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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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Vent system leaking under sink

We've recently noticed a leak under our sink - it's possibly always been there and it's just not been severe enough that we've noticed it. The system was fitted by the previous owners of the house and ...
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Rim joist moisture behind chimney

Doing basement remodel, above fireplace (behind chimney) i noticed moisture at rim joist, on the exterior where the chimney butts up against the house there is aging and absent caulk/sealant. Should i ...
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Moisture is leaking through my basement walls, but the house is surrounded by concrete. Worth fixing?

I'm in Minneapolis, in a house built in 1886, fully renovated a few years ago. The basement is finished. This has been an extremely wet winter, with lots of snow and ice that is now melting. Some ...
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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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Shower in another room leaks when bath is running

I have a free-standing bath in my bedroom and a separate shower stall in an adjacent room. When we run hot water in the bath the shower head starts running-- not just a drip... more like moderate ...
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AC unit dripping onto crawl space vapor barrier

I just bought a house whose crawlspace looks like it was partially converted to being sealed off. Basically, they put down a vapor barrier and closed off the vents, but didn't finish the job. On top ...
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Leak come from around gutter

I am experiencing a large leak around my gutter. I got the gutter recently replaced so it’s not the gutter itself. From the picture you can see there’s a large dark spot behind the gutter on the ...
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how to patch minor leaks at cast iron sewer pipe's joint

please see attached image, I am not sure whether it's a leak where the metal is split, or whether its corrosion where the liquid seeps through the metal. I am looking to patch this, somehow, can ...
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How does a contractor determine the water performance rating needed for a sliding glass door?

We had our home recently renovated, and after a large rain, during AZ's last monsoon season, we found a large puddle on water in the house back our new sliding glass door. After determining we didn't ...
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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?
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Bathtub Drain leakage - recurring failures

I have had recurring problems with a bathtub drain leaking. After soaking the ceiling below the problem is noticed, and each time reapplying putty to the drain, seems to solve the problem. ...
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Could my furnace be leaking due to condensation neutralizer?

I posted this and the main suspect was condensation pump but after troubleshooting, the pump is working fine (tested standalone). Now I wonder if the leak could be due to the condensation neutralizer; ...
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Is my furnace leaking water?

I have water accumulated in my basement, that I squeezed out using towel. It was about 8 gallons of water in all. The only source I can see is the furnace whose surrounding is wet but I have never ...
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old american standard bathtub faucet still leaks after replacing 2k-2c cartridge

Just replaced a leaky cold-water faucet cartridge and it still leaks. It's "better" but far from solved. The rubber on the old 2k-2c cartridge seemed to be pretty deteriorated (practically no longer ...
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pipe leakage in the sink

I have this sink in my laundry room, and it started water-leaking a few days ago. After checking it seemed to me that the joint part between the sink hole and the pipe was a gasket, which was ...
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Water seeps through basement floor at drain exit during heavy rain

We've been having heavy rains in Madison, Wisconsin, lately, and on two occasions I've found water seeping into my basement in this location: The red x's mark pipes that seem to have no function. ...
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Leaking faucet connection (inside vanity)

I just discovered the faucet connection inside the vanity is leaking. The leak appears to happen at the top of the connection (where the black pipe meets the white of the vanity. What could be causing ...
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Kenmore Dishwasher Leaking

I have a Kenmore 665.13549N412 dishwasher. It seems to be leaking during the dry cycle only out of the left corner if you are facing the dishwasher with the door closed. I have replaced the inner ...
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What to try next when pipe joints leak with both thread sealant and with teflon tape?

I am plumbing a couple fixtures (a water heater and a shower) with pex and a few threaded fittings (at the heater and shower fixtures only). At first I used teflon tape (3-5 turns in direction of ...
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Grouting wet outside of showers

We've recently installed two new bathrooms. The showers in both bathrooms seem to have leaks in the exact same places, outside he left corner. We're in this new house a month and now I'm starting to ...
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Leaky outdoor faucet when using spray nozzle

I have an outdoor faucet connected to a garden hose and pistol type spray nozzle. The connection is leak free until I turn the water off and pull the trigger on the spray nozzle to get some of the ...
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Fixing Chimney leak and ceiling damage

I got a quote from contractor to fix chimney leaking water during rain to ceiling. There is drywall damage to ceiling too as result. What he is recommending is ripping off the roof 2 feet around the ...
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Teflon tape always leaking

I have tried 3 turns, lots of turns , less turns, I do it the right way I am like 100% sure but I always get leaks, I use it for fittings in compressed air (8 bar) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
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Please help! Exterior Sliding Door Leak on Interior Slab - No visible threshold - 1980 construction

I have a townhouse built on a concrete slab. Laminate flooring was installed 5 years ago, and has buckled severely at the patio door. I suspected water intrusion, cut back the laminate, and saw: The ...
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New washing machine inlet valve (the one in the machine, not one on the wall pipe) sounds like it periodically leaks water inside, does it need a fix?

So I have bought a front loading LG washing machine and I sometimes notice a hum noise starts and it seems like water flows through the hose into the washing machine, but not always just from time to ...
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How to fix water leak coming from pressure gauge/valve on water tank?

