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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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Quickrete bonding agent and quick-mix mortar

I'm doing a repair of a hole in a basement floor. I was supposed to paint the edges of the hole with Quickrete, and let that dry before putting on the mortar. But the area is too wet for the ...
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No water after replacing reverse osmosis membrane

I have an under-sink reverse osmosis system that came with our house and which appears to the the Maxima 4000 system here: http://www.advwatersys.com/residential-water-filtration.html I recently ...
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rain water leaking into basement from underneath chimney

enter image description hereBought this home over the summer. I recently rebuilt the exhaust flu for my boiler because it was deteriorating from water damage. The round hole in the basement foundation ...
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Patching hole in cellar floor when water seeps up from ground

I had two holes in the poured concrete floor of my cellar. I was planning to fill both holes. So far I have only filled one because I ran into a problem with the other one. How I filled the first ...
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Toilet water input tube getting dislodged

The input water hose in my toilet tank keeps getting dislodged. The pressure of the water coming out of the hose pushes it out at the canister it should fit into. I have heard that there should be ...
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Possible downsides of plugging up small hole in foundation?

I have found two small holes in the foundation, near the floor, in the cellar. Water trickles in through these two holes. I am thinking of plugging them up with spray foam. Are there any possible ...
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Properly venting water heater

My water heater vent runs to the basement wall. Right underneath (maybe 6 inches) is an opening (I’m not sure if that runs to where the vent goes out or not). Attaching a picture. Is there any reason ...
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Shower Head Taking a Long Time Operate

I do not know about plumbing at all, to be honest. My question is - I was wondering if anyone knows why I need to stand for 1-2 minutes turning the shower head diverter knob back and forth until ...
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Gas water heater turn off the gas valve and water, but leave the thermostat at low level, will this cause some issue?

GAS water heater, I turn off the gas valve and water, but leave the thermostat at low level, didn’t turn it off. I will back the house in 10 days, Will this cause any issue?
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What is this small faucet in the kitchen?

This kitchen has an extra faucet. It is smaller than the main faucet. It appears to bypass both the water heater and water softener. It also appears to not have any aeration (no bubbles even when ...
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How can we get maximum life of a water well?

If we found a water well, how can we get the life time of a water well. Is it possible, I could not found the answer on internet search.
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What could be causing dampness in a bathroom wall?

The bottom section of the wall (other side is bathroom and a closet) has the following appearance - after prying out the planks that decorate the floor/wall interface. The wall (in a high rise) does ...
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Why can't I get water out of my washing machine taps?

I just moved in and ordered a new washer/dryer that were installed on Monday. There doesn't seem to be any water running to the washing machine. I unattached the hoses from the taps, tried turning the ...
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How can I cut copper water pipe to add a fitting?

I am used to working with PVC and CPVC, but these are copper pipes that I am thinking about adding in a water cooler that needs a water line. My question is, obviously I can't use the CPVC scissor ...
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Can I repair this cold water hose?

I am trying to fix tap that has a leaky hose that leaks where 3/8 nut is. It leaks only when I move the nut. Presumably because I over-tightened it last time. I went to Lowe's and Home Depot and they ...
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Low water pressure in shower after turning off main

Had a bad drip in shower. Two handle shower replaced little rubber rings. Turned water back on and the shower barely comes out but all other sinks in the house seem to have plenty of pressure. Is ...
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Is this pipe for gas or water?

I am thinking on taking advantage of the black friday and replace my old electric range with a gas range. Now, there is this pipe next to the electric stove and I was wondering if it is a gas pipe. . ...
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Do I need a pressure tank for my irrigation system?

I've got 2000 liters of stored water off caught off the roof of my shed (2 x IBC containers). These containers are situated about 0.5 meters off the ground but unfortunately the ground slopes ...
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Why didn't reducing my water pressure regulator affect the outside spigot pressure?

My water pressure reading from outside water faucet reads 110-120. I reduced on my water pressure regulator and can feel inside the water pressure is decreased but the readings outside remain the same....
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Crawl space water

We have had 3 straight days of rain and I noticed a small amount of water seeping under scrawl space wall. My space has a vapor barrier and is in decent shape. I did notice the finder blocks on frame ...
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What might be the cause of hot water usage when nothing in property is using hot water?

This question needs a bit of background. I live in a unit that I rent in a building of 8 units. There is a central gas water heater for the whole building. Each unit has it's own separately metered ...
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Why is my new toilet running so much?

