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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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 "...
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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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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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Composite Scale Reducer in Britony Flexiflue can it work without it?

I have got the above that is to be replaced with a new system very soon. I don't want to pay £60 to replace the leaking one I have, any ideas on what I can do, tempory fix or do without it if the ...
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Can I reduce hot water distribution delay with thinner tubes?

Kitchen and bathroom(s) are at the opposite sides of my house (14m). I recently replaced and moved my hot-water-heater (electric, now thermo-dynamic) closer to the bathroom(s) in order to reduce the ...
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Questions about a fire suppression system breaking

I own and live in a condo unit. There is a fire suppression system that runs between the walls of each unit. The unit is about 15 years old. 5 years ago, after an extremely cold night, I walked in ...
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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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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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Water coming up from under stone tiles

I have water seeping up from stone tile in a first floor mud room. I checked in the basement ceiling below these tiles and there does not appear to be any wetness and the water also isn’t coming from ...
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Electrical shower no water pressure after turning off the mains supply

Hi I am hoping someone can help me - I turned my water supply off and replaced two ballcocks - one for heating and one on my main tank - drained all water out of the system - turned supply back on ...
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How can I repair a leaking valve on an unused refrigerator water line?

I recently bought a fridge that doesn't have an ice maker or water dispenser. I turned off the water under my sink that goes to the fridge line, yet I still find a puddle of water in the morning when ...
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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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T&P Valve dripping after connecting new lines to water heater

I put in a new bathroom right by my water heater, about 25 ft of hot and cold pex line. Ever since The day I turned on the valves to do a leak test, I've had a very slow drip from my temperature ...
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How do I calculate my monthly water usage?

In terms of water usage, how much is 10 cubic meters of water? I ask this because I live in a small apartment with another person and our monthly water bill is now over 6 times higher. When I called ...
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Underground downspout extensions - Are pop up emitters needed?

To move rainwater further away from a foundation than the standard 2~3 foot above-ground downspout extensions, what are the underground options? Example of standard downspout extension: (Photo from ...
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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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Shut off valve turned on - no water flow

My faucet drain stop needed fixing, I went below the sink, shut off the valves. After turning the shut off valves back on, no water flows through the faucet. Both hot and cold worked fine before ...
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Pulsating (cold) tap water

When not running any warm water, and having my tap about half open, the cold water pulsates a bit. The stream moves forwards and backwards about half a centimeter. I'm assuming the pressure fluctuates....
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Installing 2 shower heads

I'm about to finish the rough plumbing in my shower, wife wants 2 shower heads. I'm fine with it, but what are the specs for the pipe size? Can I buy 2 shower valves with 1/2" inlets or do I need 3/4"?...
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Basement Drain Pump pipe vibrates

Outflow pipe rattles and vibrates when water is discharged. Is something wrong with the pump? Just started doing it. Believe it is a 404 liberty pump. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Refrigerator Water Dispenser Tripping GFCI

The refrigerator is on a dedicated circuit / socket --- not a GFCI. However, in the last week, when using the water dispenser on the fridge, the GFCI has tripped simultaneously. There are no ...
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Low water pressure in a specific sink after turning off the supply lines

Water pressure is normal in my entire house, however, recently, I had to turn off the shutoff valves to a single sink. Since I closed the shutoff valves and then opened them fully, the water ...
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How to keep buried deck posts from rotting

This is related to a question I asked earlier regarding my deck footings. I had a pool deck built last fall. The footings are 4' deep and 12" diameter. There are metal post brackets attached to the ...
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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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Is a GFCI allowed to be below a washer water connection?

We just redid bathroom/ laundry and noticed that washer 3prong and gfci were beside but below washer shutoff and drain. Isn't it dangerous to be so close to a water source and why didn't contractors ...
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Why isn't my water heater heating after element and thermostat replacement?

I have an A.O. Smith 50 gallon water heater I replaced the upper and lower thermostat and element and still not getting hot water I notice that if I close the valve on the hot water it will heat but ...
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Will live power plug dropped into swimming pool kill the swimmer? [closed]

Dropping a live power plug on extension cord into a swimming pool is certainly not a great idea. However I wonder if doing so would kill the swimmer in the pool? I've been searching the internet for ...
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Sheared off water heater drain valve. Advice

Here are some pictures of the damage. https://imgur.com/a/mxfBh0c If I could just get it out, I could replaced the valve easy peasy. Lefty loosey with a pipe wrench and whammo. Maybe I shouldn't ...
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Is it advisable to use EPDM for flooring around the pool?

I am planning to use EPDM flooring around the pool so that it will provide grip and kids won't get hurt when they fall. But few people said that EPDM does not do well around water. Is there something ...
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How to cap this water pipe so it is flushed with the concrete?

The builder left this water pipe sticking out of the ground. How to cap it off so it is flush with the concrete? Otherwise the top off cap will stick out and create a tripping hazard or the plumber ...
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How To Cut/Shave Existing Drop In Sink To Fit New Faucets

Old but very customized Master bathroom remodel (circa 1992)included twin drop-in sinks & exclusive use of Hardin polish brass fixtures. Hardin now long out of business. Want to replace with new ...
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attaching a coupling to a copper pipe

I am trying to install a standing bottleless water filter in my house and the hoses beneath my sink are incompatible with the adapters that come with my filter. My fridge does not have a water ...
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Water Expansion Tank precharged at 25psi. House pressure at 70

I have a water expansion tank (5 gallons) installed on a new water heater (40 gallons) and my houses PSI is at 70-80. The tank came precharged at 25psi. I know that I am supposed to match my home ...
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Cold feed through hot side of water heater?

Edit: Based on response, I needed to clarify a few things... I was recently trying to drain my hot water tank. I turned off the cold supply, opened up a few hot faucets, started draining, but it ...
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Water heater relief valve pipe routing

Can the drain pipe from a water heater's temperature / pressure relief valve be plumbed such that some part of it can be higher than the T&P valve itself? Or must the piping always remain below ...
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How can I determine existing well PSI / GPM for dedicated irrigation well

I've purchased a home that has an existing irrigation system installed that is hooked up to a well that is exclusively supplying the irrigation system. I live in FL in a very flat area, so we have ...
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What can be done with walls that are wet and moldy?

After several stormy and rainy days; wetness and mold began to appear on the walls. The mold quickly spread to all of the rooms in the apartment. It did not happen in the summer so it is probably ...