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PVC drainage leak

Heard what sounded like water slowly dripping from stairwell outside the 2nd-floor bathroom when the bathtub is draining. Following sound location down to the 1st floor, discovered a black drainage ...
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Why does this pipe feeding a hot water heater dip down like this?

This is a cold water pipe just in front of the hot water heater it is feeding. Why is it shaped that way? What is its function?
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What is this purpose of this access pipe in my bathroom?

In my new apartment in Spain there is an opening in the middle of the tiled floor that reveals a ~15cm diameter pipe. This descends around 60cm and has water at the bottom and some smaller pipe ...
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Hot/cold water issues while showering

I have periodic hot/cold water issues while showering & my landlord is giving me a hard time about solving it. What can I do?
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How can I get water to drain out of a sink where the drain opening is higher than the bowl bottom?

First off I screwed up where I drilled the hole for the drain. The middle of the bowl is actually raised so the water pools in a circle around the drain: I'm curious what my options are now... Is ...
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Viessmann Vitodens 200w, LCD screen stuck on

We have a Viessmann Vitodens 200w boiler and the screen on the weather compensating control unit (Vitotronic 200 Weather Comp Kit HO1) is stuck with everything lit up. I can’t find anything in the ...
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Pivot rod in bathroom sink too tight

Ok, changed out the pivot rod, old one was broken. Put new one in, But. By the time I have the retaining nut tight enough to stop leaks. The pivot rod won't move? Loosen it to help movement, but ...
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What is happening to the surface of this shutoff valve?

Yes, I know it's rust, but should I be concerned? In the third picture you can see the complete layout, to the right is where the water enters the house with the first valve (green) before the meter, ...
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What Size Toilet Flange for 3 1/2" ABS Pipe?

I'm trying to purchase the correct toilet flange but having difficulty. The bathroom was roughed in years ago in ABS and we are trying to finish it out. As a I measure the toilet waste pipe, it ...
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PVC ring Shut off valve? [duplicate]

I just bought a house built in 1984 it has PEX plumbing. I need to remove a toilet to install a new floor and I noticed the water supply line to the toilet connects to a water shut off valve that I’ve ...
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Stop pipe from banging without removing floorboards

We have a pipe that bangs for a while right when we turn the heating on. I managed to isolate where the pipe is (under the floorboards on one room), the problem is that I can't lift the floorboards ...
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Reduce suds created from washing machine rinsing? [closed]

I live in a 6th floor of an old building with piping that clogs easily and frequently. We have to fix that, but it's expensive so we have to find temporary alternatives in the meantime. Our washing ...
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Kitchen faucet gives hot water when I close the cold tap

I have a faucet in the kitchen sink that is provided cold water. There is a pipe from the faucet to the electric water heater, and then a third pipe to feed the hot water back to the faucet. When the ...
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Why does my kitchen faucet have 3 pipes?

My kitchen sink has a peculiar setup I haven't seem before. The faucet has 3 pipes and there is an electric water heater under the sink. The first pipe brings cold water into the faucet. The second ...
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Shower/tub issue

We have heating and hot water from kitchen and bathroom sinks. When I turn on the shower or tub it runs hot for 30 seconds then cuts out completely. No water comes through. It only happens on the ...
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Double sink clogged in mobile home

Was working through a clogged sink yesterday, had a partial flow, went to my parents for a bit, came back to find husband and roommate had decided to take it into their own hands, got some bleach ...
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Where to install an atmosphereic vacuum breaker for my fire pit spigot

I installed an underground water supply to a hose spigot near my fire pit on my property, and I'm trying to determine where to install the vacuum breaker. I understand it needs to be installed at the ...
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RINNAI Water Heater Flush Procedure

I want to flush my tankless water heater (DIY). I've never read plumbing schematics before. Which one of these is the "V1" value they are referring to in the doc? (And have I correctly identified ...
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Can sewage smell penetrate indoors because of inadequate venting?

I have a basement toilet that is connected to a 4" buried sewer pipe but its vent that goes three stories up to the roof is only 2". The toilet seems to have a permanent smell of urine which starts ...
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Plumbing utility sink into washing machine with no vent

So I currently have a washing machine that has its hose running into a 2" standpipe that is coming out of my basement floor. A humidifier hose and AC hose also squeezes into that standpipe and it's ...
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Replacing Bath Spout

Our bath spout has been dripping for quite some time so I’m wanting to replace it. It unscrews and the picture is what I’m left with. I think I know which type to buy but it’s still dripping even ...
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Hook up portable washing machine to the regular water pipes already on the wall

What do I need to hook up a portable washer to the regular hook up for a normal size washing machine. I cannot get a new washing machine in the laundry room area so I have to go with a portable. The ...
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Both hot and cold tub knobs leaking behind the wall

Okay, so I may have solved this problem but I want to know if my solution even made sense. We recently bought a house and soon realized (due to the ceiling being soaked downstairs) that our upstairs ...
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What is expectation for plumber doing finishing work in bathroom?

