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 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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Why is my Water Heater Leaking only when I open the Pressure valve?

I woke up today to a full drip pan under the gas water heater and my utility room slowly flooding with water. Of course the drip pan was never connected to a drain and overflowing. After shutting ...
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What might cause water to leak under or behind a bathtub?

The floor in my bathroom is constantly wet after showers. House was built in 1970 and this bathroom is all original. From the yellow tile down to the linoleum. The shower curtain is sealed, the ...
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Can you replace valve stem packing without shutting off the faucet?

The main shutoff to my house is a 3/4" FIP, that's leaking out the valve stem... the last several times turned on and off, it has 're-sealed' itself with lime and calcium deposits, but not this time, ...
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Unusual tub leak

OK, this one has been driving me nuts for a while now. I have a shower/tub on the second floor that leaks down on to the first floor. It only happens with showers, not baths. It takes about 5-10 ...
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How to fix dry wall side of newly fitted tiles shower wall?

I have had a brand new shower put in, the tiling is shown, however after about 1 month we noticed a small amount of water passing though to the dry wall. The below is now 9 months later. The ...
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How to stop a leak of water through a concrete floor

I live in an apartment building. Each house has a bathroom with a concrete floor covered in tiles. In the corner of the floor is a drain with its pipe going all the way through. However, I have ...
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Should water reach inside my window sash before draining out?

One of my large upstairs vinyl window frames is leaking rainwater onto the window sill. The base of the frame is filling up with water, which is then overflowing onto the sill, where the window meets ...
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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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How to repair leaking cemented crack in basement wall?

After a couple of rod holes started leaking behind a finished basement wall, we decided on a proactive campaign of basement waterproofing. We found several more rod holes either leaking or about to ...
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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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Should I replace a single powered roof vent with ridge vent according to my roofer's advice?

I am new to home improvement, and I'd like to ask your advice. I am the owner of a house in Maryland. Within a few weeks, we will install a new roof.  Currently, my roof doesn't have a ridge vent, and ...
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How can I fix a clothes washer faucet that is leaking?

I just moved the clothes washer out of the way but now I found the faucet that connects to the washer is leaking. I tried to replace the faucet but looks like it is soldered and I cannot find a way ...
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Weird set screw on single handle bathroom faucet

I have a leak in my single handle bathroom faucet. I can't find any stamp or marking on it to indicate the manufacturer. Turning off the hot water fixes the problem short term. I have found some ...
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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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What is the purpose of the tube connecting to the overflow pipe in my toilet tank?

My dual flush toilet was leaking; this is what the connections looked like before I "fixed" it: Notice the ivory-yellow hose is connected to the blue-plastic fitting on the overflow tube. In ...
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Can a low-flow shower head cause a leak behind the wall?

The short question is this: would a low-flow shower head cause some kind of increase in pressure to the water supply pipes that would cause a rupture and leak? The longer story is this: I removed a ...
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Ceiling wet at corner of chimney

Whenever it rains, the ceiling becomes wet at the corner of the chimney. I ASSUME it's just a small leak, but obviously I don't want it to become any worse. I have a flat roof, so getting up there ...
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How can I repair this unusual joint that leaks?

Got a leaking drain at the back end of the P-trap. When I pulled the PVC trap apart, there was no washer. Also, the male 90 pipe has flanges that keep the metal nut on the pipe. Haven't seen this ...
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How to seal p-trap leaking at inlet

My sink is leaking at the p-trap's inlet. It is plastic going from my garbage disposal into a metal fitting. It looks like it was sealed with something like petroleum jelly. I've wiped it off in this ...
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Is there a way to fix a small water leak in a PVC pipe from inside the pipe?

The PVC evacuation pipe from my toilet is leaking a little bit. The part of the pipe that is leaking is buried inside concrete. I am trying to find a way to fix the leak from inside the pipe, that is ...
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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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How can I fix my leaking shower?

I have a bathroom with a wooden floor - not floorboards, but solid sheets of water-treated chipboard. It's an old house, ~90yrs or so, and we're renovating it. A lot of the work has been done by ...
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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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How to fix leaking PVC fitting?

I screwed up. I'm usually pretty good with PVC. I used the approved cleaner and primer, and Weld-On 705. I've done this dozens of times. But here's where I screwed up: one part was a threaded bushing:...
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What can cause a wet patch to appear on an outside wall around an external tap?

