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 to FIX RAIN LEAKAGE

Hello i have a problem when it rains the dirt and rocks stay wet and the foundation of the house is starting to leak. Does anyone know how to properly fix this and what exactly do i need to do? Here ...
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How to calculate pressure loss on PEX 90-degree elbows?

I'm probably overthinking this, but I need to, as close as possible, determine how much pressure I'll lose with PEX 90 degree elbows. Had a new well pump installed (1 hp, 10 GPM), well guy is wrapping ...
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How do I connect a P-trap/standpipe to this hole in the wall?

The flat I'm about to move into has no kitchen, and I'd like to fit a trap/standpipe like this to the wall so that I can use the dishwasher while waiting for our kitchen to be installed. As far as I ...
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Water Heater Not Working After Replacing Both Thermostats and Testing Elements

I replaced both the upper and lower thermostats with new ones. I tested the elements with a multi-meter and the top one was 15 ohms and the bottom one was about 12 ohms so they seem to be fine. I even ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Wire adjacent to water line.

In redoing the house I'm working on (to live in) I've finally gotten to the point to start Plumbing. The house has not had running water in at least a couple of years. I was going to replace the ...
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Black water from kitchen sink cold water line

Today I noticed my kitchen sink was leaking underneath in the cabinet. I went to take a look and it looked as if it was coming from somewhere inside the faucet. I disconnected the lines and removed ...
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SquidGee Dry System to prevent water seepage in basement?

One of the rooms in my basement has water seepage shown in the following: Some work has been done to patch the honey combs. Due to limited budget, I can only do interior waterproofing. I plan on ...
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Polymeric sand loosens when slightly wet, is that normal, and what's the best way to cover it?

I laid polymeric sand on a patio (made of paver blocks), and it looked great. I followed the instructions, and it didn't rain within about a week of my laying it. It ended up perfect, and it's hard ...
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Whirlpool washing machine has a small leak from bottom

I have replaced the seal below the pump and the drain hose and I have a leak only on normal when it's operating in spin cycle. It's a small leak on the front bottom counter weight. Can anyone help? I ...
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No hot water in kitchen but everywhere else is fine

Discovered issue today after being out of town for 2 days. When running water from a single handle sink - just cold water when turned to hot setting. Checked valves below sink. Cold valve turned ...
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Is there a pressure activated water valve

I would like to buy a pressure activated water valve (for irrigation), so that when the water pressure is above P1, the valve will turn on, and when water pressure drops below P2, the valve will shut ...
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What kind of mineral deposit is this? Very stuck shower head

Trying to remove and replace this very crappy shower head after noticing the water flow was strange. I manage to remove part of it but could not unscrew this base part after buying a wrench, applying/...
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How do I take apart and fix this shower head?

After not being used for 3 weeks, most of the nozzles in this shower head got clogged by limescale. When I turned on the shower, the plastic housing for the nozzles bulked up under pressure and blew ...
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Shower head pipe sounds like the toilet is running

You know the sound it makes that low running noise when your toilet tank is filling after you flush it? I'm hearing that constant sound coming from the pipe holding my shower head. I turned off the ...
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Anti-freeze or non-freeze faucet leaking a lot from the top metal cap

I have two outdoor antifreeze faucets that are both leaking from the top metal cap. As shown in the pictures. [ I tried tightening it and using teflon tape then tightening it, but none works. I can ...
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Well pump runs 15 seconds then off for 105 seconds until pressure is full.

Well is 165 feet deep according to county records. Well pump is approximately 100 feet deep (string and plumb bob so it's approximate at best). New pressure switch 40/60. Tank drained and aired up to ...
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Why are all my sinks draining slowly?

I have a problem with water flowing out in several places slowly, so that in the sinks affected it flows out slowly (slow enough that the running water fills up the sink more and more). I checked a ...
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Two water tanks at different levels to same output

The requirement here is something related with harvested rain water which is stored in one tank and fresh water stored at a higher level. The building in consideration would have 2 levels and upper ...
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water heater circuit requires a ground connection

Purchased a British Standard water heater with 3 supply connections -live, neutral and earth. The circuit design requires a ground. Tried to fix the water heater in Philippines which only has 2 pin ...
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Multi-level water storage tanks

Original water tank is one meter above ground and one meter in ground where the suction pipe is located. It fills with float valve approx. 80cm above ground. A new tank has been added sitting on the ...
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Water pump cycles at random times about once a day

