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Plumbing in the Home: Toilet Overflow Tube Height, home warranty company, overflow tube
home warranty company, overflow tube, toilet overflow: Hi Janny, The system is designed by the manufacturer. There is no recommended height for the overflow tube per se. The recommended height of the fill line is 1/2 inch below the top of the tube. When the early low flow toilets first came out, they were...

Plumbing in the Home: toilet and shower back up, downstairs toilet, toilet drain
downstairs toilet, toilet drain, typical hair: Hi Tom, Your slow drain problems may or may not be related. On a two-story house, there are several paths that the pipes take before eventually joining together to exit though the main building drain pipe. The upstairs shower may just be a typical hair...

Plumbing in the Home: upstairs leak, path of least resistance, foam gasket
path of least resistance, foam gasket, slip joints: Hi Vic, Getting a new foam gasket in place this way is tricky. As I said, they are tapered and must go in the right way to conform to the shape of the tub. Hopefully, it will continue to be leak free. If not, you may need to reinstall the gasket. They sometimes...

Plumbing in the Home: Vent issues, downstairs toilet, vent lines
downstairs toilet, vent lines, vent line: Hi Mike, You ve got one interesting plumbing system there. From the looks of it per your drawing, there should be plenty of venting. Are you sure the vent lines out through the roof are clear? They can be blocked by birds and rodents or ice and frost if...

Plumbing in the Home: venting with a grinder pump, vent stack, gravity feed
vent stack, gravity feed, exact setup: Roger, without seeing the exact setup I cannot tell you the venting sequence, however, I can most likely gaurantee that you have a venting problem. There should be a vent coming out of the grinder pit itself to allow air to escape when water is going...

Plumbing in the Home: Washer Hookup, good habit, rubber type
good habit, rubber type, rubber washer: Hi Laurie, I would just replace the washer in the end of the hose. After being used for several years, the rubber washer takes a set and is not as pliable as it was when new. A new washer should solve this problem. I would also consider replacing the old...

Plumbing in the Home: Water draining from toilets, plumbing system, plumber
plumbing system, plumber, new construction: Perhaps the house is not vented properly and some kind of negative pressure in the sewer is pulling on the toilet traps. In mot sure about this one, you really need a plumber to go out there and look at the plumbing system for you. James http://www.centralplumbingnm.co...

Plumbing in the Home: Water Heater, hot water heater, licensed plumber
hot water heater, licensed plumber, gas hot water: How old is the water heater? Over 10 years and its time to replace. Have you watched the heater when the burner lights? Does it make a popping sound or a louder than normal whooshing sound when it lights? This could be a dirty burner, over firing problem which...

Plumbing in the Home: Water Heater Clearance to Drywall, relocation company, customer service line
relocation company, customer service line, water heater: Hi Troy, The manufacturer s installation instructions always supersede the code. The allowable clearance should be marked on one of those labels on the front or in the installation manual that is supposed to be taped to the side of the heater by the installer....

Plumbing in the Home: washer hose connection, preventative maintainence, routine maintainence
preventative maintainence, routine maintainence, washer hoses: Hi James, I typically use channel lock type pliers with curved jaws that conform to the shape of the fitting better and spread the load rather than crush one area as flat jaws will. Replacing the hose washers will prevent leaks better than over tightening...

Plumbing in the Home: water heater safety tank, diaphragm type, new tank
diaphragm type, new tank, residual pressure: Hi Carl, This should be a diaphragm type tank. If you are getting water from the air fill valve, the diaphragm might be broken. If so, I would contact Amtrol customer service to see if it can be repaired. If it s not filled with water(flooded)it may have...

Plumbing in the Home: water supply in a mobil home, freezing, pipes
freezing, pipes, thawing: I don t think an automatic shut off would do any good even if there were such a thing. The pipes would have to be drained of water so they can t freeze and an auto shut off couldn t do that. I would say to turn up the heat as high as possible for as long...

Plumbing in the Home: waterback up, water, leaks
water, leaks: Chances are you have a plumbing leak. Since almost all water departments use chlorine to control bacteria, copper piping can be eaten by the chlorine over time and eventually leak. It s rather a common occurrence. In all of the confrontations I have heard...

Plumbing in the Home: well, bladder tank, pipes
bladder tank, pipes: Then I would get some heat in the pit and try to thaw it out. Hopefully the pump or pipes didn t rupture from freezing. If not, all should be normal once the ice turns back to water. I would give it about 12 hours with plenty of heat before turning the...

Plumbing in the Home: Adding a spout to a shower, tub shower faucet, tub spout
tub shower faucet, tub spout, supply pipe: Robin, Let see if I understand...you have a bathtub that is used as a shower only? If that s the case you will have to open up the wall behind the tub and see if there is a port on the faucet that is capped off. If you do not then the faucet will have to...

Plumbing in the Home: Bathtub noise, bathtub drain, weird noise
bathtub drain, weird noise, main drain: Hi Chris, You may have a slight clog in the main drain line causing a gurgle to be heard through the tub. If that is the case, you need to get the drain cleared. If the tub seems to gurgle when the toilet is flushed, it may also be that the common vent (the...

Plumbing in the Home: black powder in shower drain, black dirt, shower drain
black dirt, shower drain, black powder: Hi Linda, When you plunge the drain, it brings up a lot of sediment and junk that resides in the drain piping. It is residue left over from all the stuff that goes down the drain. It is not mold. I do not believe it s toxic, just yucky dirt. Best to clean...

Plumbing in the Home: change faucet, http www youtube, how to replace a faucet
http www youtube, how to replace a faucet, woodgears: Hey Ravi, I can share several great sites that explain faster than I can so check them out and I am sure that you will have no trouble replacing your faucet, good luck! Carolyn http://www.howcast.com/videos/8625-How-To-Replace-a-Faucet-Home-Depot http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-69Jhha_XBk...

Plumbing in the Home: Clogged upstairs toilet and shower, four inch drain, liquid plumber
four inch drain, liquid plumber, downstairs bath: Hi Tom, I suggest you start by removing the bowl and sending a snake down the drain line at least 30 feet. Use a snake 5/8 or larger. This way you have eliminated any possible problem in the main branch drain. A vent can clog when residue fouls it, usually...

Plumbing in the Home: connecting disposal, drain trap, discharge tube
drain trap, discharge tube, garbage disposal: Hi Giles, Ah, pre-planning prevents problems. This is a typical DIY gotcha . Sorry to say, the only real solution is to open the wall and lower the sanitary tee inlet about 5-6 inches. Given the lack of height difference, any other solution will just flood...

Plumbing in the Home: Corrosion on Faucet, brushed nickel, household products
brushed nickel, household products, poor business: Hi Vicki, Unfortunate situation. Most faucets that have a decorative finish have some type of coating on them to prevent this. Possibly something got splashed or dripped on it that damage this finish. Something that acted as a solvent. At this point I would...

Plumbing in the Home: Dryer Vent Relocation, aluminum siding, vent kits
aluminum siding, vent kits, rigid aluminum: Hi Jay, Yep, venting under the house is definitely a bad idea. Excess moisture under the house can cause serious problems like mold and wood rot. The lint builds up as well and is a fire hazard. There are standard thru-wall vent kits available that include...

Plumbing in the Home: ejector pump, hurricane irene, qualified plumber
hurricane irene, qualified plumber, electric outlets: Hi Sharon, Ejector pump systems are sealed units. It might be able to be serviced and cleared if it has not burnt out from trying to run while clogged with mud or whatever. Messy business since you are dealing with sewage here. This is something a qualified...

Plumbing in the Home: gas fireplace shut off valve, left hand thread, rigid piping
left hand thread, rigid piping, piping systems: Hi Mike, These valves are difficult to access for repair due to location. It may just need the packing nut tightened around the stem. Getting at the packing nut is the problem. A long deep socket might do it. One might possibly be able to access it from below,...

Plumbing in the Home: Green crystals in hot water, gas water heater, old water
gas water heater, old water, green water: Hi Andy, I don t think you should be alarmed but you should get someone in to check the softener and possibly the water heater for sediment. It could be sediment settling in the water heater and then getting into the house piping. I would get it checked ASAP...

Plumbing in the Home: Grey Water Question, black drain, clay soils
black drain, clay soils, pvc pipe: Hi, If this system works or not depends on several things. Not all ground percolates the same (absorbs water) Clay soils are very poor for this, sandy is better. Yes, the pipe should be bedded in gravel. At least one foot under the pipe and over it. ...

Plumbing in the Home: No hot water, hot water system, hot water heater
hot water system, hot water heater, gas hot water heater: Hi Robert, A few obvious questions........is the valve at the top of the water heater open? If not, no hot water will flow. Is the heater s pilot lit? Is it staying lit? When you light it, the burner should start as soon as you raise the thermostat dial...

Plumbing in the Home: hot water flow, gas water heater, piping layout
gas water heater, piping layout, piping material: Hi Ron, Odd situation. I suspect it has something to do with the piping and the way it is routed. Not a lot you can easily do about that. Sometimes the piping layout is not optimum due to construction constraints when the house was built. Depending on the...

Plumbing in the Home: knocking, check, valve
check, valve: It is very important that the pressure switch and tank be together. So you know, the pressure switch will be a box about 2.5 X 4 square. It will have electrical wires in and out coming from the breaker, to the switch then to the pump. If the switch is...

Plumbing in the Home: knocking gas pipes, gas pressure regulators, gas distribution systems
gas pressure regulators, gas distribution systems, gas piping: Hello William, I have answered this question before on AllExperts. Personally, as both a general contractor and a plumber for 30 years, I have never encountered a knocking gas piping system. The fluid dynamics that cause pipe knocking are just not there...

Plumbing in the Home: Knocking sound from pipes, hydronic, heating
hydronic, heating: I am not a Plumber or a Heating (Hydronic) contractor. But from what I could see in the video, these pipes are not your house plumbing. They are your heating pipes. It looks like you have hydronic or baseboard heat. Your boiler has pumps that circulate...

Plumbing in the Home: Locating sewar gas smell, remediation company, iron pipes
remediation company, iron pipes, wax seal: Hello Linda, Sounds like the soil is saturated from the old leak. The soil will need to be treated with lime or other chemical to kill the bacteria. There are companies that do this. Look for a water damage remediation company, Cleaning up sewer spills...

Plumbing in the Home: long term high water pressure effects, trec texas real estate commission, galvanized steel pipe
trec texas real estate commission, galvanized steel pipe, trec texas real estate: Hi Roxy, 105 PSI is well within the range of pressure that the piping system can tolerate without problems. It is however higher than most fixture and appliance manufacturers recommend. The typical code standard is 80 PSI maximum inside the house. That s...

Plumbing in the Home: low water pressure in bathtub hot water only, low water pressure, hot water heater
low water pressure, hot water heater, taking a shower: Hi Roger, Here is something you can try. Shut off the hot water at the water heater by turning off the cold supply valve to it. Remove the stem from the hot side in the shower. Close the shower door or curtain and watch while someone turns the water back...

Plumbing in the Home: Mansfield air assist toilet, bladder tanks, vitreous china
bladder tanks, vitreous china, pressure assisted toilets: Hi Barbara, Pressure assisted toilets rely on a pressurized bladder inside the big black round box inside the tank. It is a sealed unit and used the pressure of the incoming water to pre-load the bladder. When you hit the flush lever, the added air pressure...

Plumbing in the Home: New sink drains very slow, second floor apartment, bathroom vanity
second floor apartment, bathroom vanity, s trap: Hi Leslie, That s one whacky looking setup! It s an S trap which is illegal in most places. It will siphon dry and allow sewer gas to enter the house. The purpose of a trap is to provide a water seal against gases. The only thing I can see is that the...

Plumbing in the Home: Plumbing backing up, slab foundation, main drain
slab foundation, main drain, routine procedure: Hi Howard, The best way to test this line for problems is to have a camera sent in. This is a fairly routine procedure. You will see the inside of the pipe through the video monitor and get a copy. Most Sewer and drain companies have this equipment. The...

Plumbing in the Home: plumbing issue, hot water heater, kitchen faucet
hot water heater, kitchen faucet, going to the bathroom: Hi Susanne, It sounds like some sediment may have been dislodged when the heater was changed and now is blocking the lint to the bathroom. I suggest you find the supply water line to the bathroom and flush it till fresh water flows fully. Maybe you should...

