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Is rerouting the waste line really necessary

In a big home improvement projet we are planning to move the bathroom. The plumber want to run a new waste line to the basement which imply opening a wall, removing laminate flooring, breaking ...
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What to do about noisy drain?

I live in 7 store city building in Prague. Last night I couldn't sleep not only because of the hot weather, but also thanks to drain which just wouldn't shut up. It makes gurgly noises every now and ...
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How to fix a poor plumbing installation resulting in severe odor problems?

After reading this related question and check that the wax seal is ok, I assume I have a problem with the trap, but where's the trap? The outline of the plumbing in my home (a bit simplified) is like ...
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How to determine if a Water Pressure Reducing Valve (PRV) is working properly

I've been trying to track down water pressure/flow issues throughout the plumbing in my entire house, but haven't found anything which made any significant difference. For example, I discovered that ...
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Knocking well pipes

As my well pump shuts off after getting up to pressure I can here the underground pipe that goes to the well point "knocking". There is a check valve on the inlet of the pump and possibly another at ...
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Where are these flies coming from?

We recently had a sewer fly infestation caused by having a cracked mortar collar on the rest bend of the soil stack which runs through the upstairs and downstairs bathrooms. I removed a good portion ...
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Hot water temp in shower/tub fluctuates

I live in a condo that has 13 units in two buildings and am the president of the board. A few months ago we had a new water pump installed in our boiler room. Shortly after that all three units in my ...
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What is the advantage of PEX pinch clamp vs. crimp rings?

I just saw these for the first time today at Lowe's: The advantages I can see over the crimp style are: A single tool can work with multiple PEX sizes That single tool is cheaper than a single-...
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Why is my toilet tank filling too slowly?

The inside of my toilet tank was just replaced. For some reason after I flush, the tank refills much slower than before. It looks like the person who installed it put the overfill pipe in a different ...
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Why is my shower head pressure low?

I have two bathrooms back to back. one with a tub and shower and the other is a walk in shower. Both have the same shower head. One has super pressure, the other is eh. What do you this ...
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Refrigerator water line leaking even though not hooked up

I recently moved into a home and decided not to hook up the water line to my refrigerator. It was fine for a few weeks, but there appears to be a leak. Now the tube that flows from the water valve is ...
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What is this bathroom basin tap connection and can I replace it myself?

A few months back I had a problem with the cold tap in my upstairs bathroom — no water would come out after turning it on. I also noticed that the flexible tap hose underneath the basin was damp and ...
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Water heater not filled with water before being turned onto hot setting

I had a new water heater installed by a local handy man plumber. My initial concern was tank had 3 dents in it. Was on phone with company (Sears) re: dents, so plumber was delayed some due to phone ...
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air conditioner pipe pvc glue

I recently bought a new air condition. The guy who came to install it in my bedroom used PVC glue to joint two pipes the one of the air condition with the outside one(instead he could use something ...
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How could a hot-cold plumbing crossover spontaneously appear?

OK, this is a weird one. Follow the bouncing ball: I have a tankless water heater I've had problems the last few weeks with the water running lukewarm instead of hot. Someone suggested power-cycling ...
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Toilet will not flush and has Air Bubbles

Toilet will not drain when flushed. If I use a plunger for 5 min I can get the water to drain to normal level in the bowl. If I turn on the water to the bathtub and sink both sandwiching the toilet ...
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new water heater, unexpected noises

I installed a new water heater about 2 months ago and I hear this cracking noise most of the time, even when I have not used the hot water. Does anyone have an idea of what could possibly be causing ...
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hot water pressure in bathtub

Works fine through rest of the house. Its a mobile home n the water pressure was fine until water lines froze. Have replaced tub fixture n checked for leaks. Anything else that I can check
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What is the most efficient process for replacing water heater T&P relief valve and flushing water heater?

A home built in 2007 will come under new ownership. It is unknown whether previous owners maintained the water heater properly. Home inspector said that the water heater temperature and pressure (T&...
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What are these pipes

I have 2 4 inch PVC pipes sticking up about 3 inches above ground in my flower bed, one is capped the other isn't. I ran over the capped one with the lawn mower and every time a toilet was flushed I ...
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Ejector Pit & Sump Pit Combined - Whats a good backup option?

Here in Chicago we have a combined sewer and storm drain system - as a result it's not uncommon to have sump pits and ejector pits combined - which is the case in my basement. The ejector then handles ...
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Why is my Sterling three handle shower tub faucet leaking?

I have a three handle shower tub faucet that has leaked for years. I replaced the stems last year, but recently learned that the stems the hardware store gave me to use were the wrong ones. I brought ...
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How to fix a huge gap between tub faucet and tile

We just moved into an old house and two of the tub faucets have huge gaps from the tile as pictured below. This is something that I feel needs to be addressed right away to prevent shower water from ...
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Is it safe to shut off cold water entering water heater?

I have a pretty bad situation at my place. I have a leaky shower faucet which has gone from drips to a steady stream. I calculated the flow at .3 gallons per minute. My very old home has no private ...
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Cheapest way of adapting G1/4 sensor to 1/2" NPT

I'm in the research stage of building an RO system for an RV, relatively cheaply. I live in the U.S. The membrane housing has 1/2" FNPT for water intake, and I would like to connect a pressure sensor ...
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Kitchen faucet sometimes water comes out sometimes noise…I replaced aerator still have issue.Does anyone have a suggestion?

