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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Water from sink cuts off intermittently

Laundry room sink faucet ( hot or cold) will stop running for no reason. I turn faucet off stand there a couple minutes, turn water back and it works. This problem started about 3 weeks ago, no noises ...
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Does water pressure increase after restoring water flow after a supply cut?

Our landlord has sent a couple of workers to fix few things at home; while they where fixing stuff they've used a faucet which we use for drip irrigation. They removed our irrigation timer, take some ...
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How do I clean my water well's filter and how often?

What is the procedure for periodically flushing (to clean) this filter (shown)? I open red valve for a couple seconds. But how to do I flush out the junk that I can see in the filter? Filter uses a ...
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I dug a pit to drain my sinks, bathtubs and washing machine water into, the water from the washing machine comes above ground. What have I done wrong?

I dug a 8ft X 6ft pit to drain my sinks, bathtubs and washing machine water into. The ground had right much clay but was able to get past that and into sand. I put 4 ft of rock in the pit, ran a 4&...
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Water feature losing a lot of water in a short period of time - evaporation or leak?

I have a 700-1000 gallon water feature (rough calculation) that seems to lose hundreds of gallons of water in sometimes just ~10 days. Essentially I can lose 1/3 of the water in the feature in just ...
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Is there a benefit of running a 1in pipe off a 3/4 pipe for irrigation

I have a 3/4 in. pex water line coming out of my meter to my house. I would like "T" that line and run a 1 in. pipe (or larger) off it. My question is, will I see an increase in flow in the ...
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Bathroom Drywall: Protect walls behind faucet sink from water damage

I installed a new vanity which comes with backsplash 4 inch high. Currently it has a 2 inch space gap below, between the mirror and the backsplash. (a) What is a good product to fill in the space, so ...
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How many faucet turns does it take for water to flow?

I have the following water outlet for my washing machine: Recently, I turned it off after 5 years of non-stop use. A few days later, I cannot open it. I can turn it about 150 degrees, but no more, ...
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Water from pump does not always reach roof tanks

Some mornings I go up to the roof of our building, open the lid of the water tanks, press down on the floating ball which opens the valve but see no water coming up. The same occurs for all 7 tanks (...
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Why is a shower, sink, washing machine drain line be attached to a buried oil barrel 12' from my house?

I had water coming from the ground from outside my house when using the sink, shower or washing machine. My parents built this house in 1978 and is on a septic system which is only attached to the ...
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sillcock leak when turned on

I would appreciate it if anyone could help me identify a frostfree sillcock manufacturer. The only identification is a capital "A" embossed n the side. It was purchased from a popular chain ...
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How to clean or repair a window well that filled up with water and sand?

Early in spring, when the ground was frozen and there was still a feet of snow in the yard, heavy rain filled my basement window well with water. The ground around my house is very sandy, so the water ...
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How to fix foundation on bedrock leaking water?

I have bought a 1969 house on a bedrock hill, it's laying on a 12" large concrete foundation, the deepest part of the crawl space is 4' tall and the smallest a couple of inches. On the shortest ...
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Making a stainless steel tank for a copper pipe solar hot water system

I have a solar hot water system using copper pipework, which had a copper header tank, this leaks, and cannot be replaced. I would like to know if it is reasonable to build a stainless steel tank, say ...
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Why is my water (bladder) tank empty with air in my lines?

I have a submerged water well pump. It is more than 100 ft deep. My water tank is not filling up and I have air in my lines. I have noticed a big jump in my power use also. Today I turned on the water ...
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Water hose connector

The connector in the wall is broken. What is this called and how difficult is it to install myself? Please see attached image for reference.
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Is it possible for a drip irrigation pressure regulator to do its job without dripping or spraying water?

We have high pressure at our house and I'm trying to have a drip irrigation setup with low flow. The pressure regulator has a pretty decent stream of water coming out from the relief hole when the ...
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water drainage and fence building

I am a new homeowner and with the first summer coming up I am looking to do some renovation outside. The first thing I'd like to do is fence off my back yard so my dogs can roam instead of being ...
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Keeping water away from house

I just bought a place. The basement was waterproofed by the last owner - a french drain installed under the basement floor around the perimeter, leading to a sump pump (done professionally, but no ...
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Is it safe or even code to place a furnace on top of a main water line?

This is a new build. Builders have allowed this but I anticipate if I ever have a problem it will be a complete disaster. The furnace is sitting on top of the main water line coming out of the cement ...
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What connector to join/extend 1/4 in stainless steel fridge water line

I am running about 6 feet short and need to extend 1/4 in stainless steel fridge water line by attaching another hose assembly with 1/4" female swivel compression fittings at both ends to it's ...
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My RHEEM Gas hot water tank keeps shutting Off with code 2

The Plumber said it's the gas valve assy. So I ordered a gas valve. After installing, the problem still exist. The plumber even broke the sight glass to "let more air in". After breaking the ...
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Is it possible to correct [flip] this P-Trap?

So I've realized this bathroom sink p-trap was installed incorrectly, but based on the geometry, I cannot flip it to the way it's supposed to flow... I even hacksawed the vertical pipe [grey] ...
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Can I splice hard PVC with soft PVC?

