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Can a leak in a drainage pipe cause an increase in water bill?

I am wondering if something like an intermittently clogged shower drain can cause an increase in water usage. The problem might be that the clog in a drain causes waste water from our showers leak ...
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Hot water leak from heating system

I discovered there is some hot water is leaking from what seems to be a pressure release point of my heating system. I am not very good at plumbing so i will probably hire a professional if this is ...
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Electric Boiler System won't get warm

I moved into a new rented property about 3 weeks ago in the UK. I put on the heat, which is water-filled radiators supplied by an Electric Boiler, a Range Senator 6W, and a medium-sized water cylinder....
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Why does my toilet plumbing make a low fog horn noise when I flush

Our toilet makes an annoying, low fog horn type noise every time we flush. The noise goes on the whole time whilst the cistern is filling up, except for the last few seconds. No other usage of water ...
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Can this be used to size up a flared fitting?

If my gas line has this on the end of it, with a 1/2 flared connector on the left: ...and my flexible gas line from a kit is expecting 5/8 flares: ...can I use this adapter that came with the kit -- ...
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What's this part on my water main and could it be making a consistent tapping noise?

I've been noticing a consistent knocking/tapping noise when cold water is running in my house. It gets louder with more volume. It stops when the water is turned off. Not sure how long it's been ...
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How can I unscrew the faucet nuts in the tight space behind my sink basin?

My bathroom faucet is dripping, and I would like to change the washers in it. The problem I am running into is the placement of the nuts holding the faucet valves in place: This is the underside of ...
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Shut off cold water supply valve on the heater, now can't turn it on

The valve just spins freely. What could be the problem? I'm getting cold water pressure just fine but only an extremely weak flow of hot water. Tried different fixtures. I don't know why this happened....
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White residue on flow heater pipe

My flow heater (Vaillant VED E 18/7) stopped working when I switched a breaker off. Upon opening the casing, I found out two things: 1: The water intake pipe has a small white discoloration and seems ...
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Can I extend a tub/shower diverter nipple?

I need a longer non-standard tub/shower diverter in a finished tub surround. The threaded nipple I have now is short (works, but spills onto the overflow). Question: How can I extend that nipple? I ...
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What might be wrong with my sewage ejector pump?

I'm trying to get my sewage ejector pump in my basement working as it used to. The problem is when it runs water pumped from it gushes up the water softener's outlet drain. I thought the vent was ...
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Can I use a ProPress to join a coupling to an adapter?

I am doing some plumbing in my basement and I have a ProPress that I've been using to join various pieces of pipe together. I need to join a coupling to an adapter and I'm wondering if I can use the ...
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How can I change planes with a row of copper water pipes?

I have five 3/4 copper water lines coming into my mechanicals room along the ceiling - so they are nicely lined up in a horizontal plane, parallel to the plane of the ceiling. However, our manifolds ...
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How do electric hot water heaters explode and what can be done to prevent that from happening?

My neighbor and good friend is a union steamfitter, and general handyman. He had to replace his electric hot water heater last year and he did it himself. My wife and I have to replace ours now, and ...
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How can I repair a leak in a PVC water line without bringing down the system for an extended period of time?

I have a small leak in 1" PVC pipe at a connection to a shutoff valve. It looks like not enough PVC cement was used. Taking this apart to repair it will require the entire household water system to be ...
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Is this safe extractor fan wires exposed bathroom

We have had an extractor fan put in our bathroom by our landlord, but there are exposed wires behind the fan, which is directly next to the shower. It's connected to the light switch with no isolation ...
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no water in house

In the past month I had some plumbing work done in the bathrooms. Both bathrooms had new fixtures put in. My house was built in 1953. The toilet in the main bath started making loud noises when ...
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Sound of Running Water After Faucet is closed

In addition to a "whooshing" sound when water is running through our pipes, I've noticed recently that after we turn off a faucet the sound of running water continues for about 5 seconds. What would ...
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How to terminate cooker hood ducting

I have a probably stupid question about assembling ventilation pipe for a cooker hood. I want to vent my cooker hood through the eaves rather than go through the roof as I suspect it's cheaper, less ...
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How do I use this plumbing connector?

I am looking to attach an unthreaded galvanized steel pipe to either copper or a new unthreaded pipe. See my previous post for details: Should this section of water line be replaced? Per https://www....
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Installing Smart Water Monitor/Valve

We recently moved into a new home and have been blessed with sloppy plumbing and high water pressure. The whole home is copper and since moving we have had 3 leaks in various joints. I'm no expert but ...
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Washer outlet extension after adding wall tile

This is the washer hot and cold water before I added tiles After I installed tiles, the connection was flushed to the tile so I had to add an extension To me, this is an ugly hack because it makes ...
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Does anyone know what this metal thing in the corner of my basement is?

I don't know what it is. It's sticking out of my wall. Does anyone have any ideas? It looks like a piece of metal. And lately, I've seen some dampness and water pooling on it a bit. And the area where ...
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How to seal an aquastat sensor well?

My heating system has a tankless boiler which feeds an external tank. The tank temperature is measured using a probe inserted into a standard aquastat well. The probe is considerably smaller than the ...
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How do I attach a new pipe to this vertical ABS pipe?

