Questions tagged [water]

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After my condo shuts off and turns on the main water, how can I avoid dirty water?

Every year my parents' condo in Ontario (Canada) shut off the building's water, just like the quotations below in the morning. They restore it in the late afternoon. ISSUE — after the building ...
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Toilet Shooting Water when flushing

We are having an issue with one of our toilets "spitting" water out of the toilet when it is flushed. The toilet bowl itself also doesn't seem to have much water at all sitting in it. When ...
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Can I switch the hot and cold water supply to improve the pressure of hot?

I have a very old house (built in 1903) with very old and corroded pipes. Because of the corrosion, the hot water pressure is fairly low (mostly in the shower) but cold water pressure is okay. I’m ...
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Connect small diameter poly tubing to 4" PVC drain pipe

I have a wastewater output from an RO system that I need to drain. The RO system is located in the basement, so the only drain pipe available is the 4" main drain for the house which is PVC. The ...
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When tub/shower is on in bathroom #1 a shower other side of house turns on in bathroom #2

When the tub/shower in #1 bathroom is running water another shower stall in #2 bathroom turns on. What is causing this to happen? How is this fixed?
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How to identify a whole house water filter type?

I am trying to identify the type of filter used here, so that it can be replaced. I don't think it has been...ever.
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Why does my cold water smell like sulphur suddenly?

This is a long, detailed post about my water problem. I've included all relevant info I can think of. I bought my first house about 2 years ago, it's a ranch style with a finished basement and a pole ...
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Unable to turn knob on Rheem hot water heater to pilot

I have a Rheem heater (Model# PROG50-38N RH60). The pilot has gone out. This tutorial suggests I must turn the knob to pilot to start the process of relighting the heater. When I try to turn my knob ...
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Black/brown substance from/in cold water

Noticed some dark substance which comes out from faucets. Wonder what it might be and what I should do next.
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Water restriction when washing machine is running

I live in a townhome. Only when the washing machine is running I'm not able to use water anywhere in the house. As soon as it washing machine stops the water works immediately. I believe its a valve ...
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Kitchen sink water pipes installed, not cloged but water does not drain at all

I installed the new pipes after the old ones broke. They are all installed as the old ones, but somehow the water doesn't drain at all. See pictures: (click to enlarge) I believe that everything is ...
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What do I do with this pipe/well that is flooding the front yard?

I recently moved into my house and found this in the front yard which was disguised as a birdbath. After winter, I took a step near the "birdbath" only for my foot to sink 8 inches in the ...
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Is there a product that provides a switch for diverting water through a different set of pipes?

I have a pond setup where there are two pools, a lower pool and upper pool. Water is pumped from the lower pool into the upper pool, with an electric pump, then flows back through a waterfall. Much of ...
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Foundation water seepage?

Recently purchased a new home and am noticing that there appears to be what seems to be an issue with water seeping through the foundation in the basement. Shortly after a decent rain the wall will ...
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Found Well in Backyard — How to install pump?

In my backyard there is this well, I think, that has water in it. As you can see, there is a well casing and then a pipe in between. I have no idea how to install a pump and such, and am not sure ...
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Does the orientation of a swing check valve matter?

I am installing a swing check valve on the plumbing of a pond. The purpose is to prevent the water from flowing backwards through the pipes during a power outage. It water were to flow backwards, ...
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Why is the water pressure suddenly high in my toilet after hot water heater replacement?

I got my hot water heater replaced this morning. Immediately after the water pressure in my toilet became very high. When flushed it’s so forceful I jump. I noticed a noise when the guys were still ...
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Most efficient garden irrigation for rainbird kit?

I am using Rainbird brand irrigation kit to water my garden and am trying to find the optimal layout for the sprayers. The kit i bought connects from a standard garden hose to the 1/4" hose that ...
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Dead end in pipes and legionella risk

Today a plumber removed a sink from my house and sealed the two corresponding pipes at the location where they branch from the rest of the system. I expressly asked him to do this because I wanted to ...
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Small dry well for secondary bathroom?

I have a very small quarter bathroom that I’d like to convert into a half bath by adding a very small corner sink for hand washing. The problem is that the bathroom floor is concrete that would have ...
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What is the difference between lab Accreditation and Certification when selecting a drinking water test?

I need to test my drinking water and while researching labs in Virginia to send my water to, they designate some as Accredited and others as Certified. I am confused by the jargon to what is the ...
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Trying to replace this leaking heater with a tankless, need help with the piping

Just moved into this house, South Florida, two stories, the heater is leaking and I'm replacing it with a tankless. I'm not sure how to plumb it since now I realized I have more pipes coming and going ...
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Can't isolate my water heater with shutoff valve

My water heater has a shutoff valve at the cold inlet. The shutoff valve was closed and cold water line was disconnected from the water heater. I wanted to restore water to the house while I work on ...
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Outdoor burst pipe best practice for the winter

We had an outdoor tap (faucet) fitted in the summer last year here in Edinburgh UK. The temperature here often dips to just below freezing over the winter. Outside, at least. The plumber suggested we ...
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Bathtub Faucet - Can't stop the water

I don't know what is the part called, but it is supposed to divert the water to the shower head. As shown in the photo, it is in the fully up position, however, large amount of water still coming out ...
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Main water line from 3/4 to 1in, meter and pressure

I come here with a question since the plumber from a company that I called earlier this week gave me conflicting information compared to what I've read online. I've purchased a house last year and I ...
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Street water stop tap uk

My internal water shut off for the house has stopped working. So I'm using the one just outside my house on the street to cut water to my house. Thing is that one is faulty too, it doesn't fully stop ...
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Can I use epoxy resin to fix cracks in potable water equipment?