Toilet is only several months old and now it's running like crazy. The water leaks into the bowel all day. Been weeks now, and for some reason it leaves dirt streaks on the bowel from tank. The ...
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Dripping sound emanating from interior wall space

I've seen some other questions about dripping sounds but wasn't sure if my situation fills the same circumstances or not. I have a 2-story home and only a partial understanding of where the ...
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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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Prevent water spill from shower pipes during removal of stem

It is good to know that I don't have to worry about small, isolated water spills behind a wall. But, I would like to avoid this happening whenever I want to work on the shower stem. With a minimal ...
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Repair sealing inside toilet tank that leads to bowl

I have a Kohler Santa Rosa toilet circa 2013. Water only fills the tank about 20% of the way - to the bottom of the center tube. I lifted up the center tube and noticed a red, possibly rubber, ring ...
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Installing Vapour Barrier in Crawlspace with Water Heater

I'm installing a vapour barrier over the dirt floor in my crawlspace. There is a water heater already installed and I'm wondering if it's a good idea to tape the vapour barrier directly to the bottom ...
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water heater gas

I lit the pilot and the burner kicked on nicely, when I went to replace the safety/dust pilot access cover, I bumped the pilot tube and thermocouple ever so slightly and the gas valve clicke off, ...
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Can you identify these large pipe shaped chunks that came out of my cold water tap?

Last night I opened the cold water on my faucet to fill a pot to make some ramen. Right as I was about to put my pot under the faucet the water turned brown and there was a noticeable pressure drop ...
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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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Gas Water Heater blows out when lighting!

This might get a little convoluted, but I will try to stay on point. MODEL: Rheem Fury 6yr 22V30F MANUFACTURE DATE: 31 May 2012 I replaced the Thermocouple, and made sure all connections were good, ...
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Pier foundation and water table issue

I am in the process of building a small (14x14) log cabin in the woods on a pier foundation: After marking the perimeter, I began excavating the soil and dug to below the frost line (36"). The plan ...
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No Water from Reverse Osmosis water system

I recently replaced my filters and membrane in my Reverse Osmosis water system and now there is no water coming out of the filtration system to the tank. The tank is at the correct pressure, and is ...
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Sill plate pushing siding off, causing gap for mice and moisture?

Younger home owner here. I've had water get into my basement a few times last spring in the corner and in this area (directly under my little front deck). The corner was due to no downspout (water was ...
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How do I assess what to replace during repairs after a severe roof leak? [closed]

Evening! Long story short. Bad roof leak. Leaked from the roof to the exterior wall. I do not know the extent of the damage (yet) but obviously I am not too worried since I plan on, once the roof is ...
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Inline whole house filters and their effective filtration performance

I would like to build a fairly aggressive whole house water filter system. However, the 1 micron filters that I see are low flow and are for point-of-use (under the counter for a drinking spigot) and ...
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How to connect Washing machine output water to WC seat?

There is a small WC room where you cannot forward the washing machine output water elsewhere than WC seat (brand IDO). However, the current solution does not look nice, see the picture. I am thinking ...
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My kitchen faucet jumps, sputters and stops and squeals when water temperature reaches straight hot

Faucet and supply lines are 18 months old. About a month ago, the faucet started jumping but only when on straight hot water and when the water temperature is probably close to 130 degrees. It’s one ...
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What could cause unexpected high water usage?

An apartment water meter has been running high for the last three months for no apparent reason. It's now about 3,000 gallons higher than normal. The meter registers slow continuous usage - even ...
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What is causing these water “trails” on inside of exterior wall?

The bedroom at the back of my house (North facing) has what I would describe as persistent water "trails" on the inside surface. They are faint, but noticeable. The "trails" run from the ceiling, and ...
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Water Hammer from Upstairs Toilet

After my upstairs toilet is flushed and the bowl fully refills, it sounds like a water hammer. Here's a video of the noise. At 4 seconds, when the bowl has refilled, you hear the noise: [url="https:...
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Remote main water shut off & drain valves in crawl space winterizing

Want to be able to shut off main water line in crawl space off via a switch inside and also want to install another valve right above to drain the lines for winter protection while gone and possibly ...
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Why is my water heater leaking from the relief valve on the top?

Why is my water heater still leaking at the relief valve on top? I've changed it twice. Also I have 160lbs of pressure and have changed the regulators three times. Doesn't make sense. Please help!
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Extend sidewall hot water tank vent outside?

I have a power vented hot water tank just on the other side of the wall (and in the basement) from the exterior pipe you see in the picture. The problem is that the steam vents onto my wife's flower ...
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Where to install a water conditioner?

I want to install a water conditioner for the purpose of minimizing the sticking of minerals to the faucets and a shower glass. From what I read a catalytic water conditioner will do the job. I will ...
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How to properly seal water supply line in block foundation

There was an old rag and some very old concrete around this water supply line entering the house. I would like to reseal it, but I am not sure what to use. Should I use hydraulic cement or something ...
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Ground Water or Well Water? How do I tell?

Problem: I have a puddle at the bottom of a tree and shrub covered slope that will not dry. Situation: My wellhead is above and in-line (i.e. approimately the same distince from the house) with ...
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Is this going to be safe in the rain?

Is this going to be safe in the rain?The contractor left it like this & the property manager doesn’t care. It’s directly under my bedroom window, so I’m a bit concerned.
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Hot water slab leak - floor tiles still warm 24 hours after turning off water

Looks like we have a slab leak in our house. I noticed warm tiles around the laundry area where we have pinpointed the hottest point and the warmth seems to spread about 6 feet outwards. The weird ...
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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?