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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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Leaky Bath Faucet, Old Shower Stems!

I have a slight but regular drip (cold water) in our bathtub, so I decided to take the cold handle off in an attempt to replace the washer. A plumber did this in a different bathroom in our house and ...
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What can cause a sink's pivot rod connector to leak water?

Background: When running water in my bathroom sink, I'm seeing a small water leak (about a drop per minute). I traced the source to the bottom of the pivot rod connector - see the red circle in the ...
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Is it possible to hook up a hose to my well pump?

I have a well pump that goes and pull water from an aquifer. I'd like to hook up a hose to it and water some plants that my sprinkler system cannot reach very well. Is it possible to do this? ...
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Channel water off very steep staymat/small stones driveway

We have a very steep driveway made of stay mat/small stones. Every time it rains, the driveway gets washed out. We have tried so many things to stop this. We have dug trenches going across the ...
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Water management and shed base for two sheds built against the houses on adjacent properties

This is a follow up for this question where I was asking for help on cutting in half and relocating a shed. The job is done and the result looks like this I have take the shed out of there in order ...
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GE Profile Refrigerator creating Ice and Water slowly

I have a GE Profile TPX24PRBP Side by Side refrigerator. Recently the ice maker stopped making ice. I noticed the ice-maker itself was not cycling and it was making a 1-sec whirring noise (like a gear ...
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Does siphoning through a garden hose to a basement make sense?

I'd like to drain some rainwater sitting on an in-ground pool cover. I siphoned the first few inches quite easily with one end at the street level—which, luckily, is a little lower than both the front-...
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What can I do about a window well that is filling up with water from below the surface?

I have 2 covered basement window wells on the side of my house. When it rains heavily, they fill up with water from beneath the surface. There are 4 downspouts from the gutters on our roof. They run ...
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What is the proper way to prevent water infiltration between exterior stairs and wall

My house has a full flight of poured concrete stairs (covered with decorative stone) that runs parallel to (and butts up against) an exterior wall. The interior wall had water stains at the basebord,...
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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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Why will my pilot light on the gas water heater not stay lit for more than 15 minutes?

The pilot light went out on my gas water heater. I followed the instructions and had it lit three times now for about 15 minutes each time but it wont stay lit. Not sure what to do at this point?
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Who should I contact about having my water tested? [closed]

I would like to know who I should contact other than the EPA about having my water tested. I moved to this town 4 days ago and in those 4 days I now have boils over 25% of my body and a second degree ...
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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 maker/...
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Can I split off a pipe to create an additional faucet in my basement?

I've been madly googling this question, but either this is not a thing anybody does or I can't find the words to express it well enough to get an answer. I have a home hydroponics setup for growing ...
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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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Water Pressure Fluctuating

We are selling our house, and I have not noticed any problems myself with our water pressure, but the home inspector's report said--- Water pressure rising and dropping as pump is running and shutting ...
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How can I monitor water usage for just my portion of a shared property?

I live at a property of 4 bungalows. We are all on 1 water meter. We have all been told by the property owner that our monthly charge for water is going up because of higher use. My neighbors and I ...
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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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Hot water issues in apartment [duplicate]

We had changed the shower handle cartridge last year per a plumber's suggestion and it seemed to resolve the situation but apparently it didn't. Right now, for some strange reason, one fixture is ...
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Where's this water coming from?

The carpet outside the bathroom has two wet spots, as though water is seeping up from slab foundation. Cannot find any pipes leaking in bathroom, the spots are randomly positioned, about a foot into ...
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Hot water issues in the apartment and plumbers are stumped?

We have a unit upstairs in a 4-plex. The other units don't have any issues, but hot water recently stopped working in this apartment. Rarely water might get hot or warm but goes cold again. When the ...
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Water on construction site. Damage to bricks?

I managed to sneak on the construction site of my future apartment and noticed a large puddle of water where my apartment is. The first row of bricks is already wet as you can see in the picture. ...
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How to stop outside rainwater from coming in under the wall and through the concrete floor of my garage conversion?

I have got a problem with an attached garage converted den in a 1978 built brick home. The heavy spring rains are redirected to the two year old perforated drain system on the side of the house ...
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Run full load in washing machine, find water on floor by drain

It's a house new to us but 18 years old. We ran the washing machine for the first time with a full load and came back to find water around the drain pipe and on the floor. Makes sense that the drain ...
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Low water pressure

Just replaced my main water valve that feeds the house. It's copper line and I used shark bite fittings. Kitchen sink, master shower and both toilets have very low pressure now. All other faucets are ...
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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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Turn off water heater as well during winter?

