Questions tagged [leak]

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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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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How can I repair a toilet that is leaking at the base?

Flushing the toilet causes a small amount of water to leak out from under the base of the toilet on one side. Stops after 2-3 seconds. Also noticed there is a higher pitch dripping of water which ...
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What could cause a toilet to leave the flapper up and keep running?

I have an American Standard toilet I installed last year. I don't know much about plumbing, but I was able to install this toilet. It seems to function okay, except for what I think is a mechanical ...
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What is the best way to repair a cracked bathtub?

Close examination of the floor of my bathtub has revealed a long, thin crack in the bathtub itself. The bathtub is one of the common plastic-feeling variety (though I am not sure if it is actually a ...
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How can I paint over a ceiling after there's been a leak?

We had a leak in our upstairs bathroom, about 2 weeks after we had a new ceiling put up and painted in the room below. It wasn't a major leak, but it caused quite a wide line to show up on the ceiling....
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How do I prevent this bath faucet from leaking while the shower is running?

Here's a photo of my setup: The hose and nozzle hanging down in the picture make up the shower head assembly (it is a hand shower that can hang up on the wall or be removed for directed use). You'll ...
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Massive Pool Leak

For the last two years (since we have been in this house) the pool has leaked - at about twice the standard evaporation rate. Three different pool leak detection companies have been here since. One ...
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How can I turn off the power to an outlet if a water alarm is triggered?

I'm installing a dishwasher on a second floor, and after having 3x dishwashers leak during their run cycle during my life, I'm understandably hesitant. I will definitely be installing a water alarm. ...
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Green and white stuff on copper pipes

This is at my mom's house, an hour away. The valve in the first photo has a slow drip and I will be replacing it. The other photo (a union?) is one of a few spots that look similar but are not ...
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1lb of cure is worth 10 tons of mold: DIY repair of a poorly sealed window? lots of photos herein

Preface I live in China. Construction is largely handled by unskilled migrants, and one cannot just call up a specialist contractor to fix a major issue. Problem I've got a window that was not ...
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How can I repair a leaking water tank?

I have a leaking water tank here in Bombay, India. I'm looking for suggestions on how to repair it.The tank is a plastic Sintex water tank. There are cracks around a water pipe running into the side ...
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Did I just ruin the flange on our toilet?

The point where the elbow joint from our flushometer meets the toilet bowl has begun leaking (dripping, really) whenever we flush (so, whenever water passes through it). I jiggled it a bit and the ...
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How can I fix a leak in the pipe coming out of my water heater?

There's a water leak in the tube coming out of my heater. Yet the bolts look tightly put. I'm not sure how to fix it. Any idea ?
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Should I worry about these white marks on my exterior wall?

Below is a picture of one of the corners of my house You can notice the white mineral efflorescence that formed on the wall The patio starts just off that wall, quite a large one, rectangular shape ...
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Can wind force rain into the soffits?

There is 1 and only 1 leak (thank God) that is driving me crazy. When the wind blows from the south and hits the house from that side, there is a drip that develops and comes from above the top of the ...
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Trying to identify cause of minor leak from water heater TPR valve

A few days ago I noticed about a capful of water in the pail at the bottom of my water heater's TPR valve outlet. This is the first time I've had any water come out of the TPR when I wasn't testing ...
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How to fix a leaking trim plate in shower

My shower leaks when water is splashed onto the trim plate around the water dial. I assume there is some sort of gasket that needs to be replaced. I do not know what any of these parts are called. ...
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Using a sealant to stop a toilet tank leak

The toilet tank is leaking through the bolts, but the bolts are so rusted I can't remove them. I can't afford a plumber right now, but would like to stop using bucket-fulls of water to flush. My ...
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Why does my washing machine leak only during the spin cycle?

For the second time in a month, I found that my washing machine had flooded the kitchen floor (and part of the basement via the hole for the water line to the fridge). The first time, I only ...
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How can I prevent spillage from my bathtub?

Let's set the scene: The horizontal surfaces of the bathtub in my apartment are flat. We have a double shower curtain (with the waterproof bit that hangs on the inside of the tub and the fabric bit ...
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Fix a Leaky Faucet?

I have a Moen single handle kitchen faucet. When you lift the handle to start the water flow, water also flows out almost as fast from underneath the handle and floods my counter. I cannot figure ...
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How do I fix a leak at a decommissioned saddle-valve?

Water is dripping, about a drop every other second, out of the end of this thing. what is it? why is it dripping? can I fix it myself?
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Furnace: pipe is leaking when switched to air-conditioning

I observed that when I enable air-conditioner, after awhile the valve (red one on the photo attached; correct me if it's called differently) starts leaking, the water drips from under the red "valve". ...
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What are my options for fixing a laundry faucet?

We're replacing our washer so I had to turn off the laundry faucets, hook up the new washer, and then turn them back on. In doing so, the hot water faucet now has a slight leak where the stem of the ...
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How can i repair a nail head size leak on a vertical cast iron sewer pipe in my basement

House was built in 1958, the pipe is in good shape except for the small rusting now leaking nail size spot. I tried rustoleum, that is not helping. will epoxy work?
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Water hammer, dripping faucet in bathroom

So I have a mix of problems that I'm not sure how best to deal with since it could very well be multiple problems or just the one. We had a plumber replace the tub/shower faucet and the corresponding ...
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Teflon (plumbers tape) to seal hot water pipe leak from the outside?

