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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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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Turn off hot water without hot water valve

I have a leaky pipe on the hot water side that I'd like to fix. Following the pipes back to the water heater, I don't think there's a shutoff valve installed anywhere in the line, not even at the ...
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Automating water to flow through one of two paths

I would like to have one valve to run water flow in exactly one of two different paths. I realize this could be done easily with two valves (split the flow, then close one of valves and open 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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How can I increase the height of a driveway edge at the gutter?

My driveway is near the low end of our subdivision and slopes down from the gutter. Heavy rain brings water and sand on to my driveway. I have created a drain for the water, but the sand remains, lots ...
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Water meter to a PVC pipe to a metal pipe. Why?

I just looked at my water meter, and noticed something weird. The water goes into the meter (i.e., city water supply line) using a metal pipe. But then, the output of the meter is a PVC pipe, which ...
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Replace Water Shutoff Valve Stem with Repair Kit

I have a leaking water shutoff valve (pictured below). It appears to be a sweat shutoff valve that is soldered on to the pipe. It does not leak if I tightly shut off the valve, but any attempt to open ...
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Is this possibly a basement water drainage system?

In our bi-level home we have a sump pump in the attached garage at the north of the house ( the floor in the garage sits about 3 inches below the grade of the rest of the basement ). However, in the ...
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Pipe under bathroom sink has small hole

One of the pipe under my bathroom sink has small hole and it sprays water as soon as i start/open faucet. Red circle in above photo shows where the hole is. Which pipe is that? Where can i find that ...
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Removing detergent smell from clay/earthen pot

I used detergent to clean a newly bought clay pot. Kept water in it for around 5 hours, To my surprise I am now drinking perfume :(. How do I now remove this strong detergent smell. I tried coating ...
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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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How do you add a T join in to an existing underground drain pipe?

I have an existing drain pipe that takes water from our roof catchment, and sends it down into our drinking water tank (this is our household water supply). We now have a new building, and I wish to ...
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Converted garage flooding

We recently bought a house that had the garage converted into a bedroom. When it rains water comes up through the floor near where the garage door would have been. We have noticed that water tends ...
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Natural AC, Stream Powered heat exchange

I will keep this short and clear as I can. My home has a creek that runs through it about 20' from the side of the house. It is shaded and quite cool even in the summer heat. If I got say an ...
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Changing Water Line On Fridge

I am trying to change the water line on my fridge, but the end connector is different. My current set-up is just the plastic tubing connecting directly into the coupler, but the replacement part ...
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Low water pressure at reverse osmosis tap after running fridge dispenser

I was replacing the air filter in my fridge and decided to install a water filter while I was at it ( it came with the air filter ). I ran roughly 2 gallons of water through the dispenser after ...
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How worried should I be about mold/mildew in my water softener tank?

My wife and I moved into a home that had been rented for a while. Looks like lots of maintenance has been deferred to us, including the water softening system. We noticed some mold in the tank during ...
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Water line won't stay connected to aftermarket freezer port

We have a Whirlpool model ET1MHKXMT01. Apparently an aftermarket top freezer icemaker was installed in unit and had been working fine for years. At some point moving the fridge appears to have ...
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Pipe on the wall. Water keeps running

Please help me to figure out about this pipe. In our hosue, We have the water pipe coming out from the wall right next to the A/C unit. Recently, the water start running constantly, and I have no ...
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How do I limit the water flowing through my neighbor's fence into my yard?

Our neighbors yard is elevated and they water their yard a lot. The water flows over into our vegetable garden and floods it. I would like to add a barrier. Some ideas have been slim pavers with a ...
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Groundwater cooled heat exchanger - forced air

I have kind of a crazy idea I have been scheming - I live in Alaska, and have a private well - the groundwater here is very cold(40-45F) or so. The last couple of summers have been miserable hot up ...
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Water hammer arrestor location (vertical vs horizontal)

I installed water hammer arrestors at the exact location where I had "old school" air chambers, right behind my bath tub faucet. After doing the job, I realized that the water coming from below is ...
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What part do I need to search for to fix this leaky outdoor hose faucet?

When I turn on the hose outside my house, pictured below, water pours out of the top of it and goes all over the place. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how I can fix this without having to ...
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Shower Ruining Bathroom Walls

walk in shower is slowly creating a hole in the surrounding wall. it is not a big issue, but something that I would like to fix for aesthetic purposes. any recommendations on how I would fix the ...
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Is there a generic version of the “Kinetic Degradation Fluxion” filter?