The pressure gauge connected to my well water tank is dripping very slowly. Maybe few drops per day. I am guessing this based on the accumulated water in the container underneath. It seems that liquid ...
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Bathroom flooded by condo upstairs. Can there be mold on the drywall between the floors?

Upstairs condo neighbor had an ongoing leak for about two weeks in their bathroom. Not sure what was leaking, but they replaced toilet ring and shower faucets and since then the leak has stopped. This ...
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Toilet drainage leak

We have a problem with our toilet. When we flush it, water rises in the bowl, then slowly leaks away through the drain onto the floor. I took a video of the problem to possibly send to a plumber. ...
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Cast iron sewer pipe leak? Or something else? Shower pan?

We have a concrete slab and it’s soaked. Water has been coming up through the grout of our ceramic tile. This may have been something that happened over time and we only noticed now. We had a few ...
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Possible Leak at Plumbing Solder Joint

I am currently renovating my bathroom and recently removed the copper supply piping back to and including the hot and cold shutoff valves to repipe for a new shower valve. Everything was repiped with ...
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Fixing sump pump discharge

Could someone explain exactly why this discharge system works or what I need to do to fix it? I installed a backup sump pump last month. I noticed that the discharge pipe going through the wall was ...
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How do I determine if a slow toilet leak is due to an actual leak, or due to sweating?

I got my wife a bidet for her birthday (something she'd been asking for for a while). Several days after install, we came to realize that there was a thin sheen of water under the toilet, enough to ...
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What does water leak through my chimney and wood stove pipe?

I bought a house n July 2017. The previous owners converted their fireplace into a wood stove years ago, a Garrison Stove in 1987 to be exact. My home inspector did not inspect the wood stove, but ...
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How to fix leaks in concrete and steel bulkhead

I have a bit of an urgent situation forming. I recently purchased a house that's 55 years old, with "no history of basement leaks." Long story short - my basement flooded yesterday during a small rain ...
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Chimney cleanout full of water. Basement leaking

My basement takes on water from time to time. Usually during/after rain, and sometimes snow. It's a slow trickle, but it can last for days. It appears to be coming through the wall, right under the ...
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Well Pressure Tank from 35 PSI to 65 and back every 7 minutes

My well pressure tank (Well X Trol) kicks on, goes up to 65 PSI, then immediately starts dropping, and after about 7 minutes, hits 35 PSI and kicks back on again, pushing it back up to 65 PSI... and ...
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What is the method to seal a concrete roof?

We are staying in a home which has a concrete roof. Now we are facing leakage in the roof during rainy seasons. What do we have to do? How do we protect the roof from leaks?
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How to Approach Fixing a Roof Leak When Drywall is Rotted Out?

My parents house has a leak in the roof that hasn't been takan care of for a few years and has pretty much destroyed the drywall in the affected region. What strategy should I use to repair the leak? ...
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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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Sealing leaking cracks in concrete lanai roof that is also an upstairs balcony

First, I want to apologize for the length of this. I like to think I'm a reasonably competent DIYer but this one may be out of my wheelhouse. (and I'm not even sure what type of contractor I'd call ...
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Who should I call for a roof drain leak?

We have a balcony above our garage attached to the house, that is surrounded by 3 stucco walls and has a drain in the middle that leads into our garage. Example of random balcony with drain similar ...
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How to remove grime from shower handle hole? Can't remove handle for repairs!

Hello: I have a leaky tub spigot and I think the issue is the valve behind the handle. I just can't get an traction with any allen wrenches in the hole shown -- I think this is because of grime/...
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Last sprinkler head leaking water

I have a row of 6 sprinklers and the last one constantly leaks. I originally thought it was leaking because of underground roots. I dug up the pipe before the last sprinkler where the roots were not ...
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Leak above window during rain, is this caused by a masonry drainage problem?

I've lived in the same brick rowhouse for about 2 years. It's been raining for 36 of the last 48 hours, heavily at times, and I am seeing some rain leaking to the inside: above one of the larger ...
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Caulk around bottom of toilet?

We just got a lovely new vinyl bathroom floor put in. The edges (wall, tub) are nicely caulked but not the base of the toilet. I did read What kind of caulk to use in order to caulk the toilet to ...
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How do I repair my partially rotted subfloor?

I pulled up the tile in my bathroom and discovered that the sub-floor was partially rotted near the bathtub, under the toilet. Based on the tile/mortar, it looks like whoever did this floor last ...
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Did a pressure spike cause this valve body to crack in half?

So I'm down in the basement last night and hear water running. Turns out I've got water spraying out from a pipe located above the water heater. The water was jetting out from a valve I installed 4 ...
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We noticed a small puddle in the basement due to melting ice but it has not happened since - should I still replace patch on foundation wall?

We noticed a small puddle during a warmer period last week and traced it back to the foundation wall. I removed the drywall and insulation (it was only on top half of wall) and found that the previous ...
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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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Questions about a fire suppression system breaking

I own and live in a condo unit. There is a fire suppression system that runs between the walls of each unit. The unit is about 15 years old. 5 years ago, after an extremely cold night, I walked in ...