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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Why is the ph of my hot water 2 points higher than my cold water?

I noticed in late February that even immediately after washing my hair, it felt and looked greasy and that my bath water felt as though it had a bit of bath oil in it. The town water department ...
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How to fix water leaks in your apartment? [closed]

Recently bought apartment has developed water leaks. Plumbers are useless. What to do, how to fix it?
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Hot water line under my laundry tub leaking at the crimped joint just before it goes into the wall

I am a senior woman living on a pension. My hot water line to the laundry tub has been turned off for a year now because of a leak. Three plumbers plus a new faucet later and I still have the issue. ...
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Gas water heater burner flame goes orange as I turn temperature dial up

I am a new homeowner and am attempting to light a gas-powered water heater. I am following the directions step by step and have been able to get the pilot light lit with the temperature on the lowest ...
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How do I connect a 1/2”BSP (F) Swivel inlet with a Quick Connect hose end?

I want to connect this washing gun to a hose end (1/2") with a quick connect system. What connector do I need? Any links would be welcome! For instance, would any of these work?
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What is the water noise coming from the apartment above?

I live in an apartment where we are experiencing noise from the above apartment that I can best describe as a toilet refilling. It occurs approximately every 2 to 2.5 hours everyday starting at around ...
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How much 10% hypochlorite should I use?

The chlorine injection system for my well water currently requires 192 oz. of 6% household bleach for 30 gallons of solution. How many ounces of 10% pool bleach would be required to achieve the same ...
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Deck Posts Were Covered With Dirt, Dealing With Rot

One of the inspection notes from when I bought my home was the dirt making contact with the posts on the deck: https://ibb.co/album/ju0n3v I dug out the dirt and it looks like this: https://ibb.co/...
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How to check how much water my dishwasher is using?

My landlord is getting $700 water bills per month and nobody knows why. About 4 people use this water and it is about 55 thousand gallons per month. I'd like to check how much water the dishwasher is ...
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Winter water supply for a cabin

Our summer cabin in central Ontario has water supplied from a well. The line is well buried except where it enters the cabin - the cabin is on blocks above ground level and the line is exposed for the ...
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Reduced hot water pressure after closing and reopening water supply in one upstairs tub

A week ago, my dad had shut off the main water supply to our house to repair a leaky shower head. Upon opening water supply, our faucets sputtered for a little while as they normally do and water ...
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Any issue going from 3/8 to 1/2 copper

Old house has lots of 3/8 water line feeding faucets. I want to replace the shutoffs under the sink but really hard to find 3/8 sweat valves. I don't want to use compression on the copper line. ...
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How to connect to black underground sprinker pipe

My backflow prevention device failed over the winter (nice large split, as you can see). I checked with the local city, and they won't let me replace like with like, so I'm going to install a Wilkins ...
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Cost-effective root barrier for home sewer line

We have 2 trees growing in the same area of our house front yard as the sewer line. As shown in the picture below, one tree is about 5ft away from the line, and the other, about 20ft away. I assume ...
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Water line runs 600 feet from meter to gate of property?

Would there be a benefit if I have a 1" meter that is 600 feet away from property to up size the pipe from 1" to 1 1/2" pipe?
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Hot water last long time everywhere but in my shower?

Hot water last long time everywhere but in my shower? Hot water only lasts about 10 minutes in shower but lasts forever in kitchen and bathroom sinks! How can I fix this?
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Can I have an electric dryer, a washer, furnace, and gas water heater all in one laundry room?

Can I have an electric dryer, a washer, furnace, and gas water heater all in one laundry room? Basically, my electric dryer is on the far outside wall. Almost literally against it, the dryer vent ...
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How to manually drain a free standing water tank (washing machine) into bucket(s)?

Since our washing machine's filter was clogged, I had to drain it manually via emergency drain. As the emergency drain is a very short (about 1 inch) and thin tube located about 1 inch from the floor,...
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Farm Sink Drain Installation

I recently had a farm sink installed in my kitchen. I noticed that the drain seems to sit slightly above the curve of the drain hole. A little bit of water also pools around the drain when the sink is ...
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How to keep a screened in porch from leaking

We recently had a contractor bail on us without finishing the addition to our home. One of his many misdeeds was our screened in porch. It is On the second floor - above our new master bathroom ...
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Hot water without hot water supply and electricity

I have a tap in a room where I only have a cold water supply. Also I don't have current electricity nearby. Is there any way to provide at least lukewarm water there?
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2 pipes going into the cold side of my water heater

Anyone know why I would have 2 pipes going into the cold side of my hot water heater?!
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Black greasy specks in sinks, dishwasher, etc. at home

We have been noticing black specks that leave a greasy trail when smeared in our bathroom sinks and on dishes washed in the dishwasher in recent weeks. After some research, I find that the 2 main ...
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help with replacing outside hose spigot

I am replacing my outside hose spigot. is it necessary to shut off the valve at the street side? or can i just closed the inside main valve in my home
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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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Is a 3/8" copper tube from the shut off valve to the copper tube that threads on the relief valve needed?

