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 and can you increase the flow volume for a tub faucet?

We recently built around a 1000 sq ft addition onto our house. The existing home had one or two additions to it prior since the main part was built in like 1930 something the plumbing is the regular ...
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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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Reverse Osmosis tank fills for 45 minutes and stops. Drains in 10

I changed the catridges on my system. Now the tank fills for about 45 minutes with all the valves except the drain line open. It empties in about 10 minutes. Water is not continuously running to the ...
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How to setup a basic irrigation system (single zone)?

Summer is coming and I am already dreading the watering of the plants, shrubs and trees behind my house. I am thinking of installing a very basic irrigation system (one zone) to water the area but I ...
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Why is my water pump humming and starting slowly?

I was going to include more information and a video clip but I'm away from home and my water now does not work so I'm posting sooner rather than later. I have a bilevel house with a water pump in a ...
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Identifying My Main Water Shutoff Valve / Setup

I've owned my first home for a few years now, but have never truly known where my main water shutoff valve was, mainly because I've never really known how to identify it. I've looked around my utility ...
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Water/antifreeze radiator cooled work shop

An additional line of thought. Cooling radiators in summer? I found this having the same concept for cooling. I live in south louisiana, US where 95F is vary common turning tin boxes into a slow ...
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How to power a well water pump on the local electric grid

I have a well water pump which I have been operating on a 10KW generator at 220V. Lately, the generator has been having problems so I need to power the pump on my local electrical grid while the ...
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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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Repair bottom plate rot in bathroom interior wall

Just started a bathroom renovation in my (new to us) 1961 ranch house built over crawlspace in NC. I planned on new floor, new vanity & sink, new toilet, but I want to keep the cast iron enameled ...
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Capping an old refrigerator water line?

My old fridge broke down, and I am getting a new one but this one does not have a water/ice dispenser. I turned off the water line to my appartment to disconnect the old fridge, but before I can turn ...
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How can I determine if moisture in a basement is due to condenstation vs intrusion through walls?

I have a 1902 house built upon a limestone foundation, and I am interesting in finishing a portion of the basement to build a home office. Before I build anything though, I want to make sure I do it ...
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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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My town house was flooded from my ceiling opening up leaking water, is it the poor caulking we used more than 5 years back?

I have a 1964 townhouse I reside in I love it; however, 3 years ago I felt drops in my kitchen shrugged, I'll see about that later rushing off to work. Then 2 years ago, a bubble began to form in ...
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Chronic Flame Sensor Failure - Furnace and Water Heater

My house is 9 years old. About 5 years ago the Lennox gas furnace began to go into lockout. The problem was diagnosed as a dirty flame sensor. Shortly after, the same problem occurred with the Rheem ...
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I have a 30amp 240 breaker going to a 240v water pump. I want to protect each leg with a GFI

I have a 30amp, 240v circuit running to a 240v water pump. Can I add a 20amp GFI to each leg?
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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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Filtered water in a glass container

So I'm tired of carrying mineral water bottles and recycling the glass. I'd like to switch to filtered tap water, but I'd like to avoid the plastic jug and the plastic container in which the filtering ...
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Blomberg refrigerator making intermittent loud knocking sounds coming from the ice maker

Sounds and vibration coming from the sealed ice maker assembly in top left side of freezer. 50 seconds knocking, 10 second pause, knocking resumes. When we unplug refrigerator and plug back in, the ...
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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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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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Waterproofing Brick foundation

I live in a brick house built circa 1975 in northern Alabama. It has a huge brick/cinder block/concrete front porch. The brick is a veneer that goes around the bottom. When it rains, some of the ...
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GE Profile refrigerator model PSSS3RGXA SS not dispensing water or ice. Makes ice into bin

Side by side refrigerator is cold, freezes water, makes ice cubes and dumps them into the bin. The green LEDs for door alarm, water and quick ice are on. The LED for lock is not on. Pressing the ...
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Turn off water heater as well during winter?