Plumbing in the Home: plumbing, takes too long to get cold water at tap, solenoid valve, cold line
solenoid valve, cold line, soleniod: Hi Kevin, If you did not insulate the hot lines as the tankless manufacturer recommends, you re screwed. You may need to open that chase to do so. I m not aware of any quick fix solution that would work in this case. Recirc systems are typically for hot not...

Plumbing in the Home: Pop Up Drain Assembly Removal, new faucet, teflon tape
new faucet, teflon tape, p trap: The tailpiece for the drain fits into a slip joint connection at the top of the trap. It should have a nylon or rubber washer that the slip joint nut compresses around the tailpiece. No tape needed. The faucet supplies should also have a cone shaped washer,...

Plumbing in the Home: Replacing a Faucet on a Pedestal Sink, replacing a faucet, pedestal sink
replacing a faucet, pedestal sink, waste connections: Hello Michael, Typically, the faucet and waste pop up assembly and tailpiece is installed prior to mounting the sink on the wall. There is often a bracket or brackets mounted to the wall at the sink can hang on. All the water supply and waste connections...

Plumbing in the Home: rust from tub faucet, tub shower faucet, steel nipple
tub shower faucet, steel nipple, licensed plumber: Hi Nancy, This will happen if the plumber used steel nipple(s) to install the tub spout. They should be brass. Just have the plumber replace the nipple(s) and this should stop. Either an oops because that s all he had with him or just being cheap. Sloppy...

Plumbing in the Home: shower valves, plumbing supply, orings
plumbing supply, orings, shower valves: Phil, seals and orings are wearing out in the valves. Some brands of faucets allow you to replace them , other require that the cartridges in the valve be replaced. Basically you need the faucet valves to be rebuilt. If you can determine the brand most plumbing...

Plumbing in the Home: smelly sink/drain, turkey baster, baking soda
turkey baster, baking soda, drain lines: Hi Margaret, There is one area you have not dealt with, the overflow for the sink. There is a channel or pathway cast in or attached separately in the case of a metal sink, that allows excess water to drain in the event that the sink is overfilled such as...

Plumbing in the Home: t13420 delta velv problem, delta valve, cpvc piping
delta valve, cpvc piping, pipe sizing: Hi Serge, Difficult to say. sometimes the pipe sizing to the shower head and spout are critical. If they are larger than specified, they will not provide enough back pressure to keep the diverter working properly. have you pulled the cartridge apart and cleaned...

Plumbing in the Home: tankless and tank water heaters, tank heater, small tank
tank heater, small tank, showers and baths: Sure Lenard, you can install a tank and use it a a pre-heater for the tankless. One of the problems with tankless heaters is the output is directly effects the input water temperature. Up north here in the winter, tankless units perform miserably.Anyway, with...

Plumbing in the Home: toilet, shut off valve, thanks a bunch
shut off valve, thanks a bunch, plumber: Hi Angeleen, I am unclear about the problems here. Do you mean the shut off valve for the water supply on the wall under the left side of the toilet? If the handle just keeps turning and turning , the valve is broken and needs to be replaced. It is probably...

Plumbing in the Home: toilet noise when filling, water seeps, rubber diaphragm
water seeps, rubber diaphragm, ball cock: Hello Steven, It is likely that the toilet fill valve, called a ball cock, is starting to wear out. It may be possible to disassemble it for cleaning and repair if you re so inclined but these days, it s easy and inexpensive to simply replace it. There...

Plumbing in the Home: waste pipework venting issues, toilet bubbles, air release valve
toilet bubbles, air release valve, bath bubbles: OK Dave, Let s try another approach with these questions: Could a drain line have settled and lost pitch? This will cause a slow drain for sure even if the pipe is clear. Could there be a grease blockage in the line. A snake will go right through grease...

Plumbing in the Home: Water with bad odor, water heater anode rod, faucet aerator
water heater anode rod, faucet aerator, water heater anode: Hi John, It is possible that the odor is from sulfur buildup on the faucet aerator. Try to unscrew the aerator and wash it thoroughly. Also, if the odor seems to be when the hot water is running, check the water heater anode rod. Sometimes the rod will attract...

Plumbing in the Home: water bladders, bladder, tank
bladder, tank: I can t think of anything the pump guys could have done to change the way your water smells. I certainly wouldn t put bleach in the bladder tank though. The rubber in the tank wouldn t like the bleach. Maybe put some down the well, it could help. Not knowing...

Plumbing in the Home: Water coming up into bathtub and Etc..., laundry line, sewer line
laundry line, sewer line, kitchen sink: You have a blocked drain somewhere. Usually the kitchen and the laundry lines will join together at a junction and continue as one line in to the main 3-4 sewer line that runs out from the house to the street. The laundry line should be snaked first to see...

Plumbing in the Home: water heater, oil boiler, boiler systems
oil boiler, boiler systems, two inlets: Hi Cliff, Not that familiar with boiler systems, we don t use them much out here. If the boiler is just acting as a pre-heat for the water heater, any one will do. The output of the boiler gets hooked to the cold inlet of the water heater. If is has a...

Plumbing in the Home: water heater installation location, gas water heater, water heater installation
gas water heater, water heater installation, licensed plumber: It can but various plumbing codes need to be met. Most importantly the closet its self must have an independent source of air to supply the water heater. Because the water heater will be inside the house it should be sealed inside its own space to prevent...

Plumbing in the Home: Water Heater and possible under slab leak, thermastats, detective work
thermastats, detective work, slab leak: Hi Lyn, You are correct, there may be an underslab leak. Here are simple things to check: 1. If you have a water meter, see if it still is spinning when you know water is not being used anywhere in the house. 2. If you can t do that, listen for the noise...

Plumbing in the Home: well tank pressure, bladder tanks, bladder tank
bladder tanks, bladder tank, switch settings: There are several things that could be wrong. First one would be any filtration you have after the tank. Could be plugged. Second could be the switch settings. I m not sure if you have a bladder tank or a galvanized tank so it s hard to diagnose....

Plumbing in the Home: 1.6 gallon toilet, buckets of water, flow toilets
buckets of water, flow toilets, sewer camera: Hello Barbara, Many people experience this problem with the advent of these low flow toilets. These days, that is all that is available and legal to sell in most areas. The usual problem is old sewer lines that are rough and corroded on the inside and...

Plumbing in the Home: afraid to flush toilet after wek-long power outage, hearing water, upstairs bathroom
hearing water, upstairs bathroom, senior citizen: Hi Beverly, Tough problem there. If the toilet is over full of feces, you might need to manually remove some or most so that it will flush without overflowing. Then add more back in and flush again. An unpleasant task but not a lot of options here. Good...

Plumbing in the Home: Black Substance in Faucets throughout, pipe corrosion, black dust
pipe corrosion, black dust, local department: It could be a multitude of things.Mold, bacteria, sediment, pipe corrosion... First , I would not drink it. Second, I would take a sample to the local department of health and have it tested. Could be absolutely harmless..then again... Better to know for...

Plumbing in the Home: changing shower cartridge, delta faucet, new faucet
delta faucet, new faucet, shower faucets: Jack, I have no knowledge of any faucet that is convertible. You will have to replace the entire faucet. Basically you have to cut the water supply lines and connect a new faucet. Most time the wall behind has to be cut open and an access panel installed...

Plumbing in the Home: Constant washer replacement, valve seat, bathroom sink
valve seat, bathroom sink, washers: Hey Michael, Have you tried putting in a thicker washer in? I am looking at your picture and wondering if it is the problem here. See if you can find a washer that still fits the stem but is just a tad thicker or harder and I hope it will do the trick...

Plumbing in the Home: Dishwasher water pipe rusted out and water everywhere, broken pipe, shut off valve
broken pipe, shut off valve, water line: Hi Stefani, Bummer! Yes, unless you have the broken pipe fixed, it will continue to flood the place if you turn the water back on. There may be a shut off valve for the dishwasher feed line only. See if there is one and turn it off first. Then turn the main...

Plumbing in the Home: Drainage Issues, drainage issues, google
drainage issues, google, verge: Hey Jovan, You are on the verge of a backup if this is happening and you need to be snaked very soon. Your main has a blockage forming and this is a sign to act on now! You can rent a snake and save some cash at any rental store and google how to use it...

Plumbing in the Home: Draining Hot Water Heater, cold water supply, hot water heater
cold water supply, hot water heater, sediment problem: Sara, If you turn off the supply to the tank you will not be able to get any water to any fixture. You might get a 1/2 gallon or so but that s it. The supply (cold feed) line is what pressurizes the hot side and therefore moves the water. Unless you have a...

Plumbing in the Home: flushing toilet after power outage, hearing water, upstairs bathroom
hearing water, upstairs bathroom, senior citizen: Beverly, The best way to prevent overflow is flush it with a bucket of water. Take a 4 or five gallon bucket and put about 3 gallons of water in it. pour the water directly into the bowl. you may need a tool to stir things up because the opening in the bottom...

Plumbing in the Home: Freezing pipes, freezing pipes, supply pipes
freezing pipes, supply pipes, blown insulation: Dear Steve, I can sympathize with you about this problem. Frozen pipes are extremely inconvenient and potentially expensive, especially if they are in an unreachable space like you describe. A water recirculator like you mention would help to...

Plumbing in the Home: galvanized steel pipe, galvanized steel pipes, pipe wall integrity
galvanized steel pipes, pipe wall integrity, galvanized steel pipe: I do not recommend trying to clear the old galvanized piping. The pipe is probably so old that any tampering you do will cause it to fail immediately. Remember that piping is clogged with rust and scale. These are deposits that are attached to and part of...

Plumbing in the Home: Hot Water, tub shower faucet, hot water supply
tub shower faucet, hot water supply, hot water heater: Hi Christy, It sounds to me like you problem may be in the tub/shower faucet not the water heater. If the kitchen is getting sufficient hot water then all the other faucets should be as well. Do you have a anti-scalding faucet in the tub? If it is relatively...

Plumbing in the Home: Hot Water, hot water supply, hot water heater
hot water supply, hot water heater, doing the dishes: Is the tub valve a Moen? Is it a single handle mixing valve that the more you turn to the left the hotter the water gets? If it is then you have a bad cartridge and it needs to be replaced. If not please tell me a little more about the make and type of valve...

Plumbing in the Home: Hot Water Heater, water inlet valve, cold water inlet
water inlet valve, cold water inlet, hot water heater: Hi John, Running the heater at max, while not the best thing to do for energy efficiency, should not cause any problems. It is dangerous for a potential scalding problem for young children or the aged with slow reflexes. You may just need to remove the...

Plumbing in the Home: Knocking water heater, natural gas water heater, gas water heater
natural gas water heater, gas water heater, natural gas water: Hi Tim, Water heaters usually only knock when hot water us used and the burner fires up to reheat the incoming cold water. This happens or is cause by a large cake of hardened minerals sitting the bottom of the tank that builds up over time if the water...

Plumbing in the Home: leaking shower in clawfoot tub, tub spout, vacuum breaker
tub spout, vacuum breaker, water scale: Hello Bobbie, When only the tub spout is running water, there is little or no back pressure in the valve and connections since the spout is unrestricted. When you turn on the shower, the flow is more restricted, creating back pressure. There are loose or...

Plumbing in the Home: Metallic taste/smell, gas water heater, anode rod
gas water heater, anode rod, iron curtain: Dear Bill, Your question is listed in the general pool and I am just starting to help on this website. I noticed that you asked this several days ago and I m wondering if you have gotten any response or found a solution yet? If not please let me know...

Plumbing in the Home: Noisy Tap, new faucet, hose bib
new faucet, hose bib, water tap: Its possible you have high water pressure in the house. You may be able to buy a pressure gauge that screws onto the hose bib outside for a few dollars at a hardware store. You want the pressure to be somewhere between 50-70 PSI ideally. If the pressure...

Plumbing in the Home: Odor from drains, Drain, Odor
Drain, Odor, Vent: Hello John, Odor issues are some of the most challenging problems in plumbing work. Here is what I think based on my experience: Traps of some type or other have been required and standard for over a century now so it s unlikely that the tubs are lacking...

