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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drying water leak

which allowed water to pour in down the side of a paneled wall and also went thru the top floor to the bottom floor. We want to prevent mold until we can get it torn down and replaced. It is aroundt ...
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Gas water pipe corrosion… Can It be fixed?

My gas water heater pipes have corrosion at the copper to galvanized metal connection. Can it be fixed, and if so with what and how?
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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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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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Question about fixing footer drains with no access

House is in Midwest. Built in 1997. In 5 years we have had water come in at the same spot via the basement floor 2 times. Once during a massive spring rainstorm and once when 4 feet of snow melted ...
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Copper corrosion, well water

My well water pH is 7.06 as measured by an accurate and calibrated tool used for wine making. I have around 15 gpg of hardness. My question is why I am getting between .5 - 1.0 mg/L of copper in my ...
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Fridge water dispenser line keeps freezing and not dispense water unless I dump the ice bucket

I have a Whirlpool side-by-side which has the ice bucket on the freezer door, right above the ice and water dispenser. Until recently, there was a person in my house who used a lot of ice, and the ...
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Water Heater Replacement - Old unit with AC Lines?

Been a lurker for awhile but now need a bit of help. Recently bought a house (Built 1992) with an original 20+ year old AO Smith short boy water heater. Still works, another win for AO Smith however ...
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Stop Cold water Flowing in through HW out-take on Water Heater?

I found the reason why cold water is flowing back into Water Heater through the Hot Water exit pipe, but how do you fix this? I have a shower with a balance valve and all my faucets are single lever ...
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safe to use a water extractor on a hardwood floor?

We were painting a room with a spray and had some drop cloth issues. As a result, there is a thin layer of paint on part of the floor. Part of it is wiping up with a warm, wet rag fairly easily, but ...
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How do I get more GPM from my Delta Monitor series 13 shower faucet?

For example, is there a way to non-destructively modify the cartridge to increase the flow rate without damaging the cartridge and the scald guard feature? I currently have a shower wand with the ...
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ground water in old coal store

Hi my old coal store in cellar leaks ground water when it rains. Rest of my cellar is a converted kitchen and bathroom. House is over 100 years old. I have damp proofed with liquid rubber, tanking tar ...
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Manually turning on a sprinkler valve with bleed screw?

I am installing a new sprinkler valve system. Everything was pre-assembled with three valves, all I had to do was connect the incoming water and outgoing water. As part of the "testing" procedure it ...
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Cycle time for 5hp well motor

What would be the time the 5hp well pump motor should run with a 530 gallon bladder pressure tank with a 40-60 on/off pressure switch. Air pressure in tank is at 35 psi. Currently runs for 3min 5 sec. ...
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PVC Water line keeps getting pin holes

The water line that goes from my boiler, carrying warm water keeps getting pin hole leaks. The line is a standard flexible white plastic insulated pipe, covered in a red mantle. About a year ago, I ...
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Tankless water heater - Electric issue

I have a AuqaPower Tankless water heater I installed myself 2 years ago. I used the old wire from old (tank) water heater and I ran a new wire for the 2nd place. It has worked great for 2 years and ...
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How to install rain screen over split face block to stop leaks?

I own a condo in Chicago and am facing water issues due to the single wythe use of split face block(SFB). My window sills were always wet so I pulled off the drywall and saw that the insulation and ...
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Fountain maintenance / Repair

I have an outdoor in-ground concrete fountain. How can you tell if water is evaporating fast or if I have a leak? I do not see any visible cracks in the concrete basin. However, water seems to ...
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Installing the new “crate” type of soakaway

I have 2 problems which, hopefully, can both be solved at once. One part of my garden is about 25 centimetres lower than the rest. Consequently, when we get heavy, persistent rain, that part of the ...
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Correct piping for summer water supply outdoors?

I have a summer cottage, which is not used in winter, when the temperatures can drop to -20C (-4F) and lower. Currently for water supply there is some existing ~7-9m (29ft) driven well (I hope that'...
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Causes of hot water flashes?

I would like to learn more about possible causes of hot water flashes. More specifically when I shower, the water often (seemingly randomly) turns pretty hot for about 3 seconds and then goes back to ...
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Stop water leaking from polypropylene pipes joint

How to stop water leaking from the joint (fitting) of two polypropylene pipes for water. The connection between the two pipes is made by heating the pipe end and the inside of the fitting and then ...
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Could my water heater be causing an electric system failure?

My water heater, a Styleboiler VF 100 SE (1200W), has never had any problem. Recently I bought an electricity timer plug (up to 3500W) to put its plug into, in order to dose the amount of electricity (...
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How to connect Nikken counter-top water filter beneath the counter

I have Nikken counter-top water filter system. Exactly like this one: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Nikken-PiMag-Water-Filtration-System-/161652322514 I am moving to a newly build house and need to ...
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freestanding bath spout waterproofing

My plumber has left a hole in my floor to push pipes through after waterproofing and my builder has said that the whole spout needs to be installed first and waterproofed around but that means it will ...
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Almost no pressure in sprinkler system, slight vibration in pipes

I just started setting up the sprinkler systems in a new house that I'm renting. The pressure in one of the systems is almost nonexistent, and the pipes that run to the irrigation system vibrate very ...
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Why does it take so long for my water to run hot and why does it not last in the shower?

