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Do I need to shut off gas water heater if I turn off water?

I'm renting a house in Washington DC but the house is going to be empty all of December since I am going home for Christmas. I'm very concerned about the pipes bursting. I would just leave the house ...
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What can cause foggy/misty/gray water when water heater is turned off?

This may be expected behavior but I thought I'd ask anyway... We recently had gas turned off at our house in preparation for a fumigation this weekend. We have a gas water heater (with a tank) so ...
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Water heater overflow outside drain pipe

My water heater's overflow outside drain pipe has been running hot water out of it non-stop. I turned the inflow water valve to the water heater off and the water stopped running. But what is ...
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Shower periodically loses hot water, and then the bath faucet will be scalding

I am in a 3 story apartment building with roughly 20 units. Periodically while taking a shower the water will suddenly lose heat and become ice cold. I chalked this up to lack of hot water coming ...
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Tub hot water is fluxuating between hot and cold

Our bathtub just started behaving odd. It has worked fine until today. We have two handles, one hot the other cold. Even when we only turn the hot on without turning the cold on the water will ...
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Why is my hot water baseboard heater not heating?

I have classic cast iron radiators in my house and then one "modern" one pictured below. It was installed in the 80s from what I know. It doesn't seem to produce much heat at all. It is properly ...
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Hot water doesn't come out of faucet right away and makes banging noise when it does

This happens on every faucet in the house. Sometimes, when you first turn on the hot water, it comes out (just the pressure in the line) and then it runs slow and stops. Then, a banging noise happens ...
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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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How can I install an overhead water tank and refill it for individual usage?

I live in a group apartment where there is severe water supply problem. We have a common sump in basement which can be filled with water from external supply sources like water tanker trucks on ...
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How can I fix a wall-mounted toilet that keeps running?

Our wall-mounted toilet keeps running. It is easy to "stop" by removing the plate with the push-buttons and pressing down the cylinder (valve?) inside, but I'd like to find an actual solution :) It's ...
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How can I stop a water leak in my basement?

I have an unfinished basement in 40 year old home. Block walls are extremely clean and show no signs of water having come down or through them from ground outside but when it rains for a couple of ...
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What device can remotely close a water main?

Trial run of Are questions asking for home automation hardware allowed?, which got an overwhelmingly positive response. Answers must be detailed with real-life pros and cons. I have a tradition of ...
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How to remove old multi turn water inlet valve

I was replacing some of the parts in my toilet and noticed the grommet on the toilet end of the supply hose is worn and started to leak when I reconnected it. My preference would be to just replace ...
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Does air trapped in water pipe disturb the meter reading?

I have about 7 meters of PVC pipe connected to the water meter. Some of this pipe is above the meter level so some air sure gets trapped inside. Is it possible that the air in pipes expand and ...
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How long should the hot water last during a shower?

Given a 40 gallon natural gas water heater, and a shower head with a flow rate of 2.5 gallons per minute. How long should the shower be able to maintain 105°F water temperature? Assume the average ...
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Can I route an irrigation main through my basement?

I received estimates on getting an irrigation system installed in my back yard. The majority of the cost is for digging down to the house's line in the front of the house (4 feet deep), splitting the ...
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Will JB water weld hold copper fittings together?

Will this stuff hold copper fitting 3/4" on inlet copper pipe Cold water main line? Tried all other options can't solder I'm down to 3" left and its swollen to 7/8"id so last chance before complete ...
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How can I repair the main cold line into the house?

I've repaired 13 breaks throughout the house over the weekend, now I'm down to the inlet coming from 3/4" copper to 7/8"id (I know its crazy size maybe from freeze). Either way I cannot solder, since ...
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Why would my well water cut off for 30 minutes before working again?

I live in a area where I have to use well water and I have a well house that runs to my home. The water work with great pressure for a while, and then suddenly stops and takes 30 minutes to come back ...
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Where should I install the water softener?

We are planning on installing a water softener. The main water source is located outside, about 20 feet from the backyard. The water heater is located in the garage. We are wondering if we have to ...
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What is causing this water on the drywall and how concerned should I be?

I noticed some light lines on the dry wall of one my internally facing walls. Here is a picture of the water lines: It's tough to tell from the picture (make sure to view in high resolution), but ...
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Water heater leaking from the top?

I recently noticed that water is pooling on the top of my water heater. When I took a closer look it appears that the leak is coming from where a metal hose comes into the top of the water heater. ...
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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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How to prevent pressure from dropping from my water heater?

Until two weeks ago, my parents house used one water heater ( noted "1" on the picture) to provide two bathrooms and the kitchen with hot water. The bathroom on the first floor consists of a bathtub ...
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What could be causing my bathroom drains to back up?

This afternoon I was taking a shower, and once finished I noticed that the water was not draining away from the shower tray. I dressed quickly and tried flushing the toilet, which backed up as well ...
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What is the cause and fix to water slowly coming out of an outdoor faucet when its turned off?