Hi there, This is some piping to my Saxon hot water system. Just above where the white/green corrosion is is where the leak is. My question is, can I use plumbers tape on the outside of this to ...
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How can I stop a stainless steel drinking water tank from leaking?

I have stainless steel drinking water tank that is leaking from the weldings (few pin holes). What is the best way to stop these leaks, without draining the tank? Welding could be option but I have ...
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How bad is it to have wet insulation?

With this recent blizzard we recently saw our ceiling lighting fixture leaking water (slow, about 1 drop every 5 minutes) I got up in the attic and saw that some snow had been apparently blown into ...
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How to remove turn-style tub overflow cover?

I've tried looking all over for a solution, but I've yet to find a solution that matches my situation. The cover I have (I think) is supposed to turn so the hole is downwards so you can remove the ...
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Why does this toilet fill valve leak around the top?

I have a pretty new dual-flush toilet whose fill valve suddenly started leaking for no reason. A picture of the toilet is below: Basically, the toilet flushes normally once the button is pressed. ...
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Is it safe to shut off cold water entering water heater?

I have a pretty bad situation at my place. I have a leaky shower faucet which has gone from drips to a steady stream. I calculated the flow at .3 gallons per minute. My very old home has no private ...
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Why is my bathroom sink leaking around the overflow seal?

Can anyone tell me why I have water leaking out from under the actual sink? It’s coming from the overflow “Reservoir” area? The sink is draining completely fine otherwise. Just replaced the sink drain....
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What should I do about this roof leak?

We've recently noticed what looks like leaks in our roof. In one room: And in another room: We have a cathedral ceiling, very little roof space, and a tin roof. We're in Melbourne, Australia, which ...
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Cold water leaking into the hot lines?

Recently the water heater (installed upstairs) had a leak so I disconnected it and removed it. There is a ball valve shut off on the cold line into the tank - I closed it to be able to open the main ...
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How do I prevent water from leaking into my basement?

How do I prevent rain water from leaking directly into the basement? As you can see in the diagram below, rain water drains into small concrete cracks (near the bright red line shown below) and finds ...
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How can I identify the source of a leak at the hot water heater?

My water heater has a slow leak. From what I can tell so far it is coming from either the cold water inlet or the hot water connection. The cold water inlet seems to be the culprit to me because that ...
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What is the correct material to reseal a shower pan to a drain pipe?

After finding a leak in room below my shower, I discovered that the silicone like ring that was attaching my shower pan to my drain pipe was peeling back I pulled the seal the rest of the way out, ...
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How do I fix the drain in our refrigerator

It's a GE TBX25PASJRAA. Water collects in the refrigerator compartment, a tray placed at the back of the top shelf catches most of it. I assume it's defrost water that's not going where it's ...
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What is causing toilet supply water leaks above the coupling nut?

In my toilet, when the shut off water valve is open: Water leaks above the coupling nut: If I close the supply water valve and the tank is full, there is no leakage. What could be causing the water ...
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Does a 0.1 PSI drop in 24 hours indicate a leak in gas piping?

After installing some new CSST with black iron end points and pressure testing at 5 PSI, is it bad to lose 1/10 of a PSI (0.1 PSI) in 24 hours? I cannot identify any leaky joints with solution and I'...
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Concerns about broken washer found in water supply

Today I've notice black particles in the water from a faucet. Upon removing the aerator, I noticed chunks of plastic nearly clogging it. It appears to be from a washer. I don't know where it comes ...
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How to start investigating the source of this leak in the bathroom

Today I noticed that the bottom two/three inches of particle board on the side of the sink cabinet in the bathroom are soaked: I immediately suspected a leak from the sink, but that proved to not be ...
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Is it normal to smell gas near a gas range?

I recently extended our LP gas line to the kitchen so I could install a gas range. Since I'm technically not a qualified professional, I had the gas company come and test the line for leaks. There was ...
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How can I disassemble this kitchen faucet for repairs?

My kitchen faucet recently started leaking, but I've not been able to find instructions on addressing this problem that will work with my faucet. I don't know the make of model of the faucet as it is ...
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bathroom pipe joint leakage behind the ceiling tiles

There is a water leakage in the pipe joint behind the ceiling titles in my bathroom, as shown below(I glued some putty around the joint but it didn't work, the joint looks like the one on the left), ...
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Toilet Supply Line and Valve Leaking

I had an issue with my bathroom flooding, so I emptied out the toilet (turned off the valve and flushed until it was empty). Then after 2-3 days, the toilet backed up. Yech. Anyway, I re-opened the ...
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Leaking whirlpool tub; in alcove, but no tile flange at bottom of walls

In brief: my alcove whirlpool tub has always leaked at the seam between the tub and tile wall, and it needs to be fixed. I just discovered that this tub has no tile flanges where it meets the walls; ...
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Repair holes in copper pipe

The drain pipe under my sink is made of copper and has a couple of small holes just before it goes into the wall (and eventually leads out to a greywater tank). The picture below is taken from ...
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Why does my toilet still leak after replacing the wax ring?

I just replaced the wax ring under my toilet. Now when you flush, it leaks worse than it did before! I am so confused! Is there something else that needs to be replaced?