Plumbing in the Home: Plumbing, Drain, Washing Machine
Drain, Washing Machine, Lint: Dear Dennis, Essentially there are two issues to your question: First, Can it be done safely? The answer is probably yes. I ll explain a bit further on. The second issue is Can it be done legally? This depends on where you live. Some cities have very...

Plumbing in the Home: Plumbing question..., copper joints, plumbing question
copper joints, plumbing question, copper tube: Hello David, Working with soldered fittings is not easy if you don t have the right tools and skills/experience. This is especially true if the pipes have any residual water in them. It is unusual to see soldered on angle stops (the shut off valve is...

Plumbing in the Home: Plumbing and vanity, Vanity, Counters
Vanity, Counters, Rough-in: Dear Barbara, It is a bit difficult to know which pipes are affected by the placement of the drawers in your vanity. I know how tight and difficult bathrooms can be in NYC, much of my experience was in NJ and I ve done some work in the Manhattan and Philadelphia....

Plumbing in the Home: Reply, hurricane irene, shutoff valves
hurricane irene, shutoff valves, plumber: If there is a space of a couple of inches between the back of the drawers and the wall then he may not have to reopen the wall. The shutoff valves can be removed and the pipes routed toward the center or below the drawers, then the valves would be out of...

Plumbing in the Home: Rusty Flange, hacksaw blade, garbage disposer
hacksaw blade, garbage disposer, liquid wrench: Hi Devin, About your only option at this point is to cut them off. I know the room is tight, try using a hacksaw blade. Just wrap some tape around part of it as a handle. The new disposer will have a new flange and screws. Oddly enough I just threw away...

Plumbing in the Home: septic problems, leach field, shower drains
leach field, shower drains, water toilet: Dear Chris, From your description it does sound as though the tree trimmers may indeed have caused a problem. I would imagine that your cleanout is outside the house and below the level of your bathrooms. Here is a link with a diagram of a typical...

Plumbing in the Home: septic problems, septic, tank
septic, tank, drain: Chris, I m not a plumber or a septic guy, but I ve had enough problems with them over the years by living in the country instead of the City that I can probably help you out. I would first dig in the area that they ran through. Try to see if they crushed...

Plumbing in the Home: My shower diverter doesn't divert to shower head, bathtub faucet, faucet assembly
bathtub faucet, faucet assembly, tub spout: Hi Richard, There are actually two parts of a compression type faucet. The stem & washer part and the valve seat that the washer seals against. It is common practice to replace the seat when the stem is replaced. It is probably worn or damaged and will no...

Plumbing in the Home: Shower Handles, pedestal sink, metal component
pedestal sink, metal component, water scale: Hi, The picture was not very clear so it s hard to tel exactly what you have here. (Tip: If you are shooting a close up shot, see if your camera has a macro mode. It will focus much closer and produce a clear picture.) As best as I can tell these...

Plumbing in the Home: showerhead squeal, showerhead, flow type
showerhead, flow type, low flow: Rick, I have heard of this with massaging type shower head.Some have a wheel in them that creates the pulsing that simulates a massage. You didn t mention that yours was the massaging type or not. If it isn t then unfortunately you will have to do the trial...

Plumbing in the Home: Shut off valve to kitchen sink has no handle, cold water line, shut off valves
cold water line, shut off valves, kitchen sink: Hey Linda, Apparently the handles have broken and just need to be replaced. Take the screws out and take a picture of the hub that remains to the shut off valve and take the picture to a hardware store and match it up. This should work, there should be...

Plumbing in the Home: smelly drain, excess minerals, sewer gases
excess minerals, sewer gases, vent pipe: Hi Laurie, It sounds like the water seal in the p-trap might be being siphoned out some how, breaking the seal. The purpose of a p-trap is to hold a small amount of water that acts as a seal in the drain to keep sewer gases from entering the house. This...

Plumbing in the Home: Stuck housing assembly - Delta 1300 tub faucet, tub shower faucet, tub faucet
tub shower faucet, tub faucet, little holes: Dear Rosie, I apologize for the first response, after a little research I realize that I was wrong about the cartridge housing assembly. I have found a PDF document which has diagrams which should be for your faucet. What I said in the previous message...

Plumbing in the Home: sump pump, tethered ball, sump pumps
tethered ball, sump pumps, ingenuity: Ken, There are no direct replacements or conversions that I know of. You can however rig up a float style using a little engineering ingenuity. To be honest I don t think the effort and cost will be worth it. That s up to you. Switch, floats, rods and guides...

Plumbing in the Home: sump pump, tethered ball, free swing
tethered ball, free swing, wire ties: Dear Ken, I am wondering why the tethered ball float switch is unreliable for you. Is the sump pit too small? My suggestion, if possible, would be to change the tether location so that the ball float has free swing in both up and down directions. I have...

Plumbing in the Home: Toilet flushing, chlorine tablet, chlorine tablets
chlorine tablet, chlorine tablets, toilet flushing: Are you saying its hard to push down the lever to flush the toilet? If so, try removing the flapper and cleaning the part it seats on. Using your finger is fine. Also do you use any type of chlorine tablet in the tank? These can eat away at the rubber...

Plumbing in the Home: Toilet keeps clogging up, slow drains, plumber
slow drains, plumber, sediment: Its possible that the toilet jets are blocked with sediment. This will cause the toilet to be sluggish and a sluggish toilet tends to block up. This can happen intermittently. Did you find the other half of the door knob protector? Its possible its still...

Plumbing in the Home: toilet problem persists!, overflow tube, plastic cylinder
overflow tube, plastic cylinder, home depot: American standard uses several different flapper type seals. Some are discs. They look like a flat, black rubber coaster.They are attached to a barrel like plastic cylinder that rises up when you flush. The other more common one looks like a rubber disc with...

Plumbing in the Home: toilet problem persists!, plastic screw, brass rod
plastic screw, brass rod, upper position: Beverly, There could be two reasons why the tank won t fill. One is the flapper or the flush ball is not seated over the drain hole in the tank. The flapper or ball is the part that is lifted up when you push the flush handle down to flush the toilet. Usually...

Plumbing in the Home: washing machine, power auger, main drain
power auger, main drain, time james: Old pipes will have problems with intermittent blockages. The line is probably galvanized and full of rust that periodically breaks off and causes backups. Replacing the line, given how old the house is it recommended. This will ensure that the washer drains...

Plumbing in the Home: Water continuing to pour out of refill tube after flush, briggs toilet, psi valves
briggs toilet, psi valves, overflow tube: Hello Beth, It sounds like the valve seat is worn or has some debris or a nick on it. It might be possible to take it apart and clean this. It could also be that the rubber seal diaphragm is just old and getting stiff. Since the company is no longer in business,...

Plumbing in the Home: water heater blanket, insulation value, air infiltration
insulation value, air infiltration, poor weather: Hi Melinda, Typically, the insulation jacket is installed and then the heater is strapped. In a way, this does not really make any sense since compressing the insulation immediately destroys any insulation value so there is really no point in having ...

Plumbing in the Home: Well problem, flexcon, well x trol
flexcon, well x trol, overload: Hi Greg, More than likely it s the tank. When tanks need air, they allow the pump to cycle too much/fast. Starting and stopping a pump motor rapidly will cause it to heat up until the overload protector built into the motor to shut it down until it cools....

Plumbing in the Home: Well Sulfer Smell, chlorine, bacteria
chlorine, bacteria: No, the gas wouldn t act like air bubbles. I think you said you have it in the hot and cold. This doesn t absolutely mean that you have hydrogen sulfide. Bacteria can smell very much like the gas if the water has been in the lines for a long time. Once...

Plumbing in the Home: Above Ground Water System, water tank, emery emery, ground water system
emery emery, ground water system, pressure tank: Emery, This is a difficult question to answer without a lot more info. I need to know about your supply, holding tank capacity, rate of recovery, usage and demand etc. etc.... several other details in order to give you reliable information. I suggest you...

Plumbing in the Home: air gap - water backing up, air gap, gravity drain
air gap, gravity drain, garbage disposal: Hi Jim, The air gap is a pretty simple device. Discharge from the dishwasher is pumped up and then drains down to the disposal by gravity. Obviously the discharge side is working. Something is interfering with the gravity drain side. The larger drain hose...

Plumbing in the Home: Bubbling toilets, cammode, upstairs area
cammode, upstairs area, upstairs bathroom: Dear Mike, It s great that you were able to get the lid open and find a blockage in the filter or baffle. I never recommend having a tank pumped because doing so removes the bacteria which are what makes the septic system work. There are a lot of web...

Plumbing in the Home: difficult clogged drain, vent line, clogged drain
vent line, clogged drain, drain lines: Hi Rob, It sounds like the vent line from the roof is the only workable option in your case. The plumbing in the wall may be non-standard. Per code, there is only one trap allowed on a drain line unless a specialized fitting is used called a double sanitary...

Plumbing in the Home: Dirt in Water, bypass
bypass: Disconnecting it temporarily will at least help figure out if the debris is coming from the softener or not. Most softeners have a bypass valve. Some are built in to the back of the head and some are added in the plumbing which will usually be a series...

Plumbing in the Home: draining problem with toilet, toilet not flushing, vent system
toilet not flushing, vent system, downward angle: Dear Tony, I m guessing that you mean the toilet bowl filled up and did not evacuate. Okay, I m going to need some more information. Do you have a digital camera that you can attach photos with? If so, I ll ask you to take some pictures to send....

Plumbing in the Home: Faucet handle leak, water surfaces, water valve
water surfaces, water valve, o ring: Dear Jay, There is an O-ring on the faucet stem above the threads, this is supposed to keep the water from leaking out at the faucet handle. You could replace the O-ring... I would remove it and bring it to the hardware store for a good match. Or you...

Plumbing in the Home: h2o appears, kitchen faucet, supply tubes
kitchen faucet, supply tubes, connecting point: Dear Carol, Leaks like this are frustrating and difficult to locate. It is often a process of elimination- trying one thing, then waiting to see if it s fixed. The main thing to remember is that water always seeks the lowest point that it can reach....

Plumbing in the Home: hot water leak, slab leaks, hot water heater
slab leaks, hot water heater, shut off valve: Charlie, Is the a basement under the house or is it on a slab? If you are on a slab then I would say you have a broken line under the concrete. If this is the case you may be able to pinpoint the leak with a stethoscope. Be sure no other water is running....

Plumbing in the Home: Hot Water Suddenly Kicked On After Going Cool, hot water heater, furnace system
hot water heater, furnace system, boiler system: Hi Brett, Several thing come to mind. The most likely given the symptoms is a problem with the shower valve itself. If it is a single handle, the internal cartridge may be failing. If it s a 2/3 handle unit, it could be a failing or loose stem washer. ...

Plumbing in the Home: hot water tank, water heater tank, hot water tank
water heater tank, hot water tank, copper pipes: Dear Rhianna, Sorry to hear about the discolored water. This is most likely caused by rust and dirt built up inside the water heater tank, and flushing it was the right thing to do... You may need to keep flushing the tank out until all of the accumulation...

Plumbing in the Home: hot water tank, hot water tank, copper pipes
hot water tank, copper pipes, electric tank: In that case, I would turn off the water heater (electrically), open the hot and cold faucets in the bath tub full blast and let them run until the water is clear. You may want to turn off the water in the tub for a few minutes then back on again several...

Plumbing in the Home: hot water tank, hot water tank, copper pipes
hot water tank, copper pipes, average lifespan: Hi Rhianna, This is pretty straight forward, the water heater is starting rust out on the interior of the tank. Not a lot one can do about this now. Just monitor the water heater for leaks going forward. It might be wise to actually shut off the valve feeding...

Plumbing in the Home: hot water tank, hot water tank, public water system
hot water tank, public water system, copper pipes: Sounds to me like the tank may be rusting inside. Average life is about 10 years on a tank. Sediment and impurities settle to the bottom and although the inlet is on the top, an internal fill tube introduces the cold water at the bottom which will stir up...

Plumbing in the Home: hot water tank, hot water tank, copper pipes
hot water tank, copper pipes, colored water: Hey Rhianna, You are doing in the right direction but need to re-flush until you get all the sediment out of the tank. There can be years of sediment build up in that tank and you have stirred part of it up which explains why it got worse after you flushed...