If I am going on vacation for an extended period during winter (it occasionally gets below freezing here), should I turn off water valve AND the gas water heater or just turn off the main water valve? ...
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RO reverse osmosis filters need replacing?

I tested the water & there's copper in it (about 1.0) but everything else is good. Is it possible that used filters might fail to filter only one contaminate & still filter others? If this ...
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Frigidaire Gallery water dispenser delay/stuck on

I'm a new father and I am trying to be the man of the house and fix my fridge. :-) Basically, the water dispenser will stick while we're using it. The lever doesn't stick, but the water will stay ...
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Powervent Water Heater Has Cold Air coming into Vent

I have just had a new powervent water heater installed by a licensed plumber. All looks well and runs well except the fact that there is a big draft coming back into the vent while the blower is not ...
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what is the right drainage system around a floating crawlspace foundation?

4 years ago I bought a house in a town on the Canadian border of MN. What I didn't realized was...the property is sloping and my neighbor filled his property up so it's half a foot higher than mine. ...
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Extending longevity of ceramic water filters

With washable ceramic water filters, should they be washed regularly to improve longevity? Like this type: My thinking is that if they're not washed, contaminants could get pushed deep into the ...
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What to do with leaky sink?

Our kitchen sink has been slowly leaking for several months, and as of yesterday, it is finally leaking so bad we can't use it until it's fixed. I'm generally handy, but when it comes to plumbing of ...
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How to make Ariston Hotpoint FMG 863 SK washing machine to use more water

Due to EU and US regulations, latest models of washing machines are really eco-friendly and use much less water thant their previous models. The problem is, this has to be countered by increasing the ...
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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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How can I prevent unpleasant smells and organisms in our water tank?

There is an 8000 liter water tank on top of my house which provides water for the house. Bacteria, fungi, algae, etc. often start developing in the tank, giving unpleasant smells, etc. The water is ...
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frozen pipe: heating tape, compressed air?

We have a shower on a second floor with a frozen cold-water pipe. It seems to happen every time the temperature falls below 15 degrees F. Previously I fixed this by taking the plate off around the ...
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What could be the cause of Water running in Condo?

One night about a month ago I was watching TV when I heard a loud metal sound followed by the sound of surging water. It was so loud and unsettling my dog started barking. I went next door to ask my ...
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Tee size in efficienct flow splitting of main water supply

I am re-piping the water supply lines in my house. I have a 1 inch supply line coming from the main. This will travel about 30 feet before being split into 2 lines, one supplying the hot and the ...
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PVC Pipes And Pool Solar Heating Advice

We have a set of EnerSol solar panels (black water pipes) which are installed on the roof. Our pool pump sends water up to the panels via black PVC pipes. The water goes through the panels, warms ...
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Will a generic carbon filter reduce radon in my water?

The title pretty much says it all. Will a carbon filter like this help reduce radon in my water?
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How to deal with a corroded copper water pipe?

We have a corroded copper pipe. I'm not interested in what caused the corrosion. I just want to know how to treat it. What can I do to stop the corrosion? Paint it? What would I paint it with? ...
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What can cause copper pipe to corrode?

We have a corroded main water pipe that connects to a valve that goes into the house. The corroded pipe rises from the pave driveway and ends in a valve at the top. Here's a picture: The building ...
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Is using a globe valve on a water supply line a bad idea?

Our rented house has an individual plastic water tank to which the colony supplies water from their tanks regularly. The main water pipe fixed to the tank that comes from the colony had a ball valve (...
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Granite and water damage

I live in southern California. I have granite countertops and over the years I've noticed grout cracks between my granite and the tile splash on the sink side. Could the constant water from washing ...
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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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Why is water oozing from tile shower floor non stop

Our home is 4 years old. From day one the shower has been a problem. It is ceramic tile. There were leaks inside and outside the shower and the pan apparently had a hole in it and was replaced. ...
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Will my existing deck support the weight of a new hot tub?

I have a hot tub on my deck. I'm ready to fill it but now wondering about the weight on it. The deck is 10' wide with 2x8 joists on 16"centers. The tub is 7' x 7'. When filled with water and people ...