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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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One shower runs out of water in 7min.. Other stays hot forever!

I live in an apartment complex where the rooms/bathrooms are identical, and there is one gas water heater for each unit. My shower will stay hot as long as I want it to, but my roommate has to rush ...
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Shallow well with two pressure tanks

Disregard the old setup in the background, the old horizontal pressure tank is rusted out. I have a shallow well and I want to set it up with two pressure tanks. Obviously the goal is to make the ...
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Can I avoid installing the water inlet if I don't use the steam cycles?

I have a dryer with steam cycles (Model # WGD49STBW), and I don't plan on using the steam cycles. Can I skip installing the hose to feed water to the unit? I'd like to know if there are any benefits ...
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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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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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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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How can I turn off this water valve?

(tl;dr - check the bolded questions and look at the pictures) Earlier this week I had a frozen (and burst) pipe. It's on the way to the outside spigots and not particularly important in the winter, ...
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Different water temperature in different faucets

I have my bathrooms remodeled and the temperature of the water is different in one bathroom than the other. Even within the same bathroom, the bathtub is cooler than the water coming out of the sink. ...
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How can I install the drain for my reverse osmosis water filter?

I have purchased a Whirpool Reverse Osmosis Water Filter which installs under the sink. I am trying to install it and have run into an issue with the drain: the revers osmosis filter has a red tube ...
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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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What are my options for installing a water softener on the opposite side of the house from the main water supply?

Background Info My main water supply on my home is located on the east wall of the home, whereas my garage is located on the west side of the home. There is no water softener loop in the home, and in ...
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What could cause my washing machine to hold water after the cycle is completed?

I have a Bosch front loader and a Frigidaire stackable washer and dryer. Both machines were bought about 8 years ago and over the last 4 months I have been noticing that they are filling up with ...
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Why do my hot water taps only give me hot water for a few seconds and then they run cold?

This loss of hot water just happened suddenly. I am an elderly lady and wouldn't know what to try to fix it. I hope you can help me.
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What should I do if the plastic waterline connection on my dishwasher is stripped?

I'm a first-time homeowner and just bought a new dishwasher. I've repaired my car in the past using manuals just fine so thought I'd give home device installation a try. Things were going great ...
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Why would a gas water heater discharge water in the winter?

Bradford White gas water heater discharges about an inch of water into a five gallon bucket over 3 to 4 days. It is less than a year old. Is it working properly, or does it need repair already?
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Can I reduce capacity of a water heater?

I recently purchased a large fixer upper with a 135 gallon AO smith gas water heater built in 2001. Only two people are living in the house so we need a fraction of that amount. Do water heaters ...
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Why would there be hot water through the cold water side?

We live in a three story condo building, 10 units on each floor. Each unit has it's own water heater. Recently, a new booster pump was installed to correct water pressure in the building. Shortly ...
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When do tankless water heaters need to be descaled?

I had a Bosch tankless natural gas water heater that stopped working with C7 and EA error codes and the plumber indicated that the unit had failed due to water getting into the internals like the fan ...
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How to seal interior aquaponic system?

I'm working on a aquaponic aquarium system that is part of the home improvement and I can't find proper part that would help me instal the drainage from the plant pot. I'm looking for some pvc pipe ...
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Why is the water in my toilets orange?

My wife and I just moved in to a brand new house and have started to notice that the water in the toilets is an orange color, and is starting to leave stains in the bowl. After looking online briefly, ...
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Why does it take so long for my water to run hot and why does it not last in the shower?

I have a State electric compact water heater model 6-120. When I run the faucet it seems to take a long time for the water to run hot. About a minute or two. When I take a shower I can run the hot ...
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What is causing my gas water heater to squeal?

I have a gas water heater. Starting yesterday, when the flame is on, the unit makes a squealing noise of moderate volume. The noise stops immediately when the flame turns off. This means it is not ...
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De-airing / venting central heating

(Bear with me, I'm a non-native English speaker from a non-English speaking country, so my terms may be a bit off. If anything is unclear, please inform me of this and I'll attempt to clarify.) I've ...
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how do I switch on the water supply to my dishwasher?

