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My kitchen faucet jumps, sputters and stops and squeals when water temperature reaches straight hot

Faucet and supply lines are 18 months old. About a month ago, the faucet started jumping but only when on straight hot water and when the water temperature is probably close to 130 degrees. It’s one ...
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Why does my hot water heater only work on low? [on hold]

when ever i turn it to a different setting it goes out within minute. I do hear a sound that is like water sizzling before it goes out. It will stay lit if it is on low.
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What could cause unexpected high water usage?

An apartment water meter has been running high for the last three months for no apparent reason. It's now about 3,000 gallons higher than normal. The meter registers slow continuous usage - even ...
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What is causing these water “trails” on inside of exterior wall?

The bedroom at the back of my house (North facing) has what I would describe as persistent water "trails" on the inside surface. They are faint, but noticeable. The "trails" run from the ceiling, and ...
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whirlpool ED5GVEXVD00 water filter

I installed a new water filter on a whirlpool ED5GVEXVD00 FRIDGE & before it would have air in the line & take a gallon or 2 too get the air out but not this time no air & if i take the ...
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Alternative to basement sump pump for water run-off?

When there is a downpour, which happens at least a dozen times per year, my next-door neighbor's back yard fills up with water. His entire back yard looks like a pond, and the grass is not visible. ...
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Water Hammer from Upstairs Toilet

After my upstairs toilet is flushed and the bowl fully refills, it sounds like a water hammer. Here's a video of the noise. At 4 seconds, when the bowl has refilled, you hear the noise: [url="https:...
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What is this yellowish-brown buildup inside my water pipes?

I recently updated a shower stall and when I removed the shower arm I found it had a lot of yellowish mineral build up. My shower-heads clog pretty quickly, but I always use to think the brownish ...
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Remote main water shut off & drain valves in crawl space winterizing

Want to be able to shut off main water line in crawl space off via a switch inside and also want to install another valve right above to drain the lines for winter protection while gone and possibly ...
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Why is my water heater leaking from the relief valve on the top?

Why is my water heater still leaking at the relief valve on top? I've changed it twice. Also I have 160lbs of pressure and have changed the regulators three times. Doesn't make sense. Please help!
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Water heater issues after water main break

A water main broke in my neighborhood and was out for 2 days. I turned off the water heater breaker sometime in those 2 days. There was hot water this morning, but this evening it is cold. I checked ...
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Extend sidewall hot water tank vent outside?

I have a power vented hot water tank just on the other side of the wall (and in the basement) from the exterior pipe you see in the picture. The problem is that the steam vents onto my wife's flower ...
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Where to install a water conditioner?

I want to install a water conditioner for the purpose of minimizing the sticking of minerals to the faucets and a shower glass. From what I read a catalytic water conditioner will do the job. I will ...
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How to properly seal water supply line in block foundation

There was an old rag and some very old concrete around this water supply line entering the house. I would like to reseal it, but I am not sure what to use. Should I use hydraulic cement or something ...
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Ground Water or Well Water? How do I tell?

Problem: I have a puddle at the bottom of a tree and shrub covered slope that will not dry. Situation: My wellhead is above and in-line (i.e. approimately the same distince from the house) with ...
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Is this going to be safe in the rain?

Is this going to be safe in the rain?The contractor left it like this & the property manager doesn’t care. It’s directly under my bedroom window, so I’m a bit concerned.
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Water pressure loss for a minute

Pressure was at 42 psi. When I flushed the toilet, the pressure went from 42 psi to zero. Pressure switch kicked on at 40 psi(has a 40/60 switch). Pump has juice going to it. Wait a minute or two and ...
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Hot water slab leak - floor tiles still warm 24 hours after turning off water

Looks like we have a slab leak in our house. I noticed warm tiles around the laundry area where we have pinpointed the hottest point and the warmth seems to spread about 6 feet outwards. The weird ...
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What is the name of this kitchen tap with two coaxial pipes?

Context I have a question regarding my kitchen tap. I received no answer here and couldn't find information on the internet, for I don't know the right name of the kind of tap I have. Question My ...
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Why does my water leave this pink film?

I have noticed that my water will leave a slimy pink film on certain surfaces like a sink drain, bath toys, or dog water bowl. What would cause this and how can I fix it?
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Can I remove this plastic elbow inside my kitchen tap?

Context: I want to replace the tap nozzle of my kitchen tap to use an water-saving aerator. I have bought one and tried to install it. However, it doesn't fit due to a plastic elbow inside my tap. I ...
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Using sodium polyacrylate to clean flooded homes

In the aftermath of Kerala, India, floods, videos are circulating advising people to buy cheap Sodium Polyacrylate and apply it to the layer of mud or standing water deposited. How good/bad is this ...
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Wire adjacent to water line.

In redoing the house I'm working on (to live in) I've finally gotten to the point to start Plumbing. The house has not had running water in at least a couple of years. I was going to replace the ...
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Black water from kitchen sink cold water line

Today I noticed my kitchen sink was leaking underneath in the cabinet. I went to take a look and it looked as if it was coming from somewhere inside the faucet. I disconnected the lines and removed ...
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Please help! Exterior Sliding Door Leak on Interior Slab - No visible threshold - 1980 construction

I have a townhouse built on a concrete slab. Laminate flooring was installed 5 years ago, and has buckled severely at the patio door. I suspected water intrusion, cut back the laminate, and saw: The ...
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Gas water heater height above garage steps

I have a garage that opens to the house. The water heater sits 3’ above the garage floor. When you walk out of the door that connects to the garage you have to walk down three stairs to garage floor. ...
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What is this wire attached to a manufactured home water line?