Regardless of how tightly I turn the faucet off, there is water that flows out. When I attach a hose with a spray nozzle, the water finds a way to leak out either at the faucet where the hose is ...
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What can I do about small pools of water on my garage floor?

I just moved into this house and I have discovered about 20 different size "water" marks. As I haven't parked my car in the garage - I would have noticed it sooner. But what can I do for this ...
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Where do I install the recirc pump on a combi core water heater?

I have a Bradford and White Combi Core water heater. The spiral part provides hot water for heat, and the tank provides potable water. The heat side needs around 160 degree water. The recirc pump ...
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Why is my electric water heater making an intermittent groaning noise?

My 8 year old electric water heater started to make a strange rattling noise a couple of weeks ago. The noise happens at random and lasts for only a few minutes. Short bursts of noise about a minute ...
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Is there a way to fix a small water leak in a PVC pipe from inside the pipe?

The PVC evacuation pipe from my toilet is leaking a little bit. The part of the pipe that is leaking is buried inside concrete. I am trying to find a way to fix the leak from inside the pipe, that is ...
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Should I be concerned about water spilling behind tile wall?

I recently attempted to replace a single handle shower valve (cartridge and all). During removal of the assembly, there was water remaining in the pipes after I had shut off the main. The water leaked ...
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How can I be sure my water softener is working?

I recently purchased a 12 year old home in Central Indiana that came with a water softener (waterboss model). The owners claimed it to be working during the closing. When we moved into the house, we ...
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My gas heater relief valve keeps blowing, is the circulator installed backwards?

So I had a contractor put in a new circulator last season. Its a honeywell PC3F. I tried turning my heater on for the first time this season and the relief valve blew. I tried replacing that and ...
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What is the name of extremely porous concrete for water runoff solutions?

I have seen extremely porous concrete that water drains through very well. Narrow strips of this may be put across a driveway to limit excess water runoff. What is the name of extremely porous ...
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Water entering add on

A room was built on top of driveway slab. In heavy rains water floods into room from all sides. Any suggestions would be great.
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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 ...
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Do polyphosphates reduce scale in refrigerator ice makers?

I am considering switching to a polyphosphate-containing water filter for my refrigerator ice maker/water dispenser. Currently, I use softened water to prevent calcium build-up in the ice ...
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What kind of toilet tank is this?

This is the toilet tank in my apartment. A few days ago I started noticing brown residue in the water. Upon investigation, I encountered a toilet tank I'm not familiar with... there's an "outer" tank, ...
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Reliable, inexpensive way to be notified of a water leak?

I have a few places in my home that I really, really don't want water to be. I've had bad experiences with water in the past (read: whole-house flooding from an upstairs toilet valve), and I'd like to ...
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What should I do about water filling the excavation for a house's foundation?

I live in Duluth, Minnesota. As stated, I am putting a new foundation on my house. When the contractor was excavating, they hit water. They are constantly pumping this water out. I now have 2 new ...
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Should I use a separate system, or extend the existing system to heat a detached garage?

We're building an detached post & beam garage, 24 X 24. We have natural gas on the property, and our house is heated by a Dunkirk boiler and hot-water baseboard system that we've been told has the ...
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Water from bathroom faucet smells like rotten eggs

The sink is in the powder room on the main floor of our house. When I turn the water on it is fine for a few seconds then it smells horribly for about 3-4 more seconds then it is back to normal. It is ...
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Restarting toilet line after 50 years

I have a sewer opening in my basement for a toilet. The flange looks just fine, but that sewer line has probably not been used in 50 years. Is there anything I should do before starting to use it? Or ...
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Why does the shower get cold when I flush, and how can I prevent it?

When the shower is running and someone flushes a toilet, why does the shower get cold (or sometimes hot) in some houses, but not others? More importantly, would fixing that require replacing the ...
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How can I stop a dishwasher water supply from causing the tap water to smell?

OK, here is the situation: I recently bought a dishwasher that has a shorter water hose than required. So I bought this inlet hose and connected the two hoses using this inlet connector. For water ...
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How can I control water and algae in drainage ditch?

My house has a drainage ditch running in front next to the street. Unfortunately, my next door neighbor has neglected his ditch and now my ditch does not drain properly and fills up with algae. I'm ...
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Where and how do we put salt in EC4 rainsoft watersoftener

Where and how to replace salt in EC4 rainsoft water softener?
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Resetting fence posts in very wet condtions

This winter the Minnesota frost heaved up 5 fence posts in my yard. I've pulled out the 5 posts, and have found basically puddles of water and very very wet mud. I shop-vac'd out the standing ...
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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 ...
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Should I drain my winterized pool after a large rainstorm?

I just installed a safety/mesh winter cover and closed my pool. Over the past month we've had a few big rain storms so the water level is already at the skimmer. Winter hasn't even arrived yet and ...