Questions tagged [water]

For questions relating to the water system of a home or other building, including plumbing and fixtures, water heating, water filtering and treatment, and irrigation/sprinkler systems. Questions regarding swimming pools and spas should have the additional tags "pool" or "spa".

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Trenching requirements for utilities in a outdoors kitchen

I would like to build a small outdoors kitchen, with gas (for the grill), electricity, water and drain - sewage (for a sink). I spoke this morning with a person in the building department of my city ...
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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 to remove some small rocks at the bottom of a 4' vertical water pipe 2 1/2" diameter?

Two small rocks about 1" are blocking access to main water shutoff valve in 4-5' vertical pipe about 2 1/2" in diameter. Need to snag them! pipe is outside residence.
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water leak underground

We can hear water running through the pipes in our kitchen and think we have a leak underground. If we turn the water supply off and then back on again can it cause a surge which may make the leak ...
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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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Bradford White Water Heater Loud Noise (No vibratrion; Exhaust sound)

Tonight our hot water heater starter making a loud noise that sounded like gas escaping from the bottom of the unit. I've provided a video for reference. I'm an amateur when it comes to this stuff, so ...
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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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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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Auto Refill Pot with Water as Liquid Evaporates

I have a Instant Pot operating 24/7 without the lid. The water in the pot slowly evaporates from the heat and if I do not refill the water every couple of hours it will completely evaporate and burn ...
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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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With lever-style taps, why is cold water only added to the mix the further up the tap is pushed?

I have several lever-style taps throughout my house - up/down controls the speed of the water flow, and left/right the temperature (left = hotter, right = colder). I have a hot water tank, and as a ...
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Need help with water valve/cartridge removal

Trying to replace hot water leaking cartridge and having problems removing old one out. I was able to unscrew the top part but insides stuck and won't come out easily. I've tried to force it but ...
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My waterpik shower keeps running on pause

On my waterpik hand held shower, when i try to turn off the spray, the spray just reduces a little bit. It is supposed to just trickle. Any solutions?
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Is there a product for channeling water away from water appliances?

Some appliances, such as water heaters, dish washers, and washing machines use water, and can leak and cause damage to a house. Is there any product or solution to catch and drain leaks outside the ...
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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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1/2“ Feed, 3/4” Piping, Effect on Water Flow Rate

Currently plumbing a 20" rain shower (droplets + water fall). Using it with a water pump/booster. The valve that comes with it has two 1/2" inlet which consists of cold + hot water so it's basically ...
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My shower grout is cracked. How can I fix it?

Noticed this because the piece outside the shower was lifting and there was some water around the edge. Is this as simple as getting a grout saw/knife and scraping out the old and putting in new ...
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Water Pressure drops

Completely renovated a new home recently. We always had issues with the water pressure, so the builder put in a new line from the city (1.5 inch) down a long driveway. We also got a tankless hot water ...
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Deep well pump malfunction

My deep well pump (100 feet) does not activate automatically. Instead, I have to pour 2-3 gallons of water to activate it. The pressure is about 30. After a while, it will stop altogether and I have ...
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What causes water pipes to shake violently with no known catalyst?

I woke up this morning to the sound of my water pipes shaking violently. So violently that I could feel the walls moving. The house was built around 10 years ago, and has water hammers. Normally I ...
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Can I connect a tankless water heater with 3/4“ connections to my 1/2” plumbing?

I have 1/2" pipes from the water meter throughout the house with two full baths. Every fixture installed is fed by 1/2" line and doesn't have pressure problems. Soon I will need to replace my hot ...
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How far from the water intakes and drain do the receptacles for a stackable washer/dryer have to be and does code require a GFI?

How far from the water intakes & drain do the receptacles for a stackable washer/Electric dryer need to be and does code require a GFI?
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Water turned off but toilet cistern still filling ready for next flush

Can hear rushing water through pipes & my bill has gone up. Have turned off my main water tap by my front door which has stopped water to taps but the toilet is still able to flush & refill as ...
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Why can the gurgling sound of water only be heard when it's disappeared down a drain, and not before?

In lots of sinks that I've used, I've noticed that the water makes a gurgling sound when it has all disappeared down the drain - however, the gurgling sound can only be heard after all of the water ...
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Is it normal for a lever-style tap to only introduce cold water into the mix when it's at a higher level?

I have a lever tap fitted to one of the sinks in my property; up/down controls the speed of the water flow, and left/right the temperature - further left is hotter, and right is cooler. I've noticed ...
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Need to replace water shut off valve in house but city can't find water main shut off in the yard

The city water main shut off is in the front yard of our 1960s home that we've lived in for 15 years. A few decades ago, the previous owners filled in that part of the yard with a lot of fill to level ...
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Repairing a leaking 1/2" shut off gate valve under kitchen sink

Which is the proper washer to repair a 1/2" shut off gate valve: rubber, fiber or nylon? The valve is a cheap home depot product. I tried a flat thick rubber washer; it held for about 5 minutes then ...
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Cold water tank overflowing like crazy then stopped

so I have a normal non combi boiler and in my loft a cold water tank, then in my airing cupboard I have a hot water tank with an overflow/pressure release pipe that runs up and to the cold water tank ...
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What kind of valves are these?