I have a State electric compact water heater model 6-120. When I run the faucet it seems to take a long time for the water to run hot. About a minute or two. When I take a shower I can run the hot ...
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No Cold Water in upstairs bathroon and Kitchen

It appears that the cold water has stopped in the kitchen (hot still works) and there is no cold or hot coming from the bathroon sink on that main floor. The bathroom sink in the basement is working ...
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What should I do if a valve won't shut off the water?

My garage spigot was attached by a thin PVC pipe, and broke off in the cold. I knew right where the inside gate to shut it off was, from when I had an issue with it before. I even had it labeled. I ...
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What could cause my washing machine to hold water after the cycle is completed?

I have a Bosch front loader and a Frigidaire stackable washer and dryer. Both machines were bought about 8 years ago and over the last 4 months I have been noticing that they are filling up with ...
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Hot water in both bedroom washrooms, but only warm in kitchen

I have hot water in every room except the kitchen where it is warm only. I have checked for cross connections, but none can be found.
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Where do I install the recirc pump on a combi core water heater?

I have a Bradford and White Combi Core water heater. The spiral part provides hot water for heat, and the tank provides potable water. The heat side needs around 160 degree water. The recirc pump ...
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My gas heater relief valve keeps blowing, is the circulator installed backwards?

So I had a contractor put in a new circulator last season. Its a honeywell PC3F. I tried turning my heater on for the first time this season and the relief valve blew. I tried replacing that and ...
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What material to use to clog previously cut central heating pipes

I used to have a central heating system which was never in use for years, because it couldn't be connected to central pipe inside other building. Last winter I finally dropped water from it and cut ...
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Can I run 2 well tanks from 1 well

I have a detached garage that is in between the well and the house. As it stands, the tank in the house is not sufficient for watering the lawn, and so I would like to get a bigger one anyhow. Since ...
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Repairing cracked fiberglass pool steps

I have a roughly 6" crack on one of my top fiberglass pool steps that slowly allows the water level to drain below the optimal level for the skimmer. I've found some years old suggested techniques ...
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How can I stick bathroom tiles back down?

Some water got under the tiles and now they move around as you stand on them. How can I fix this, is there a way to stick them back down?
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How can I trace my irrigation system without any sprinkler heads?

I just bought a home in Arizona that came with an irrigation system in the backyard. There are no sprinkler heads so I have no clue where the lines are. How can I get info on where to plant based on ...
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Where can we recycle washing machine and kitchen sink drain water?

I would like to know the best place or method to recycle drain water from the kitchen and washing machine. Can we use it for gardening (as it contains soap and oil)? Or it can be added to a Biogas ...
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How do I repair a leak in a ferrocrete overhead water tank?

I have a ferrocrete overhead water tank. It has developed a leak at the edge. How do I repair this leak?
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Can poly plastic water storage tank be used to store hot water?

Another set of questions in context of my home-brew solar water heater: Can poly-plastic water storage tanks, be used to store hot water (140deg F / 60deg C) ? How can I thermally insulate a 50 ...
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How/where should I put a water dispenser on this counter?

My friend's coffee shop has a hot water dispenser they use for drip coffee and tea. It's already filtered, and accessible to customers. It would be terribly convenient if we customers could get cold ...
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Water Heater Help

I was woken to a pop and a electrical burning smell. Upon inspection I found the water heater breaker tripped. When I checked out the water heater I found whats pictured. My question is the cold water ...
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Moisture on crawlspace dirt/clay floor

Our house has a damp/musty smell to it when you first enter. Once you open a window/door the smell usually dissipates. In May (Chicago-land) the humidity in the house is about 30% upstairs and 40% in ...
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Loud gushing noise when neighbour runs their faucet

I live on the 2nd floor of an 11 floor condo. Lately I have heard a loud gushing water sound under my kitchen sink when a neighbour runs their water. This occurs every time the neighbour turns on ...
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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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How can I change planes with a row of copper water pipes?

I have five 3/4 copper water lines coming into my mechanicals room along the ceiling - so they are nicely lined up in a horizontal plane, parallel to the plane of the ceiling. However, our manifolds ...
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Bradford White Water Heater Loud Noise (No vibratrion; Exhaust sound)

Tonight our hot water heater starter making a loud noise that sounded like gas escaping from the bottom of the unit. I've provided a video for reference. I'm an amateur when it comes to this stuff, so ...
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My waterpik shower keeps running on pause

On my waterpik hand held shower, when i try to turn off the spray, the spray just reduces a little bit. It is supposed to just trickle. Any solutions?
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Is a threshold drain outside my laundry room and bathroom, draining to daylight, a good idea?

We are building out a two-room suite that consists of a full bathroom (tub, sink, toilet) and a full laundry room (washer, sink). There is one single door that enters into this two room suite. I ...