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Options for fixing leaking polybutylene water service line

The water service line going to our house is leaking. The leak is originating from our lawn down to the street. The plumbers who have looked at it are saying that our pipe is made of polybutylene, ...
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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 ...
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When sprayer is used, all water to sink (faucet and sprayer) shuts off, how to fix?

Whenever the sprayer for our kitchen sink is used, the water will suddenly cut off (to both the sprayer and the faucet) and not come back on again for several minutes. This has been going on for ...
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Hot water no longer coming from water tank (air lock??)

Two days ago I disconnected and capped the water supply to a set of taps for an old laundry sink in my basement. I turned off the cold water supply to the house and also to the hot water tank before ...
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Water with every water source cuts in and out and goes wild what to do?

I tried asking my boyfriend who claims to know everything about it and he doesn't know. I have a shallow well if that'd help solve the problem.
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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 do I get my water and pressure back?

2 mobile home lots with a well house distributing water to each trailer separately with a hose connection. I turned off mine to replace the main line and to replace the frayed heat tape and now I ...
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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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Why is my water heater still running if I cut the main line due to water problem located in my house

I had to cut off my main line, but why is the water heater still running.
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pipe size to my shower

We are re-doing our shower in the house - we are adding a multi-component system to the shower including a hand held sprayer and jet sprayers. The bathroom is on the second floor. The water pressure ...
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Dehumidifier - proper drain technique/setup?

I have a dehumidifier in my crawlspace draining into the kitchen drain pipe. The hose recently became plugged, and I think it was due to gunk growing and filling the hose from the kitchen drain. Is ...
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How far is it recommended for pipework to be from electrical sockets and switches?

I need to know when radiator pipes are buried into wall,how far are legal requirements stating pipes need to be from electrical sockets and switches? also what is the minimal depth an internal ...
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Tankless hot water heater cycles on without any water running

Why does the tankless hot water heater cycle on even when no water is running?
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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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High Water Bill - No Leaks

Four months ago I moved into a house built about 10-11 years ago. With our first water bill, billed semi-monthly, we were billed a usage of 3750 gallons. Our next bill showed a usage of 9100 gallons. ...
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What can one do with shower water?

A relative is rebuilding his bathroom. Since he has a garden and he is all about "thinking green" he was wondering if he could use the shower water (or any other) in any way, like water plants. I ...
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Outer brickwork wet and stained.

Hi, I'm in the process of being my first Home here in the uk. I walked past my potential property and noticed this on the exterior wall. This is a three storey house with bathrooms on all floors. ...
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Should I turn power to the leaking water heater off along with the water?

Water heater is leaking so we turned off the water to it. Should we shut off the power too until it's fixed?
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How do I fix a water pipe leak?

My dog has a leash that is by our back porch. About 3 feet over, there's a pipe that goes into the ground. One day she got her leash wrapped around it and started pulling at it. Ever since then, ...
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Fixing Old Leaky Faucet - Handles won't budge

I've been tolerating a small leak for a while in our bathroom, but it's started to get bad enough that it needs fixing. While I was hoping I could just pop out the handles and replace an old O-ring ...
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How to pump water from two cisterns with one pump

I live in Mexico where we get city water two or three times a week which is stored in our small cistern. I want to add a second cistern and use the same pump for both to send water to the house. The ...
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Wood Counter Top Damage

I have a wood countertop w/ dark water stain damage, I'm looking for ways to fix. I tried sanding and it just made the area around the stain lighter.
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Maximum height of hand-shaped concrete curb?

I need to guide water flow at the end of my driveway (see this question). My plan is to put in a concrete curb or hump to guide the water. I've gone all over the map in thinking of how to build it, ...
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odor in water on cold water side only just in bathroom

i have the same problem one faucet in bath room cold side only has smell for few seconds after turning on cold water, hot water is just fine no odor. i have well water well dug around 1965 approx. 60 ...
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Will this shower trim work with my existing setup?

So I'm looking to replace my shower trim/handle, and I'm wondering if the new trim (2nd picture) is compatible with my existing setup. If it is compatible, what would I have to do to install the new ...
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Keeping water out of basement?