I don't know how to turn on the water supply to our dishwasher. There is a blue tap on the pipe which I am not able to move. I am afraid to break something if I use too much force
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What could be causing a high pitch noise in the floor when water is turned on?

I have a 2 story 2500 sq ft house. There is a high pitched noise coming from the floor of the 2nd bathroom on the 2nd floor whenever I flush any of the toilets in the house (1st or 2nd floor) or when ...
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What could be causing low hot water pressure to a sink?

I have low hot water pressure at the kitchen sink. I installed a new two knob faucet and supply lines (aerator is clean), but no change. The shut off valve has a PEX fitting, so I don't know how to ...
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Why is there no water in the kitchen?

There is no water flow hot or cold in kitchen. It works everywhere else in the house. The temperature has been between 0-20 in Northern VA.
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What should I do if a valve won't shut off the water?

My garage spigot was attached by a thin PVC pipe, and broke off in the cold. I knew right where the inside gate to shut it off was, from when I had an issue with it before. I even had it labeled. I ...
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If pipe has been frozen for a week, should I call a plumber?

I noticed my cold water lines to the upstairs bathroom were frozen last Monday. After leaving the heat cranked high, the toilet and the sink thawed. But the cold water line to the tub is still frozen. ...
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Can I glue poly supply line to a connector?

I just bought a new house. The PVC connection to the foundation watering drip line snapped off because of ground movement. I bought several 1/2" parts (black) and connected the PVC back up to the ...
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Cold water pipe frozen, hot water fine

Our cold water in the kitchen isn't working, the hot water is fine. It is a single faucet, so when I turn it to cold water, nothing comes out. I turned the heat up in the house, and have opened the ...
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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 ...
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No Cold Water in upstairs bathroon and Kitchen

It appears that the cold water has stopped in the kitchen (hot still works) and there is no cold or hot coming from the bathroon sink on that main floor. The bathroom sink in the basement is working ...
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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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problem with hot water tank

My hot water tank has a lot of corrosion on both hot and cold water connections on the top of the tank. Also, it looks like the water is causing the top of the tank near an inlet it looks like the ...
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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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How can I adjust the temperature of my hot water?

I live in California and the winter has been a lot warmer than expected. I would like to decrease the water temperature in my home to try to save money and conserve energy. How do I do this?
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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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Do I need a back-flow preventer for a new water to garden?

I am in the process of running a water line from my well pump a garden bed about 75 feet away. I will have a separate shut off valve for this water line. At the garden end I will have two hose bibs. ...
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hot water issues

We replaced our bathroom faucet after not having hot water for several years. The water worked fine for a few weeks, but the hot water has suddenly stopped. In the meantime, the pressure for the hot ...
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How long and how often should I water my concrete?

I have just applied cement on some stone joints, and I was wondering for how long should I pour water on it? How frequently should I apply water? Is it twice a day, or thrice a day? I really need to ...
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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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Why does my toilet fill valve never completely stop filling?

When ever I flush my toilet the tank fills to the correct height and the water looks like it stops, but then I hear a hissing noise and the tank continues to slowly keep filling until it is constantly ...
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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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Enclosure for whole house water filter

I plan to install a whole house water filter system. I will buy the cartridges separately and have a plumber hook it up. I don't want to trench from one end of the house to the other to put them on ...
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Sump pit filling very quickly from inlet pipes

In October, I bought a large home with a sump pit in the basement. The previous owners had a sump pump but left it shut off (unplugged). I bought the house three months before moving in, so the pump ...
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How can I add a carbonated water tap in my kitchen?

I love carbonated water, but am sick and tired of buying it in bottles. There are home water-carbonating appliances like SodaStream, but I prefer not to have another countertop appliance. Can I ...
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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 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 ...