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

learn more… | top users | synonyms

1
vote
2answers
2k views

How to choose a kitchen faucet compatible with old sink and new counter top?

I need to replace my kitchen faucet which just broke. However, we're already planning to have a new counter top installed in about 3 months (I was hoping the old faucet would last). I want to buy a ...
0
votes
1answer
16 views

Setting freezeless valve in masonry

I need to set this freezeless valve through a layer of bricks/mortar. Should I set mortar directly around the pipe or should I leave some spacing and fill it with insulation foam (or something ...
5
votes
1answer
128 views

How to remove bottom portion of kitchen faucet

Trying to replace kitchen faucet due to leaks. Was able to remove the top faucet portion, but the connecting piece to the bottom of the faucet does not appear to want to come off. I took off the ...
9
votes
1answer
572 views

When to replace a toilet's wax ring?

I just bought a new house that was built three months ago. I unfortunately flushed something big down the toilet and had to take the toilet apart, turn it upside down, and fish it out. When I was ...
1
vote
1answer
70 views

Why isn't the toilet water refilling from under the rim?

So last night, my toilet clogged for the first time in the two years we've had it, and it clogged badly though I don't know why (without being too TMI, it was a normal #2). Hours of plunging didn't ...
3
votes
4answers
446 views

Caulk or Grout the base of a toilet?

I recently re-tiled my bathroom floor and removed the toilet to do so. I noticed that the builders had used grout around the base of the toilet when I was removing it and demoing the tile. Should I ...
1
vote
3answers
103 views

Should I remove this saddle valve, if so what is the best way to do so?

Currently this saddle valve is exposed but I would like to close this wall up. Before I do I'd like to know if I should leave the valve as-is or if I should remove it. If I remove it what is the ...
1
vote
2answers
100 views

Why is my sink's drain pipe connection angled?

My sink piping quite often drips despite several attempts to adjust/tighten the U-bend. The drain pipe is not totally straight and the pipe attaching to it is intentionally a long way from straight. I ...
3
votes
2answers
103 views

Water pressure drops in well water home, stops completely for 5-10 minutes, then comes back full pressure

I have read through other similar posts and it doesn't quite match my problem, so bear with me lol. We had a massive leak under the house and our landlord called a plumber out to fix it. He turned ...
9
votes
12answers
40k views

Why might our washing machine cause our clothes to smell damp when dry?

Recently we've noticed that our clothes smell damp once dried. It doesn't matter if we tumble-dry them, hang them outside or hang them indoors. This leads me to believe it's our washing machine. We ...
0
votes
1answer
53 views

How to raise trap height for new vanity

We are installing a new taller vanity. The opening cut into the rear by the manufacturer is higher than the existing wall connection and trap. To get the vanity to fit against the wall, I need to do a ...
0
votes
1answer
41 views

Bathroom sink occassionally backs up into tub

My bathroom sink and tub are directly adjacent. The tub drain appears to connect to the sink drain line. Photos follow. Under normal use, there is no problem and both the sink and tub seem to work ...
0
votes
1answer
90 views

Why is the vent pipe in the basement and not the roof?

Apologies if this is the wrong forum to post this question. Our house has a vent pipe in the basement coming off the main stack (water line going to sewer). I understand there is a pressure ...
1
vote
0answers
31 views

Hydronic Heating: Noisy pipes in the basement/walls

My issue is i have a natural gas boiler + hydronic heating system (two zones). It seems that after I remove air from each zones, the heating system is quiet until 12 hours later. In the early morning ...
1
vote
0answers
43 views

Can I move well pipe from under front steps and still satisfy Connecticut code?

I have a problem with my well pipe - it leaks in the spring (when snow melts). As you can see from image below - multiple hack repairs were attempted by previous owners. I was going to excavate the ...
3
votes
1answer
35 views

fixing lead boot on waste vent

The lead boot around the waste vent has worn away. I have no idea how it happened, but I need to fix it. I was thinking of just buying another boot, cutting the bottom off, cutting the top of the ...
0
votes
0answers
60 views

Water level in kitchen sink drains is too high

The water level in both kitchen sink drains is close to the top. I can use the garbage disposal and other drain and the water drains out quickly but backs up slightly when the opposite drain is used ...
0
votes
0answers
58 views

Should a home be plumbed in a loop?