So I'm a recent home owner (2 months now). I live in Massachusetts and given the storm that just rolled through, I found water in my basement. Not a scary amount. I was able to mop most of it up. I ...
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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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Mysterious Ceiling Damage

About 5 years ago I noticed the paint chipping on the ceiling around the chimney that vent my furnace and water heater so I hired a guy to replace the flashing around the chimney. Since then I've ...
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How to fix outdoor faucet drip when indoor shut off is off

I just noticed that my outdoor faucet has a slow drip. I checked the indoor shut off and it is closed tight. What could be causing the problem and how would I fix it? I don't know how long the drip ...
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Maneuverable Toilet spray pipes like kink free collapsing Garden hoses?

After my travels and stays across the Globe I have realized that a Toilet Spray followed by Toilet paper is more hygenic than only one of them. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bidet_shower Are there ...
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Sink Supply Line

I have a new sink in my laundry room that has cold and hot water supply lines going to it. I have verified that both of the shutoff valves are working correctly and water is coming out when they are ...
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shower shock,when hot or cold water is used in other parts of house

our 2 showers, we can't run any other hot or cold water without get extreme hot or cold differentials while in the shower.bought house last year,built in 1985.
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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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Making sense of an existing sump system

I just bought my first house, but I can't seem to understand how the sump worked. I'd like to make sure it's hooked up and ready to go should the basement ever flood. When I first walked in, the ...
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Water softener brine tank into floor/ground?

Can the brine tank from a water softener be installed into the slab of my basement floor? Are there tanks designed for this, so that only the lid is exposed above the slab?
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Use a sump pump for a low spot on driveway during El Nino?

I live in Los Angeles, where generally we don't get much rain, but maybe a good rain storm once or twice a year. (Usually a short one, under 30 minutes.) We purchased a house a few years ago & ...
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toliet has been flooding my home 3 rooms have been effected it has happen 3 times now

septic tank and my toilet has been releasing water from the base , we changed out the ring already and it was completely worn down and broken , right now we have to keep the water to fill tank shut ...
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Why does my shower water temperature creep up?

My shower water temperature reaches what feels like an early plateau (warm enough to get in), but then continues to get warmer at the same handle position for the next 3-5 minutes. The obvious ...
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When to use drop ears + nipples, and when to not?

So I know enough to use brass when using nipples on water supply lines (especially if they consist of copper and copper fittings). However it isn't clear to me when it is best to use nipples and when ...
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Should there be standing water in the drain pipe under my second floor shower?

When we put a tile floor in the shower we use a drain with a strainer. Screwing the strainer off to replace, I found 3"of standing water at the bottom of the pipe. There was a little ring of mold on ...
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Will the water heater be damaged if its turn off and on?

Is it ok to turn off water heater when no one is home or using the water?
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Can fiberglass insulation cause leaks?

I've recently bought a 100 year old wood frame house from a DiY guy who took decent care of the place. He didn't put any insulation in the attic though and my home inspector said insulation is a great ...
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is it ok to feed wasted water from water softener into a septic tank system, how long will it take to start noticing

i am thinking on installing a water softener in my house where i have a septic tank to handle waste water,will the septic system be affected by the water of the water softener, and what will happen to ...
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standing water with no run off [duplicate]

we had a walkway by the side of the house made of wood, after years of constant repairing the walkway because of decay wood we decided to do the walk way in concrete. Problem now is when it rains the ...
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How can I drain water from the area between a concrete walkway and the side of the house?

We had a walkway by the side of the house made of wood, after years of constant repairing the walkway because of decay wood we decided to do the walk way in concrete. Problem now is when it rains the ...
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Extending Length of Air Conditioning Drain Pipe

I live in a multi apartment building. All the neighbors has AC. Many AC's has condensation drainage pipes which descent into the common garden and are cut at about two meters above ground. Others are ...
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Excessive Water Running Alert (Left the Hose On)

We are designing a rain water collection system involving 27,500 gallons of tank storage that will serve to replace a dried up well for the whole house needs. Accidentally leaving a hose running ...
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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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glue to fix rubber gasket on kettle

I have a Sunbeam electrical kettle that started leaking. I took it apart and found a crack in one of the rubber gasket/grommet pieces that hold the plastic water reservoir in place on the metal ...
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Ceiling water stains… roof appears fine

For the last 18 months i keep getting Water Stains in a 2nd floor bedroom and hallway. My handyman, and two roofers say the roof looks fine. I've had vents caulked but I've been unable to find the ...