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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How to make Ariston Hotpoint FMG 863 SK washing machine to use more water

Due to EU and US regulations, latest models of washing machines are really eco-friendly and use much less water thant their previous models. The problem is, this has to be countered by increasing the ...
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Sprinklers on = no pressure in both sprinklers AND house

When I turn sprinklers on, the water pressure is practically zero for sprinklers and also in house. Upon turning sprinklers off, house pressure returns to normal. Leak detection service found no leaks....
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Sill plate pushing siding off, causing gap for mice and moisture?

Younger home owner here. I've had water get into my basement a few times last spring in the corner and in this area (directly under my little front deck). The corner was due to no downspout (water was ...
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How and can you increase the flow volume for a tub faucet?

We recently built an addition onto our house of approximately a 1000 sq ft. The existing home had one or two prior additions to it since the main part was built in 1930 something. The plumbing is the ...
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Water on block foundation wall

I have water on the top 4 feet of my basement foundation wall. This goes around almost the entire perimeter of the basement. The bottom 4 feet of blocks are dry. Any ideas the cause? Can someone ...
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What are the practical differences between 1/2“ and 3/4” pipe between a water softener and water heater?

I purchased a WaterBoss ProSeries water softener and plan to install it immediately before my water heater as described in this post. The instructions for the water softener indicate that 3/4" pipe ...
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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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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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How to Fix this Water System?

Due to low water pressure and lots of water interruptions from our water supplier, we asked a 3rd party to install a water system. This is how the water system looks like based on my observation. ...
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What is this pipe in my basement?

I have a lot of water coming into my basement from a line that is next to where my water pump feeds into. It has been raining a lot lately. I found a pipe in the basement that looks like it could be a ...
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Dripping sound emanating from interior wall space

I've seen some other questions about dripping sounds but wasn't sure if my situation fills the same circumstances or not. I have a 2-story home and only a partial understanding of where the ...
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Leak with Drywall and Wood Framing

I've got, potentially, a silly question. We're having some work done in our basement, including the addition of a bathroom. The guys working here were working on the main to install the up-flush ...
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How could I run a residential water line across a creek?

I'm looking at a new location for a house, and all utilities will need to cross a creek at some point - it's about 10 feet wide, 3 feet deep at the lowest spot. Due to the proximity of it to the road, ...
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Turning the faucet just a little bit makes the water too cold?

When I'm showering the faucet is usually turned well towards the hot side. Everything is fine and dandy. But sometimes I realize that the water is too hot so I turn the faucet ever so slightly to the ...
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Possible cross over issue with water lines

About 2 weeks ago our hot water started getting less and less hot, now it is completely cold. If I turn the cold angle stop off at the sink, so only the hot water line can feed the faucet, and turn it ...
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Installing a sump pump to reduce relative air humidity

I have a damp basement. There are really no big water issues because the house sits on sloped terrain, it's just damp and musty. I've been running a de-humidifier, but that doesn't seem to be taking ...
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Why is there no water in the kitchen?

There is no water flow hot or cold in kitchen. It works everywhere else in the house. The temperature has been between 0-20 in Northern VA.
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Pulsing water with PEX tubing?

Our home is plumbed with PEX tubing, from what I can tell. When summer started, the shower started running hotter, so we turned down the shower lower and lower. But when we reached a certain place ...
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Where could the air in the water system be coming from?

We live on the top two floors of a small brownstone walkup. To get the heating to work upstairs I need to bleed the baseboard heater almost every other day. All faucets in the house sputter, and the ...
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Can I use a water tank and pump to feed a boiler?

As the title suggests I would like to know if I can use a water tank and pump to feed my boiler? I want to get rid of my electric shower and currently I have large water tank with a pump feeding to ...
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How to fix a poor plumbing installation resulting in severe odor problems?

After reading this related question and check that the wax seal is ok, I assume I have a problem with the trap, but where's the trap? The outline of the plumbing in my home (a bit simplified) is like ...
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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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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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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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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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Using reverse osmosis (RO) to reduce arsenic in well water?

I have a well with 1.9 ug/L total arsenic (As). Yes this is below the EPA action level of 10 ug/L. However, most states do have warnings indicating that longer term consumption of As below that level ...
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Is my water meter or prv causing whine, and how do I fix it?