We are working on moving a manufactured home off of our property, and in the process exposed water line that was underneath a four season porch. The line is plastic, has insulation wrapped around it, ...
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SquidGee Dry System to prevent water seepage in basement?

One of the rooms in my basement has water seepage shown in the following: Some work has been done to patch the honey combs. Due to limited budget, I can only do interior waterproofing. I plan on ...
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Double water pump relay

Here is my dilemma. I have two water wells; consequently, I have two deep well pumps. Presently I have a relay set up to switch wells each time the pressure switch requires water. They are labeled #1 ...
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Cannot shut off water from street valve

This might be a very basic question. But I just bought a new house and it has a valve on the wall outside my house: I tried to turn the valve to match the hole, both clockwise and counter-clockwise ...
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Connecting well to home using water hose

I had a new well pump installed they used 1 inch tubing and connected it to my 3/4 water lines....it has popped all my joints and flooded my back yard. Had to shut power off to the pump and stop all ...
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Polymeric sand loosens when slightly wet, is that normal, and what's the best way to cover it?

I laid polymeric sand on a patio (made of paver blocks), and it looked great. I followed the instructions, and it didn't rain within about a week of my laying it. It ended up perfect, and it's hard ...
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Water is coming out from shower hose every time I use water in any part of my house

The shower water seem to have a life of it’s own.It is not stopping regardless. When using the sink or washing machine, even the kitchen sink, the shower stream changes dynamicly with a pumping sound. ...
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Why is this Whole House Filter Black?

I bought this whole house filter and after being installed for only one month it looks like the image below! Is this normal for a house on well water? I just recently moved into this house and was ...
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Lost pressure after “clunk” sound in pipe

Kitchen sink faucet seems to drop to near trickle when the water is turned on full (Cold side ... Hot side has always run very slowly). This is not a new installation and there has not been any other ...
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Radon in water mitigation

I need to install a Radon in water mitigation system. Is there a Do It Yourself way to do this with a simple aeration or filter system. I already have a pH adjustment system in my basement ( Calcium ...
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Whirlpool washing machine has a small leak from bottom

I have replaced the seal below the pump and the drain hose and I have a leak only on normal when it's operating in spin cycle. It's a small leak on the front bottom counter weight. Can anyone help? I ...
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What's the acceptable bend in a typical faucet flex pipe?

I installed new faucets and used the standard flexible lines for the water connections. I purchased 12 inch lines since the distance between the faucet and the valve is slightly less than 12, but when ...
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PVC pipe back of 2story home dripping water

Have a 2 story home on basement foundation. Have 2 AC units one in each side of house both have a pvc pipe nearby which I imagine is for condensation. In the back of the home near the basement door ...
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Hot water won't come out after main water off/on- SECOND TIME- PLEASE HELP!

We went out of town, our land lady (next door) drained our water source with 24/7 sprinkler usage.. (grr) NOW the cold water works again bit Not the hot. .. Again. This has happened before. And the ...
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Leaking home water pressure regulator - how to know what repair kit?

As you can see from the photo below, my pressure regulator is leaking. My research shows that I can buy repair kits but I cannot tell what brand/size kit is appropriate. I cannot find any markings on ...
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Salty water occasionally when showering

I've noticed that about once every 2 weeks, I'll get a sudden rush of salt water. It tastes salty and smells metallic. It goes away after a couple minutes. Usually when showering but I'm sure that is ...
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No hot water in kitchen but everywhere else is fine

Discovered issue today after being out of town for 2 days. When running water from a single handle sink - just cold water when turned to hot setting. Checked valves below sink. Cold valve turned ...
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Fridge Water Line Leaking

My fridge water line is leaking, not the line running from the wall to the fridge, but the line that is inside the fridge. The issue is the connection where the inside line meets the outside line. ...
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Turning water off to house for a vacation, does furnace need to go off as well?

I am going away for a week, I want to shut off all water to my home. I have an oil furnace, with a separate water boiler (connected to the oil furnace - there is no gas in the house). It is summer in ...
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Is there a pressure activated water valve

I would like to buy a pressure activated water valve (for irrigation), so that when the water pressure is above P1, the valve will turn on, and when water pressure drops below P2, the valve will shut ...
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Is it good idea to use repair tape to block water from constantly dripping?u

My faucet in the shower started to drip. Till the plumber coming to fix it I thought to mitigate a bit by shutting off the pipe. I bought a tape similar to repair tape. So if I put tape in the faucet (...
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Low hot water pressure

I have a gas water heater. Put in in 09. Low after pressure in all faucets. Have drained water heater, changed piping to pex and new pressure valve. Still same low pressure. Could it be heater itself?
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Can I cap off a 2“ x 3” downspout?

I engineered a downspout with a side hole to divert water. However, I also need to cap off the bottom of the existing 2"x3" original downspout. I can't find any "caps" anywhere so they might not ...
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What kind of mineral deposit is this? Very stuck shower head

Trying to remove and replace this very crappy shower head after noticing the water flow was strange. I manage to remove part of it but could not unscrew this base part after buying a wrench, applying/...