The 3/8" copper tube runs from the shut off valve to the copper tube that threads on to the relief valve. Does the 3/8" copper tube need to be there? Because the 3/8" line all it’s doing is letting ...
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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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Hot water doesn't reach the 2nd floor

My house is 90+ years old. It has an oil burner which supplies radiator heat and hot water. No water tank, hot water created on the fly. The basement and first floor water gets hot enough, but the 2nd ...
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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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How many degrees (angle) to open the water at the curb?

If I want to turn the water on at the curb to I turn it 180? Or some other angle. It seems I've heard 90 degrees.
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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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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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Filling an outdoor drain with concrete to reduce standing water

I have a semi-outdoor drain that looks like this (I have removed the grate): The container of the drain is plastic, and there is a good 6 inches from the bottom of the drain to the pipe where the ...
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How can I tell if this is a water or gas line

I'm looking for the water supply line coming into my house. I found a pipe that is wrapped in what appears to be black tape an d is 1-1/2" in diameter. Is this gas or water? Thank you.
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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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Hot water heating recommendation

I'm looking for a recommendation on the best course to update our hot water heating system.Some background: When we moved into our upstate NY, 2200 sq. ft. home five years ago, the home was heated ...
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High water pressure issue from hot water heater

Hoping someone can help me with this weird issue I am having with the water pressure at my house (at least seems weird and mysterious to me). This is an issue that started happening about 6 months ago....
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Water pump not working as expected

I have a problem with some raw water (it usually has sediment and gunk) that I need to pump from below ground level. I came up with something that looks like the image attached to get cleaner water ...
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how can I repair a leaking at the water main valve

I noticed a leaking at the water main. idk if it's an easy fix. I wanted to ask the question before calling a plumber.
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Increase 1/2'' copper water pipe to 3/4''

I have a 3/4'' main that comes into the house and then reduces to 1/2''. Then all my fixtures run off that in series. My thought is to i make it 3/4'' copper all the way and then run 1/2'' tees to ...
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Can I run a water line behind a stack vent?

I am attempting to move a hose bibb/spigot 10 feet horizontally (from in front of my driveway gate to behind it). The water line comes up from the foundation through a brick exterior wall. My plan was ...
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Well pump ends up overwhelmed. How can I solve this?

I have moved into a house with a well. Occasionally if too many water uses occur the pressure tank is expended and it trips the switch to off and it stops running. If I go down and reprime the ...
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Do water hammer arresters need their packing nuts adjusted?

To begin with, I'm not even sure that what I'm looking at is a packing nut, but it looks like it would operate similarly to one in shower/bathtub valves. I'm adding a ProFlo water hammer arrester (...
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Home water pressure consistently exceeds 150 PSI

Background: When I bought my home it had a 50 gallon gas water heater in the garage without an expansion tank. On the hot water line there is a Watts adjustable pressure relief valve (this NOT the ...
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Are all stainless steel plumbing fixtures lead free and safe for potable water?

Typical (brass) plumbing fixtures will explicitly state that they are lead free and be certified NSF-61, potable water, etc. However, most stainless steel plumbing parts (like ball valves and ...
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Is it ok to run a 30A water heater circuit on #12 wire?

I moved into a 50 year old home about 2 years ago and we’ve been using a (miraculously working) water heater from 1994. Yesterday, its life finally came to an end when I found it had sprung a leak in ...
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Question on New Shower Install Pipe Sizing

I am currently remodeling my bathroom downstairs (same floor as the water supply entry to the house). I want to install a Moen U thermostatic valve with (two) 1/2" inputs and (two) 1/2" outputs. I ...
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Is a 775 Motor Powerful Enough For a DIY Water Pump

I tried making a water pump with what I think is a 550 motor (I can't identify it by the model number), but failed to create enough suction. The top pictures show the diy water pump parts from the ...
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Kitchen drain plumbing leak at double P-trap

This is the plumbing setup under our kitchen sink, there are two p-traps, one for the kitchen sink and another for the dishwasher that both feed into the drain pipe. The black p-trap (dishwasher) ...
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Modify dishwasher water inlet valve or harness

Original water inlet valve electrical harness hookup Replacement water inlet valve electrical harness hookup Male connector/harness Inlet valve with female connector Dishwasher model number etc. ...

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