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 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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Gas water pipe corrosion… Can It be fixed?

My gas water heater pipes have corrosion at the copper to galvanized metal connection. Can it be fixed, and if so with what and how?
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Issues installing water spigot

I been trying to install an exterior water spigot for the past few hours. I bought a new 1/2 inch frost proof lawn faucet from arrowhead brass and plumbing llc and the salesperson recommended that I ...
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electric water heater shutdown for the winter

I have a water storage tank attached to my oil fired furnace. I also have an electric water heater that I use at the same time. Is it ok to turn off the water heater to save money in the winter and ...
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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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How to clear a copper water line in the concrete pad?

I replaced a gas hot water heater. I opened the valve to fill it while the faucets were off.( The gas is not yet turned on.) Then opened the kitchen hot ,of course a blast of air then some slightly ...
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Shower flow rate is low after replacing cartridges

PLEASE HELP!!! My plumber replaced both GP77759 and GP500520 Kohler shower cartridges and now the water flow rate in the showers is very low. The flow rate was excellent prior to him simply replacing ...
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Downstairs & upstairs central heating on, water heater pilot turns off

I normall only turn on one central heating at a time upstairs or downstairs but when accidentally both are on, the minute that happens my water heater pilot goes off. This is proven fact. I can only ...
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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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Looking for a reliable water main shut off [closed]

I don't want anything 'smart'. Just a water sensor that mechanically shuts off water to prevent a flood. Anyone know of anything that is proven to be reliable...and not dependant on the internet? ...
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Reverse osmosis water filter installation

I am currently attempting to install a reverse osmosis water filtration system in the cabinet underneath my kitchen sink next to a refrigerator. The system comes with a faucet which appears to get it'...
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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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Should a gas water heater be shut down if the water main has to be turned off?

I have a brand new AO Smith 50gal gas water heater. Today there was a burst pipe from the cold spell we're having currently, so I had to turn off the water main to the house until the plumbers get ...
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After replacing pressure tank water stops completely for several minutes at a time

I just installed a new well tank, replaced all with new parts,made sure the air was set on the new tank at 28 as the instructions said to do ,I have a 30/50 switch . Never had this problem until we ...
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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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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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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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Hot water issues in the apartment and plumbers are stumped?

We have a unit upstairs in a 4-plex. The other units don't have any issues, but hot water recently stopped working in this apartment. Rarely water might get hot or warm but goes cold again. When the ...
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iron stains in toilets but iron filter seems to be working well

New construction house, 3y old. Southwestern Ontario, in Canada. We are on a private well with fairly high iron (3mg/L) and hardness (612mg CaCO3 /L). We knew this when we built the house and ...
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Is there a pressure activated water valve

I would like to buy a pressure activated water valve (for irrigation), so that when the water pressure is above P1, the valve will turn on, and when water pressure drops below P2, the valve will shut ...
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Well issues, losing water overnight

So, basic back story, well pump was done in 2012, approx 7 years old. House is 1992 built, 3 bathrooms, 4 kids, 2 adults. The kids shower almost every night back to back, which recently became an ...
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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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With lever-style taps, why is cold water only added to the mix the further up the tap is pushed?

I have several lever-style taps throughout my house - up/down controls the speed of the water flow, and left/right the temperature (left = hotter, right = colder). I have a hot water tank, and as a ...
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Why does cold water leak when hot water is turned on in bathroom sink?

Before I try to repair this, I want to understand what's going on so I don't fix the wrong thing or cause a larger leak in the bathroom sink. Our house was built about 20 yrs ago so it's modern ...
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Plumbing Faucet: Water Pressure vs Water Flow Difference

They always say water flow (Gallons per Minute) and water pressure (Weight force) are two different things. Say I have a faucet with 1.8 GPM Aerator. 1) If I increase water pressure in my home, ...
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Can lost water pressure cause a water heater to leak/rupture?

I woke up this morning at 5 am to my water heater making loud noises. It had leaked all over the floor and the bathroom sink had a steady stream of hot water that wouldn't turn off. This water heater ...
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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 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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Is it ok to use pneumatic tools underwater

I have a concrete that is stuck underwater. The concrete piece is too heavy. I think that I could break it into small pieces with my pneumatic impact drill.
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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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How can I change planes with a row of copper water pipes?

I have five 3/4 copper water lines coming into my mechanicals room along the ceiling - so they are nicely lined up in a horizontal plane, parallel to the plane of the ceiling. However, our manifolds ...
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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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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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How can I fairly distribute water pressure and flow throughout my home?

All new home plumbing. Well fed, so we have our own booster pump and we control the water inlet pressure. My goal is to split the house into four "zones" that I can turn off, independently with a ...
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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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Why is my circulator pump heating my house?

Our house had always had some latent heat coming through the vents even when they were turned off, which was causing the temperature to be pretty unbearable during the summer. One day, we heard ...
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Hard Water Deposits

I'm considering purchasing a water softener due to living in an area with very hard water. Should I consider having my water lines flushed out prior to installing the softener?
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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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Sump pump cycle

We bought a house. It's up on a hill. There is a "path" through the backyard that stays green all year long at the bottom of the hill. The elevation of this "path" is about 3 feet +/- lower than ...
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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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Locate water shut off valve

I'm trying to locate the water shut off valve for my home. I'm trying to shut-off the water to replace and outdoor faucet. I've attached 3 pics of possible locations for it. Can anyone identify it for ...
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Do you know what this “connector piece” is called and where to buy it?

Does anyone know what the "connector piece" mentioned in this video at 6min 11s is called: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HIOiyPKUbQ&t=6m10s And where to buy it? I could not find it Lowe's, ...
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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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How can I fix a wall-mounted toilet that keeps running?

Our wall-mounted toilet keeps running. It is easy to "stop" by removing the plate with the push-buttons and pressing down the cylinder (valve?) inside, but I'd like to find an actual solution :) It's ...
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Unidentified pipe and smelly water trickling under slab into basement floor drain

Our house is in Toronto, Canada and was built in the late 1960's. We have lived here 5 years and currently rent out the basement suite. A few days ago, our tenants complained of a sewer smell ...
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Noisy water system in GE Profile fridge

My GE Profile refrigerator's water dispenser started making a noise when drawing water and I replaced the filter with the bypass insert. Now the noise has stopped but no water comes out. What could ...
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My waterpik shower keeps running on pause

On my waterpik hand held shower, when i try to turn off the spray, the spray just reduces a little bit. It is supposed to just trickle. Any solutions?
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How to stop my water meter connection leak?

Prior to moving into my house two years ago, part of he agreement was that the owners would replace the water main valve. It's been good up until a couple weeks ago. There's drip coming out of it ...