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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is this Asbestos? or anything dangerous?

In my garage there are some water pipes I believe that have a wrap around them and in some places its expanded and opened. Now I am worried if its asbestos. Its yellow and looks puffy. I near a water ...
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Air in Water Lines - Jet Pump System

Hoping someone may be able to give me some help in figuring out a problem. I just opened up a house last night that had been shut down for over a year with the plumbing system drained and winterized. ...
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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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How to Increase Pressure from Water Tank?

Due to low water pressure and lots of water interruptions from our water supplier, we installed a water system. This is how our water system works: water supplier > water/booster pump (0.5 hp) > ...
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Drainage issue, water causing foul odor in home

I live in an apartment building where the building is built on a concrete slab. There is NO overhead drain pipes or gutters and the water pools up along the side of the building next to my living room ...
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Will replacing my jet pump with one that has a higher shut-off pressure increase the discharge pressure?

I'm currently using a pump with a rated shut-off pressure of 69 PSI to supply a house with water. It is sucking through a 1.25" PVC pipe that extends 1100' into a lake. The lift from the water surface ...
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3/4 Inch CPVC Pipe Run Underground - Low Pressure

I tied into a water line that was capped off in my crawlspace. It is a CPVC water line that used to run to a sink in a utility room of my home. Water pressure when the line was connected was just as ...
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How reliable are the following methods to treat hard water for home use?

How reliable are the following methods to treat hard water for home use? Not looking for drinking purpose/RO, but for Bathing/Washing etc Electronic AntiScale System Magnetic Water Softener Salt ...
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Will adding a water softener to a house with hard water loosen / dissolve existing sediment?

Will adding a water softener to a house with (very) hard water loosen / dissolve existing sediments in pipes and appliances throughout the house? If so, is it anything to worry above?
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Vacuum breaker valve

I have a sprinkler system that the breaker valve is blowing off water whenever I turn on zone 3. I have 6 zones and it only does it on 3. If I manually open zone 3 very slowly then 3 works fine but ...
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Moved into flat, cold water tank leaking, can it be removed?

Background I've moved into a flat recently and have been renovating. I'm doing all the work myself - have installed a new bathroom, new kitchen, new shower and cistern etc. and now I've realised the ...
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Gap between half moon window and lower windows

Is something missing in this gap? I had a lot of water come in through the top corner of this window last storm. I’ve caulked and placed silicon anywhere I can see possible. The entire house siding ...
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Broke outdoor spigot from its pipe, discovered pipe is PVC instead of metal. How to repair this?

This spigot comes out of my walkout basement wall outside (with plastic sidings). It had this stupid anti-siphoning attachment that restricted water flow, so I tried to twist that off and broke the ...
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How to fix this one and is it a moisture problem?

I wonder how to fix this moisture and I am not even sure if it is moisture. Please advise.
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Why is the street “weeping”? [closed]

There is a section of street outside my home that is always wet, even when hot and dry outside. The neighborhood is under construction (all new homes). I have not experienced any plumbing issues. Why ...
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What is the proper way to bring a water line in through skirting on concrete runners?

Hello, I have a new manufactured home in the greater Seattle area. Our frost line is at 12” and the home sits on concrete runners. My contractor ran a common trench for our utilities, power and ...
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Well Pressure Tank from 35 PSI to 65 and back every 7 minutes

My well pressure tank (Well X Trol) kicks on, goes up to 65 PSI, then immediately starts dropping, and after about 7 minutes, hits 35 PSI and kicks back on again, pushing it back up to 65 PSI... and ...
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A plumber replaced my vacuum break after it was damaged by ice. My sprinkler system still doesn't work. What to do next?

Last week, I had a plumber come to my house because the vacuum break in my sprinkler system froze and broke. This came as a surprise to me because we have always had the system properly winterise. I ...
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What metal is most suitable for a ladder submerged in an underground water tank?

I need a ladder in my underground water tank at home, to enable easy access for cleaning and maintenance operations. The water from the underground tank is used for drinking, apart from other ...
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Which cement or mortar will give best result when creating low water diversion barriers?

I want to build up a short dam of maybe half an inch in height, to control where water is flowing. The water flows as a small, steady trickle. Right now it fans across a large-ish area. I'd like to ...
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Reverse Osmosis Tank Not Filling After Filter Change

I just replaced my RO filters and now my tank is empty and not filling. I detached the supply line to the tank and NO water came out aside from an initial spray so I'm not sure what the issue is. The ...
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Can I discharge water heater condensate outdoors?