I have two of these valves, one before and the other after my water meter in my home. This is a building with multiple apartments in New York City (not sure if it helps). I would like to replace my ...
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Water shutoff valve for refrigerator

We need a shutoff valve for our refrigerator. We live in California. We have a copper water line to the fridge. My questions are: The line kit included a small brass shut off valve. The installer ...
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Boiler pilot not lighting up

I was unable to get pilot lit by pressing button and using lighter. So I tried my torch on the thermocoupler and turned the gas knob on and it came on, hence the picture. Yet the pilot light still is ...
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My granite foundation was underpinned and has load-bearing 6x6 posts around the perimeter of the basement. How to repoint behind them?

My building has a granite block foundation supporting a brick structure above it. In the 80's, the building was gutted and the foundation was underpinned. They added load bearing posts around the ...
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Dark (damp) spots on concrete basement floor

I live mid-block (houses on both sides), in a 1906 city row house with brick basement walls and a cement floor. We never have water in the basement. We have dark spots that get lighter and darker but ...
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Use water heater water when input supply has been shut off

The town has shut off water due to major water line break. How can I use the water in my water heater to, for example, flush my toilet?
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I12 eccotemp tankless water heater

I am getting ready to install an Eco temp i12 tankless water heater. From what I have heard there is a possibility of cold air backdrafting through the direct vent and into the water heater, thus ...
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Should you turn off and drain gas water heater if you leave for 6 months? [duplicate]

Water heater when you areA snowbird for six months
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long run from main

I am getting city water (have a well now). The pipe from the main to the meter box is 3/4 inch. The distance from the meterbox to the house is 650 to 700 feet. Does it make any sense to run a 1 inch ...
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Saving a brush from dried water-based Polyurethane

Today I got distracted while applying some Minwax Pro Spar Urethane (which apparently is water-based) and left the brush sitting on top the can. The distraction lead to a trip to lowes and the ...
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Should this section of water line be replaced?

This is the water supply line coming into my basement. 4 feet below the ground (frost line). My house is from 1940 and I assume that everything in these pictures are original. I recently converted ...
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How can I prevent water trail stains on bathroom drywall?

In an upstairs bathroom, I found these water trail stains on a wall. There's no plumbing behind the wall so I imagine these are from humidity. What I'm curious about is whether there's any way to ...
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What valve should I use for water control flow after upgrading to thermostatic valve?

I had leaking valve assembly for a beauty salon's hair washing station. It had a handle that allowed to independently control temperature and pressure. It looked like this: And, to save water and for ...
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Is shutting off the water supply line to replace a refrigerator water filter normal?

I'm looking into purchasing a new refrigerator. A particular Samsung model looks like a potential but I noticed an odd instruction in its manual. Regarding replacing its water filter, the first step ...
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In a conventional boiler setup, is hot water usually dispensed from the hot water tank quicker than it refills?

In homes that I've visited that have a conventional boiler setup (where hot water is stored in a tank usually contained within the airing cupboard), I've noticed that after the hot water has been used ...
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Is there such thing as automatic hot cold water mixing valve?

We have a shower that is being used multiple times throughout the day. For each use the target temperature is always ~30C. Unfortunately, the water in hot water pipe tends to cool down if someone was ...
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Increase shower water pressure?

I live in an apartment and the water flow is very low. I've tried buying different types of showerheads and removing the flow restrictor, but there wasn't a noticeable improvement. Is there a way to ...
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Combining two water inlets into one. Does increase pressure

There are two water pipes with same diameter and same water pressure. If we combine both pipes to get single output. Does it increase water pressure on final output or the pressure will be same. What ...
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How can I adjust the water level in a Grohe inner wall toilet?

How do I adjust the water level in the toilet bowl itself? With flushing there is a gush of water that actually flies forward and onto the floor, not really ideal. I think it's because the level of ...
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Water Heater Help

I was woken to a pop and a electrical burning smell. Upon inspection I found the water heater breaker tripped. When I checked out the water heater I found whats pictured. My question is the cold water ...
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Clean up muddy water left after hurricane

After Irma, 2 yrs ago, our floor was covered with a wet sticky mud. I used a massive amount of towels to clean it up. Now I am wondering if a wet dry vac( preferably with a pump ) would make the job ...
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Add Accessible Waterline shutoff for built-in style refrigerator

I have a built in style refrigerator in my new home. There is a dedicated waterline shutoff but is located behind the refrigerator. Because this is a built in refrigerator which is non-trivial to ...