Plumbing in the Home: hot water tank, hot water tank, water distribution system
hot water tank, water distribution system, copper pipes: If the problem is strictly at the 1 bathtub/ shower location, but clear water everywhere else, replace the tub/shower valve, and flush out the lines before completing the work. If you have rusty water at every faucet, first take apart your water meter and...

Plumbing in the Home: Humming sound when water is running, water faucet, water shut off valves
water faucet, water shut off valves, water pressure: Hello, It sounds like you have a valve problem? Was work recently done in the home? I would start checking water shut off valves, make sure they are turned all the way on. If that fails, turn the valves off one at a time and retest. Most cases this problem...

Plumbing in the Home: Kitchen Faucet hammer "type" sympton., channel lock pliers, kitchen faucet
channel lock pliers, kitchen faucet, merry chr: Dear Mitch, This type of problem bothers me because I could easily be wrong about my suggestion. That being said, I also like problems like this because they make me think through the problem. When I encountered this problem at a customer s house, our...

Plumbing in the Home: Kitchen Sink Problem, waste drainage, tootsie roll
waste drainage, tootsie roll, plumbing systems: Hi Ken, When I get these questions, I can only take my best shot with the available information. There are many variables in plumbing systems, both in water supply and waste drainage. Without actually being able to see and diagnose the problem on-site, it...

Plumbing in the Home: low water pressure, points
points: If that s the case and the pump is running, there is either a problem with the pump or you have a leak somewhere keeping the pump running. This leak could be in the well, under the ground or somewhere in the house including toilets etc. If the points are...

Plumbing in the Home: need advice for cleaning yard from sewage water residues, hazardous material spill, sewage spill
hazardous material spill, sewage spill, local health department: Hi Amy, In my view, this is technically a hazardous material spill situation that should be handled by the city. I would contact the local (or County / State if there is no local) Health Department. It s not okay to just spray bleach on the sidewalk and...

Plumbing in the Home: New sewer hook-up smells, sewer gas smell, professional plumber
sewer gas smell, professional plumber, sewer gases: Lucille, If the plumbing has not been used in a long time, chances are the traps have gone dry. Pour or run water down all the drains and be sure to do any floor drains as well. Don t forget the stand pipe for the laundry(if there is one) Also, check the pipes...

Plumbing in the Home: plastic easter egg in bath drain pipe, soap scum, drain pipes
soap scum, drain pipes, bath drain: Hi Jeff, Bummer! From where are you snaking this drain? Down the overflow I hope, that is the correct way. A typical bath drain is 1-1/2 inch pipe (when new) and may be less as it ages and accumulates crap such as hair, soap scum and corrosion (unless it...

Plumbing in the Home: Random, loud banging noise between floors, plumbing noise, steam heat
plumbing noise, steam heat, random nature: Dear Carole, This sounds like an interesting problem to me, but I m sure that it s very annoying for you. Being in Alabama, I wouldn t expect you would have steam heat, and the random nature of the noise seems to rule out plumbing noise to me. So I...

Plumbing in the Home: remote bypass to water softener, sharkbite fittings, cold water supply
sharkbite fittings, cold water supply, valve connections: Dear Dan, Since you will need the softener for all of the water including the water heater, you will need to make your connections in that two foot section between the stop and the tee for the water heater. You should use 3/4 pipe and fittings for...

Plumbing in the Home: Replace or Fix Leaking Bathtub Faucet, bathtub faucet, dana
bathtub faucet, dana, brenda: Hi Brenda, This is likely a Moen brand faucet. It can usually be easily repaired by replacing the cartridge. The body of the faucet is inside the wall and requires opening either the tub side or back side of the tub wall to change. That s a big, expensive...

Plumbing in the Home: root killer, plumbing companies, root killer
plumbing companies, root killer, selling that stuff: You should save up and have the pipe replaced, those foaming things really don t work and definiteyly will not open a backed up line. When I was out in the field I got paid commission so I tried selling that stuff every time I opened a main-drain,...

Plumbing in the Home: rotten egg smell, rotten egg smell, professional plumber
rotten egg smell, professional plumber, rotten eggs: Brie, I believe you have a vent problem or possibly a drain trap that has dried up. What you are getting is sewer gas. There may be an open pipe somewhere or maybe a drain trap has dried up. Pour water into all floor drains and into any fixture that is not...

Plumbing in the Home: screaming plumbing, calcium deposit, rubber washer
calcium deposit, rubber washer, valve housing: Hi Karen, I remember how frustrating this kind of noise can be. Especially when it can disturb others in the house. There are a few possible causes, and I would need more information to help solve the problem. Here are a few ideas though. A high pitched...

Plumbing in the Home: Sizing a gas flex line for a range, btu burners, inner diameter
btu burners, inner diameter, flex connector: Anderson, A 5/8 ID in flex connector will has the capability to supply 106,000 BTU/ Your range needs 14,000 x 4 or 56,000 BTU You will have no problem with a 5/8 4footer. A 1/2 ID will even do the job. I would get the 5/8 ID. If you go 1/2 make sure it...

Plumbing in the Home: Slow Drop In (Hot) Water Pressure In Tub Faucet, tub shower faucet, tub faucet
tub shower faucet, tub faucet, water pressures: Dear Terry, I haven t forgotten ya. When you mention that the drop is slow and steady I tend to suspect that there is an anti-scald device in the wall as part of the main tub and shower valve assembly. If that is the case, when you replaced the stem valves...

Plumbing in the Home: Stuck screw on lift and turn bathtub drain, bathtub drain, slow drain
bathtub drain, slow drain, sure what type: Dear Cleo, I need to know for sure what type of drain this is... if I m right it has a metal stopper which drops and closes the drain. There should be a metal knob on to of the stopper. Here is a link which describes this procedure: http://www.ehow.com/how_6048908_remove-lift-turn-tub-stopper.html...

Plumbing in the Home: Sub. pump well, overload, protector
overload, protector: I hate to be the bearer of bad news... but. The average life of a submersible pump is around 7 years. Since yours is 13 years old, it s on it s way out. There is an overload protector build into all submersible pumps. Sometimes it s in the control...

Plumbing in the Home: Temp Setting Gas Hot Water Heater, demand water heater, hot water heater
demand water heater, hot water heater, gas hot water heater: Mark, This is not an easy question to awnser because the temperature affects safety, logevity, and performance. I would advise not raising the temperature because you already mentioned it is hot enough . Your problem is that it keeps running out. Does...

Plumbing in the Home: Toilet, plumbing store, toilet tank
plumbing store, toilet tank, supply tubes: Dear Sue, You re right I think, that the fill valve needs to be replaced. These are not expensive, and are easy to replace. At any hardware store you can get a new fill valve... I would recommend using a Fluidmaster which is packaged in a green box....

Plumbing in the Home: Toilet sounds, toilet tank, plumbing supply
toilet tank, plumbing supply, tank water: Barbara, The noise you are hearing is the toilet tank refilling. Water is leaking out and into the bowl because the flapper or flush ball is worn.This can be checked by putting food coloring or leak detection dye into the tank water and then watching to see...

Plumbing in the Home: vent pipe, vent pipe, water spot
vent pipe, water spot, roof leak: You may be right about the cast iron wearing and cracking, that does happen. However, don t let the distance convince you. Water seeks the lowest point and can travel a long distance before forming a drop. If you can see the crack or identify the spot...

Plumbing in the Home: Follow Up Question: Water filled up toilet and tub, bathroom upstairs, plumbing problems
bathroom upstairs, plumbing problems, brushing my teeth: since you are on the bottom, you may continue to get overflows in the lowest drains like toilet and tub. You may get it even if you DON T use it since there is usually only one main drain and there is someone living above you. This is something the landlord...

Plumbing in the Home: water filtration leak, ge smartwater filtration, teflon tape
ge smartwater filtration, teflon tape, filtration system: Hi David, That looks like a threaded fitting into the housing. It can probably be redone with some fresh teflon tape. Very small leaks will often seal over by themselves when the evaporation builds up the mineral deposits. I would just put something under...

Plumbing in the Home: Water Heater, anode rod, electric elements
anode rod, electric elements, shutoff valve: Dear Herb, Thanks for asking... It s not really necessary to drain the water heater, but it is a good idea. Shutting the house down gives you an excellent opportunity to flush the sediment out of the unit. On the other hand, if you don t drain it, then...

Plumbing in the Home: Water pressure tank, water pressure tank, water quality test
water pressure tank, water quality test, water leaks: I am not an expert on well water installations, however it sounds like there is a defect at the bottom of the tank. Are you able to view the bottom, or are you basing decisions on what you hear only? How old is this tank? Any signs of rust? Have you performed...

Plumbing in the Home: Water pressure tank hissing, WX-203, bladder
WX-203, bladder: The WX-203 was a problem tank in that it was too tall. The bladder was too short and the space between on and off of the pump couldn t be stretched out more than about 26 lbs. This could allow the bladder to be pushed up beyond it s ability. Later on, Amtrol...

Plumbing in the Home: water tank burst, water tap, pilot light
water tap, pilot light, residual pressure: Hi Ron, Yes, absolutely turn the water off at the top off the tank and bleed of any residual pressure by opening a hot water tap for a few seconds or it will continue to leak. Nothing automatic about it. It may still leak some unless you actually drain...

Plumbing in the Home: well sealing, cap, slip
cap, slip, coupling: If it s galvanized pipe, you would have to dig around it, cut it off, thread it and screw a cap on it. Or use a slip coupling which has jam nuts and rubber rings to seal it tight. Put the slip coupling down over the pipe, tighten the bottom nut, put a short...

Plumbing in the Home: air in lines, male coworkers, loud thump
male coworkers, loud thump, plumbing lines: After further consideration and, of course, not being able to look at it, My feeling is that the well is the culprit. All it takes is for the well to draw down to far or to fast to suck air in. I had an instance at my own home several years back. On thanksgiving...

Plumbing in the Home: Basement floor drain overflow, cat feces, warm temps
cat feces, warm temps, floor drain: Hi Matt, I suppose anything is possible as far as the previous owner. Any drain connected to a sanitary sewer must have a p-trap. Typically, area drains/storm drains are not connected to the sanitary system to avoid overtaxing them with excess rain water....

Plumbing in the Home: Basement laundry room pump?, standard plumbing, water sewage
standard plumbing, water sewage, laundry room: Hi Warren, You need a pumping system that is designed to handle this chore. Look at these: http://www.plumbingsupply.com/drainsystem.html or this: http://www.saniflo.com/SANIVITE.aspx There are many available. Just let your fingers do the walking through...

Plumbing in the Home: Bathtub drain sewer smell, bathtub drain, vent line
bathtub drain, vent line, sewer smell: Hi David, Wow, very persistent ice! Just kidding. Something must be breaking the trap seal, the water that remains in the trap. That is usually caused by a venting problem although the trap could have corroded through and be leaking out. I would start...

Plumbing in the Home: Bathtub faucet, gallon water heater, bathtub faucet
gallon water heater, bathtub faucet, hot water heater: Hi Karen, At 16 years, the water heater was likely at the end of its life. The industry average is 8-12 years. I m not so sure about the plastic flaking off the tank diagnosis. I ve never run into that myself. If in fact that was happening, the plumber...

Plumbing in the Home: Bathtub/shower leak, tub spout, cast iron tubs
tub spout, cast iron tubs, plaster walls: Ann, I am not sure if you are thinking of cutting in an access panel the the ceiling below or in the wall behind the tub. Unless the wall behind the tub is in a hall way or someplace that would be unsightly I would cut a panel in. There are several panels...

Plumbing in the Home: Bathtubs, cast iron tub, vinegar and water
cast iron tub, vinegar and water, buffing wheels: Hi Sue, I m not familiar with the Viktrell brand. I have used the Americast. The Amercast is plastic over a stamped steel base.The Vikrell product solid molded plastic material and may be heavier. The main benefit is weight over a cast iron tub. In...

Plumbing in the Home: basement floor pick-up of submersible pump, impeller, submerged
impeller, submerged: Sump pumps as well as lots of other types of pumps which have impellers. In order for the impeller to move water, it has to be in the water. Most impellers are close to an inch thick and would need to be completely submerged. The only thing I can think...