I'm getting really loud whine whenever I turn on a faucet at full blast. I've narrowed it down to one of the two pictured components but I can't tell which of them is causing it. The whine doesn't ...
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Kitchen water cooler not cooling water

Water in the cooler stays at room temperature and is dispensed properly, but just does not get cold. When I plug it in, I hear a low hum. Not sure how to diagnose. Any tips? It is a basic model that ...
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Adapter to use a Doulton water filter on a Pfister faucet

I live in the USA. The water in my unit is very bad, so I bought a Countertop Filter from Doulton, one of the highest-reviewed ceramic filters out there that uses a standard 22mm female thread. ...
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Low water pressure locating regulator

Replaced shower faucet. Now whole house lost water pressure. Replaced the main didnt fix it. 80psi on water gage but when two things running pressure drops completely. Plummer told me to replace ...
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Fixing shower tile to repair possible water damage

My bathroom is around 15 years old and my shower tiles are starting to show some water damage. I am a bit worried that this is leaking and may cause some water damage elsewhere. The grout doesn't ...
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How do I pick a well drilling company?

It seems like well drilling comes down to them showing up and charging you for time and potentially materials. If they drill a dry well, you pay for that. I live in a rural area and am looking at ...
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Something about my hot water won't let the conditioner rinse out of my hair--why?

This is a repost of a related question, but I have changed the question. I noticed in late February that even immediately after washing my hair, it felt and looked greasy and that my bath water felt ...
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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 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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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 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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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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Need help with water valve/cartridge removal

Trying to replace hot water leaking cartridge and having problems removing old one out. I was able to unscrew the top part but insides stuck and won't come out easily. I've tried to force it but ...
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Water Pressure drops

Completely renovated a new home recently. We always had issues with the water pressure, so the builder put in a new line from the city (1.5 inch) down a long driveway. We also got a tankless water ...
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My granite foundation was underpinned and has load-bearing 6x6 posts around the perimeter of the basement. How to repoint behind them?

My building has a granite block foundation supporting a brick structure above it. In the 80's, the building was gutted and the foundation was underpinned. They added load bearing posts around the ...
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How to install a MWF water filter for GE refrigerator

I am not able to install MWF water filter cartridge in my GE refrigerator. Instructions say to align arrows. I don't see 2 arrows to align. Align where?
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water valve to toilet will not shut off and the water is running more and more even when off

my toilet was being fix because one of my kids break it. the water valve was turn off but was leaking a lil bit then around 10:30 last night it sounding like my washer was being fill but it was coming ...
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Do I need a pump for my sprinkler zones that are minus 70 feet elevation?

I have a water tank on a hill and some lawns to water at the bottom of the hill. The pipe that connects those two is a 2.5" pipe (yes, really) and when I attach a pressure gauge at the bottom of this ...
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Gas Water Heater and Water Shut Off

My house and my neighbors' houses are going to have our water shut off from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm this week by our Water and Wastewater District. I called the manufacturer of the water heater and also ...
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Blasts of hot water in Shower

Why do i get Hot water during the shower every time the pump kicks on? Every time I am in the shower and the pump kicks in to build pressure, the water gets very hot and stays that way until the ...
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Can I have two different types of water heater in the same house?

I currently have an indirect fired 55 galon water tank. The house is pretty big and the former owner had a second, power vented water heater on the other side of the house. It seems he also had the ...
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Moisture is leaking through my basement walls, but the house is surrounded by concrete. Worth fixing?

I'm in Minneapolis, in a house built in 1886, fully renovated a few years ago. The basement is finished. This has been an extremely wet winter, with lots of snow and ice that is now melting. Some ...
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Very low water pressure in the 2nd floor shower but good pressure every where else

Here are the facts: I have a 2 or 2.5 inch water pipe from the street and supposedly very high water pressure. This is the master shower and is located on the second floor. It was remodeled 11 years ...
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excessive moisture in crawl space with spray foam insulation

Have new construction in NW florida. Off grade about 2' with wood frame construction. Have water running down the driveway and under the house. It pools up then slow drains in. I have spray foam ...

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