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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What is the purpose of this valve in my garage

Can anyone tell me the purpose of this valve in my garage In my previous home it was in the laundry room adjacent to The garage Is it some kind of crossover valve between hot and cold systems?
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How can I deal with a low spot in a fiberglass shower pan?

The slope of the shower base is not quite right. Water will drain correctly at the front of the shower, but the water at the back does not flow towards the front. Likely because the floor is not ...
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How do I make a bulk holding tank for fire trucks to fill, using 3 different tanks of different sizes and different elevations?

I need to make a reserve of water for a fire truck to come and suck from. I have 3 tanks on my site that I plan to pipe together, to make one location to suck from all the tanks. Problem I have is ...
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What would cause water to pulse from the faucet?

What causes both hot and cold water from kitchen tap to pulsate as if getting a breath. This happens at all times of day and is most noticeable at half to full flow.
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How to turn water valve on to dishwasher

We live in a rented house and recently bought a dishwasher. The previous owners had a dishwasher in the same place so we know it works. We have attached the waste pipe fine and think the water pipe ...
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Do rusts get trapped or passed thru sediment filter when it's so dirty?

There is something so confusing. Some web sites mentioned when the sediment filter is very dirty. It can make water harder to pass through. Some mention as the sediment filter traps more dirt, rust, ...
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What has higher water flow? A 10 inches BB or a 20 inches SL?

What do you think has higher water flow? A 20 inches tall Slim Line Sediment Filter (with 2.5 inches sediment filter diameter inside) or a 10 inches tall Big Blue Sediment Filter (with 4.5 inches ...
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Additional drainspout installation

This gutter is overflowing during heavy rain and Id like to add an additional downspout to help, however im not sure if i should add it all the way at the far left and then adjust the gutter so it ...
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How to determine storage capacity needed for water runoff tanks?

My region gets an average of 12 inches of rain per year, and 24 inches of snow per year. Nearly all of the rain falls in huge monsoons at the end of the summer, so I have to store everything that ...
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How can I get roof rain runoff into pond with an aboveground wall?

I'd like to collect rain water and have it run through a filter and then into a pond. The problem is, I can't simply run a pipe underground. \\ |\\ <-- house roof | \\ | | ...
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Should cracks and water in the crawl space concern me when buying a house? [duplicate]

I am looking at a house that with a crawl space (see image). The crawl space has the full height of a basement, windows and a door leading outside in the back. It has French Drains along the downhill ...
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Are water and vertical cracks normal for full height crawl space? [closed]

I am thinking about purchasing a home that is set on top of a crawl space (see image). The crawl space has the full height of a basement, windows and a door leading outside in the back. It has French ...
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Replacing a full height crawl space with basement

I am thinking about purchasing a home that is set on top of a crawl space (see image). The crawl space has the full height of a basement, windows and a door leading outside in the back. It has French ...
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HDPE water and gas pipe v. Gophers

I have an open trench and I might as well fill it with expensive plastic. I went by the local irrigation supply to get 1 inch HDPE water line and was told gophers eat that around here (south-central ...
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How can I handle expansion drainage from water heater?

I have a couple of 150L electric water heater cylinders in the cellar, fed by mains water pressure. They're designed to bleed a little from the bottom, as water inside heats up. If they were above ...
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Is running an extension cord above a gutter safe?

Saw a house yesterday where Christmas light installers ran an extension cord above the gutter - see the picture below. Is that safe? I ask since I keep imagining a gutter filling with snow and, ...
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Water still running after shutoff

We have a waterpik handheld showerhead that is dripping. I shut off the water at the street, and the inlet valve on our instant hot water heater. The water at the faucets is off. I turned the shower ...
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Sweat or threaded connections for shut-off valves

I'm in need of installing a shut-off valve for my hose bib (sillcock), specifically a ball valve. But I was wondering if a threaded connection was better than a sweat in terms of effectiveness and ...
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Need a quick fix for leaking door frame. During flood

We are in the middle of tropical storm and there is flooding on one side of house. The side door seems to be leaking from under the frame (not the actual door) its too wet to duct tape. Any ...
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Boiler System heats one room more than all others

I have a two zone older natural gas boiler system. All rooms in the house get heat. One room on the second floor gets hotter than all others. Almost like all the heat is going to that room I don’t ...
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Is there a Plastic Barb to PVC Pipe pipe fitting?

I'm using this Diaphragm Pump that I bought online for a certain project, and I want to attach the inlet and outlets of this diaphragm pump to a PVC pipe. I think that Barb Outlets are supposed to be ...
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What is the source of the humming sound in my shower?

I have a Grohe shower with a mixing tap (sorry if this is not the correct English word - what I have is similar to this, with a fixed shower head and a removable one). It works fine for about 5 years ...
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Hot water tank issue (rust or other buildup?)

I recently noticed the water coming out of my hot water has taken on an orange/dirty colour so decided to do some maintenance on the hot water tank. Below is what I’ve tried so far over the span of 2 ...
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Changing swing check valve for a Double Check Valve Backflow Preventer

I have a bad swing check valve and was thinking of replacing with a 3/4 Double Check Valve Backflow Preventer Assembly. The utility pressure is 10 PSI and is hard water. Since my current check valve ...
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Can I remove the bathtub — just the tub — without shutting off the water supply?

I have to replace my bathroom subfloor due to water damage from a leaking toilet. Therefore, I need to move my bathtub, replace the subfloor underneath it, and reinstall the tub. However, there is no ...
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Preventing Water Heater Leak?