Plumbing in the Home: brown algae coming from my faucets, brown algae, bathroom faucets
brown algae, bathroom faucets, piping system: Hi Terry, I think it s more of an annoyance than a health issue. From what I can find, it s harmless. Without testing, one cannot be sure in any case. I would contact the local water company about this to see if they have any comments or solutions. ...

Plumbing in the Home: Delta 622 single handle shower faucet - low cold water pressure inside chamber, cold water pipe, cold water line
cold water pipe, cold water line, cold water pressure: Hi Jared, This is a diagnostic problem. Where exactly is the problem? To find out, you need to trouble shoot it. Is it the cartridge or the pipes? 1. I would turn off the water to the house and then turn of the water going into the hot water heater to...

Plumbing in the Home: Drain issues, mold fungus, rain water
mold fungus, rain water, shower drain: Hi Amanda, There really is not flapper you can install in the drain. It s against code to restrict any drain so they don t make something to do that that I m aware of. The solution is to fix the main line, get the dip out of it and install a back water...

Plumbing in the Home: Drain vent in bathroom rough-in, vent stack, backer board
vent stack, backer board, plumbing work: Hi Bruce, Not sure where you found this plumber but that rough in looks strange to me. Rather than the 45 and 1/16th he used to roll the drain over, it should have been a sanitary T with the drain on the branch and the vent coming out of the top. The max...

Plumbing in the Home: Dryer, warm moist air, vent pipe
warm moist air, vent pipe, dryer vent: Hi Shelly, The water is not unusual to see. After all, what does a dryer remove? And where does it go? Cold pipe and warm, moist air equals condensation and that s what is causing the water in the pipe. The only place there should ever be flex type vent...

Plumbing in the Home: dripping sounds, infrared thermographer, pvc pipes
infrared thermographer, pvc pipes, infrared camera: Hi Keith, If you hear dripping but see no evidence of a leak showing up it may just be dripping inside the pipes you hear. if there is a leak but it is only minimal, it may not be enough to show because it is being absorbed in the insulation and wood above...

Plumbing in the Home: Replacing a toilet, closet flange, lowes
Plumbing in the Home: Replacing a toilet, closet flange, lowes, home depot

Plumbing in the Home: gas smell from traps, rotten egg smell, sewer gas
rotten egg smell, sewer gas, vacation condo: Hi Frank, You are correct, the water in the traps is evaporating and allowing sewer gas to escape. Try putting a tablespoon or two of cooking oil down the drain just before you leave and close up. It will float on the top of the water and seal it off a...

Plumbing in the Home: Hot Water Heater, hot water heater, pressure relief valve
hot water heater, pressure relief valve, pipe dope: Hi Tim, That would be a very bad idea. Putting water under the house can have all sorts of bad consequences like foundation/pier settlement, mold, attracting termites, wood rot etc. You need to find the source and fix it. If it s coming from that area...

Plumbing in the Home: home water lines, water departments, water valve
water departments, water valve, water lines: When you shut off the main does the sound stop after the pressure is off? If not, I would call the water authority in your area. Assuming you are on a municipal system. If you are check the water meter with the main off and watch for movement of the dials...

Plumbing in the Home: horrible odor, rotten egg smell, vent stack
rotten egg smell, vent stack, gas leaks: Ramona, Check the all the toilets in the house and see if any of them a loose or able to move left or right with little effort. I remembered a customer who had a similar situation and the culprit turned out to be a bad wax seal. Sometimes when a toilet is...

Plumbing in the Home: hot water, balancing valve, pressure temperature
balancing valve, pressure temperature, oldtimers: Rob, I feel your pain....Happy Wife ..Happy Life! :-) It is probably being caused by a pressure/temperature balancing valve built into the faucet. Some manufactures call them scald guard systems. There found almost exclusively in shower/bath faucets....

Plumbing in the Home: hot water faucet, faucet, valve
faucet, valve: I m not a Plumber by trade, but it sounds like the stem that moves the inside part of the valve has broken. I don t know if this can be repaired, or if it needs replacement. A Plumber can probably give you the answer to that question if you can provide him...

Plumbing in the Home: hot water from oil boiler, hot water tank, electric hot water tank
hot water tank, electric hot water tank, oil fired boiler: Diane, I am sorry that I can not give you a definitive answer as I would have to see the actual installation. By your description, the boiler probably has a coil in it to heat the domestic hot water when the electric tank is not being used. That being said,...

Plumbing in the Home: Leaking Shower, lowes home, plumbing supply
lowes home, plumbing supply, lowe s: Bryan, More than likely it s an easy fix. I can t really help unless I know what brand faucet we are talking about. The majors(Moen, Delta etc.) are simple. The old Speakman, Acorn, Crane and most everything built before 1970 can, and usually is, a pain in...

Plumbing in the Home: Loud Knock in Pipe, tire air valve, hot water heater
tire air valve, hot water heater, master bedroom bath: Hi Debbie, Down with the flu here. Just because the expansion tank is new does not mean that it is not miss-installed or has not failed. Generally, they are installed on the hot side, not the cold. Knocking is generally cause by something the stops water...

Plumbing in the Home: leaky tub faucet, tub faucet, replaceable cartridge
tub faucet, replaceable cartridge, shower valve: Hi Kristy, The spout only gets water when the valve lets it through. The problem is there, not at the spout. A single handle tub/shower valve has a replaceable cartridge, not washers. Contact the maker of the valve if you can tell the brand. Their customer...

Plumbing in the Home: low pressure, pressure gages, tire gauge
pressure gages, tire gauge, pressure tank: Dennis, I can think of a couple of probable causes. First, Your problem sounds more like a volume issue not a pressure problem. Make sure all the valves are full open. Sometimes gate valves do not open all the way because the stem is stripped and the gate...

Plumbing in the Home: Old House Built in the 1920s no vent..., vent stack, methane gas
vent stack, methane gas, kitchensink: John, In order for the system to work properly it has to be vented. All codes require a vent to eliminate the concentration of methane gas and assist in removing effluent. By your description, there is no main house vent stack. I would run a 3 stack either...

Plumbing in the Home: Plumbing, water condensation, air contractor
water condensation, air contractor, condensate pump: Hi Cynthia, When an A/C runs, it produces water condensation. This need to be drained away somewhere. This one must drain to a pipe connected with the tub drain. When the A/C is running, you may hear a dripping or gurgling sound, that is not uncommon. In...

Plumbing in the Home: Plumbing Question, plumbing question, toilet bowl
plumbing question, toilet bowl, water hose: Jason, Wow now this is one for the books!. Your telling me the water line is disconnected and the bowl is still filling up??? Is it clear water or sewage? Is there a bathroom or kitchen above this bath? Perhaps an exorcism would be in order. Seriously, if...

Plumbing in the Home: Preparing Unoccupied Home, windshield washer antifreeze, gas water heater
windshield washer antifreeze, gas water heater, toilet tanks: Herb,Up here in northern NY we get our share of cold weather. What I used to do to winterize a home is Shut the main water supply and pull the meter.Put it someplace warm. If the meter freezes the local municipality will charge you for a replacement. They...

Plumbing in the Home: Propane Gas Line in Pennsylvania, propane tank, propane gas
propane tank, propane gas, galvanized pipe: Hi Luke, You ll probably need to check with the local code people. There are codes involving gas lines of any kind. Basically, black iron can be used (and painted) outside but may be no closer than 6 inches from the ground. If lower or buried it must be...

Plumbing in the Home: Pump Size, pump, size
pump, size: I usually recommend a submersible pump over a jet pump for this application. That is if the pump will fit into the tank and if there is access to the tank to insert the submersible. The size,(which was your question) would depend on how much water you need...

Plumbing in the Home: plumbing, freeze ups, western maine
freeze ups, western maine, empty tank: Hi Brent, If you need to, you need to. The main issue in freezing areas is that hydrostatic pressure caused by freezing ground can push an empty tank right out of the ground. The septic pumper guy should know this and make sure it gets refilled with water...

Plumbing in the Home: plumbing washing machine -dwv, top of the tee, flood level
top of the tee, flood level, size pipe: Hi Ron, The basics are; 2 inch drain, 1-1/2 inch vent. The weir of the trap cannot be farther than 3 feet from the weir of the sanitary tee where it meets the drain. To put that in English, the drain for the washer, including the trap should be near the...

Plumbing in the Home: No pressure for bathtub & sinks in upstairs bathroom, cold water supply, hot and cold water supply
cold water supply, hot and cold water supply, upstairs bathroom: Hi Huy, Is the shower separate from the tub? The toilet is a pretty low demand so it would not exhibit the same flow rate problems as a shower or sink faucet. Has there been something like a freeze that may have effected the pipes in some way. Do you know...

Plumbing in the Home: Replacing a toilet, replacing a toilet, plastic pvc
replacing a toilet, plastic pvc, wax ring: Hi Derek, If the metal part of the closet ring is too corroded, it should be replaced. As you say, it supports the toilet itself. Since you seem to have a plastic (PVC or ABS) waste system with glued fittings it gets a little tricky. The glued joints are...

Plumbing in the Home: recirc system, mixing faucet, water showers
mixing faucet, water showers, hot water recirculation system: John, You have a cross connection somewhere in your home. I this problem just started then I would suspect the cross connection is at a mixing faucet such as a shower or tub. Some people have hot and cold hose faucets put in that cause this problem. What...

Plumbing in the Home: Sand in my water from well system, sand, bladder
sand, bladder, tank: If your well is producing sand, the sand will expedite the demise of your pump. Sand eats the impellers in the pump and they are what moves the water to the tank and builds the pressure. You can stop the sand with a tank like is used for a water softener....

Plumbing in the Home: Sewage smell coming from bathtub drain., sewage smell, bathtub drain
sewage smell, bathtub drain, vent line: I would say by your description that if you are feeling air blow through the drain either it s disconnected underneath or the water in the trap is being drawn out of it due to a vacuum. If the latter is the case the check you vents. Sometimes you can tell...

Plumbing in the Home: Shower, nozzle, screw
nozzle, screw, clue: Hi Cass, Sounds like it might be a Moen valve. They are pretty common. It s also common for the screw to work loose in time and the knob to come off. You should be able to just pry the silver snap-in cover out of the center of the knob and put the thing back...

Plumbing in the Home: Stem for bathtub faucet, bathtub faucet, gif answer
bathtub faucet, gif answer, hoping that someone: Hi Kevin, Not sure what you mean I can t use a screw driver . why is that? Clearance problems for the tool? There are right angle screw drivers available if that s the problem. If it s a problem of the blade being too wide, you can reshape a cheap one...

Plumbing in the Home: Stuck clean out plug., main drain, drain pipe
main drain, drain pipe, wing nut: Jeff, those brass plus are notorious for never coming off when you need them. I have tried every conceivable way to remove the. the best I have found was a hammer and large chisel. It will destroy it so you will have to replace it when your done cleaning the...

Plumbing in the Home: Can I sell my home with plumbing improvements?, cheater vent, laundry hookups
cheater vent, laundry hookups, old adage: Issue 1 & 2 I have seen homes sell with what I call plumbing atrocities. As long as you do not try to cover an existing problem or have a potentially dangerous condition then it s the old adage buyer beware Changing bits and pieces is not illegal(plumbing-wise)...

Plumbing in the Home: sewer smell, line cameras, street rally
line cameras, street rally, toilet water: Rally the neighbors and all call the local sewer and water authority. Ask them to come out and pull the manhole covers and check the sewers. To be effecting so many home would indicate to me that perhaps the main needs snaking out. Most large public works...

Plumbing in the Home: those small faucet mesh screens, mesh screens, residential bathroom
mesh screens, residential bathroom, flow restrictors: Lee, you are referring to faucet aerators. There function is to make the water flow more evenly and not spash. It allows for a softyer flow. some if not all now a days have flow restrictors in the the regulate gal. per minute flow. You will use more water...

Plumbing in the Home: stool installation, rubber compression, compression type
rubber compression, compression type, sewer line: Hi Pierre, It s hard to tell from the photo but if it s not too much out of perpendicular it might still work. If you use an InstaSet type closet ring that attaches using a rubber compression gasket, it will absorb some misalignment. http://www.lspproducts.com/downloads/pdf_catalog/LSP%20Catalog%20FPsm.pdf...