The pump brings water from an outside, below ground cistern into a house. The system as a whole performs normally. We have checked repeatedly for dripping taps and leaks. The pump can cycle during the ...
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New Pressure Tank Woes

I have a new pressure tank (WX-202) and don't think it's set up properly. Set at 40/60, I should have a drawdown of 5.4 gallons according to spec. I'm getting about 3.5 gallons before the pump kicks ...
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groaning noise as water stops. well water

Power had gone out . wife tried using water till it stopped flowing. Now power back on but hearing a groaning noise when using the water. Is air in the line? how do I stop this noise. I do also have a ...
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After replacing pressure tank water stops completely for several minutes at a time

I just installed a new well tank, replaced all with new parts,made sure the air was set on the new tank at 28 as the instructions said to do ,I have a 30/50 switch . Never had this problem until we ...
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Noisy water system in GE Profile fridge

My GE Profile refrigerator's water dispenser started making a noise when drawing water and I replaced the filter with the bypass insert. Now the noise has stopped but no water comes out. What could ...
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Can I flush old bleach solution without hurting the environment much?

I live in the Midwest. Sometimes I clean things with a bleach solution (probably about 12:1 to 24:1 water:bleach), and end up with a bucket of solution. Now I have about 1/2 gallon of water+bleach+...
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Unidentified pipe and smelly water trickling under slab into basement floor drain

Our house is in Toronto, Canada and was built in the late 1960's. We have lived here 5 years and currently rent out the basement suite. A few days ago, our tenants complained of a sewer smell ...
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How to recover from a leak

I have had a leak in my flat. It came from my ceiling (from the upstairs neighbours), and went down my wooden floor. It was not gushing, but dripping for about two days. The surveyor came and with ...
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How near does the water heater shutof valve need to be?

Codes say I need a shutoff valve "near" the water heater, accessible on the same floor. How near is "near" - is it OK if I have one on the source side of the pipe, near the water meter? (It's a ...
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Why is my water pump humming and starting slowly?

I was going to include more information and a video clip but I'm away from home and my water now does not work so I'm posting sooner rather than later. I have a bilevel house with a water pump in a ...
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How do I figure out where a kitchen leak is coming from?

I have a leak in my kitchen that rears its ugly head whenever there is severe rain and wind. To the best of my knowledge, it has only happened twice. Obviously, I would like to fix this. In the ...
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How to get water flowing back into refrigerator after installing a water filter?

I shut the valve off on the Hammer Arrestor, then added an inline water filter, but when the valve is on no water is coming out. Do I need to turn the water supply off to the house and then turn it ...
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Connecting 30 Water Heater with 15 Gallon Under the Counter

Could someone point me in the right direction how to install a 30 gal water heater with an existing 15 gallon under the counter water heater? It would be installed in the carport storage room beside ...
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RO system water getting stuck in Stage 4 membrane

I have an APEC Water RO system that has recently stopped working properly (low flow caused by inadequate water in the tank). The system is ~14 months old, and I just recently changed the stage 1-3 ...
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How to determine which size of auger to get for backed up basement floor drain?

My basement floor drain is backing up water (~10L) when washer is dispensing water during the spin cycle. It's an older house at 1955. The drain looks like it has a p-trap. I wonder how can I ...
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Is access pipe leading to water main stop valve at curb physically attached to water main?

I'm in Philadelphia, PA. I'm unable to get a key around the stop valve, because it's at an angle. It's several feet down, and I'd like to know if I can dig out and re-position the access pipe to ...
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Water fills trench outside of home appears to be coming from under foundation

Live in San Diego, CA in an early '70s townhome unit that shares both walls with a front courtyard. Previous owner rerouted the mainline from detached garage above ground (possible slab leak all of ...
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Whistling sound coming from water heater

A few weeks ago my Navien on demand water heater started a high pitched whistling sound ONLY when the hot water is turned on in large amounts. This is propane fueled. For example, if I turn the hot ...
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Drain issue with kitchen sink & basement

I have washing machine down at the basement and pipe out the grey water with a pump over to the waste water drain. However, it appears that the water from kitchen sink just above the basement is ...
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Expensive Replacement Part for Water Softener

I have a Puronics water softener. The people coming out to replenish my salt supply and check the unit keep telling me that I should get a new Bacteriostatic Hygene at a cost of $389.95. I question ...