My 3 story home is plumbed in an incomplete loop. Hot and cold lines run from one end of the basement to the other, and then back. The entire system terminates with runs to the master bath, only a ...
0
votes
0answers
25 views

How to add a new radiator/plinth heater into heating circuit? Series or Parallel?

I've just bought an hydronic [sic] plinth heater to go in my kitchen and I'm not sure how to plumb it in. I currently have a combi-boiler central heating circuit with all HEP (plastic) pipe and ...
0
votes
4answers
4k views

Is stainless steel water piping more durable than copper?

After thirty years of usage, the plumbing in my house is starting to fail progressively. The water pipes in my house is made of copper, one of which is suffering from pitting, which results in a ...
2
votes
1answer
66 views

How can I figure out where the toilet overflow pipe goes?

In the toilet tank I know that the overflow pipe is there for when the toilet tank is full. However my toilets overflow pipe in the tank doesn't go back into the toilet it goes to a pipe which runs ...
1
vote
1answer
59 views

water supply line shut-off valve stuck

I was going to replace my bathroom sink but realized that the water supply line shut-off valve was stuck and could not be closed. I am concerned that turning it off forcefully might break the pipes. ...
1
vote
2answers
44 views

How to repair water main after break

My water main broke from the 45 degree angle elbow it has on it going down in my yard. The fitting just blows off when I reattached it. It's 40 degrees outside and the glue has had 6 hours of cure ...
1
vote
1answer
73 views

Will my tub drain properly if I create a P-trap by running it under a 4 inch floor joist?

Remodeling bathroom in old house. Water always backed up in the tub. I've replaced the waste lines and pitched them properly. The original line from the tub went under a double floor joist and across ...
4
votes
2answers
270 views

Can p-trap be installed inside wall?

I have a new vanity I am installing in my guest bathroom. The current drain height is the same height as a storage shelf below my sink and does not allow the vanity to sit flush against the wall. ...
3
votes
3answers
356 views

Drain hose of washing machine too low?

I just bought a front load washing machine and installed it. The plumbers in our bldg. installed the incoming water hose and the drain hose to the wall. Problem is that when the washing machine ...
1
vote
1answer
75 views

How can I get rid of the knocking sound behind my wall when I turn any tap in the house on or off?

When we turn any of our taps on or off it creates a set pattern of three knocks behind the main bedroom wall. We have a steel framed house. How can we eliminate this sound?
1
vote
1answer
38 views

Under sink drain vent odors

I work in maintenance at a home for abused, neglected, etc children. We have 20 bathroom sinks (4 sinks per house with 5 houses) this facility was built 6 years ago. All the sinks use an under sink ...
0
votes
0answers
43 views

Loud “water running” noise when Shower Faucet is used

I've got a very loud water running noise. Sounds like a "woosh" for lack of better words. It only happens if I turn on the shower's faucet. If it pull the lever to use the shower head, the noise ...
0
votes
0answers
22 views

Moen shower head leaking

We installed a new shower set up,four years ago and suddenly there is leakage, only when using the shower, around and behind the shower head. Water is coming out of crevices it should not come out.
0
votes
1answer
100 views

Is my leaky faucet missing a valve seat?

I have a standard two-handle faucet in my shower. I noticed a drip from the faucet, and decided to repair this. The rubber seal on the hot water side was completely ruined, so I figured this was the ...
0
votes
1answer
40 views

Is this enough room for undercabinet sink plus disposal?

We are remodeling our kitchen and considering an undercabinet sink, and also want a disposal. The drain line is 18" from the underside of the 1.5" thick countertop. The sink is a stainless steel 70/30 ...
3
votes
3answers
2k views

How to extend Sump Pump discharge pipe from house

My house's sump pump discharge pipe exit's the house a couple of feet high from the ground and runs straight down. I don't want it dumping right next to the house (kid's sandbox is there now) so I ...
1
vote
3answers
656 views

How do I remove a stuck kitchen aerator tip?