I have just noticed that I have a wet patch around my external tap on the outside wall. The wall seems to dry throughout the day. I have turned off the water to the tap, but the following morning, the ...
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Can I fix a possible gas leak on a valve for a hot water system myself with Thread Seal Tape?

Is a leaking gas fitting something a non-professional should even attempt to fix? Symptoms: There is a slight off odor around the hot water system, after some experimentation of turning the gas off ...
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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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Hot Water Heater leaks through drainage spigot after flushing

I flushed my hot water heater several months ago. Ever since, it has leaked through the drainage spigot. I've tried to tighten it to a point where it looks like it stops, but it starts again soon ...
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Cap water supply line (kitchen)

I have a 3/8 OD (I believe) water supply line coming out of a T-connection in my kitchen - one line services the cold water for the sink faucet and the other goes to the fridge. I would like to cap ...
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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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Is this a bad Toilet tank refilling Fix

I wonder if this is the wrong way to address a toilet that leaks and refills every so often. I have an American Std 4117A toilet that refills for 5 or so seconds. I think it is leaking around the ...
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Can you diagnose coolant leak in a refrigerator by blowing hot air on the back?

An "engineer" has recently investigated my 10+ (that's my estimation - we bought it together with our apartment) year old Smeg FB30 refrigerator and claimed that the coolant gas is leaking from the ...
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Is this a condensation problem or. A roof leak problem?

Noticed a water spot on my unused bathroom ceiling. Crawled into the attic And found this is right below the sewer vent. In my kitchen there is another similar stain right around another drain pipe ...
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How to fix a garbage disposal pipe leak?

I have a slowly dripping joint where the disposal meets the drain pipe. I want to fix it myself and thought to just seal it with some sealant. What sealant should I use and/or should I not seal it, ...
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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 fix leak coming from pressure gauge on water tank?

The pressure gauge that is located outside of my water tank is dripping about twice a minute. It seems like this is something I could simply replace but I wanted to get some advice as this is ...
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How can I stop this downspout leak?

The image is outside of my house where the down drain leads away from the house. The water flows in the direction of the arrows, and leak occurs where the "T" connector connects to the outlet. I tried ...
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How do I stop a leak in a refrigerator water line connection?

I have a copper water line going into my refrigerator. It's leaking at the connector line in the attached picture. It looks like the leak is not from the fridge, but from the connection line, right ...
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How to fix a leaking bath tub overflow drain?

My bath tub is over the kitchen on the second floor. It appears the bath tub overflow drain leaks a sizeable amount. At times the kids aren't paying attention and the water goes in. The water leaks ...
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How can I fix this persistently leaky shower faucet?

Several weeks ago water began slowly dripping from the shower head in our master bath. Also, the underside of the hot water faucet is wet long after the water has been turned off and the shower has ...
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How do I keep my well pump connections from leaking?

Well, I asked the question at the end of last season on which hoses to get. The new Summer season is upon us and I've located some comparable hoses (could not find the exact ones mentioned, but found ...
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Leaking drain joint in reconstructed pipes under new kitchen sink

We recently installed a new countertop and kitchen sink (which is built into the island). The sink is 2 inches deeper than the old sink, so we had to redo the plumbing to make everything fit. We used ...
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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 ...
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How high is shower waterproofing treatment supposed to be?

We noticed a sudden water leak while deep cleaning the master shower with the removable shower head, and quickly found the culprit - the tile "bench" in the shower had a grout joint that has ...
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Toilet water running when full.

Our water bill tripled last month. For the past year or so, two of our toilets make a leaking sound and a hissing sound. We had a friends plumber come and fix it and it seems to have only made the ...
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How can I cap off an old, partially-exposed cast iron pipe when a qwik cap won't do?

I'm trying to cap off an old cast iron pipe that's leaking in our basement. The pipe used to be connected to a downspout on the outside and to the sewer on the inside, but it's now disconnected on ...
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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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Leaking threaded connection to shower valve

I have a threaded joint to a shower valve that has a small leak. I used teflon tape, however the joint isn't fully sealed. Ive read on the proper technique and such so I'm not looking for how to do it ...
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How to fix a leak in an inaccessible bathtub fixture?

Back to my previous homeowners doing weird things. When we got the home inspection, one of the things the inspector noted that for the large jetted tub in the master bath, there was no access panel ...

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