Last year I worked out a fair price with my plumber to do all the rough-in plumbing for our basement build out that included rough in plumbing work to pass rough-in inspection and it included a return ...
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Toilet cistern besides the toilet

I am wondering if it is possible to install a built in cistern next to the toilet. Please see the image attached - the idea is to have a cistern in the short dividing wall next to the toilet bowl. ...
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Combi boiler chemical replacement

I have a combi boiler (less than 2 years old, with plumbing that may be 25 years old) and I'm doing some work which will require a full drain of the heating system. I think I'm going to need some ...
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Water flooding out of "Sink Erator/Dishwasher Air Gap

I have a problem with waste water flooding up through the sink erator and all over the kitchen counter, each time the dishwasher is used. I have taken to placing a rag about the erator and capping ...
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What type of plumbing fitting is this? (Fridge)

This picture is the fitting that comes off the back of my fridge for water into the fridge. Fridge manual says it is 1/4" but doesn't mention fitting type. Is it compression? And if it is compression,...
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How to Remove Cpvc from copper shower valve?

I discovered a slow leak in the house I purchased which was causing all sorts of moisture related issues. (pretty sure the previous owners knew about it cause they had just installed new carpet and ...
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How can I disconnect this sprayer hose?

I've already removed the faucet and am trying to disconnect this line so I can remove the weight and pull all the lines through. Does anyone know how I can disassemble this? https://imgur.com/a/...
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Can I use existing horizontal tub drain pipe as vent and add new vertical pipe to drain?

I have a bathtub that has horrible drainage and its because of an old galvanized horizontal pipe that connects to the stack. I cannot replace this pipe with PVC with a better slope without ...
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Hammering pipes

I have pipes hammering in the walls. I happens when other water flows are shut off such as a toilet finished filling up or water shutting off when washer fills up. This is only on cold water. I ...
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Replacing Shut Off Valve

I changed out our kitchen faucet over the weekend and after getting everything hooked up, I'm only getting hot water. Our cold water valve's handle broke off a while back so I just use the screw to ...
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PEX Line Toilet Water Supply Disconnect

I just bought a house built in 1984 it has PEX plumbing. I need to remove a toilet to install a new floor and I noticed the water supply line to the toilet connects to a water shut off valve that I’ve ...
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Whooshing sound in water supply lines in my house

I would like to resurface this question. I put it on StackExchange a few months ago and I now believe I know the cause of my problem but can't seem to come up with a good solution. I replaced the ...
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How aggressive should one be with replacing aged steel pipes in a Norfolk VA brick house?

I'm house-sitting my son's house that he just bought. It is at least middle aged and I'm concerned that it is a hidden cost. The exterior is red brick and the plumbing, as far as I can tell, is all ...
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Using salt to reseal a solder joint?

I just had an inspection for a hot water heater that we recently had installed, and while the installation passed, the inspector noted a leak at one of the copper joints in the hot water pipe. She ...
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Toilet clogged with paper cat litter

Here's a very related question but seems to be about clay litter: Flushed cat litter, maybe clogged? I flushed paper cat litter down my toilet. I have been doing this for 5 years without any problems,...
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Is it a problem that my laundry drain protrudes above ground level?

My plumber just moved the laundry's washer drain location and this is the picture from the outside: It was re-connect to the old drain pipe and go into crawl space. My question is: Does it look ...
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Pressure relief valve putting out water

My water heater has been draining out large amounts of water which I understand is caused by the water temperature being to high. How do I address this issue so that it won’t continue?
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What is this green paste on cold water outlet

Does anyone know what this green stuff is It has a paste like consistency. Pretty sure that is isn’t oxidised copper as there it is too thick/ there is too much and none is on the copper pipework. ...
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Cause of second delayed flush?

When I flush my toilet, it works as expected - water rushes in, everything goes down the drain, and the bowl refills properly. Now 1-2 minutes later, I hear a second "flush" in the pipes. The toilet ...
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blue green water after softener installation

I recently installed a water softener. We have SUPER hard water and it's now within a normal range. When the softener recharges the water is super fizzy and has a light blue/green tint. After a few ...
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Can I use a shorter length anode rod?

I have a 6 year old 80 gallon American water heater, looking to check/replace the anode rod for the first time. It currently has a 3/4" aluminum anode rod, 52" length. I need a flexible anode rod, as ...
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Connecting standpipe to 1 1/2" brass waste pipe?

I am remodeling a 100-year-old house, adding plumbing for a washing machine and condensing dryer. I'm installing the washing machine and dryer in the basement. In the location where I want it to go, ...
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Can you tell me where the some of the plumbing runs would be going to?

just moved into my first new house in 17 years! My old house was a new build and very simple. This new to me house is about the same and had quite alot of basement work done at some point. That's ...
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No hot water at kitchen tap

I've been having hot water problems of late. I have replaced all shut off valves in bathroom and kitchen, have installed new faucets throughout and replaced the dip tube BUT I'm still not getting any ...
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Check valve seeping around hinge nut - should I replace it?

As a part of my hot water recirculation system, I installed this brass swing check valve about a year ago on the supply side of my tankless water heater. It appears to be leaking just enough to cause ...
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Need help with new kitchen sink plumbing

Just did my countertops and had new double sink installed. The new sink drains are not centered as before, but offset. The installers took out the old one before I could take a picture of setup. The ...
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Toilet code - 15" from baseboard heater?

I am remodeling my small bathroom. I know code is for the center of the toliet drain to be 15" from a wall or vanity. There is going to be a baseboard heater on the side of my toliet. Do I have to be ...

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