Kitchen faucet sometimes water comes out and then sometimes it trickles out or nothing comes out at all. Took off aerator and water came out without any noise.Put in new aerator and now have same ...
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Hot water and cold water switched in shower

I recently bought a house and in the master bathroom the hot and cold water seem to be reversed. When I turn the dial left, the hot water comes out first with very little pressure. As you continue ...
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Water Supply Noise due to Thermal Expansion?

I have a plumbing issue that I'm looking for suggestions on. After using a substantial amount of hot water (say, a long shower + washing laundry) I will hear a loud rumbling / vibrating sound ...
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Why does the overflow pipe on a water heater open to the floor?

See here, in a standard home water heater, how there's an overflow pipe which would just dump the extra water on the floor if activated. Why is this? Why does it not go the same way as the drain on a ...
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Our hot water heater is gas, and it only has low med. and high temperature settings. Which setting is the safest to use for our home?

Our hot water tank is gas, and only has high, med, and low temperature settings. Which one is the safest setting for our single home?
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How do I prevent mobile home flexible water lines from freezing?

I have a 2009 mobile home. It has a flexible water feed line going to the toilet that freezes in very cold temps. I have been told these lines won't break if they freeze. They will just expand and ...
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Loud gushing noise when neighbour runs their faucet

I live on the 2nd floor of an 11 floor condo. Lately I have heard a loud gushing water sound under my kitchen sink when a neighbour runs their water. This occurs every time the neighbour turns on ...
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Why won't hot water come out after turning the water main back on?

If someone turns their water main off to work on a plumbing and toilet problem, why would the cold water come on but no hot water. It doesn't come out at all or it will drip. Why would this be, and ...
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Clean out line and soft ground

I'm trying to purchase a new build by a small builder. My home inspector was impressed with his build saying he did a lot of silent upgrades that were not necessary but a regular home owner would not ...
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Water running in basement floor drain but no faucets or toilets are running

I can see/hear water running through the pipe just under the basement floor drain in the laundry, furnace and hot water heater room. Nothing is turned on in the house. If I turn off the main water ...
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How do I determine what size the outlet should be on a new shut off valve?

I'm going to be replacing several shut off valves throughout my home. They are a very old type where the supply line is part of the shut off valve, not it's own separate entity. I've done this once ...
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tracking down sewer gas smell in bedroom

Ever since moving into our new house roughly a month ago, there's been a distinctive (but not overpowering) sewer gas smell in one of our bedrooms. Some information that may be pertinent: House was ...
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Weak flushing, gurgling toilet

I have a toilet that appeared partially stopped up recently and we're not really sure why. The water level eventually resided, but since then the toilet's flush is weak - liquids flush fine but paper ...
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Problem With Sprinkler Backflow Device

I recently moved into a new house. I was trying to test out the sprinkler system. I turned on the sprinkler valve in the utility room. I also turned on the valve on the backflow device (I think - ...
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Testing older anti-scald valve for correct function?

Would it be acceptable to do the following: 1) Turn on water at shower valve. Set temp at > 100F. 2) Turn off (or drastically lower) cold water upstream. 3) Measure Temp of water < 120F.
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identifying drainage problems without pulling up the floor

Help. We bought a house 2 yrs ago and remodeled it to within an inch of its life. Both my husband and I have mold allergies. The house is on a slab so we pulled all carpet and put in moisture barrier ...
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Hot Water stopped working in Kitchen Faucet

In the process of a failed attempt at fixing our dishwasher, I turned off the hot water valve beneath the sink. After turning it back on, the hot water side of the faucet no longer works! Our faucet ...
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How can I remove a hot water timer installed by the property owner?

My landlord has just installed a device that cuts hot water supply after 3 min of using hot water. I open the hot water tap and after 3min then water out of the tap run out meaning Nothing comes out ...
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Washlet connector leaks no matter what I do

I'm trying to plumb a Toto Washlet, and unfortunately, my landlord didn't properly connect the shut-off valve for the toilet (the water can't be turned off). So, instead, I thought I'd plumb it from ...
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Should the bottom of a shower enclosure be watertight?

I have a newly-installed shower that leaks like crazy. As soon as the water level exceeds the depth of the low-profile tray, I end up with water all over my bathroom floor. Is this gap in the ...
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Why is water coming out of my toilet bowls? [closed]

I live in a trailer in Alaska. There is water coming out of the toilet bowls. At first it was clear, and I don't know if it because we are washing laundry at the same time as trying to unplug the ...
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How low could kitchen sink sewage inlet go?

A plumbing book I have says a kitchen sink sewage inlet should be at 16" above floor. I would like to set it a little lower (e.g. 12") in order to make more room around water stubouts for plumbing as ...
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How to diagnose a greywater system backup

In recent weeks I have noticed that the drain pipe from the washing machine has been overflowing into the laundry room. We stopped using the washer thinking that we needed a plumber to come to the ...
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Tub faucet pressure starts strong then drops off

Only my tub fauce water pressure starts great, then after 5 seconds it drops off. It happens on both hot and cold settings. What could be causing this? Thanks in advance for any advice.
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Leaking shower tap

Recently, I had to replace a seized Moen shower cartridge. In removing the old one, the brass piece the cartridge sits in was scored by a drill. It now leaks cold water when I turn on the faucet. What ...