I recently moved into a new apartment and need to remove the aerator tip on the Moen kitchen faucet to set up the countertop dishwasher I brought with me from my previous apartment. It was missing the ...
1
vote
2answers
133 views

No water flow after closing and reopening shutoff valve

My faucet was in need of attention so went below the sink, shut off the valves, unscrewed the supply lines, cleaned the faucet put everything back and now the water won't turn back on at the valves. ...
0
votes
0answers
63 views

Is it possible to have cold water in the hot water line without a water heater?

While building my home, my original plumber has cold water running through both hot and cold lines in absence of a water heater. Now that I'm ready to install a water heater, Im getting an inflow of ...
6
votes
1answer
443 views

What could cause the water flow in house pipes to suddenly be altered?

After 23 years of steady water flow when using toilets and all taps in our house, we noticed that in the last few weeks, whether it is in using the shower, or the toilet refilling, the water ebbs, ...
2
votes
1answer
308 views

How to install sink drain pipe correctly

I'm trying to connect this drain assembly on my bathroom sink. But when I connect to the sink it drips. I tighten the top nut(arrow) with a channel lock, but it still drips. Steps I took: I put ...
0
votes
1answer
56 views

How can I get a galvanized pipe that was threaded at the hardware store to screw into the fitting?

I had 1" galvanized pipe cut to size and threaded at a large hardware store but they still won't screw all the way into the fittings. When I compare them to the pre-threaded pipes I bought, the ...
0
votes
1answer
83 views

Hot water is coming out of all faucets brown

I live on the second floor in a condominium and had my direct vent hot water heater replaced approximately 8 years ago. At the time I recall having various vendors out to give me an estimate and very ...
1
vote
2answers
84 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
151 views

Best way to add p-trap under my kitchen sink when drain goes down into slab

I just bought a 1980's condo, and there is no p-trap under the kitchen sink. The drain is down into the slab. It's a 50/50 sink with a disposal on the left. Is a p-trap still needed with this ...
1
vote
1answer
37 views

How often should the red fibre body washer be replaced in a tap?

Should the red fibre body washer be replaced as well when you disassemble a tap to replace the tape valve and "O" ring as a convenient mean to update all the wearable parts or do they last much longer ...
0
votes
2answers
462 views

How did my water meter become loose?

This past summer, my vacant home was vandalized. Thieves stole the copper plumbing. Once the re-plumbing was done, the city came to install the water meter. The meter is female-threaded on either ...
1
vote
2answers
100 views

Tub drains very slow

I've been trying to fix a extremely slow draining bath tub for awhile, but still can't get it right. Here is the work that's been done: Ran 25 feet of cable from a power snake (drill powered) 3x's. ...
0
votes
2answers
661 views

Can I move my kitchen to the front of the house or any other ideas?

I recently purchased this 3/4 bedroom house. I liked having the additional room space downstairs (converted garage) but do not like how it is separated from the rest of the house. Also, the kitchen ...
0
votes
1answer
1k views

Is it okay to use brass inserts in a plastic reverse osmosis pipe?

I've learned that letting metal contact reverse osmosis filtered water is generally a bad idea as it corrodes the metals and leaches them into the clean water supply. However, I'm having a hard ...
1
vote
1answer
123 views

Unclogging bathtub with an external tower drain

I have a clog in my bathtub. There is no visible overflow and it has an external tower drain. When I try to snake through the tub drain the snake comes up the external tower. Do I need to remove the ...
0
votes
2answers
99 views

Hot and Cold water seem to be mixing

Having a problem with hot and cold water seemingly mixing in my house where some locations can't get cold water and others get a mix of warm/cold from hot settings. The scenario: Moved into a new ...
0
votes
2answers
91 views

How can I rearrange this plumbing to drain correctly?

So here's some plumbing in my house (not done by me): This was before I sealed everything up behind drywall. The drain is actually used for a Cat Genie, our laundry is in another room. Now we're ...