I’m about to close on a house next week and the water heater is located in the attic. It’s 17 years old and I’m nervous about the damage it will cause if it ever leaked. I want to replace it with a ...
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Water leak under kitchen after shutting off / turning on water

I'm working on an older 1950's home and was looking to replace a shower diverter (related post of mine: Replacing shower diverter head). We turned the water off at the shutoff valve, did some work in ...
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How does a water mains booster pump work? Isn't the flow rate solely determined by what reaches the property in the first place?

When getting quotes for a boiler replacement, we've been recommended to install a mains booster pump (e.g., Salamander HomeBoost). We live in a 3rd story UK flat and currently get a dismal 5 l/min ...
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My Idea to get off grid while still in my neighborhood [closed]

How can we live somewhat off the grid without having to dig a well? . Solar Energy System for the house gets you off the power grid reliance and can actually get you paid for providing energy to the ...
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IBC Tote fill valve

I am repurposing a 275 gallon IBC Tote as a water cistern. I want for it to fill automatically and stop when full like a toilet fill valve. Is there anything that I can adapt to the lid? What should I ...
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Toilet Connector Hose Removal

I'm replacing the toilet connector hose because there's a leak from the bowl. I've tried to remove the old connector hose but the metal piece in the pic will not detach. It spins when I use a steel ...
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Water softener drain challenge - looking for expert advice

I'm replacing a 19 year old Ecowater water softener. The softener is in my basement and drains using 1/2" ID PVC that runs overhead about 45 feet before tapping into the main drain line at the ...
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I know there is a pressure vacuum breaker here, but what is the rest?

First, a labeled picture of the situation: There are three ends, two in the ground and one in the house. How can I figure out which way the water is flowing? There are four labeled valves (and one ...
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Water pressure problem - plumber tapped into kitchen hot/cold water line to add bathroom sink on other side of wall

I had a bathroom sink added to opposite side of kitchen where there's a sink/dishwasher. I think contractor hired a plumber who is unlicensed. He insists the guy is licensed but I've had too many ...
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Is the operation of a hard-start domestic water pump improved by the addition of an external soft-start controller?

I have a ½ HP 115V/230V 1PH 60Hz water pump (inside my house) that starts and stops hard. It is connected to a simple on/off pressure switch. The noise at startup is jarring. The quarter-turn ball ...
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Water tastes weird and coper pipe looks corroded / affected

I originally started looking at the my water pipes because drinking my tap water gives a burning / dry sensation in my mouth and stomach. My copper water pipe looks corroded / affected and has ...
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Cause of only hot or cold water from bathtub faucet?

I'm only getting extremely hot water or extremely cold water out of the bathtub faucet. the sink in the bathroom is fine. What causes this?
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Safe wrapping for fiberglass around pipes?

If I wrap pipes with fiberglass for insulation but I'm worried about the health risks of exposed fiberglass, is there something that I could wrap around the fiberglass? If so, what and why?
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Is there any benefit to using outdoor faucet covers if the water to them is shut off?

If I shut off the water supply to an outdoor faucet during cold weather, is there much benefit to also covering the faucet using a styrofoam faucet cover or similar? My guess would be no, but maybe ...
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Opening Geberit flush button

I'm trying to open this Geberit flush button in order to put anti calcarium tabs inside it, but I don't know how to. It slides a little bit to both sides and up and down, but there's no demonstration ...
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Shutting off water during extra-long term vacancy

If vacating a condo (for context, high floor apartment-style unit in hi-rise) that will not be used for quite a while, is it ok to shut off it's water for as long as TWO YEARS?
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Is it a problem that the water in my sump pail covers one of the drain openings without tripping the pump float?

We just had a sump pump & trenched drain pipe installed in our basement. Rained all last night. Crock had filled above one of the drain pipe inlets. I manually activated the pump & it emptied ...
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Top loader washing machine fill valve drips continuously

I have a top loader washing machine. When it's done washing it keeps dripping from the top fill valve, where the water fills up the drum.
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Thawing partially accessible frozen pipes with a hairdryer

I am a renter with water pipes that are inaccessible at some points, and which may freeze in the winter. I am doing my best to prevent this, including heating my apartment, trickling my faucets, and ...
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Drain Hose - Reverse Water Pressure in Standby

I have 5 drain hoses from various appliances (dishwasher, laundry washer, AC condensate, water softener, water filter) that all have the standard regulated air gap to a sink. I imagine drain pumps on ...
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how much 3 inch B-vent (double wall) for water heater can be above the roof?

The natural gas venting tables talk about lateral versus vertical rise and pipe diameter, plus the 2 and 10 ft rule for height above the roofline and outdoor vertical walls but they never mention how ...
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Can I use a siphon as a manual pump?

I am looking for an easy way to pump water uphill out of a barrel. Feel free to suggest other methods, but in particular I am wondering about the following: Can I use a siphon like this as a manual ...
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Toilet supply line seems connected somehow that I can't see, what do I do?

I've just bought a bidet and assumed that replacing the water supply line would be easy, this is turning out to be a bad assumption. After unscrewing both sides neither side seems to come out, I've ...
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Do I drain my washing machine pump for long term winter storage?

I'm putting my washing machine into storage for 10+ months in a garage that is not insulated and will experience sub-freezing temperatures for multiple months. The question is: should I drain the pump ...
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Water spills from kitchen seep to downstairs

Noticed some water in basement in the middle of the floor. I looks to be seepage from a water spill in the kitchen from earlier (water must have gone further back under the fridge than what was ...

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