this wall to go above the stove top. Is there any precaution we should be taking besides standard ...
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Connecting Washing Machine Outlet Box to copper

I've done a search and nothing particularly relevant came up so... I'm in the process of moving the washer and dryer in our new house and trying to figure out how to mate the valves in the ...
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Can I install an air gap faucet instead of a basic air gap with my dishwasher?

We are installing a new dishwasher and trying to figure out the air gap situation. I know we need one, but I'd love to find a more functional alternative to a basic air gap. I don't think we would ...
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Is it dangerous to leave a hose spigot on with a closed nozzle at the end?

Here's the setup: I have a drip system for my plants that's run on a timer attached to my outside hose spigot. The spigot is constantly on, but for about 12 hours a day the timer is closed and no ...
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Why does my hot tap in kitchen sink suddenly spurt a small hot water spray seconds after turning off

I replaced my kitchen mixer tap lately - and I find now that when I turn off the hot tap, approx 20 secs later there's a quick spray of hot water from it, which did not happen with the old tap. Any ...
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Galvanized pipe life expectancy

USA, NW Oregon, single-story house with crawl space, built 1972. Background The house has the original galvanized piping in the crawl space and suffers from low water flow in two bathrooms. Static ...
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Relocating the PVC from behind dishwasher

I want to replace a 12 year old dishwasher with a new KitchenAid model. The hot and cold PVC pipes from under kitchen sink are blocking a full install. These pipes are not flush against the wall or ...