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valve leak at main water supply

Possible to just replace parts/washers in the valve itself, instead of the whole valve. First try tightening the nut below the handle a bit, might be all you need. Have the water turned off, open a ...
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Does a brick wall damaged by a plumbing leak need repair?

Fortunately, brick (unlike wood) does not rot when wet. Should be fine to leave it until you do the whole place over. Technically, I'd say the plaster was damaged and the brick wall looks just fine, ...
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My water bill has increased massively and i dont know where the leak is

Find your water meter. It might be in the basement, on an exterior wall, or in some kind of underground enclosure outdoors. Figure out how to open the enclosure, if any. Turn on a faucet. Look at the ...
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My water bill has increased massively and i dont know where the leak is

Agree that toilets are the usual culprits. Brew some coffee. Pour about a cup of the black coffee into the tank of each toilet in your home. Wait an hour or so. If the water in the bowl has become ...
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Fixing a leaking p-trap when the outlet pipe has a lip on it

You should have a washer for the contact between the J bend and the wall tube. The threads compress the washer against that metal lip and the wall of of the J bend. When you join the parts, there is ...
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My water bill has increased massively and i dont know where the leak is

Looking for toilet leaks: Wipe a bit of toilet paper around the inside of the toilet bowl. If no-one used it in a while, the porcelain should be dry. If the tank/valve is leaking there will be a thin ...
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Bathroom drain is leaking even with nuts and washers properly installed

Although @RMDman gave a really amazing answer, I went back and watched the video very closely. The printed instructions are wrong (!!!). You are supposed to thread the flat washer on first, cinch it ...
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Bathroom drain is leaking even with nuts and washers properly installed

Your process is correct, however many of the new plumbing fixtures do not recommend using plumbers putty on the top flange of the drain. These are known as leaking drains. The gaskets that are ...
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Just moved to another apartment. Surprised to see this damage to the wall. Maintenance from building claims its not water damage. Is it? Help!

Most of what you see here is 7 years of wear and tear covered up by 7 years of unskilled repair work. The ceiling looks like it wasn't fully finished nor intended to be smooth after the slab was ...
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My water bill has increased massively and i dont know where the leak is

Since you do not see evidance outside it could be inside. Toilets are notorious for that. A leaking toilet is sometimes without noise or clear evidance of flowing water. You have to carefully inspect ...
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What type of common materials can I use to detect water infiltration/leaks?

I used this and it works very well. It's a spray powder that stays on the surface, even vertical. When water contacts the powder to goes from light green to a bright blue. It's not cheap as w/shipping ...

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