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What type of water pump is also a valve (e.g. will resist head pressure when off)?

Many pumps, when turned off, will still pass water. If there's any pressure at all upstream of the pump, the impeller will turn and water will leak through in the forward direction. To prevent ...
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Low water pressure in both kitchen lines -

First some background; our house was built in '56 and has galvanized pipe Hot water heater is almost two years old We finished remodeling our kitchen last July and installed a new sink and faucet ...
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sudden increase in water pressure but decrease in temperature

Our water pressure used to be just ok, but temperature (hot water) is good. Couple nights ago when I turned on the shower, suddenly I heard a 'bang' sound. But the water pressure has increased so I ...
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What pressure should I aim for when setting a pressure reducing valve?

Since the time I moved into my house, I've had problems with water hammer. More recently, I've had some faucets start to leak. I also noticed that after showers/baths, the hot water would surge when ...
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Where to split existing water pipes for new pipe run?

Goal: Install a new hot and cold supplied exterior faucet for garden watering and year round animal watering. Here's the rough situation: We're on a rural property, drawing from a well, into a ...
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Can I use a gauge designed for measuring air pressure to measure water pressure?

Looking around at the local home improvement center for a water pressure gauge, and all they seem to have is a gauge with 3/4" FGHT (Female Garden Hose Thread). Of course I could get a bunch of ...
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Kitchen faucet has low water pressure but can't identify the faucet

I am having trouble with low water pressure in my kitchen faucet. It started happening gradually over timeIt is a single-handle, with a sprayer nozzle. From reading other posts here I'm pretty sure ...
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How do I prevent a drop in flow in a system with a pressure tank, 40/60 pressure switch, filter and water softener?

I have a well with a 30/55 pressure switch, and I hate the shower pressure. I am redoing the main water appliances with a new pressure tank (going from 20 gallon to 35 gallon), new 40/60 pressure ...
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Water pressure needle broken?

The needle on my water pressure has moved beyond the maximum measure, and I haven't checked it in several weeks. Does this mean it is broken, or do I need to let some pressure escape? The inbound ...
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whats the minimum water pressure for a shower/jet combo unit?

specifically, this unit http://www.houzz.com/photos/12411778/AKDY-Aluminum-Shower-Panel-Tower-with-Rainfall-Shower-Head-52-Mirror-Shower-modern-shower-panels-and-columns It says minimum is 28psi - is ...
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What could cause water hammer after changing a valve cartridge?

I fixed my delta 1400 series shower faucet the other day by replacing the valve cartridge with a non-delta brand. Everything went well, until I turned it on, now the shower pipe is hammering. The ...
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Why did city utility work require me to modify my faucet aerator?

The city utilities came to my neighborhood this week to replace a few fire hydrants. They had to shut off water to my home during this work. When the work was done, one of the water fixtures in my ...
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Low water pressure in one part of the house

The house that we are renting has decent water pressure inside and out the house, except for the en-suite bathroom to the main bedroom. From what it looks to me, I think that the en-suite was an add ...
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Low Water Pressure on Sprinkler system

The issue I'm having with my system started after I hired a landscaper to redo my yard. The front yard has 4 stations, station 1 stays on constantly now, not allowing enough pressure for the others. ...
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How do I get acceptable water pressure when using two faucets on my 1/2" water main?

I have a 1/2" water main entry, and if I open water in 2-3 places in the house, the water pressure is very low. How can I fix this?
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How do I find out the correct pre-charge air pressure for my captive air water tank?

I have a Sears captive air water tank (model No. 390.29171) that stores water pumped from the well. When we took possession of the house, there was no water in the tank or lines, the water pressure ...
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Low hot water pressure from cylinder

I have a flat with a cold water tank in the loft space, which feeds into an indirect (coil) heated cylinder in my airing cupboard. Hot water pressure has never been great, but acceptable. A couple of ...
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Why do I have low water pressure with more than one fixture turned on?

What would cause low water pressure or flow when more than one fixture is turned on. It does not matter if it's hot or cold water.
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Well pipe leaking at where pipe comes to the house. (Images, Video)

so here's my problem here: Well pipe leaking - images Well pipe leaking - video ^ This was recorded march 28-th (so during spring thaw). Since it wasn't dripping since the spring - my ...
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What should I do about this Alpha HE CB33 Boiler pressure error condition?

I have an alpha he cb33 boiler which has stopped working this morning. Yesterday I removed a radiator for cleaning then put it back on and re-pressurised the system. It was working ok last night. ...
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Valve to select higher pressure water source

I'm trying to build an irrigation system which runs off city water supply and pumped water from a rainwater storage tank. To keep it simple, the idea is to have the sprinkler timer open a valve from ...
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After installing expansion tank, massive buildup of pressure then a trickle?

I am completely stumped. You guys helped me out a lot with my previous question here: New gas water heater dripping relief valve, have expansion tank, what gives? Turns out the expansion tank ...
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Well pump runs constantly; Pressure tank doesn't fill

I have a well and pressure tank (Well-X-Trol WX-250). Upon troubleshooting low water pressure in our home, I discovered that our pressure tank is never filling and our well pump is running ...
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Can air in pipes cause a faucet to catastrophically fail?

