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For questions generally relating to the unwanted permeation of water or other liquid, indoor/outdoor air, or fuel gas through a barrier designed to contain it, including identification, repair, and prevention techniques, tools and materials.

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Leaking toilet fill value

The fill valve in the flush tank of one of my toilets is leaking from the top (see the green arrow in the pic below). How do I find out exactly which fill value I need to buy to replace the one I have?...
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lawn irrigation valve box filling up with water

I noticed an irrigation control box filling up with water even when the sprinklers and gate valve were off. In order to trace the leak I removed approx 4 inches of dirt to reveal the fittings. I ...
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Hot Water Heater Relief Valve Leakage

I moved into my house a few years ago and did not realize I needed to occasionally test my hot water heat relief valve. I had never tested it before today. I also have never had any problems with it. ...
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Poor design roof tile causing leak?

I have concrete roof tiles of the following design: Water started dripping through the ceiling and I located the leak to the gap between 2 tiles after poking a hole in the ceiling (it was rotten ...
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Water leaking under the kitchen sink

I have a water leak under the kitchen sink. There is no hot water line connected to a water heater. The cold water is leaking thru the concrete counter top where the hot water line connects to the ...
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Refrigerator leaked water but otherwise fine (Pic of potential problem)

Today we found a nice puddle of water under our refrigerator/freezer. Both sections seem to be working fine, maybe it was a one time thing, but when taking a look at rear I saw two tubes with a blue ...
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Fix leaking Zero G hose

My hose is leaking at the spigot no matter what I try. I have: ordered new rubber washers and tried those (both the black ones with the little tabs and the orange one, and both). Wrapped the spigot ...
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Leak under the sink?

I had a guest in the basement. The cleaning lady came to clean after the guest left. I asked the cleaning lady if everything is ok or if there any damages. The cleaning lady suspected a leak under the ...
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Will replacing wall-mounted kitchen faucet help with leak?

I live in a 1930 building and have a wall-mounted faucet as shown in the first two pictures. I have had the cartridges under the handles replaced twice (the last time for $300), but a drip always ...
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Toilet leaking into bowl. Identified part, just not its name or how to fix

After looking up several tutorials (cleaning the rubber ring in the base of the dual flush system, adjusting the overflow pipe, etc.) I've realised the problem is the water isn't shutting off when the ...
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Basement moisture: condensation or leak? [closed]

I have a significant amount of moisture built up in our unfinished basement that’s originating from the well water pump. I’m trying to decide if it’s even possible that the moisture could be a slow ...
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Frigidaire Freezer leaking water into bottom of Fridge

I've had an ongoing issue with my apartment unit's Frigidaire Fridge where the Freezer has been leaking water into the fridge daily, and there's been enough to where it can pool at the bottom and ...
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Leak on the aluminum sliding door frame

I have a leak on my aluminum sliding door. The water leaks on the top between the aluminum track and the wood frame. This only happens when the direction of the rain towards the door and there is a ...
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leaks at PVC/Metal joints

Have a 1-1/2" irrigation supply system (i.e. PVC run) with at least a dozen joints (PVC to PVC and PVC to metal sections). I left the main pump on too long without water passing through (auto-...
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Corrosion on pipe?

This section of pipe has looked the same for a few years (perhaps the whole time I’ve lived here)Never seen visible leak or dampness. So am not sure if this is a leak or impending leak……does this ...
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Backflow prevention fixture on my sprinkler system has started leaking -- is teflon tape the appropriate fix?

The backflow valve on my irrigation system has developed a minor leak at the threads I am pointing to. It's outside and not super fast, so not super urgent, but I would like to get it fixed eventually....
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Shower drain leaking from the ground

So my grandpa ran into a plumbing issue today and I'm suspicious it's pretty bad. He's the kind of guy that just want to ghetto rig everything. I'm a plumbers apprentice so I said all this crap isn't ...
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Water leak on basement ceiling near chimney

I've been seeing water stains on my basement ceiling after heavy rains and not sure what is causing it. I have a stucco house and the chimney is directly off the house where the leaks are appearing. ...
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Was my gutter installed improperly?

I got into a project this weekend that involved removing the siding and getting into my wall from the exterior to fix a plumbing leak. Upon doing so, I noticed much of the framing wood above the ...
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Turned on a valve, discovered water leaking through basement ceiling [closed]

I turned on a valve in a basement ceiling access panel while de-winterizing the house thinking it would open the garage faucet, but instead I heard water gushing through the pipe and down through a ...
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Why are my fittings leaking?

I am installing a new Hansgrohe shower. It came with this part https://www.hansgrohe-usa.com/articledetail-showerpipe-basic-set-16181181 that I decided to connect to this https://www.amazon.com/dp/...
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Why is my boiler leaking?

We noticed our boiler leaking today. It seems it is coming from the overflow of our expansion tank. Can anyone offer any assistance as to why this could be happening? To our knowledge, this has not ...
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Could a thermostatic shower cause pipe fittings to break?

I live in an apartment that has an in-wall (concealed type) thermostatic shower. Within the last year, we had two major water leaks caused by pipe fittings that connect to the shower box bursting open ...
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Why wouldn't a shower hose/shower head come with a rubber washer? [closed]

I have a shower sprayer in my shower. There's the bracket that's attached to the shower arm and a hose attached to the bracket, with the sprayer on the other end of the hose. I had put plumbers tape ...
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Why is a leak from my freezer going down the fridge?

