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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Newly installed 3/4 ball valve is slightly leaking between the stem and nut

A 3/4 ball valve just installed in the basement of a 2 storey house is leaking about 1 drop of water a min where the arrow in the picture is pointing. Is the seal going to swell, of will the valve ...
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Toilet tank running into bowl

So our pump kept going off randomly as well as our tank running out of water. I put a couple of drops of food colouring in this toilet tank and sure enough the toilet bowl filled with colored water. ...
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How to tighten threaded pipe in an existing assembly of pipes

I have a brass pipe with threaded joints coming into the house from the street that has a leaking joint. I can't see how it can be tightened without loosening the joint at the other end of the pipe. ...
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How to fix a leaking concrete ceiling?

We are occupying the second floor of a 4 story apartment complex. We have recently moved in and all 4 floors are now occupied. The occupant in the first floor says his bedroom ceiling is leaking with ...
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Does water hardness affect the life of copper pipes?

We have just completed the renovation works of our old home in Toronto. A short while later the pipes in bathrooms began to leak. The plumber may have used lower quality materials or lower class ...
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Can earthing of a building degrade over time

The building is almost 12 years old. We didn't have this problem before. But in this last 2-3 days some residents complained they have experienced shock coming form the pipeline of bathroom even after ...
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Brass central heating elbow joint leaking at connection to plastic pipe

Since removing a radiator to decorate a room I've had a slow leak in the central heating. Luckily I've found where it is - directly below said radiator - I must have moved it about too much in the ...
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What's the best way to seal a small leak on a sprinkler pump inlet PVC pipe where a siphoning system has been tapped?

On my sprinkler system I installed, about 4 months ago, a system that siphons, from a large tank, a mixture of fertilizer and iron stain inhibitor. The system works fine but it had to be installed by ...
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dripping water from the shower area

Just moved into our new rented apartment and having trouble keeping the water from dripping out the bath tub area. the side of the shower curtain that is closer to the shower head is okay as we have ...
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Will thicker o-ring stop this faucet leak?

My countertop dishwasher requires attaching an adapter to the kitchen faucet. My landlord replaced the faucet yesterday (which had a leak in another place regardless of dishwasher). Now when I attach ...
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Is this really inductive/capacitive coupling, and is this remediation practical?

I have replaced some 25W light bulbs with 4W LED-filament bulbs with 2700K emission. The light is equivalent if not superior, and 25W incandescent bulbs are becoming increasingly difficult to find. ...
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How can I fix a leaking expansion tank?

My expansion tank hangs vertical from a pipe. It leaks from where the tank connects to the pipe. I can see some pipe dope where it connects. What can I do?
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Roof Flashing to Brick Wall: Leaks

I have an addition that is attatched to a brick exterior wall, and it appears that the copper counterflashing has come loose from the roof, and is now causing a leak inside the addition. Is it ...
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Repair water leak around gas line in foundation

I've noticed during heavy rains that I get water leaking through the wall of my foundation, about 2 feet below grade, where an old capped off gas line enters the basement. Looking around online I've ...
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Is it possible to over tighten adapters, valves, etc, causing leaks?

My son replaced the sillcock valve easily enough, using plumber's tape at the connections, but there is a tiny drip from the adapter and now the water shut-off valve. The home was built in 1990. ...
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Is there a way to fix a leak in the pressurized side of a pool system without digging it up?

I have a pool that has a pretty bad leak on the pressurized side, and it's not in the backwash line nor in any line that is above ground. Right now I don't know which pipe has the leak in it, but I ...
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Why is my main water supply shut off valve leaking even while closed?

While prepping to install a new kitchen faucet, I went to shut off the water supply to the house since there were no valves under the sink. I mistakenly chose to turn the city-side (gate valve) supply ...
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What should I do about mold until the leak feeding it gets fixed?

About three weeks ago I noticed a leak on the ceiling of my studio apartment. When it began it was just a leak, a few days later it began to get dark-stained all around it and now it's covered in a ...
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How can I determine what type of washer/gasket to use for an antique shower?

I have an old home (built in 1760). One of the beloved features is the clawfoot tub in one of the bathrooms. The shower assembly leaks from the shower head and my attempt to replace the gasket/washers ...
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How can I tell if stains are caused by a ceiling that is drying out, or if there is still a leak?

Historically we've had a leak from our shower in our bathroom which has leaked into the neighbour below's bathroom and kitchen (this has gone though the bathroom wall to the kitchen which is adjacent)....
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What to do with a leaking ceiling

I live in New York with 45 degree temperatures, and after heavy rain last night I have leaking ceilings all over my house. Water is just seeping through the ceiling, drops and stops. The water dries ...
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Minimum vertical pipe height under kitchen sink drain

Is there a minimum height that the pipe directly under the kitchen sink drain needs to be, before it bends (in my case to the left)? Here is a picture of what I have (first image), and then a picture ...
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Is a Wet Spot in The Ceiling From Toilet Plumping?

