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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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How to patch underwater power line

I'm going to add something to Milwrdfan's answer, in that I agree the cable should be replaced. That's not UF cable, and looks curiously like NM cable, in that it seems to have a simple jacket (UF ...
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How to patch underwater power line

You can wrap it with electrical tape, and then apply pvc cement to melt/rebond the tape into a shell. https://99mpg.com/mikestips/blacktape/
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How to patch underwater power line

I would use self-sealing rubber tape. The ground wire has been wet, so may begin to corrode. If possible, a hairdryer or heatgun could disperse water before you seal it back. Whatever you do should ...
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How to patch underwater power line

I doubt that can be easily and safely repaired. Water and contaminants have infiltrated the outer protective cover, which will wick quite a distance into the outer cover. In addition, that black ...
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How to patch underwater power line

Look for an underwater cable splice kit (standard listed product) and just use the outer encapsulating part of the kit, if the inner conductors are not damaged. The splice kit fill (an insulating ...
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Why is my washing machine dripping water?

The page you linked tells the story. The fitting on the wall is designed to accept a internal O-ring seal, not an end-washer seal. The elbow on your drain hose is incorrect. You need one that slips ...
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Why is my washing machine dripping water?

You should be able to remove that black threaded pipe by turning the white collar counterclockwise. The notch in the end of it is causing water to get out and leak through the threads. The easiest fix ...
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Why is my washing machine dripping water?

The bottom picture of the washer hose looks like there is a rubber seal on the fitting which fits against the end of the wall pipe. The notch in the wall pipe would compromise the seal. You might be ...
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In what situations could "dirty water leak into" municipal water pipes besides a catastrophic loss of pressure?

Besides cracks and pressure as explained by other answers, also it is common during pipe repair works and in case of negligence in the purifying stations. Or just too polluted water that the purifying ...
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What type of drainage solution for water trapped between my walkway and foundation?

tunnel under the path and install a french drain.
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What type of drainage solution for water trapped between my walkway and foundation?

Roof. Put a wood patio roof over that walkway. The roof will be up against the brick. The windows will be under the roof. Rain will come off the roof into the grassy yard. You might as well ...
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In what situations could "dirty water leak into" municipal water pipes besides a catastrophic loss of pressure?

When there is no flow in an underground water supply pipe under pressure, a small crack or a loose joint in the pipe can only leak water. Contaminants can't get in. However, as soon as there is flow, ...
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Tankless water system not working after moving in

It will take a while to purge the lines of air. For starters, I assume you mean tankless water heater rather than instant hot, which is usually installed in the kitchen with a very small tank. ...
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In what situations could "dirty water leak into" municipal water pipes besides a catastrophic loss of pressure?

Backsiphonage and backpressure The situation you ask about in your question is called backsiphonage, where pressure demand (suction) in a line that isn't adequately pressurized pulls in contaminants. ...
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In what situations could "dirty water leak into" municipal water pipes besides a catastrophic loss of pressure?

It would depend on the pump and the municipal water line. It's certainly not inconceivable for a pump to pull suction on a low-pressure supply line. Also, in many cases the roof tank is also because ...
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In what situations could "dirty water leak into" municipal water pipes besides a catastrophic loss of pressure?

Here happened that a factory (wine bottling facility) pushed pollutant (wine in our case) in the city water mains. Authorities said the pressure used by the facility was higher than the acquaduct's ...
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Can I divert my roof stormwater away from my storm drain and to a dirt patch 20 yards away

It's cheap and easy to try. Set up the pipe, wait for a storm, go out back and observe. If it's "working" you'll see your storm water rolling into the street or your neighbor's yard. ...
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Can I divert my roof stormwater away from my storm drain and to a dirt patch 20 yards away

No assuming your soil isn't sandy loam and quickly draining and that your water table isn't super low. Your city connection has a Y before the sewer and it takes both your sewer and your raindrains? ...
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Shrinking-type garden hose suddenly stopped flowing

I had one of those once - it lasted about 20 minutes until the inner hose found a nick in the outer casing and exploded in a hilarious fashion. Those hoses are made of a super-soft squishy plastic ...
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Metals in pool turn water green after adding shock, what's the solution?

Sorry I am late to this post. No doubt it is solved now. Adding sodium hypochlorite to a water body that contains iron will result in a dark green appearance. Simply leave the filter running and add ...
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What kind of oil is used in the TRD in my RUUD water heater?

According to the answers on this DIY question, the TRD is a Thermal Release Device that goes off if the combustion chamber temperature gets too high and is designed to cut off the flow of air in order ...
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Water heater exhausting inside house

Proper venting of a gas appliance should have nothing to do with the temperature indoors or out: the exhaust gas is hotter than either of those. It should naturally rise (draft) up the chimney (or &...
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Water heater exhausting inside house

What you've described is a very serious carbon monoxide hazard called chimney backdraft. You likely need to explicitly provide a fresh air intake so that chimney stack can work properly. That water ...
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Sealant for exterior water line into garage

The other answers here are seriously flawed in one way or another. You'll see why by reading this: https://copper.org/applications/plumbing/techcorner/prevent_corrosion_cu_tube_buried.php Sealing of ...
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Can I build a water storage with pressure that warms the water before reaching my boiler?

There are cheepr more efective solutions. Buy a coil of drip irigation hose (1/2 inch) 100 foot long. Then without uncoiling it place in a sunny spot and connect to outdoor valve (for garden hose). ...
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Can I build a water storage with pressure that warms the water before reaching my boiler?

This is a standard solution with solar water heating, to use a pre-heat tank to then supply a gas, electric or oil boiler that then has to work less. The inlet temperature limits for the boiler needs ...
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Can I build a water storage with pressure that warms the water before reaching my boiler?

You need a pressure vessel large enough to hold your water, it might be best to start with a scrap metal dealer before becoming a boilermaker. I immagine you could strip the insulation from a reguals ...
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Can a new expansion tank cause extreme water consumption?

Have you actually read your meter to see what the current usage is? That would be the first step in deciphering the problem. Does the meter show the same reading (or very close since you aren't ...
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Can a new expansion tank cause extreme water consumption?

In this answer, I'm assuming that your meter was previously read within the two months before your last bill, and that this discrepancy isn't a difference between estimated and actual usage that ...
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Can a new expansion tank cause extreme water consumption?

If you don't have a check valve after the meter then you could get fluctuations where water moves backwards and then again forwards and you are double billed. 250,000 gallons of water seems ...
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Can a new expansion tank cause extreme water consumption?

No, a new expansion tank could not cause this. A pipe or valve being broken during the repair could cause a leak, and a leak on your side of the water meter could cause a lot of water to be used, but ...
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Leaving water shut for 1 bathroom sink out of 2

Pipe bursting is not likely. If the pressure would be so high to burst pipe, it will start outside you home at the water meter. However there is a possible problem not using one sink for long time. ...
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Could hot water from attic water lines cause deterioration of toilet flush valves?

This happened very shortly after we had my house re-piped with PEX lines through our attic. This could be the hint. During pipe replacement, non-soluble particles got in the lines, that eventually ...
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Could hot water from attic water lines cause deterioration of toilet flush valves?

I doubt the hot water is responsible for the leaking toilets. What's probably causing the problem is sediment from the re piping getting caught in the diaphragms of the flow valves and causing the ...
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Leaving water shut for 1 bathroom sink out of 2

You don't have to worry about the pressure bursting the pipes just because you used the shutoff valve to turn off the water to the sink. What you need to think about is fixing the leak. It's usually ...
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