I am splicing a PVC pipe identical to the pipe on the left of the image. I will insert 3 inches and use a pair of joints like the one that appears on the right of the image. Hence I'm guessing it's ...
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Water not coming on after ball valve turned off

We turned off the water supply going outside of the house during winter and we just turn that supply back on but there's no water coming out of the outside faucet. The lever connected to ball valve ...
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Connect Two Pipes

I am not sure how this was originally connected, but it is now disconnected. What must I do to get these two pipes re-attached? The top white pipe has no threading or anything on it, so I'm not sure ...
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Does this "creative" grounding meet 2017 or 2020 NEC?

House configuration: 1950s California ranch style single story with attic. Late 1960s split bus panel with probably 100A service. 120V outlets in house are ungrounded 2-prong. Gas enters house ...
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what is the waxy white residue in my house pipes

I have had white residue in my dishwasher and did some research and found what I thought to be the answer which was not cleaning my dishes well enough so food residue was building up. However now my ...
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Sump Pump Check Valve on Washing Laundry Machine

I am a resident and my apartment manager purchased a Everbuilt THD1020 (In-Line Sump Pump Check Valve) , and installed in the back hose of our washing machine. The back hose would leak detergent soap ...
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Washing Machine(WM) installation: Water box

Location: West Bengal, India. Electrical supply: 240V AC. Model: IFB TL-SDR 6.5 Kg Aqua. Question: Will a water box provide any advantage, now or later, if the WM model is changed? Should I include ...
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What kind of water pump should I use to supply a tankless water heater from a non-pressurized water source?

I have a tankless water heater similar to this one, which I'd like to setup at a campsite where I'll have water but not from a pressurized source (e.g. a bucket of filtered river water). The heater I ...
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How can I unstick a water connector?

My water diverter is screwed on to the outdoor faucet, but now it's stuck and it won't budge in either direction (black connector in images). It has four equidistant "notches" intended for ...
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Turned on a valve, discovered water leaking through basement ceiling [closed]

I turned on a valve in a basement ceiling access panel while de-winterizing the house thinking it would open the garage faucet, but instead I heard water gushing through the pipe and down through a ...
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Should the Toilet hose valve be loose like this?

Today I turned off the toilet water since I have not moved in yet to my new home. I noticed the spindle is loose. Is this normal? If it is not, is there a significant risk of it coming off and ...
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compression or push-to-connect more reliable for copper water line?

If you had to make a connection to an existing 1/2" copper water line, which would be buried in a wall (behind a new kitchen sink-base), and soldering was impractical due to proximity of ...
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Smelly water from bathroom faucet

We are on well water and we have an iron filter and water softner both newer (2 years old) and we have smelly water but only the cold faucet and only for a few seconds when the cold water faucet is ...
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Why does cold water flow to just one of my bath faucets when the water heater valve is closed?

I currently have a plumbing leak which has caused me to close the gate valve above my water heater unless we need hot water. By doing this, we are still able to use the sinks, toilets, etc. One of ...
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Clean Sand from bottom of a 5000-gallon drinking water storage tank

I have drinking water storage tanks around 3500 and 5000 gallons for house water. The well pump has pumped mostly sand and very small gravel into the tank from the underground aquafer from the 200-...
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When a toilet is flushed, clear water drips in basement

Looking for cause of water dripping. When a toilet is flushed, in our basement below it, clear water drips. It is clear and not waste water. After the toilet refills, this stops. It does not happen ...
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Leaking from above

I have a bathroom that is upstairs right above my kitchen. Lately we have noticed a lot of water on the countertops and floor after we shower. I thought the drain was clogged so I purchased some ...
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Low HOT water pressure - Electric water heater - Cold water inlet clogged?

I have VERY hard water. I replace the lower element and suck out/flush the bottom of the tank at least twice a year. I have very low HOT water pressure. Cold pressure is fine. I took the hot water ...
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Patio cement floor water seepage

16 year old enclosed patio cement floor with water seepage. No cracks in floor recently started. Only happens when it rains or melting snow. Can I apply a sealer to concrete floor after it completely ...
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Paint inside refrigerator water shutoff valve—clean or replace?

The refrigerator water shutoff valve in my house has not been used in years. At some point, it seems to have been partially painted over, and there is paint inside the opening on the valve (photos ...
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Reduce part count for countertop dishwasher hookup?

I bought a countertop dishwasher. Home Depot did not have adapters to connect my faucet to the included quick-connect adapter. I have also heard that the hoses in pull-out faucets are not meant to ...
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Turning off main water line

How long is it safe to have a main water line turned off to your house? We are gone from the home for 6 months. Will we have problems with leaks when we turn this water back on?
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Basic question: water pipe fitting, leaks and force required

A question from the inexperienced: I have a leak at a water pipe joint and I don't know whether the answer is just more force - reluctant to apply excessive force until I know it's the right thing to ...
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Stop Pipes From Pulling Through The Wall

I had shower valves replaced about a month ago, and ever since then now if you pull the shower knob it pulls out a great deal of pipe through the cut-out. I'm thinking the easiest solution to this ...
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I’m getting Static shocks when touching water in Lay-Z-Spa whilst standing on my Astro Turf

In the spa for a while. I bent over to use the net that was sitting on the Astro Turf. I touched the metal handle and got a shock. I got out and stood on the Astro Turf and when I put my finger in the ...
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How to drain a toilet bowl?

I want to clean a stained porcelain toilet bowl. It feels like a small crusty coral reef right at the bottom in the water, visible to anyone looking down. I suspect its like calcium/lime but this is ...
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Plumbing part on shutoff

What is the part above the ball valve? What does it do?
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