I'm looking for a filter that will remove iron and sulfur from my water. In general it sounds like metals filter will do the same, and remove any other trace naturally occurring metals like lead, and ...
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Boiler Leak - Discharge Pipe - After Water Outage

Recently had our water supply off for about 24 hours due to a main break and didn't turn off the pipes to the house. I noticed today that the discharge pipe is slowly dripping. What is the cause/...
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Plumbing island with low basement headroom

What is the difference between whats being done in this picture and taking the vent pipe and attaching where marked in red. Seems vent is only slightly raised.
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Shower runs cold, then hot, then cold. Faucet in same bathroom runs hot after shower

The 50 gallon gas water heater is on the first floor. Water pressure coming into the house is roughly 40 psi. On the second floor the kitchen and bathroom faucets are cold when turned on. I mention it,...
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Water hammer - where to place arrestor

I have a mixer tap in our kitchen sink. When you close the cold valve, there is a bang from underneath the house. Tracing the banging, I can feel it from the mixer-tap pipe all the way through to the ...
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Help identify Cartridge for my Kitchen faucet

My kitchen tap is dripping. I managed to remove the cartridge from it (pictures below), however I am not sure what kind of replacement will do. Could someone help identify this faucet for me? Would ...
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Strange leak from toilet refill valve

It's been now some weeks that my wc is behaving strange, leaking water when refilling. I found the time today to open it and I noticed that, after discharging, the refill mechanism seems to work fine ...
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Dishwasher mid-cycle manual fill - possible?

I tried a serach but couldn't find a suitable answer, hoping someone here can help. So, in short our dishwasher was put on last night without the water supply on, noticed it after maybe 5 minutes, so ...
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Water leaking at hose-faucet quick connector

I have a faucet positioned near the ground at the entrance of my home. I use it for watering the lawn by connecting a ~40m hose to it via an adapter (blue) and a quick connector. If I don't connect a ...
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Is a Wet Spot in The Ceiling From Toilet Plumping?

My home is two stories and in a first floor room the has a wet spot. Deduction reasoning points to upstairs toilet as the source. And, if I turn off water to the toilet and stop using it then the ...
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What causes this brown discoloration in residential water supply?

Recently I have noticed a brown discoloration in water from my taps under certain circumstances. I have a shallow well water supply with minimal gravity feed and a shallow well jet pump with a ...
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Quieting a loud shallow well jet pump

I have a ½ HP Pentair shallow well jet pump (c48h2ec11c3) installed in my utility room. It is, and has always been, loud. I can hear it run from anywhere in the house. Almost since the day I ...
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Shower is either all hot or all cold

I have new house and one shower is either all hot or all cold. The shower head in the off position is down and when I turn it to the left its all hot. center is off and right is is all cold. I tried ...
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how to tell if a remote lot ever floods?

Any way to tell if some remote lots I have ever floods? It's 3 hours away and i've been there a few times and even after rains seems not, but I'd like to be sure. would driving some white wood ...
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No water and ice in refrigerator, how to fix it when filter is not the issue?

My question is very similar to this but I have bypass filter, meaning I don't have a filter. I know filter is the most common reason when there is no water in refrigerator and hence no ice as well. ...
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How do I connect a 1/2“ PVC slip joint to a 3/8” compression fitting on a sink faucet?

I'm trying to get water to my sink in an unconventional setup. I have a water tank and a water pump so I don't need a shutoff valve under the sink. I have 1/2" female PVC stubbed up, and I have the ...
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Can a water leak cause a fire in a light fixture?

The upstairs bathroom got too much water on the floor and it dripped through to the kitchen below, by the ceiling light fixture (discoloration on ceiling around light fixture). The place was built ...
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Will low well water pH cause plumbing damage or health problems?

Our well has been having some bacteria issues so we are installing a UV filter system. The installer also recommended a system to correct the acidic quality of our water which is PH 6.0. He said it ...
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Changing 240 tankless water heater to 120v tank heater

The wall is wired with 8/3. and the white was not used, capped in the junction box. The breaker box has two-pole 30 amp breakers. I want to change the wire size in the junction box to feed the 18a ...
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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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Which fitting do I need to run a modern fridge's 1/4" ice maker supply line to an older supply valve with a larger flare outlet?

We bought a new fridge for our new home and the supply valve seems to have a 3/8" or 1/2" flare outlet (I'm unsure), while modern fridges appear to use a 1/4". I'm trying to figure out if I can cut ...
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Toilet Supply Valve Not Turning Off

Novice here. The fill valve was leaking and causing the water to coming very very slow. Like 45 minutes to fill up tank. I bought a fill valve top and replaced it. Let me add that I did turn water off ...
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Why is the ph of my hot water 2 points higher than my cold water?

I noticed in late February that even immediately after washing my hair, it felt and looked greasy and that my bath water felt as though it had a bit of bath oil in it. The town water department ...
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Hot water line under my laundry tub leaking at the crimped joint just before it goes into the wall

I am a senior woman living on a pension. My hot water line to the laundry tub has been turned off for a year now because of a leak. Three plumbers plus a new faucet later and I still have the issue. ...
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Gas water heater burner flame goes orange as I turn temperature dial up

I am a new homeowner and am attempting to light a gas-powered water heater. I am following the directions step by step and have been able to get the pilot light lit with the temperature on the lowest ...
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How do I connect a 1/2”BSP (F) Swivel inlet with a Quick Connect hose end?

I want to connect this washing gun to a hose end (1/2") with a quick connect system. What connector do I need? Any links would be welcome! For instance, would any of these work?

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