I'll be installing a condensing tankless water heater that has a condensate drain. Can I discharge this line outside instead of into sewer?
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“overnight” we have no cold water at all in bathroom. Hot water works fine. No frozen temps (65+)

I'm a widow and cannot afford to hire a plumber. I will try to fix myself if I knew where to start. Need help to find the cause. All other faucets and water flow in the kitchen and master bathroom are ...
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Will the seals in a toilet dry out if the water is disconnected for a long period?

If we turn the main water off is it a problem for the seals in the toilet to dry out? We we be gone for a year, so over winter and summer..
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Water coming through detached garage concrete floor

We have a detached 1954 garage on a concrete slab. The slab is cracked in many places and we get water in it during a heavy rain. Or, during this rainy spring, there's almost always water in it. As it ...
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Planning to switch to a tankless water heater

I am planning to convert to a tankless water heater but have a few questions to make sure I am on the correct path. I live in a rowhouse in Philadelphia where natural gas is used for heat and my ...
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Water Main coming into house - is just super cold and keeps the basement cold

Just getting out of the winter, although it keeps snowing here in Chicago. Recently moved into a new home, and have a concern regarding the main water line coming into the building. The water line ...
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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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Low water pressure to kitchen sink after installing new water heater

I installed a tankless water heater and now the kitchen sink has low pressure. I checked the aerator and cleaned it out, still low pressure. I filled a container with water with the aerator both On ...
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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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Can this water damage be explained by lack of gutters and grading issues?

We are currently midway through a major renovation to an old house. Part of the renovation was digging out a new basement and adding a new foundation around it. The basement has a ceiling height of ...
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1/4 inch plastic water line to 1/2 inch refrigerator connection

I am on the last step of installing a reverse osmosis water filtration system underneath the kitchen sink. After the water is filtered, I have two options; connect the final blue 1/4 inch outer ...
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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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Staining over water marks?

I’m guessing this is water damage, right? I was sanding down and this white mark appeared. After sanding I applied prestain and spot checked with a dark stain but it didn’t help at all. How can I fix ...
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Do recirculation pumps work with water source heat pumps?

Our plumber has installed the recirculation pump but, when it is on we only have tepid water. When we unplug it we have hot water. Just wondering if recirculation pumps are meant to work with heat ...
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Water pressure drops while any faucet turned on

My incoming pressure gauge read 85psi from meter. My outgoing pressure after pressure reducer is 55psi. When using shower it decreases to about 45 psi. But incoming from still reads steady 85psi. Is ...
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My Toilet Keeps Making Sounds Like It Is Filling Up Every 3 Minutes

What is causing my toilets to kick on every other minute? It's not flushing - it sounds like the water is filling up. Does this make the electric bill higher?
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How to shut off water to pool

I would like to shut off water to the pool so that I can drain it--I don't want to shut off water at the main line near the curb of the house. I don't see any indication of how I might do this based ...
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Stop water pooling on a shower pocket shelf?

I have just moved into a new place and the walk in shower has a great, but flat, pocket shelf cut into the back wall. However the water pools after every shower which requires me to pick up all the ...
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Can this valve be used for water?

A water valve cracked today at my house and had to call a plumber. He replaced it with a gas valve (yellow handle). He said he uses gas valves because they are better quality. What he installed looks ...
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How do I stop a creek from eroding my steep embankment?

Behind my house there is a very steep bank/slope that leads down to a decent-sized, slow moving creek about 10 - 12 ft wide. Unfortunately it meanders right behind my property at the base of this ...
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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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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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Is it safe to harvest rainwater that fell on solar panels?

I am working on creating blueprints for my new home. My plan is to have both solar panels on the roof and a rainwater catchment system that directs water from the roof into some tanks in the basement. ...
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Water pump that can shut down if no water from supplier

Presently we are suffering water supply crisis in which there is not enough water supply for the population so water supply has to be turned on or off by the supplier. What kind of water pump that ...
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Water pump and inverter

I'm using a 2500 watt inverter with a regular car battery to power a vacation house with no city electricity or water, all my appliances work just fine except the water pump, the manual of the pump ...
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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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Regular then low pressure from well water

First of all I have a drilled well with an in well pump. My house is manufactured housing with PEX lines. I recently drained the lines to install a new kitchen faucet. I just shut off the breakers for ...
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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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Pipe drips water on my exterior porch?

So, there's this pipe sticking out of the wall between my garage and the front porch. Occasionally, an amount of water seeps out of it, enough to pool eventually though I've never seen any water "...