My home is two stories and in a first floor room the has a wet spot. Deduction reasoning points to upstairs toilet as the source. And, if I turn off water to the toilet and stop using it then the ...
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New float valve in header tank with very slow leak

This problem is driving me nuts! The top tank for the hot water overflows at night time but is OK during the day. My conclusion is that there is a very slow leak when it should have shut off. I have ...
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Shower leaking out the grout

First off, I am not very handy, and my husband is even less so. We have lived in our house almost 2 years and it is 13 years old. During the inspection, I believe the grout in the corners was ...
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Weird leak through chimney?

Im getting a weird leak in my chimney. It almost looks like a condensation buildup (due to distance from roof/location), but this seems to occur during rains. Can anyone give some possible ...
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Shower Constantly Dripping

I have a stand-up shower with two knobs (one for hot, one for cold). The shower drips non-stop, what is amazing to me is that the shower drips even when you are using it to take a shower! This is ...
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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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Fixing leaky Delta faucet - what am I doing wrong?

I've got a leaky bathroom sink with a Delta 2-handle faucet that I'm unable to permanently fix. Every time I replace the seats and springs, the problem goes away for a day or two, but then returns. ...
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Leaking Washing Machine Shut Off Valve

I noticed a leak coming from the valve between my main water supply and the pipe connected to washing machine's cold water intake. I looked online and saw 2 common solutions : tighten the packing nut ,...
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Nearly New Northern MN Slab In-Floor Heat Home Needs New Water Line

Built in 2010, I moved in to my 3-bedroom, 2 bath home in Jan. 2011. The house has radiant in-floor heat (natural gas) and sits on a slab. This past late fall the City notified me of an unusually ...
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What pipe is this?

Hello and please bear with me. I'm no expert when it comes to plumbing but I will try to be as detailed as possible. I'm trying to understand what a pipe does in my basement. The pipe seems to be ...
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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 ...
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Where can I find replacement stops for a shower faucet?

I've looked everywhere locally for a replacement shower stop and cannot find the right now. This is from an old shower (about 20 years). I've attached photos that show the size on top of a ruler. The ...
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Dripping toilet with vertical plunger

My toilet drips and I have no idea what to do about it. It's a vertical style plunger with a button on top (not a handle) with 2 flushes. I can stop it constantly filling by using a pen to raise the ...
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Leaking tap after seat recutting

I installed brand new Automatic washing machine taps, recut the washer seats & what I thought was impossible, happened... it still leaked. I cut the seats again with a new seat cutter.... still ...
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Ceiling leaking from upstairs bathroom ONLY when water supply is turned OFF

I have a leak developing in my ceiling that is coming from what I assume to be the upstairs bathroom. This first happened when my pipes needed to be snaked a bit over a year ago where, during that, ...
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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 can I repair a leaking wall valve for future laundry sink?

Just found the stub for an unbuilt sink in our laundry room is leaking. Tightened but moisture continues to collect below the valve. Not sure about next steps to explore before calling a plumber. You ...
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Does water in the water heater drip pan mean my heater is bad?

I recently noticed my drip pan had about a half-inch of water in it. I could find no water leaks around the fittings or valves. The water is slowly evaporating--very dry climate area--and the water ...
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Water seeping through my foundation in the garage - what is the source?

I have a house built 1994, one story, slab foundation. A few weeks back my renter left the sprinkler system on for over 7 hours on one side of the house (valve was broken). By the time she called ...
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How to stop my mobile home's new doors from leaking when it rains?

We just replaced two exterior doors on our mobile home. Now both doors leak at the bottom of the door where the door meets the frame. With the doors closed, you can see light at both the corners &...
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What's the most cost effective solution for repairing a slab leak?

I live in Phoenix in a 1400 sqft home that was built in 1973, single story, brick and frame. A few days ago we experienced a slab leak in our guest bathroom, and we're currently entertaining bids to ...
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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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Why is my Sterling three handle shower tub faucet leaking?

I have a three handle shower tub faucet that has leaked for years. I replaced the stems last year, but recently learned that the stems the hardware store gave me to use were the wrong ones. I brought ...
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How to find leak in a hot tub

I have a hot tub that I know is leaking. The water level keeps dropping, and it always stops at the same spot. The challenge is that there are 5 jets at the level where the water stops dropping, so ...
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How do I find where my roof is leaking?

I plan on selling my house within a year to a custom builder who will demolish it and build a new home. Recently rain has been leaking into the bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen. Exactly where in the ...
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How can I repair a slow leak in my concrete fountain?

I have a painted concrete fountain whose bottom well slowly leaks over about 2 days. My area gets to ~-20c (-9ish F) in the winter, so I worry that trapped water is slowly destroying it. I suspect ...
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How can I connect a faucet adapter to a non-standard faucet without leaks?

I have a brand new countertop dishwasher with a faucet adapter that connects the faucet with a hose going into the dishwasher. Both my faucet and the faucet adapter are double threaded (inside and ...
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Why is my Delta kitchen faucet dripping? How can I fix it?

I installed a Delta Ashton single pull faucet in my kitchen about a year ago. Recently, it has started leaking both at the pivot and at the spray selector on the wand (red areas circled in the image ...

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