Plumbing in the Home: Ticking from Cold Water Line into Water Heater, cold water line, hot water heater
cold water line, hot water heater, natural gas hot water heater: Hi Jackson, It would seem from your description that it is flow related if it stops when the inlet to the heater is turned off. A couple of things come to mind; Many water heaters come from the factory with check valves in the inlet and outlet to stop thermo...

Plumbing in the Home: TPR valave leaking, electric water heater, expansion tank
electric water heater, expansion tank, water department: Jason, In short...Yes. An expansion tank in the cold water main will remedy you TPR leak. If the valve has been open to relieve pressure more than a couple of times I recommend that you replace that at the same time the tank is installed. They tend to weaken...

Plumbing in the Home: Tub spout broken inside wall, fiberglass tub, plumbing supplier
fiberglass tub, plumbing supplier, degree elbow: Hi Matt, Tricky business. It might be doable. There are tools called easy outs that are available in sizes large enough for pipe. Check with a local plumbing supplier. They have reverse cut spiral flutes that are sharp enough to dig into the inside of...

Plumbing in the Home: toilet bubbles, toilet bubbles, downstairs toilet
toilet bubbles, downstairs toilet, toilet flushing: Hi Karla, This generally indicates a venting problem. The vent for the upstairs toilet is restricted or blocked and it is trying to get air by pulling it through the downstairs toilet. Flushing water down a drain creates a vacuum in the system. It s...

Plumbing in the Home: tub spout dripping, slow drip, flow restrictor
slow drip, flow restrictor, shower valve: Hi Steve, What kind of tub/shower valve do you have? Is it the typical three-handle style? Do you happen to know the brand? Actually, many diverter system depend on back pressure to stay engaged. Reducing the back pressure by removing a flow restricter...

Plumbing in the Home: Under sink hot water, hot water cylinder, hot water dispensers
hot water cylinder, hot water dispensers, instant hot water dispensers: Hello, I have serviced several of the under counter instant hot water dispensers and water heaters and have always found that, calcium, lime and other minerals tend to build up and cause both noise and reduced output. As the get older ..they get worse....

Plumbing in the Home: Venting basement bath, gable end, eave
gable end, eave, dormer: Yes, it is permissible to do as you described. The vent must be above the overhang or eave by at least 3ft. That also holds true when it s on the gable end as well.If there is a dormer in the roof, you must be at least 6ft away from it and 3 ft above any...

Plumbing in the Home: vibrating pipes, trap primers, giant woodpecker
trap primers, giant woodpecker, solenoid valves: Hi Joe, Good work tracking down the loose pipes. If this just started out of the blue, something may have changed in your water system. Water has a lot of kinetic energy when it s moving. When something stops the flow suddenly, all the energy is transferred...

Plumbing in the Home: Water Filtration Systems, water filtration system, water filtration systems
water filtration system, water filtration systems, kitchen faucet: Hi KJ, An air gap is a device that provides a physical separation between the drain lines and the potable supply water. The dishwasher drain connects to it and then it drains by gravity through a larger hose (7/8 inch), usually to a stub on the disposer...

Plumbing in the Home: Water Heater, level townhouse, kitchen sinks
level townhouse, kitchen sinks, receptical: Hi Rich, Both system accomplish the same result. The installation location is really the only difference and that may be the factor to consider. The Grundfos system mounts on the water heater and the Metlund system mounts under the sink at the farthest...

Plumbing in the Home: Water heater expansion tank clicking, expansion tank, return water
expansion tank, return water, car tire: Hi Annie, It s possible that it is flooded . These tanks have a diaphragm inside to separate the water from the air pressure side. If the diaphragm fails there will be water on both sides. There should be a little valve on the top like a car tire filler...

Plumbing in the Home: White Ribbon in Regulator Valves, white ribbons, kitchen faucet
white ribbons, kitchen faucet, teflon tape: Hi Brandon, Sounds like the water heater is committing suicide. The plastic is from the liner that they put inside the tanks to prevent corrosion. Water heaters are only designed to last about 10 years so your s is due for replacement. You will need to...

Plumbing in the Home: no water fromwell, two, pipes
two, pipes, deep: When you have two pipes going from the pump to the well, you have a deep well system. Water is circulated up the larger pipe and back down the smaller pipe to work with the ejector to bring up more water. Most deep well systems are all under pressure in...

Plumbing in the Home: water heater, electric water heaters, electric water heater
electric water heaters, electric water heater, anode rod: John, I have always tried to get as much life out of an appliance as I could. Water heaters are a different story. My experience with electric water heaters is such that the older the are the more difficult it is to remove the elements. Bolt on are easy...

Plumbing in the Home: water heater leak, water heater tank, water faucet
water heater tank, water faucet, drain cock: Pat, With the water heaters of today, the drain cock are cheap and not meant to be serviced when they leak. I suggest you replace it. Any that I have dealt with were 3/4 IPS threaded. You may need to get through the outer jacket and insulation with a long...

Plumbing in the Home: water pulsation, shallow well pump, rubber bladder
shallow well pump, rubber bladder, pressure tank: My first thought was the pressure tank. If it were low on air charge you might get a thump but then the pump would come on sooner than normal and short cycle. I sounds like a check valve may be sticking. if it froze it may have swelled up or distorted and...

Plumbing in the Home: Bath room sink, free estimates, ready mixed concrete
free estimates, ready mixed concrete, plumber: Here where I live there are tool rental places that can rent you everything you need to chip out the concrete. It s a bit messy and noisy but if you careful you can do it and save a bunch of money. When your done with the repair, buy some ready mixed concrete...

Plumbing in the Home: Bathroom plumbing, bathroom plumbing, faucet
bathroom plumbing, faucet, 22 years: It could be that the faucet has a small leak caused by a loose washer and this is causing vibration in the faucet which is resonating into the pipes in the wall. Also there may be a loose pipe in the wall that is expanding when you use hot water and then contracting...

Plumbing in the Home: basement drain, water drainage system, exterior waterproofing
water drainage system, exterior waterproofing, gas furnaces: Hi Greg, After 30 years, the ground water drainage system and the exterior waterproofing has probably seen better days. The only sure cure is to redo it but that gets very expensive. Lots of digging to expose below grade exterior walls etc. It must be...

Plumbing in the Home: bath tub drain, paint remover, access panel
paint remover, access panel, drain plug: Victor, If you are referring to the flanged drain inside the tub then I m afraid that you are going to have to replace what s called a tub waste and overflow. This has to be done from under or behind the tub. An access panel will have to be cut in if there...

Plumbing in the Home: Cast Iron Plumbing, cast iron drain, cast iron pipe
cast iron drain, cast iron pipe, drain company: Hi Jessica, When the cast iron waste begins to go away it s only a matter of time. It deteriorates from the inside and by the time you see problems on the outside, it s too late. There are likely problems in areas you cannot see. Replacing it all is the...

Plumbing in the Home: Champion Precharged water system, champion, tank
champion, tank, bladder: No, it s not common, however the severity of the problem will be directly proportional to where the leak is coming from. Usually if you can see the leak and it s a pipe fitting, that can be fixed easily by someone skilled at plumbing. If it s leaking but...

Plumbing in the Home: Circulating pump causing excessive sediment?, gas water heater, recirculating pump
gas water heater, recirculating pump, drain valve: Hi Dan, 1. Probably not since it is probably connected to the piping inside the walls. 2. The recirc pump may not be connected to all the fixtures. It typically just has a return line plumbed out to the farthest fixture in the system. 3. Tankles can be...

Plumbing in the Home: Clean inlets bad swirl, overflow tube, shortage of water
overflow tube, shortage of water, inlets: Adam, Your trouble sounds like a shortage of water to complete the cycle.Be sure the bowl refill line is in the overflow tube in the tank. Also set the water level at or slightly above the mark inside the tank. Also make sure the flapper is not dropping...

Plumbing in the Home: Cold water sputters only, shower toilet, water dept
shower toilet, water dept, waterline: Very strange. No noise from hot side. Normally I would say you are getting air in from incoming waterline but that would show up, at least a little, in the hot side too.Perhaps municipality has something to do with it I d give it a day or so and see if it...

Plumbing in the Home: Constantly running well pump, leak, tank
leak, tank, flapper: Have you tried putting food coloring in the toilet tank to see if the flapper in the toilet is seeping by? You could have a leak anywhere in your plumbing. Waterlogged tanks will add to the problem. You should turn off the pump electrically, run water...

Plumbing in the Home: Cost/difficulty of installing pedestal sink, installing pedestal sink, piping materials
installing pedestal sink, piping materials, vanity top: Hi Kelly, The waster and water will probably need to be relocated to meet the needs of a pedestal lav. You will need to pick the sink first and then check the cut-sheet that comes with it too see where the waste and water should stub out. Usually higher...

Plumbing in the Home: clogged sink, drain snake, clogged sink
drain snake, clogged sink, drain pipe: Kara, It depends on how much stuff he put in the drain. Are we talking about little pieces of wall board or the compound used for the joints? (Commonly referred to as drywall mud) If it s mud and it had dried, pipes have to be replaced. If it s pieces of board,...

Plumbing in the Home: Double Flushing, plumbing industry, plumbing supply
plumbing industry, plumbing supply, fluidmaster: Mark, Different toilet manufacturers use slightly different flush valve systems. Some are weighted differently , some are angled as opposed to flat, and some have done away with the flapper system all together. All the designs basically time the flush to...

Plumbing in the Home: In desperate need of help., gravity drain, dish washer
gravity drain, dish washer, clothes washer: Shann, I am not going to be able to pinpoint the problem since i can t see what s going on. Gurgling in sinks and drains usually indicates clogs, poor venting undersized pipe, broken lines under grade or a combination of all these. Water backing up is a...

Plumbing in the Home: Flushometer, local school system, public restrooms
local school system, public restrooms, toilet bowl: This valve is basically the same as a Sloan and others. Same principle. You will notice that the threading on the cap should be rather fine to provide a tighter seal. If, however they are corroded or worn, the cap may not seat properly, Either way you will...

Plumbing in the Home: fixing a "remuddled" bath sink drain, silicon seal, inch nipples
silicon seal, inch nipples, plaster wall: Hi Thomas, This might take a pro with the proper tools. The 1-1/2 inch drain nipple needs to be replaced most likely. There are internal pipe wrenches for this but they are expensive for a one-shot use. I have several sizes of very large easy outs ...

Plumbing in the Home: flexible orange gas line, flexible gas, insurance purposes
flexible gas, insurance purposes, orange line: I am sure that if it is in your home now, there are fittings available for adding on and or branching off. I am not sure what material this orange line is made of though. All the flexible gas line I have ever used above ground is a vinyl coated stainless...

Plumbing in the Home: follow up to angled sewer stub, clamp, adaptation
clamp, adaptation, dana: Hi Pierre, The angle does not see too bad. The clamp-on closet ring should work fine. You might need to break out a little of the concrete around the pipe for clearance under the ring. I don t see a cap in this picture. What kind of cap it is? Best, ...

Plumbing in the Home: Gurgling sound in kitchen drain, drain pipes, kitchen drain
drain pipes, kitchen drain, dishwasher: Hi Ronnie, The dishwasher actually drains through the kitchen sink drains, usually though a hose connected to the disposer. It is not unusual to hear noise when it drains. It is good practice to always clear the disposer before running the dishwasher...

Plumbing in the Home: groung sinking between house and street, plumbing problem, sewer camera
plumbing problem, sewer camera, two choices: HI Karen, Sounds like a broken sewer main is saturating the soil and causing it to settle. You have two choices; have the line inspected by sewer camera to verify the problem and its exact location or just dig it up. Either way, you will probably be...

Plumbing in the Home: Holding Tank won't fill, hairline crack, freeze ups
hairline crack, freeze ups, holding tank: David, I am assuming you have a above ground well pump.Freeze ups can create a multitude of problems due to the expansion caused by the ice. First thing to do is check the pressure tank. Turn off the power to the pump, drain water until gauge is at zero...

Plumbing in the Home: Hot Water Pressure, cold water supply, hot water heater
cold water supply, hot water heater, temperature jump: I reread you question and my answer and I need to clarify if the problem is pressure or temperature. If it s pressure, then we may have a volume issue. Check to see if the cold water supply valve to the heater is all the way open. Also make sure the cold is...

