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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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On demand Hot water pump not working

I have this water pump which is supposed to work like the following: Turn hot water faucet on for a second then close That will tell the flow control (yellow thing on the pump image) to turn the ...
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How to clarify and remove green tint to an in ground pool

I recently opened my in ground pool two weeks ago. The volume of the pool is approximately 20,000 gallons. The pool water has a greenish tint and the water appears cloudy. I have used a automatic ...
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Why is lots of water bad for septic, and how can I take long showers without hurting it?

I recently bought my first home that has septic, after 26 years of living with sewers. I've heard that putting lots of water down the septic all at one time is bad for the system, but I'm confused as ...
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How to turn a pump on or off from any of 12 switches

I have a water pump at my home that I want to connect to 12 switches, so that each one of them can turn the water-pump on/off. Can it be done? Thank you!
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Kitchen hot water

When I turn on the kitchen hot water, it heats up, then rattles, and the pressure cuts back by at least 50%. This does not happen with the dishwasher or the cold water. Any suggestions?
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How much water do water softeners waste?

I'm considering buying a water softener, but I heard that they waste a lot of water, and I don't really want my water bill to skyrocket. I haven't been able to find any clear indication of how much ...
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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 are those black dots in my water?

I recently changed my water filter in my fridge after 3 years (I know, gross). The directions said to run at least 20 cups of water through the dispenser afterwards to clear out air bubbles. I have ...
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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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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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New water heater sometimes cold, sometimes hot

I have a new electric water heater (a week old). It does not operate correctly. It took nearly 24 hours initially before there was any hot water. Then we had hot water for maybe half a day. Then cold ...
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How to fix a poor plumbing installation?

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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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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Water leak between sill and concrete pad

I'm repairing a three season room. I took it down to the studs, put in new sill plates and sliding glass doors. For the sill I put down Protecto wrap, latex caulk, a pressure treated 2x4 and secured ...
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Water heater repair

I have an on demand water heater. I have 3x 40 amp breakers in sub pannel as that is what it calls for, but only a 100 amp in main panel feeding sub panel. Would this cause no hot water? The lights ...
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Solar panel to DC heating element to pre-heat water before on demand water heater

I'm looking to possibly buy an Craigslist water heater($120), replace the heating element with a DC unit(12V), and power it with a 100 watt solar panel (12V). On an 40 to 80 gallon insulated tank ...
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Identifying valve in a flat

I would like to know what is this valve for? I'm guessing it may be water, is that right? The valve is located in a flat in the wall. side question Shall I move it from time to time so it doesn't ...
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Connecting an Ice Maker hose directly to a tap

I'm struggling to find answers on here and from my searching, and my local DIY store didn't help much. My home is a new build, and the kitchen has a tap directly where the fridge goes... This is ...
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Water filter effectiveness for lead removal

In light of the recent lead contamination in Flint, MI (USA) - I've been wondering which, if any, media are effective for removing lead from household tap water. I currently have a custom filter ...
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Plumbing problems - bath and dishwasher

In shower, hot water doesn't work (no water at all comes out when handle turned to hot side) yet cold water works well - this is in guest bath. Hot and cold works at sink in same bath. Master bath - ...
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Where did all the water in the basement come from.

I'm looking at an REO property that has been "winterized" and I am a little concerned about the conditions in the basement. There is roughly 3" of water ( ice ) in the basement. The furnace and hot ...
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Gas Pilots going out

I have a unique problem with the gas pilots in my house. They all seem to be going out. One day I found both pilots in my fireplaces out. Didn't think much of it. I then found the pilot on my hot ...
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Water heater not staying hot more than 10mins

I live in a one bedroom apt. Our water heater is not the normal 40gallon but a smaller 20gallon. When we moved in it was hot for at least 30-45 mins. Now it stays hot for less then 10. My maintance ...
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Water pressure totally gone after turning off to repair

We turned our water main off and on repeatedlly and now all pressure is gone. Help please.
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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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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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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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How do I find the source of the water leaking through the ceiling?

I live in Minnesota in a single story rambler with full basement. In an upstairs corner bedroom I started noticing some water leaking in the closet ceiling a week or two ago (picture is current, it ...
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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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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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Do I need to get professional water damage repair, or can I handle this?

We recently had a toilet overflow a bit. There was a small amount of waste in the water. The bathroom itself has tile floors, but the toilet is right next to a very thin wall. The room on the other ...
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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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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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How do I fix a leaky toilet that only leaks from underneath?

I am noticing some water spots on my concrete in my (unfinished) basement. When I look up for the cause of the water I can see water dripping around the hole that is used for the sewer pipe for the ...
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No hot water at faucets after replacing water heater

No water comes out from any hot water faucet--only the cold side after replacing water heater. How do I fix the problem?
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Tankless water heater - Electric issue

I have a AuqaPower Tankless water heater I installed myself 2 years ago. I used the old wire from old (tank) water heater and I ran a new wire for the 2nd place. It has worked great for 2 years and ...
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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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What would cause my filtered water to have a thin transparent film suspended in it?

I have a filtered water dispenser in my Whirlpool refrigerator door. Lately I've noticed when dispensing water into a clean glass, that there are patches of a thin transparent film suspended in the ...
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Why would I run out of water for a few seconds and then get full pressure back

When I turn the water on for a few minutes I get great pressure and then the water totally stops. After 2-30 seconds the water comes back on and seems fine for the duration. At first I thought it ...
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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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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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How do I fix squishy tiles in shower floor?

I bought this property a few months ago. The master bathroom has a tile shower. After the shower is used and the floor has dried, stepping on some of the tiles results in a "squish" noise, and a ...
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Getting the most out of a low yield well

I have a low yield well: it's only 27 feet deep which is a big part of the problem. Recently a neighbor had their well re-dug to 350 feet which I guess lowered the water table, because ever since we ...
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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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Splicing mesh plumbing pipe

I installed a new faucet. I replaced the old PVC pipe that connected the faucet to the water line with the supplied pipe. The supplied pipes are not PVC. They're instead covered in some kind of ...
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what is water line germ removal procedure

I have an old pipe line in my house. I need to clean the water paths inside the pipe. Is Filling chlorine in a dense quantity inside pipes a better way for germs removal ? how can we do that ? from ...
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Should a home be plumbed in a loop?

My 3 story home is plumbed in an incomplete loop. Hot and cold lines run from one end of the basement to the other, and then back. The entire system terminates with runs to the master bath, only a ...
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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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How can I figure out where the toilet overflow pipe goes?

In the toilet tank I know that the overflow pipe is there for when the toilet tank is full. However my toilets overflow pipe in the tank doesn't go back into the toilet it goes to a pipe which runs ...