I have this vertical air exhaust pipe in my attic and I want to feed more things into it. What is the best way to attach more pipes to it? Can I cut a hole into the side with a hole saw, put in the ...
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How to avoid overtightening flexible water supply hose connectors

Concerning standardised water supply hoses such as the 15mm braided hose below. I've come across two schools of thought on how tight the hex nut connectors should be: Hand-tighten only. Hand-tighten ...
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Do flexible braided hoses have a shelf life if stored unused?

As far as I know, their components are the EDPM/nitrile rubber inner tube, the stainless steel fittings/crimping at either end (possibly a plastic push-fit connector) and the stainless steel braid. ...
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Safe to buy brass compression fitting/pipe transition?

I'm putting in a water line from a new well to my house. I've purchased 250psi 1-1/4" CTS poly tubing, it's about a 230' run. I plan on transitioning to PVC underground outside the pump house before ...
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Dishwasher not getting hot water

I'm trying to find out if this is a Bosch dishwasher problem or plumbing problem before making call to right repair shop. My dishwasher does not have heating coil. We moved dishwasher from left of ...
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Water valve in basement connected to floor drain

I have a line with a valve that is connected to the floor drain in basement. Is this supposed to run slowly or just be turned on occasionally to prevent smell? I just discovered it is connected to ...
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Hairy frayed white stuff around bathroom heater pipe joints: asbestos?

I’m a bit worried about some frayed hairy/stringy material around my heated towel rail in the bathroom, sticking out of the pipe joints. It is white, so doesn’t look like hemp to me, and I’m wondering ...
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Sewer line repair - most cost effective method?

Background So I recently had a bad clog to which I had a plumbing company come out and clear out. A part of the process is looking at the finished job on their sewer camera. Our sewer line is made ...
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Pipes into a stud wall

We are currently having our bathroom done and the builders are saying that the sink cannot be central to the wall because there is a stud in the way. They have fitted the pipe work down the side of ...
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Is this a displacement or just a blockage?

We just had an inspection done on a house we are buying, and during the sewer scope, the inspector found what he believes to be a displacement. In the video, at about 0:44, there is something ...
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Are there ways to minimize the area of my septic leach field?

We have a working septic system that we have no complaints about. However, we'd like to add a guesthouse and more bedrooms and that requires expanding the septic system. I am happy to do this and ...
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Plumbers putty or 100% silicone?

Which is better to use under the lip edge of a pop up drain pipe on the inside of the porcelain bowl?
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Turned sink / faucet water off via angle stop. Now won't turn back on

my faucet was leaking so I decided to turn of the water to replace a stem. it is a price pfister. I turned the angle stops to the "off" position. Now I have turned them back to the "on" position, but ...
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Sump pump automated battery backup

I have 1/3 horsepower sump pump currently plugged into my home's 120 volt outlet. I have a 105 amp hour 12-volt battery and a 1200 watt pure sine inverter ready to go when the power goes out. The ...
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How to tighten a nut in a tank that can not be reached?

I got a water tank (like this) installed which is leaking from an unused outlet at the bottom. The fitting is as shown in the figure below, it looks somewhat like a bulkhead installed in reverse: Pic ...
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Hydronic Floor heating

Am I on the right track? Should this loop have been done in full 1” instead of 3/4”?
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Where is my gas shutoff valve for my stove or do I need to have one installed?

I am getting a gas stove delivered to replace my existing one. I am in a condominium unit, but I don't see a gas shutoff valve, there are ones for the water inside of my unit. I thought it may be this ...
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Is a threshold drain outside my laundry room and bathroom, draining to daylight, a good idea?

We are building out a two-room suite that consists of a full bathroom (tub, sink, toilet) and a full laundry room (washer, sink). There is one single door that enters into this two room suite. I ...
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Sewage pump sounds like running dry

We have a sewage pump in our basement. We didn’t install it but inherited it with the purchase of the house. I believe the basement was updated in 2014 with a bathroom, hence the sewage pump. The last ...
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why do faucet control valves use packing

Why do faucet control knobs use a continuous rotating compression packing when other in line stops use a positive stop gate or ball valve
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Is corrosion a concern when hanging black iron pipe with copper hangers?

Can I hang black gas pipe with copper hangers? Is corrosion a concern? Example:
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Basement Bathtub Backup

I have 2 family house where 1st floor drainage system working fantastic. Now, 2nd floor bathtub and kitchen sink is connected to my basement bathtub drain. My basement bathtub backs up sometimes and ...
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My gas water heater's T&P relief valve is leaking. Can I safely close the heater's supply valve & leave the gas on?

My gas water heater's pressure relief valve isn't sealing and releases ~3 gallons of water per hour outside the house. I'd like to shut the heater's water feed line OFF until I can buy and install a ...
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Why is one baseboard heating hotter, and not controlled by thermostat

We have a 3 unit house with hot water baseboard heat fired by an oil boiler. Apt 1 has her thermostat set at 70 but her room temperature is 82 so she set thermostat to 50 and the living room baseboard ...
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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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Needle valve connection to plastic tubing

I tried to connect the needle valve to plastic tubing, but the tube slides out if I pull on it. More over the metal no longer fits over the tube because it has already been tightened. Since one side ...