If I am going on vacation for an extended period during winter (it occasionally gets below freezing here), should I turn off water valve AND the gas water heater or just turn off the main water valve? ...
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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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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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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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well water pressure coming and going

What could the cause of our well water coming and going. We can use the water and it will work fine then the pressure will start to go until we have no water at all. We wait a couple hours or so and ...
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Jet water pump runs forever and water tank never fills

I just bought a new house that was winterized and vacant for about 6 months. It has a deep well with a jet pump. When I turn the pump on, the tank does not fill up but water does come out of the ...
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Does 3/4” pex supply enough water for a house

Will 3/4” pex with an inside diameter of .68 inches have enough capacity to supply a 3/4” manifold with 1/2” supply lines to a bathtub, washer and toilet and sink with no pressure drop? I plan on ...
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How can I install an overhead water tank and refill it for individual usage?

I live in a group apartment where there is severe water supply problem. We have a common sump in basement which can be filled with water from external supply sources like water tanker trucks on ...
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Installing expansion tank at washing machine valve?

I own a condo with a terribly cramped water heater closet (it sits underneath the air handler with about 6 inches of clearance). I need an expansion tank, but it really will not fit in that closet (...
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cooling city water in the summer

First off, I live in Phoenix, AZ. This is desert here. I live in an area where people mostly have natural desert landscaping rather than lawns. Now, this will sound really odd to folks who live ...
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Spikes in water pressure

Just had a leak fixed on the main water pipe coming into my house. The repair man suggested I get a pressure gauge with two needles so I can check current pressure along with previous pressures over ...
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Are there outward signs of a French drain?

I'm wondering whether my house has a French drain to keep water away from the foundation. Is there a way to find out that doesn't involve digging up the yard? (I.e., would there be any above-ground ...
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How should I address water seeping into basement?

I just bought a house that was built in the early fifties, with an unfinished basement. Recently, after a heavy rainfall, some water leaked into certain parts of the basement (see photos). This is a ...
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Water Pump Will Not Pressurize Over 30 PSI

I’ve been having issues with the water pump at my house. When I turn it on using the breaker in the main breaker panel, it turns on and moves the pressure to 30 psi according to the pressure gauge, ...
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Is it bad to turn off the water while on vacation?

I'm a little OCD when it comes to traveling. I have learned from experience that when I am away, I constantly have visions that a pipe in the wall had burst and that the water is slowly filling the ...
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Faucet handle removal

I’m trying to replace my bathroom faucet (I turned off the water supply lines) and cannot get the base of the handles off. Here are photos of the top and bottom: Anything I should try?
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What type of compression fitting do I need?

I purchased a GE PLV1817XSS dishwasher and I am trying to connect the water to to the dishwasher intake, but I'm having trouble finding the correct fitting. The water intake is an unthreaded plastic ...
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Water Release Valve that doesn't look like a Pressure Release Valve

This "valve" started spewing water this AM and the only way to stop it was to turn off the main water and then turn it back on. Any idea what this is and what would've happened if we weren't home? ...
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Why is lots of water bad for septic, and how can I take long showers without hurting it?

I recently bought my first home that has septic, after 26 years of living with sewers. I've heard that putting lots of water down the septic all at one time is bad for the system, but I'm confused as ...
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How does cold water pressure get used by a hot water heater to produce hot water pressure?

Recently I had to change a washer in the shower for my hot water tap. I couldn't find the pressure tap for the hot water on my hot water boiler. I asked a friend how to switch off the hot water ...
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Low hot water pressure

I have a gas water heater. Put in in 09. Low after pressure in all faucets. Have drained water heater, changed piping to pex and new pressure valve. Still same low pressure. Could it be heater itself?
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Tankless Water Heater water pressure regulator

All hot water faucets in my house have very slow output after a water hammer event. All cold faucets have normal flow. Could this be caused by a defective pressure regulator in the tankless water ...
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Regrading under deck to protect footings from water

I had an above ground pool installed and a deck built around it early last fall. The way the builder built the deck footings was to pour 4' of concrete 12" in diameter, then attach metal post brackets ...
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Why does my water leave this pink film?

I have noticed that my water will leave a slimy pink film on certain surfaces like a sink drain, bath toys, or dog water bowl. What would cause this and how can I fix it?
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Tub faucet pressure starts strong then drops off

Only my tub fauce water pressure starts great, then after 5 seconds it drops off. It happens on both hot and cold settings. What could be causing this? Thanks in advance for any advice.
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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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Gaskets for tap/faucet for drinking water

Because a tap in our kitchen (used for drinking water) is dripping and the gasket* is old, I want to replace it. I find numerous gaskets on the market that would fit, but it always says on the packing ...