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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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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 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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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 ...
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Could treated water backflow into my RO system?

This may be a bit of an odd question, but where I live, the well water is extremely bad. The amount of sulfer in the water makes it unusable for anything other than washing dishes and laundry. I had ...
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How can I remove iron from water?

Currently, the water smells very strong of Iron (Water softener is currently broke, going to be fixed shortly). The neighbors in the area said the softener will get some of the iron but they had to ...
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How to disconnect shower tray from drainage pipe?

I'm trying to disconnect the shower tray from the drainage pipe but the white plastic bit that looks like it could be screwed off seems stuck tight: I'm not sure I can apply the torque needed to ...
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Can I run 3 feet of water pipe in the attic for a rain shower?

I have a shower that I totally gutted out. I plan to implement a regular shower head and another rain shower head. I already have the majority of the work done and have only one thing left: to run a ...
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Why does my kitchen faucet stop and start at full pressure only for a split second, both cold and hot?

My kitchen faucet stops and starts at full pressure only for a split second, both cold and hot. This has been going on for about a month. I moved some plumbing over 4 feet in the basement 3 months ...
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What should the water main connect to first: carbon filter or water softener?

I have an Amazon Gold carbon filter and water softener. It's not clear to me if the water main should go to the carbon filter first then to the water softener or vice versa. So, which goes first?
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How to install new faucet with old water shutoff valve

I'm installing a new faucet and noticed that the instructions call for the faucet water line to be bolted directly onto the shutoff valve. The problem is, my shutoff valves have built-in lines which ...
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How do you connect tap lines to the water line?

I bought a new bathroom tap with braided lines and it has the same end connectors as the end connectors coming up out of the floor, meaning both are female instead of one male and one female. How ...
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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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What could be causing a urine smell in our bathrooms?

I live in a home built in 2006. We are a clean family and have no pets. In ALL three of our bathrooms I am smelling an odor of "old urine". I do have a 3-year-old son so at first I thought he was ...
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Can a freestanding bathtub drain be damaged by regular use?

I recently moved out of a house with a freestanding bathtub. During our tenancy there, the floor developed cracks which I reported and 2 months before we left, we would find water on the floor every ...
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How can I fix this toilet flange?

So I'm in the middle of a bathroom remodel and I was having problem removing some damaged flooring around the toilet flange and ended up taking a reciprocating saw to the lip of the flange to make it ...
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Can I salvage this broken toilet flange that's embedded in concrete?

The flange is about 7" OD. As you can see both slots where the closet bolts would go are broken. Can I salvage this flange somehow, instead of having to rip it out of the concrete and installing a new ...
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Is this plastic container in my toilet tank necessary?

We have two toilets that don't flush well. You have to hold the handle down for the entire flush, and even so they don't flush enough water. Inside the tanks are plastic baffles that seem designed ...
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How do I remove a broken toilet auger from my toilet?

My toilet is suffering frequent clogs that could be cleared with a plunger, but recurs the next time we send anything down. So I went and got the fanciest toilet auger at Lowe's, Cobra brand heavy ...
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How can I clear a slow running kitchen drain?

My kitchen sink is draining slowly, even thought the U-bend is cleaner than a clean thing. It seems to be the case there's a partial obstruction between the U-bend for and the inspection cover ...
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How much water do water softeners waste?

I'm considering buying a water softener, but I heard that they waste a lot of water, and I don't really want my water bill to skyrocket. I haven't been able to find any clear indication of how much ...
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How high up should I put the ice maker connection box?

I'm going to finally connect the refrigerator's ice maker to water. Because the water line will come from the basement (and not from a kitchen cabinet), I have bought this connection box to install in ...
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Why does the water temperature fluctuate on this single handle fixture?

Symptoms: When using shower, cold water soon (2 minutes) will supply warm or hot water. i.e without turning the hot valve on, and only turning cold valve on, the water out of showerhead gets warm or ...
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How do I fix a leaky toilet that only leaks from underneath?

I am noticing some water spots on my concrete in my (unfinished) basement. When I look up for the cause of the water I can see water dripping around the hole that is used for the sewer pipe for the ...
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How to remove this plastic pipe elbow

I cannot seem to get this plastic pipe elbow (pictured below) off. It joins a plastic pipe to an outside tap and the elbow has a crack in. I've tried twisting, pulling and pushing it - but it won't ...
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Thermostatic Shower doesn't give cold showers? Normal?