Plumbing in the Home: hot water dispenser, lime scale deposits, hot water dispenser
lime scale deposits, hot water dispenser, instant hot water dispenser: Hi Hal, Most likely lime scale deposits are causing this problem. Pretty common for these units. Using some vinegar to soak the valve unit for a while should free it up. The typical lifespan for these type of units is about 5 years before they just quit...

Plumbing in the Home: Identifying Farthest Sink From Water Heater, recirculating pump, umber
recirculating pump, umber, water heater: Hi Jeff, Difficult to say since most of the piping is in the walls or under the house. If you can get under the house, you might be able to tell. It really depends on how the original piping was installed by the pl;umber that built the house. Single story?...

Plumbing in the Home: Kitchen sink gurgle, sewer gases, kitchen drain
sewer gases, kitchen drain, s trap: Hi Hal, There might be a venting issue on the kitchen drain. The sump pump may not have a properly installed back flow check valve to prevent the pumped out water from flowing back into the pit. The check valve should be installed within 3 feet of so of...

Plumbing in the Home: knocking sounds in the water pipe, doesn't appear to be water hammer issue, water hammer arrester, shower faucets
water hammer arrester, shower faucets, many different ways: Bin, I water hammer isn t the problem, I think perhaps you have a valve or a faucet that has a loose washer or a part in a cartridge that may be the culprit. Two handle shower faucets have been know to have this problem and also toilet ball cocks will rattle...

Plumbing in the Home: Leak under my Kitchen Sink, rubber gasket, hose clamp
rubber gasket, hose clamp, plumbing supply: Hi Kristen, Now days dishwashers are drained into disposals for a number of reasons. All disposals come with a side tap that is designed to receive the drain hose from the dishwasher.Check to make sure the the hose clamp on this connection is tight.You can...

Plumbing in the Home: Leaking Faucet Cartridge, pegasus faucets, delta faucets
pegasus faucets, delta faucets, bathroom faucet: Hi Kirk, It is hard to say exactly what to do without knowing the model of the faucet. Most of the Home Depot faucets are knock offs of Delta faucets and there may be an adjusting ring in the bonnet that should tighten it up a bit and stop the leak. Try...

Plumbing in the Home: Low water pressure throughout home, low water pressure, direction arrow
low water pressure, direction arrow, steady pace: Jennifer, You have a serious volume problem. Not enough water is getting through the pipe to satisfy the need. First check the main water shut off valve. In your case it may be under the trailer or if you have a meter pit, it will be there. In any case it...

Plumbing in the Home: lead drain pipe, kitchen ceiling, drain pipe
kitchen ceiling, drain pipe, iron pipe: I have removed hundreds of feet of iron pipe over the years. I have found that looks can be deceiving. You can not see what the inside looks like or how thin or brittle it has become until you mess with it. I would change it now. I would want to rip back...

Plumbing in the Home: leaking bathtub faucet, cambridge ontario canada, bathtub faucet
cambridge ontario canada, bathtub faucet, steady pace: Barbara, Make absolutely sure you have removed all of the old cartridge. Some time pieces of the old seat or cart. or a bit of rubber o ring are left in . Take it apart and get a flashlight and look inside. If you have the old original cartridge, compare...

Plumbing in the Home: leaking rainshower head, rain shower, pipe sizing
rain shower, pipe sizing, supply pipe: Hi Franklin, Odd situation! With multiple shower heads controlled by a diverter valve, the issue is often head supply pipe sizing. The manufacturer s installation instructions must be followed for best results. The system depends on a certain amount of...

Plumbing in the Home: Moen faucet, monticello two, new faucet
monticello two, new faucet, bathroom sink faucet: Hi Pat, PB Blaster is just a penetrating chemical that the pros use to free up rusted parts. You should be able to find it at any decent auto parts store. Getting these things off when they are stuck take some ingenuity and sometimes special tools. ...

Plumbing in the Home: Mysterious Leak :(, roof flange, vent line
roof flange, vent line, vent pipe: You are describing a situation that could have a multitude of origins. The first thing I would do is check if there is a vent line that goes up the dividing wall to the roof and if there is ..check the seal of the roof flange. Next i would pull out the refrigerator...

Plumbing in the Home: natural gas and copper flex pipe, master plumber, rinnai heater
master plumber, rinnai heater, copper pipe: Us old timers had a rule of thumb that only black(malleable) pipe and fitting should be used for gas. When I was a kid working in the family business with my dad, more than once he made me change a galv. fitting that I put in because it was handy and I didn...

Plumbing in the Home: new well pump, sediment
sediment: She should have never called a Plumber. Even though they can change a pump, that doesnt give them the knowledge that a Well Driller would have. They should have ran the pump on the ground directly from the well before ever hooking it up to the house. That...

Plumbing in the Home: Plumbing, rubber bladder, vent pipe
rubber bladder, vent pipe, upstairs bathroom: Hi Lori, There can be several reasons for this. It is usually a venting problem but the problem with the vent can be hard to find. A partially blocked drain line can cause a blockage in a vent pipe that does not get cleared by normal main line snaking. ...

Plumbing in the Home: Precharged water tank, constant, pressure
constant, pressure, valve: I can never remember if it s Champion or Challenger that Flexcon makes. Which ever one it is, is a good tank. The other isn t You can buy a Flexcon from me up to the 120 gallon equivalent. I can t ship anything largeer than that. There is also the Constant...

Plumbing in the Home: Pressure Tank, pressure, tank
pressure, tank: It could be your tank. If it s waterlogged and cycling your pump rapidly, the pump in an effort to protect itself gets hot and it s thermal overload protection turns it off. The pump must now cool back down to a more normal temperature before the overload...

Plumbing in the Home: Problem with well continues, pumpsandtanks, forum
pumpsandtanks, forum, screen: It is hard to determine the size of the sand in an aquifer unless your actually drilling a well and you can pull it up and look at it. But, in most cases (90 of a 100) a 10 slot screen will work well. A ten slot is ten one thousands of an inch opening between...

Plumbing in the Home: plumbing, piping arrangement, autovent
piping arrangement, autovent, contract states: Jared , I am by no means a lawyer but I would say if the contract said to install it then I don t think you have a choice. The auto vent is inexpensive and in most cases in can be put pretty quickly. I can t say with out seeing the piping arrangement. I you...

Plumbing in the Home: plumbing, plumbing venting, flood level
plumbing venting, flood level, air gap: Hi Anne Marie, Not sure of that term. The trade term for what you are saying is, I think, flood level rim and it is the level of the highest point of a fixture that will hold water before it spills over . This is measured from the floor that the fixture...

Plumbing in the Home: plumbing Kitchen drain backup, liquid plumber, wont drain
liquid plumber, wont drain, dish washer: Hi Alvin, Typically, plumbing drain systems are designed so that smaller branch lines like from a kitchen sink and laundry eventually feed into larger main lines. The kitchen and laundry often use a common branch since, for economy of construction, they...

Plumbing in the Home: pressure tank, pressure, switch
pressure, switch, tubing: I would leave the pump and well work to a Well Driller or Pump Professional, not a Plumber. More than likely, the pressure switch is bad, or the pipe or tubing feeding pressure to the switch is plugged badly enough, that it s causing the switch to hesitate...

Plumbing in the Home: Residential well pumps, cistern, run
cistern, run, dry: Since your well is a low producer, you may get ahead of the well and draw the water down to the pumps inlet. This will make the pump run dry for a period of time which will cause damage to the pump and motor. You might be better served with a large cistern...

Plumbing in the Home: replacement pump recommendation, goulds, sflp
goulds, sflp: To be perfectly honest, that SFLP75 is on my site and it s no better or worse than a Goulds. They are both good pumps. If you can get the Goulds for that price, I would go for it. If I sold you my pump at Contractors price it would be $275.00, but the freight...

Plumbing in the Home: rumbling sound in house, hot water heating, shower pipes
hot water heating, shower pipes, toilet ballcock: Paula, Of all the systems in a home ..Plumbing can be the noisiest. I would have to be there to give you a diagnosis. With that being said, Some of the culprits could be: the water heater is old and has sediment, a loose washer in the toilet ballcock, a loose...

Plumbing in the Home: Sealant in bath area, sliding glass doors, small screws
sliding glass doors, small screws, sliding doors: Hi Wayne, Okay, now I understand what you are dealing with a little better. It is possible but difficult to drill cast iron. Its very brittle and hard to get a screw to bite and hold. I would be trying to use a 2-part epoxy adhesive of some type. I...

Plumbing in the Home: Septic Tank Backup, leach field, leech field
leach field, leech field, holding tank: Hi Tiffany, There are several reasons that septic tanks can fail. A broken cover on a clean out cap is not likely to be one of them. You should contact the person that replaced the leach field to come check this out.It s possible that a pipe got damaged...

Plumbing in the Home: Sewer Trap Question, iron caps, iron cap
iron caps, iron cap, line trap: Hi Rasa, This could be a couple of things; A whole house main line trap with access covers for cleaning or a backwater valve to prevent external sewage from backing up into the house from the city lines. I would get a plumber that is familiar with the...

Plumbing in the Home: Sharkbite fittings, shark bites, burs
shark bites, burs, sharp edges: Shark bites work great. Just make sure that they are installed correctly. Pipe must be cut square, all burs and sharp edges removed. Make sure coupling is pushed down completely on fitting. Do not put any tension on the fitting or it will leak in the future....

Plumbing in the Home: Shower, claw foot bathtub, amazon website
claw foot bathtub, amazon website, new faucet: Alsons makes a leg tub shower kit that I have used a bunch of times. It comes with a new faucet and everything you need to do the job. Step by step instructions are included. One caveat, If your existing tub faucet is not within a foot or so from a wall you...

Plumbing in the Home: Shower, claw foot tub, claw foot bathtub
claw foot tub, claw foot bathtub, mounting brackets: Hi K, There are valve units made for this application that include the shower riser. Obviously, you will need a shower curtain around the whole tub. These are usually designed in a ring format and are hung by mounting brackets from the ceiling. Whatever...

Plumbing in the Home: Shower plumbing, plumbing question, marine plywood
plumbing question, marine plywood, waste pipes: David, I am assuming you are using a preformed, prefinished shower base(floor)and then walling it in with tile or fiberglass panel or other waterproof material. To simplify, What I have done is pour a concrete platform with a boxed out area in the center...

Plumbing in the Home: Smell in the home, plastic piping, vent pipe
plastic piping, vent pipe, methane gas: I am not sure if I understand...did the smell start when the renovation did or was it there before? If it started when you started the renovation then I would say that a pipe joint either came apart in the wall or something broke that is allowing sewer gas...

Plumbing in the Home: Standpipe in address of sewer backup, backflow valve, plumbing supply
backflow valve, plumbing supply, sewer backup: I believe Watts and/or Zurn makes them. You will have to go to a plumbing supply house and special order them. Up north here they are not a commonly used fitting. Check this site out. a long shot but maybe helpful http://coastalfountain.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=57_6...

Plumbing in the Home: Sump pump recycles, jet streams, little holes
jet streams, little holes, rapid cycling: Bill, Your on the right track. I usually put a couple bricks or a block or 2 depending on what height i need. The piping and the weight of the pump should keep it from moving.BUT..Take precautions. Depending on what type switch you have, float or pressure,...

Plumbing in the Home: septic piping in the home, pvc pipes, qualified plumber
pvc pipes, qualified plumber, gas methane: Hi Wendy, That does sound a bit strange. Typically, there is only one main waste line going out to the septic. All the waste lines from the fixtures inside the house are connected together and exit the house in one location, usually an underground 4 inch...

Plumbing in the Home: single control shower faucet with push pull for on and off and temp control, shower faucet, plumbing supply
shower faucet, plumbing supply, lime deposits: This could be caused by a couple of things. Remove the center cap that covers the screw that hold the handle on. Check the inside of the handle and see if the stop has broken off. It s a little tab that sticks out to limit travel. Next, see if there are any...

Plumbing in the Home: What is the sticky grease inside faucet cartridge?, silicone grease, sticky goop
silicone grease, sticky goop, bathroom faucet: Hi Kevin, The best source for that information would be the manufacturer of the faucet. It may be silicone grease. It can be made any viscosity the manufacturer requires. you could also check with a plumbing supply house. NOT a big box store since they...