For about two weeks, I have been hearing a vibration and loud noise very time I turn on the kitchen faucet, mostly on the hot water side. If I turn to cold water it stops but periodicly when running ...
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Can (and should) I replace the hose connecting a cold water expansion vessel to the cold water supply myself?

We recently had a small flood in our apartment. I found that the metal-sheathed rubber hose connecting the cold water supply to the blue cold water expansion vessel had a wide split in it. The water ...
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Is temporarily reducing the water supply line an option when installing a water softener?

I am installing a water softener in my house. Currently we're getting the water supply from 1" PEX that has a service loop in the garage. I built my own 1" PVC bypass system for a GE water softener ...
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Why would 2 different sprinkler zones cause pressure at the pump to drop to 0?

Why would 2 out of 3 sprinkler zones cause the pressure reading at the pump to drop to 0? This is a well irrigation system and it is separate from the home's well. The pump is a 3/4 HP, has a flow ...
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Pressure problems with oil boiler

I've been having continued problems with the pressure in my home oil boiler rising to 30psi over time (and then leaking out the pressure relief valve). Technicians have examined it multiple times but ...
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Water draining out of pipe when usage is high.

We moved into an old house and there is something happening in the basement that I need some help explaining. Here is a image showing where the leak is happening. I've marked where the water is ...
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What should I do if the pressure is too high in a home water pressure increasing system?

Hi I have two well x trols and a large water storage tank. This system was put in before I bought the house 2 years ago and it it supposed to increase the water pressure in the home. The problem is ...
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Home waterline upsizing questions

So I JUST had my plumber replace the service feed to my house with a soft copper 1" dia. line, which was originally 3/4" dia. GSP from the street to the house (~35' as the line lays). I wish I had ...
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Can I use a snake to clean out a shower head extension?

I have a basic 25 to 50ft long 1\4 to 3\8 snake, with a 1\2 drill. Can I use that to clean out a shower head extension? I noticed sediment when taking the old shower head off. With the extension ...
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How high can I adjust water pressure?

I have a well with a pressure tank that supplies household water. I'm replacing the pressure switch because it's old and faulty. I see that pressure switches come in 20/40, 30/50 and 40/60 psi ...
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How to find a Water Pressure Release Valve

My water pressure is only about 25 PSI both inside and outside. The water district told me they are supplying 115 PSI to the house and advised that my Pressure Release Valve (PRV) is probably broken. ...
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Plumbing - two cold water pressure tanks, both with bladders - low flow second floor

The house we bought has two blue cold water pressure tanks, both with bladders, and the system is set for cut-in at 50 and cut-out at 70. We noticed a tiny pinhole leak in a tee connection close to ...
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Is my water pressure reducing valve faulty?

I have a water pressure reducing valve at the main water supply to my house. When I put a pressure gauge on the water heater with no faucets running, I read 130 psi. When I turn on the bathroom ...
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Can I use diaphragm accumulators to maintain consistent water pressure?

This is needed for a place where there's a high pressure water but not always available.
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How can I determine why there is no water coming from my hot taps?

I'm getting no water from any of the hot taps in my house. The cold water taps are working fine. The central heating is also working. I have a combi-boiler. It's been fairly cold today in London, so ...
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Water pressure in upstairs sink lost after turning off main line to fix shower

So yesterday I had to replace the handle on the shower-- and because I couldn't access the valve to the shower, I had to shut off the main valve to the entire house. I switched out the handle and ...
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Low dynamic hot water pressure throughout the house

I recently bought my first home, and the first thing we noticed is that the dynamic hot water pressure is pretty low compared to the cold water pressure. I purchased a water pressure gauge and found ...
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What could cause low hot water pressure only in the line to one shower?

In my house I have a water pressure issue: Pressure is fine everywhere except for the hot water supply to the second floor shower There is another shower in the basement that has good water pressure ...
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Pressure Testing plumbing - pressure drop over night

I'm pressure testing some PEX before I close in the walls. I pumped in 80psi of air around noon yesterday and it was about 60 degrees F. Was a solid 80psi from when i filled to to 11pm (11 hours). ...
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Will I notice a pressure drop going from 1/2“ pex to 3/4” CPVC then to 1/2" CPVC?

I'm replacing my older CPVC piping in my house and I have access to almost the entire house except the master bath area. At first, I thought it was being fed by a 1/2 inch line that I could just ...
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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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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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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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well pump keeps turning on and off every few seconds

I woke up this morning to find that the water feeding the toilets in the house was full of dirt/mud/silt. After taking a look at my well pump system I found that the pressure switch keeps turning the ...
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No water pressure after new installation

We installed a new kitchen faucet and a new shower head and have no water pressure in either. All the plumbing in the house has been recently installed. We checked all the supply lines and ...
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How can I stop high water pressure from causing leaks at the connection to my washer?

First of all, I've tried searching the questions for this but I haven't found anything that matches, but if this is a duplicate, my apologies in advance. I've just moved into an apartment, and in ...
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Is it OK to Pressure Wash Brick

I have a brick house and the bricks have what looks like mortar and paint marks on the brick. I believe they call this a messy mortar look. I do not like this, but I am wondering if I can have the ...