I have recently purchased a home with a Thermostatic shower and when at the coldest setting the water was hot. I did some researched and changed the temperature cartridge and now the water is warm. if ...
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Why would my pressure reducing valve fail after repairing my water main?

I had a main water line bust on my side of the water meter. After fixing it and turning water back on to my house my water heater T&P valve kept releasing spurts of water which found out it was ...
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Is my water contaminated?

I have a "blacklight" to check for dirt and noticed the water in the toilet bowl and a sinkful of water in the same bathroom had a distinct greenish color? I poured a lot of bleach into the toilet to ...
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What could cause a 5 year old valves to corrode so quickly

Unlike this question, the hot water heater is not a factor as it is happening to joints all over the house. Further all joints are either copper on copper or brass on copper. I've taken over ...
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Replace main water valve with Sharkbite shut off valve?

Currently my main water shut off valve is soldered using a 3/4 globe valve. However the stem is leaky and i am thinking of replacing it? Is it a good idea to cut it out and replace it using a ...
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Is this singe-handle shower valve servicable? If so how would I find the source of a steady drip when the valve is shut off?

My mother's house has a shower that has a perpetual drip; the valve is likely original to the house (probably ~1970) and I expected it to be a pressure-balancing valve with a cartridge and replacable ...
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How do I seal my shower escutcheon plate to prevent it from leaking?

I have a leak that's going from my upstairs bathroom tub/shower to my downstairs bathroom ceiling. The leak occurs only when someone is using the shower or tub. I had someone open up the ceiling and ...
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What could cause low hot water pressure in the shower only?

The hot water pressure in every other faucet in the house is fine, but in the shower it's a little more than a trickle. I removed the shower head and pulled out the cartridge (it looks kind of like ...
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Is it normal for there to be a small gap between toilet tank and wall?

We recently replaced the toilet in our bathroom and I'm noticing a gap between the tank and the wall. Example: Is this normal? Our last toilet tank was flush against the wall. My concern is ...
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Shower only having hot water for 3 mins and no longer

I just moved into an apartment and unfortunately after taking my first and only shower there now for three weeks I instantly realized there was something wrong. Within three minutes of showering my ...
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What pipe/adapter do I need to make this sink connect to this P trap?

I'm getting ready to connect a custom vanity to a P-trap and I'm not sure what kind of pipe/connection/adapter I need. The P-trap looks like this: (note that it won't be sticking out that far ...
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What shape/bends should a bathroom sink drain pipe have to generally comply with US code and avoid clogs?

Santa Cruz, CA, USA I think this question might be related to Under bathroom sink piping (exposed) but my question is more general so I decided to post it separately. I'm in the middle of a ...
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Why does my toilet make a high pitched whine when it refills?

When my toilet is refilling with water,it makes a very high pitched whine. Any suggestions on how to resolve?
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Sweat 3" Copper With Mapp Gas Torch?

I need to remove a section of 3" copper, and replace it. Has anyone ever done this with a single Mapp gas torch? I'm not sure if its going to have enough heat to get it done. I probably could get it ...
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How can I avoid excessive junk on inside junction, when cementing PVC sprinkler pipe?

I'm cementing some schedule 40 PVC pipe using the best instructions I could find ( http://www.tchristy.net/pdf/ChristysTechManual_v5_English.pdf ). The outside of each joint looks fine, but inside ...
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how to fit restrictor in toilet pan inlet

How do I fit restrictor in toilet pan inlet when plumbing? Water is overflowing the pan and soaking the floor each time flush is pulled. Armitage advised to fit this restrictor.
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Why won't the heat shut off in one zone?

we have a three zone baseboard hotwater furnace. a few months ago one zone would randomly stay on, we did change the thermostat we have not noticed the problem again, but in another zone we have the ...
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Draining washing machine into yard

Short and sweet. First, we are on a septic tank. We are in Mississippi. We called a plumber to snake our drain on our washing machine because one load pours gallons of water onto the laundry room, ...
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Replacing leaking Scalemaster scale inhibitor

I've just discovered that my "Scalemaster Electrolytic Speedfit Scale Inhibitor" has a pin prick leak in it. This device is sat between a copper pipe going to the combi boiler (I have assumed) I've ...