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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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 ...
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Toilet water leak - water tank types

I'm just experiencing an issue with water tank in our 20-30 old years old house (Czech rep. for location reference). I have studied type of expansions on Internet for (few hours) + visited shop with ...
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Shower water temperature has changed in 2 of our upper level bathrooms…one is scalding hot & one is freezing cold!

We have 3 upper level bathrooms where the shower temp has drastically changed in "2" of them. Our master bedroom shower all of a sudden only puts out only COLD water & my son's shower is scalding ...
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Diagnosing water / wet spot in the attic

I noticed a wet spot where the ceiling meets one of the walls in my garage. When I went into the attic, I noticed the wet spot under the insulation as shown in the images below. The insulation is wet ...
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Downstairs & upstairs central heating on, water heater pilot turns off

I normall only turn on one central heating at a time upstairs or downstairs but when accidentally both are on, the minute that happens my water heater pilot goes off. This is proven fact. I can only ...
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Cycle Stop Valve and well booster pump

I've been thinking about installing a CSV (cycle stop valve) after my F&W 2 horsepower booster pump to maintain a constant PSI at the house and put a stop to the water hammer. Has anyone done this?...
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Shower water pressure

My shower made a popping noise. and lost 99 percent of water pressure. I replaced the shower head. And shower valve. And it made a small difference. But still not enough pressure to take a shower. ...
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Water Leaking From Upstairs Restroom Down to Basement Restroom

I live in a two story split entry home. It has an upstairs and a basement. My restroom upstairs is right above the basement restroom. There is water leaking from the upstairs restroom down to the ...
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Well booster pump GPM is too high

I am suspecting my well booster pump is causing errosion corrosion inside my house where 3/4" copper exists. It is 2 HP and operates at 25-44 GPM. The 1" line outside the house tees off into the fire ...
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Shower temperature hot or freezing

Our gas powered shower has been gradually needing an increase in temperature over the last few months in order to have a warm shower. Originally a 32 degree shower was perfect, but gradually we have ...
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How do I reliably control a sump pump?

I have a 3 foot deep sump approximately 16 inches in diameter in my basement. Recently I had a flood due to the vibration of the pump moving it so that the float caught on the side of the sump. On ...
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New shower not heating up

I recently had a big bathroom remodel done. We installed a new shower head and valve as well as a new universal multi choice cable body. Anyway, the shower used to heat up quickly and be able to get ...
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Water valve to Ice maker stuck on

I have an 18 year old GE Side-by-side refrigerator/freezer with built in filter and water dispenser. Recently we woke up one morning to water pouring out of the ice-maker onto the kitchen floor. I ...
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Solar Water Heater issue

I have a solar hot water heater, and one of the pipes in the crawl space starting leaking. I have shut off the pipes thru crawl space and just running off the electric for now. The pipe with the run ...
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Geyser holds too much water

I have a gravity fed system. The geyser takes 300L which uses a lot of energy to heat. I only switch it on to heat in the evening. Is there any way one can lower the ball valve so it takes less water ...
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Upgrade to a tankless heater

My water heater went out and I'd like to replace it with a tankless. Electrical setup is as follows: A.O.Smith 50gal water heater - 1, 30amp double pole breaker Tankless needs - 2, 40amp double pole ...
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New concrete ceiling leaking water

I have hired a contractor to build a patio style concrete roof for my hotel. He is in the middle of construction but when it starts to rain, I can see water starting to leak through the ceiling. What ...
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Water pump electricity

Where I live, the water pressure from the water utility is very low (About 8 PSI average). I am considering getting a jet pump with a 33 gallon pressure tank and a 400 gallon water tank for when there ...
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water tap leaking, loosen the nut

A water tap located in the basement is leaking when tap is opened. I inspected the tap, hoping that tightening nut would help, but it seems that the nut is sort of "soldered", i.e. it won't move: ...
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Water on basement floor and attempting to fix with mortar?

I have waterproofed my basement completely for three sides (digging and using membrane and installing weeping tile), but for the remaining side which is a sidewalk, it would be too expensive to bust ...
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Run full load in washing machine, find water on floor by drain

It's a house new to us but 18 years old. We ran the washing machine for the first time with a full load and came back to find water around the drain pipe and on the floor. Makes sense that the drain ...
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How to fill soil void along basement wall?