The refrigerator leaks water inside itself from the freezer to the fridge. After a few days it pools on the bottom of the fridge. Wish I can send videos, its a pretty fast paced leak and happens ...
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Materials that work to show water has leaked in an area

In this question, the Questioner has a damp spot below but seen no sign of water on the framing/sheathing. Roof Leak without any Visible Shingle Damage or Issue What would be a good material to dust ...
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Why does my toilet leak from bottom after flushing and water tank is refilling

After being flushed, the toilet leaks from the bottom as the tank tries to refill the bowl.  Anyone have any idea why this is happening every time? Can I fix this myself? I want to avoid having to ...
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Roof Leak without any Visible Shingle Damage or Issue

We recently discovered a leak manifesting itself with stains in our ceiling. It likely happened a few days ago when we had about 2-3" of rain overnight. We have never had a leak before, and the ...
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What is this leaking pipe and how can I fix it?

A pipe below my sink started leaking. I was able to find the pipe that leaks, but couldn’t determine it’s function and/or a potential fix. It is a gray color pipe with metal stripes. It folds near the ...
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Leak from the connection between downspout adapter and drain pipe

I have a downspout adapter (2x3x3 NDS 903) connecting a downspout to a drain pipe. The adapter is female, drain pipe is male, there is leak from the connection because it is not very tight: How can I ...
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Dripping pipe in crawlspace - how much of an emergency?

I disconnected a refrigerator supply line (to the ice maker). The original tube was made of copper and I plan to replace it with braided stainless steel. However, I'm having some painting done this ...
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repair a leak for an electrical oil heating radiator

I have a radiator that has started leaking oil, by its bolt. I assume that cause can be that metal is a bit rusty around the bolt, as it is easy to remove the paint when scratching and a bit of rust ...
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Can rainwater seep through a single-layer brick wall in large quantities?

There is some not-so-small amount of rainwater entering our basement from the top of a window. I have checked the roof and gutters and fixed all cracks in the mortar between bricks on the exterior ...
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Washing machine drainage leaking - new appliance

I have a new washing machine (there wasn't one there before as I've recently moved in). When the machine is running the water spouts out particularly through a vertical 'vent' hose leaving a small ...
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What does the detection of high moisture levels in shower walls imply?

In the annual timber pest inspection report, there is something about high moisture levels being detected in the shower walls together with these photos: I recently re-seated the shower taps and ...
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How can we find the source of a rain water leak?

We have converted a garage into living space and so replaced what was the garage door with a window. Every time we have rain driving against the outside wall it comes in somewhere and leaks down ...
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How do I find a leak in a buried pipe?

There is a large amount of pipe of mixed materials buried on my two-hectare hobby farm by the previous owner. I do not know exactly how much or of what kind. Recently, a large leak appeared as ...
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How to identify cause of a leak from a kitchen exhaust roof fan?

TL;DR: contractor installed a new kitchen exhaust duct and fan with roof penetration. Now I have a leak from the duct whenever it snows but is above freezing. Contractor is failing to find the cause, ...
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How to remove shower faucet cartridge?

A shower valve socket wrench fails to extract the faucet cartridge: There is nothing for the socket wrench to "bite" on and it merely spins. What is the procedure and tools to remove the ...
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Pre-existing galvanized gas pipe through foundation underground with no sleeve. How to best manage?

I have a gas pipe that is going through the foundation underground, it's going through a hole that is about a 1/4" bigger than it that has been cleaned out, there is no sleeve. Don't ask how we ...
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Why are a pipe and fittings below my shower collecting condensation?

I recently changed some of the pipes around under my shower, however now I have discovered this pipe under the floor which I have not interfered with at all that seems to have been sweating for some ...
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Shower Head Leaking when Guest Bath is Used

Help! My master shower dribbles and drips when the guest bath/shower is used. I replaced both the valve and cartridge(Single Lever) and it's still doing it. What the heck?
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Hydronic baseboard heating and warm floors

I have hydronic baseboard heating throughout my house and have been having issues with air in the system. Since I've lived here (4.5 years) I've noticed that certain floor areas are warm where the ...
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Leak from contractor work on toilet damaging plaster ceiling below (US)

We had a full bathroom renovation start while we were out of town. We just came home to discover that our contractor installed our toilet with the supply line leaking. The tile floor beneath the ...
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How can I repair my leaking/dripping tap?

Our tap is leaking. It started with a drip but occasionally it's a continuous flow. It's the cold tap (right). I've taken off the lever to reveal the small cog that controls the flow; no obvious ...
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Septic PVC Collar Leaking - Surfacing Wastewater

Issue I noticed a few days ago that the snow around my septic tank has been melting/iced. I didn't think much of it at first, because there wasn't much of an odor, and it was clear. However, after ...
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What is this plumbing part?

My sister-in-law sent us a picture of this. It is in a closet in her finished basement and she isn't sure what it is or what it's connected to, but it is dripping. As a layperson, my only guesses are ...
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Water leak behind shower joint

I need some quick help here. I think it should be fairly easy but want to check before tackle it. In my shower there is separate valve for handheld shower like in the pictures. Whenever I use it I ...
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How can I stop a leak in a shower valve?

My shower valve leaks. It started leaking a couple of weeks ago and I replaced the cartridge. I had to re-use some of the old parts because the new ones wouldn't fit. The valve stopped leaking for a ...
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Appropriate under sink coupling

I recently detected a small leak coming from my bathroom sink. I started disassembling and found the pipe connecting the p-trap to the wall was only loosely fitted to the wall side of the connection. ...
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