Recently I've noticed some issues in my old countertop water distiller: There were several cracks in the plastic top cover of the boiler. To fix it, I've tried some epoxy resin (brand name "...
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Low water pressure for water filter cartridges

Will these filters still work on Low Water Pressure? These are the standard 10 inch filters. I know that overpressure can render the filters useless. but how about low pressure? will it still work? ...
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Do I need to replace the entire floor?

Water damaged wood floor butting up to tub. Small hole has rotted through. 2 boards next to it are ever so slightly raised/off. This is all confined to a small location, approximately 6x6. The rest of ...
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T tap with valve for pex?

This picture is of a 1/4 inch PEX line from a reverse osmosis filter. This section is right before a remineralization cartridge. The water before that cartridge is fairly close to being distilled ...
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Install Tankless water heater in the cold line

During cold season almost all the time we need to wait for hot water coming from the water heater to our faucets, showers etc. I want to install tankless water heater in the cold line as a ...
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Why is my water well tank staying at a constant 40psi even when faucets are turned on?

I have a older style bladder tank that is about 6ft tall. Pressure gauge always reads 40psi, it never gets above or below 40psi. The pressure switch never kicks on or off because the pressure never ...
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Leaking water by bathtub

There is water slowly leaking by the bottom of the bathtub even when there is no water running. We have called a plumber but I'm wondering what what the cause might be.
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How to fix the Sputtering faucets in bathroom with air locked in pipes

The hot water faucet is Sputtering heavily. I tried opening up all faucets in the house and let the water run for more than 10 minutes, but the Sputtering continues. This is in the upper level ...
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Mountain top drainage issue

We live atop a large hill and due to how the driveway is I constantly have water and mud on top of a small area of my driveway. This area is supposed to be a low area to care water down the driveway ...
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Does build up in lead pipes make them less dangerous?

Maybe this would be more likely in warm water pipes. A place I saw had a super slow warm water tap, which someone with a plumbing background said was from the passageway in the lead pipe decreasing. ...
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Odd sized CPVC - fittings will not go on

Water system installed circa 2010/2011, with CPVC. We have since had some issues to be addressed. New CPVC fittings WILL NOT WORK. The outside diameter of the old CPVC is larger than the fittings, no ...
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How does one know if running water is enough to avoid frozen pipes?

Recent freezes in southern states (Texas) have caused pipes to burst, as the pipes are not insulated for freezing weather. I believe that running the water can prevent the pipe from freezing. Is it ...
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How to plumb aquaponics systems that are far apart?

I am setting up an aquaponics system. There is one large basin for plants (left) and one large basin for fish (right). The basin for plants is filled with rocks and is about 2" higher than the ...
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Sound of running water behind walls upstairs and downstairs

I woke up this morning to the sound of water running behind my walls. We live in a townhouse and share walls with 3 other owners. I've checked my toilet tanks in all bathroom to be sure the valve is ...
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Do I need to dielectrically insulate smart home shuttoff valve on water main?

I have a smart home automated shutoff valve that I want to install in my water main. The shutoff valve is a motorized ball valve on a stainless steel fitting. My water main is copper. I am aware of ...
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Samsung Ice maker stopped working

Ice maker stopped working. I replaced the filter, ran 4 gallons water through filter, Rest filter, pushed reset button on ice maker. Waited 2 days, no ice. I unplugged the refrigerator for 5 ...
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Submersible water pump pressure

I'm terribly new at this and have no idea what I'm doing so please do bear with me. I have a submersible pump that I want to use in a small rainwater tank to water my garden either through your ...
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Sound of water flowing through pipes at main but not flowing at taps

I've been told by a plumber we have a frozen pipe that runs from our main water supply at the street to our main water valves inside our building. The pipes from the main supply outside to our valves ...
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Water off/ still leaking

My hot water leaks from the tub faucet only. We have shut the hot water off at the hot water heater and it is still leaking hot water. How do i fix this?
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Sound of water running after bath taps turned off

When running a bath, for the duration of my bath I hear water running/heavy trickling coming from the drain away holes at the top of the bath drain. This has got louder and stronger over the last few ...
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Can my municipal water line siphon from my house water lines?

Our local water tower is empty during this winter storm. I heard my water heater "running" even though there were no faucets on in the house - I immediately thought I had a burst pipe. ...
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Water only come from hot water faucet when I turn on both

I have a situation where all hot water faucets in my home give me a dribble and eventually turn off. However, if I turn on the hot and cold, and turn on another hot water faucet nearby, then the ...
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What to do to sink cabinet so that water won't leak under it

I recently had water leak from the pipe connector that connects the faucet and the dishwasher under the kitchen sink. There was a cabinet under the sink, and there was a big hole in the cabinet's ...

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