The previous homeowners did not keep up with the downspouts and some erosion occurred. All of the drains to the street are great and I have reconnected the downspouts to the drain pipes; some were ...
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Standing Water on French Drain

What could be causing standing water on top of a new yard french drain? I am working on a french drain solution in my backyard. I just finished covering the last section up yesterday and it started ...
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Water infiltration between basement “bulkhead door” enclosure and concrete foundation?

I've got a fairly common below-grade basement door setup; a doorway thru the poured basement wall into a space enclosed with cemented cinder blocks and a roughly poured floor, containing wooden stairs ...
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Fixing Old Leaky Faucet - Handles won't budge

I've been tolerating a small leak for a while in our bathroom, but it's started to get bad enough that it needs fixing. While I was hoping I could just pop out the handles and replace an old O-ring ...
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Water softener brine tank into floor/ground?

Can the brine tank from a water softener be installed into the slab of my basement floor? Are there tanks designed for this, so that only the lid is exposed above the slab?
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glue to fix rubber gasket on kettle

I have a Sunbeam electrical kettle that started leaking. I took it apart and found a crack in one of the rubber gasket/grommet pieces that hold the plastic water reservoir in place on the metal ...
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Sprinkler Box Drainage

Photos & more explanation here: Sprinkler System Album Installed Box w/ Description I recently paid a lawncare company to move my sprinkler box ... I was busy with work, patio was being ...
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Can the adjusting screw and nut for a water pressure reducing valve be replaced?

The adjusting screw of a water pressure reducing valve appears to be corroded, so can it be replaced?
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How to identify location of intermittent water leak?

In the master-bath I have an over-sized tub and separate glass shower stall that are right next to each other, both on-top of sub-flooring / a crawl space. (Crawl space is because house is built into ...
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Questions About Home Water Filter

My questions (pics below): How do these things work and does it actually make a difference? There is dirt inside of the water filter - does it need to be washed out? Do the white rocks inside of the ...
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Cold water faucet now runs very warm, but not quite hot

I'm trying to figure out what's going on with my bathroom faucet. The hot water side runs hot like it should, but the cold water side no longer runs cold. It's very warm. None of the other ...
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How can I install an overhead water tank and refill it for individual usage?

I live in a group apartment where there is severe water supply problem. We have a common sump in basement which can be filled with water from external supply sources like water tanker trucks on ...
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Adjusting a Mixer Tap Hot/Cold Mix

I have a Twyford mixer tap on my bathroom washbasin (Exact model here). As it stands the Hot/Cold mix I can get out of it is either very hot or very cold, with a tiny area in the middle giving a ...
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Copper pipe going up to nowhere

Here is a rough breakdown of the house in question: A one floor home built in approx. 1960s or 1970s A full basement, unfinished A full attic with blown in insulation I have been removing some ...
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Water tank anode rod replacement part

Heard that this part should be replaced and I can't find a replacement part for my model in my manual or online anywhere. Can I just buy a generic one at the hardware store and what kind should I get? ...
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Water stain in basement found during inspection in a house

We are looking to buy a house and don't have much experience yet (lived in condo most of our lives). We had an inspection in the house that we are looking to buy and some stain was found in the ...
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How can I stop loud rushing water sounds when we flush?

Whenever we flush or turn on the two outdoor faucets, the sound of rushing water in the pipes is unbearable. If we open any other faucet in the house the sound of rushing water is normal, but flush ...
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Detecting concealed PVC water pipe with ultrasonic sensor

I'm planning to install some glass shelves in one corner of my washroom. The problem is, there are some plumbing pipes snaking around underneath the ceramic tiles and I risk punching holes while ...
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Powervent Water Heater Has Cold Air coming into Vent

I have just had a new powervent water heater installed by a licensed plumber. All looks well and runs well except the fact that there is a big draft coming back into the vent while the blower is not ...
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How to clean Pool main drain

New to this; I have used vinegar overnight, baking soda, a pumice stone, still it will not budge. I tried muriatic acid via watering can direct on it, 1:10 parts water, still nothing, then 5:10 ...
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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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Sump pump water now high. Where’s it coming from?

We moved into a new house in June. I didn’t pay a lot of attention to the sump pump to start but the water only sat about 2-3” full in the sump pit. It’s now always at the level of the first inlet ...
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waterproofing back room of Garage

On back of garage built a tool room.Water comes in tool room due to small hill I tried to dig 3 ft around back and side water still comes in.Is there a solution?
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Will a generic carbon filter reduce radon in my water?

The title pretty much says it all. Will a carbon filter like this help reduce radon in my water?