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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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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How much 10% hypochlorite should I use?

The chlorine injection system for my well water currently requires 192 oz. of 6% household bleach for 30 gallons of solution. How many ounces of 10% pool bleach would be required to achieve the same ...
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Reduced hot water pressure after closing and reopening water supply in one upstairs tub

A week ago, my dad had shut off the main water supply to our house to repair a leaky shower head. Upon opening water supply, our faucets sputtered for a little while as they normally do and water ...
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Water line runs 600 feet from meter to gate of property?

Would there be a benefit if I have a 1" meter that is 600 feet away from property to up size the pipe from 1" to 1 1/2" pipe?
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Is a 3/8" copper tube from the shut off valve to the copper tube that threads on the relief valve needed?

The 3/8" copper tube runs from the shut off valve to the copper tube that threads on to the relief valve. Does the 3/8" copper tube need to be there? Because the 3/8" line all it’s doing is letting ...
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how can I repair a leaking at the water main valve

I noticed a leaking at the water main. idk if it's an easy fix. I wanted to ask the question before calling a plumber.
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Can I run a water line behind a stack vent?

I am attempting to move a hose bibb/spigot 10 feet horizontally (from in front of my driveway gate to behind it). The water line comes up from the foundation through a brick exterior wall. My plan was ...
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Question on New Shower Install Pipe Sizing

I am currently remodeling my bathroom downstairs (same floor as the water supply entry to the house). I want to install a Moen U thermostatic valve with (two) 1/2" inputs and (two) 1/2" outputs. I ...
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Is a 775 Motor Powerful Enough For a DIY Water Pump

I tried making a water pump with what I think is a 550 motor (I can't identify it by the model number), but failed to create enough suction. The top pictures show the diy water pump parts from the ...
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Kitchen drain plumbing leak at double P-trap

This is the plumbing setup under our kitchen sink, there are two p-traps, one for the kitchen sink and another for the dishwasher that both feed into the drain pipe. The black p-trap (dishwasher) ...
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electric water heater shutdown for the winter

I have a water storage tank attached to my oil fired furnace. I also have an electric water heater that I use at the same time. Is it ok to turn off the water heater to save money in the winter and ...
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Heavy water stains on parging at bottom j channel seams

I have a 1970s home with aluminum siding on the main floor and parging on the basement/foundation. Where they meet there's a J channel or similar, with one seam in the middle of the front of the house ...
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Trenching requirements for utilities in a outdoors kitchen

I would like to build a small outdoors kitchen, with gas (for the grill), electricity, water and drain - sewage (for a sink). I spoke this morning with a person in the building department of my city ...
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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 ...
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Water turned off but toilet cistern still filling ready for next flush

Can hear rushing water through pipes & my bill has gone up. Have turned off my main water tap by my front door which has stopped water to taps but the toilet is still able to flush & refill as ...
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Is it normal for a lever-style tap to only introduce cold water into the mix when it's at a higher level?

I have a lever tap fitted to one of the sinks in my property; up/down controls the speed of the water flow, and left/right the temperature - further left is hotter, and right is cooler. I've noticed ...
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Repairing a leaking 1/2" shut off gate valve under kitchen sink

Which is the proper washer to repair a 1/2" shut off gate valve: rubber, fiber or nylon? The valve is a cheap home depot product. I tried a flat thick rubber washer; it held for about 5 minutes then ...
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Cold water tank overflowing like crazy then stopped

so I have a normal non combi boiler and in my loft a cold water tank, then in my airing cupboard I have a hot water tank with an overflow/pressure release pipe that runs up and to the cold water tank ...
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Increase shower water pressure?

I live in an apartment and the water flow is very low. I've tried buying different types of showerheads and removing the flow restrictor, but there wasn't a noticeable improvement. Is there a way to ...
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Install Sump Pump Check Valve on Washing Machine

We just purchased a Everbuilt THD1020 (In-Line Sump Pump Check Valve) , and installed in the back hose of our washing machine. The original hose would leak detergent soap and water. Is it a good ...
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Plumbing Faucet: Water Pressure vs Water Flow Difference

They always say water flow (Gallons per Minute) and water pressure (Weight force) are two different things. Say I have a faucet with 1.8 GPM Aerator. 1) If I increase water pressure in my home, ...
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Waterproofing Brick foundation

I live in a brick house built circa 1975 in northern Alabama. It has a huge brick/cinder block/concrete front porch. The brick is a veneer that goes around the bottom. When it rains, some of the ...
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Tankless Water Heater water pressure regulator

All hot water faucets in my house have very slow output after a water hammer event. All cold faucets have normal flow. Could this be caused by a defective pressure regulator in the tankless water ...
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Reverse Osmosis tank fills for 45 minutes and stops. Drains in 10

I changed the catridges on my system. Now the tank fills for about 45 minutes with all the valves except the drain line open. It empties in about 10 minutes. Water is not continuously running to the ...
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Brand New Fridge - Low water pressure from dispenser

I just bought a brand new - Whirlpool French door fridge. Water is coming out of the machine, and ice is being made... but... the water pressure from the fridge is slow. House pressure is fine, ...
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compression nut size for refrigerator water inlet valve

I have a Kenmore Coldspot refrigerator that has a compression male thread at the water inlet valve. The model # is 10650562991. I am trying to connect the copper flexible tubing that you buy as a ...
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gas water heater howls when gas is on

I had to move my Bradford gas water heater ,when I moved it back i get a howling sound.Removing the pilot window plate stops the noise but what could be causing it?
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Well pump will not shut off

Recently replaced an inline ball valve and now the well pump will not shut off when up to pressure. Since the valve wad the first from the holding tank i had to drain it. What's the solution to this ...
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Gaskets for tap/faucet for drinking water

Because a tap in our kitchen (used for drinking water) is dripping and the gasket* is old, I want to replace it. I find numerous gaskets on the market that would fit, but it always says on the packing ...
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Spring water in basement of new construction

Location: Northern New Brunswick, Canada Lakeside property. Last fall we dug and poured our concrete foundation, which has a full height basement and a walk-in, which needed a step foundation in that ...
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Connect Faucet to Laundry Hose

I have a pulldown faucet that I want to connect to a portable washing machine. The wand of the faucet can be removed, revealing a female 5/8-16 UN 2B connector. The laundry machine uses a hose that ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...