Plumbing in the Home: back up sump pump, trickle charger, unwanted water
trickle charger, unwanted water, battery systems: Rick, I may be the wrong guy to ask about water powered back up pumps. In my years in the field I have not seen one that I like or would put in my own home. In my opinion, they use and waste to much water and they do not remove enough unwanted water to get...

Plumbing in the Home: Tankless Heater Recirculating Pump, tankless water heater, sothern california
tankless water heater, sothern california, wild fire: Hi Patrick, Making a recirc system work on a tankless can be tricky. They depend on flow to trigger the burners and heat the water. If the recirc system is not installed properly, problems ensue. Contact the unit s manufacturer for instructions on how to...

Plumbing in the Home: Tub Drain, inner diameter, plumbing supply
inner diameter, plumbing supply, detective work: Hi Jason, Without measuring it, I would not venture a guess. Single o-rings of a specific size can be difficult to locate. I would use calipers to measure the diameter of the groove to get the ID for the proper ring. The OD will be that plus 2x the thickness...

Plumbing in the Home: Tub drain, overflow pipe, toe drain
overflow pipe, toe drain, trip lever: Hi Carol, Let me answer your questions...yes, yes, maybe and yes if you get a few instructions.;-) OK. How? The drain you are referring to is call a tub waste and overflow. It is a unit that is attached to the tub at the bottom( this part is the shoe)...

Plumbing in the Home: tankless water heater, water feed, hard water
water feed, hard water, water heater: That grit is most likely lime and calcium and other minerals from you water. You could try a filter on the cold water feed for dirt and solids but this may not help if you have hard water. the only way around that is a softener. There are filters designed...

Plumbing in the Home: things that should not be flushed, wooden pencil, hi john
wooden pencil, hi john, thanks john: Hi John, The toilet usually drains on a 4 inch line. The pencil is probably caught are the first 90 bend. The only way to get it out or break it up is with a main line snake. Or you could try cutting the pipe a foot or so from the bend if it is plastic and...

Plumbing in the Home: Under Sink Leak Source, plumbing company, bend pipe
plumbing company, bend pipe, line leak: Hi Donna, I think you are correct that the leak was a drain leak rather than a supply leak. It s always a good idea to look under sinks and such now and then. The cabinets tend to accumulate a lot of junk that hides problems as you have discovered. There...

Plumbing in the Home: undersink filter , valve leak at sink, carbon granules, excess carbon
carbon granules, excess carbon, compression fitting: Hi Joe, These can be difficult to diagnose. The wrong filter may have been installed or if a carbon filter is used, they can throw off some excess carbon granules when they first fill and these can become stuck in the valve and prevent the valve from seating...

Plumbing in the Home: Washing Machine hookup to waste line, plant irrigation, concrete slab
plant irrigation, concrete slab, settling tank: Hi John, It might be possible. It depends on the length of the run and the amount of fall you can get to the connection point. The line must slope down to the drain connection at 1/4 inch per foot. Why not consider just making a new dry well outside the...

Plumbing in the Home: Water supply to garage, cold water supply, hot water on demand
cold water supply, hot water on demand, garage studio: Mike , I am not sure what your question is. If you are going to have an on demand heater in the garage/studio than one main supply will do for the cold needs and a branch will feed the heater inlet and the outgoing hot water will then supply your hot water...

Plumbing in the Home: Well issues - flow and sediment, red, sand
red, sand, low: You really haven t told me anything about your system that I could use to make recommendations with. If your well isn t adequate to keep up with your demands, I recommend the cistern as you mentioned. You let your well pump fill the tank (you will put...

Plumbing in the Home: water pump, water pump, bladder
water pump, bladder, good luck: Hi Dianna, Your question is a little short on information. What are you talking about here? If this is a well system, per my profile, I don t answer questions about wells. I never work on them and don t really feel comfortable diagnosing problems with them....

Plumbing in the Home: air in lines, cold water line, drinking water filter
cold water line, drinking water filter, kitchen faucet: Denise , you may have a problem with the shut off valve. I have seen loose washers cause a rattle and banging noise when water is run. Try closing the valve off 1/2 way and see if it makes a difference.. Or you could shut the water off at the main and taske...

Plumbing in the Home: Bathtub backed up, shower drains, plumbing problem
shower drains, plumbing problem, sewer camera: Hi Philip, I think you are correct that the main has a blockage. The tub and shower drains are the lowest inlet in the system and will show the backup first as you have seen. If there is no main line clean out installed directly outside the foundation,...

Plumbing in the Home: bath tub drain, error situation, lever style
error situation, lever style, trip lever: Hello Peter, This is a trial and error situation. You may be able to grab the end of the rod with a pair of pliers and pull it up and out. It is designed to be removed by undoing the two screws on the front of the lever cover and lifting the whole assembly...

Plumbing in the Home: bathroom sink smell, moth balls, new faucet
moth balls, new faucet, pex pipe: Hi Rick, This is called out gassing and is fairly common with molded synthetic products. It will dissipate in time. Try filling the sink with hot water and letting it stand with a window open to speed up the process. The chemicals and solvents used in...

Plumbing in the Home: Ceiling Leak, water leaks, construction knowledge
water leaks, construction knowledge, second water: Hi Charles, Tracking water leaks can be tricky. One needs experience and construction knowledge. First, it would seem obvious that the leak is rein related since it stopped when the rain stopped. Second, water will travel a long way until it finds a way...

Plumbing in the Home: Champion by Amtrol Pressure Tank Images, swing, check
swing, check, valve: I got this email last, so I just saw the picture. Yes, that is a check valve. And it s the wrong kind of check valve. This kind is used in sewage or sump applications not pressure apps. It is a swing check which means no spring to help it close slowly...

Plumbing in the Home: Champion check valve, valve question, swing check
valve question, swing check, drop pipe: If the water flows back into the well, that tells me you have a problem in the well. Either the check valve in the pump is bad or you have holes in your drop pipe. Either way, you should pull the pump to get it fixed before it turns into a major problem....

Plumbing in the Home: Clogged Drains, clogged drains, plumbing company
clogged drains, plumbing company, kitchen drain: Hi Sam, The problem may be related but I don t think its something you can hold them accountable for. Maybe they should have been a little clearer about the fact that the pipes are old and more lines may need snaking. If one is clogged up like that, the...

Plumbing in the Home: Clogged Drains, clogged drains, plumbing company
clogged drains, plumbing company, kitchen drain: Sam, You are correct is assuming the clogs are related. It is extremely important that when clogs drain lines are worked on that you flush the lines completely and all the way to the main and sometimes to the street and or septic tank. Debris gets pushed...

Plumbing in the Home: Cold Water, shower temperature, water valves
shower temperature, water valves, faucet: Steve I may be able to help.. But In order to diagnose I need more info. What brand faucet is it? Single handle to two handle? How old is it? have you taken apart the faucet yet?Do you know if it is a pressure balancing faucet or not? I know these are a...

Plumbing in the Home: Dishwasher, hot water supply, electrical hookup
hot water supply, electrical hookup, air gap: Hi Nick, It actually only needs electrical hookup, a hot water supply and a proper place to drain. For safety, it needs to drain through an air gap device and a trap which is what the kitchen sink provides. Some newer dishwashers have the air gap built in....

Plumbing in the Home: ALL DRAINS IN HOME ARE SLOW!!, condo unit, cleaning companies
condo unit, cleaning companies, drain line: Hello Christina, I m not in favor of using chemicals, they tend to be pretty harsh and can damage the piping. The proper way to clean a drain line is with a powered snake. It is normal maintenance every few years. Clogged drains inside a condo unit are the...

Plumbing in the Home: dirt and lint, stainless steel mesh, lint filter
stainless steel mesh, lint filter, food debris: Hi James, The best place is probably on line. Amazon has them listed here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000BQP0FS/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_3?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B0006OIHAU&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=1YYZW4W39VNZT3Z2A2T6...

Plumbing in the Home: Faucet Stem problems, valve stems, plumbing repairs
valve stems, plumbing repairs, mixet faucet: Hi Tracy, It would seem that the cartridge/stem is not oriented properly. It should have had some notches or key ways that prevented mis-installation. It is possible that it rotated when you tightened the bonnet nut. Make sure it is clocked or indexed...

Plumbing in the Home: Frozen fitting, baking soda and vinegar, water displacement
baking soda and vinegar, water displacement, pb blaster: Hi Clark, Frozen fittings can be tough. First, WD-40 is not penetrating oil, its a water displacement product. Hence the WD . Try some PB-Blaster which is a penetrating oil and should break it loose. Also try tightening it first. I know it s not intuitive...

Plumbing in the Home: bathroom sink smell, plumber, plumbing
Plumbing in the Home: bathroom sink smell, plumber, plumbing

Plumbing in the Home: How to identify a leak, master bathroom, living room
Plumbing in the Home: How to identify a leak, master bathroom, living room, dana

Plumbing in the Home: home toilet holding tank odor, home toilet, holding tank
home toilet, holding tank, ultra violet light: The odor is caused by bacteria. The best way I know how to eliminate it is to drop in those toilet cleaning cakes. There about the size of a hockey puck. Clorox makes them and most grocery stores sell them. They consist primarily of chorine which kills almost...

Plumbing in the Home: hot/cold kitchen faucet, cement slab, moen faucet
cement slab, moen faucet, hot water heater: Lloyd, Your cartridge is beginning to fail. Orings inside are swelling up and choking off the supply. Replace the cartridge and you should be good to go. Note: If it is a Moen faucet, they will ship you the part free of charge. The are guaranteed for like....

Plumbing in the Home: hot water coming out of the shower sprout, shower faucet, kitchen faucet
shower faucet, kitchen faucet, pressure changes: Very strange, I have seen pressure changes cause faucets to turn on in situations like this. Does the handle in the shower actually move? If the shower faucet is completely off and water comes out of the spout then I would say there is a line crossed somewhere....

Plumbing in the Home: hub donut, trench work, dry fit
trench work, dry fit, chamfer: Hi Ron, These gaskets or donuts are also generically called seal tights . Make sure the hub is clean and dry. Fit the donut into the hub of the CI first. Chamfer or bevel the end of the PVC and lube it up with a lube designed for this use that will not damage...

Plumbing in the Home: How to identify a leak, infrared thermographer, leak leaks
infrared thermographer, leak leaks, what a bummer: Hi Elsa, Yep, San Diego would be a bit out of my area. The travel charge would be tough! LOL I don t personally know a Thermographer in San Diego but a quick search of the web brought up these guys. They are home inspectors that also do thermal imaging,...

Plumbing in the Home: What kind of hole is this??, concrete floor, drain hole
concrete floor, drain hole, laundry room: Trina, Your guess is probably as good as mine. I have seen things done in homes that would make you hair curl! Perhaps it was an access hole put in when the house was built for the water main line then abandoned. Is that pipe a water line, I can t tell....

Plumbing in the Home: knocking sound, hot water baseboard, expansion and contraction
hot water baseboard, expansion and contraction, water hammer: Misha, Plumbing noises are sometimes difficult to pin down. You have to determine if it is water hammer or expansion and contraction or if there are loose pipes rattling or perhaps loose washers. It is a process of elimination that can get frustrating. Leaks...

Plumbing in the Home: Low Water Pressure, low water pressure, hot water heater
low water pressure, hot water heater, boiler room: Mike, I tried to reply earlier but had computer issues. All better now. First...Get a new plumber! If you have a 3/4 line entering the house underground and a 3/4 meter I would run 3/4 from the meter to the water heater. From the water heater out to the...

Plumbing in the Home: new shower fixtures, light plumbing, shower fixtures
light plumbing, shower fixtures, time mike: Hey Mike, Sorry it took so long, I was down in Alabama on construction site with no Internet. You know not what you got yourself into, LOL! It is always best to stay with certain manufacturer s when it comes to valves due to the fact that these valves...

Plumbing in the Home: Old bathtub, snake head, drain hole
snake head, drain hole, trip lever: Well, if you went through the drain shoe in the bottom of the tub then it can t be in very far. I would cut the end off only as a last resort. Did you remove the overflow and trip lever? These are above the drain. You are probably caught on the linkage inside...

Plumbing in the Home: Overflow drain on bathroom sink smells, wear rubber gloves, turkey baster
wear rubber gloves, turkey baster, narrow tip: Hi Debrah, The overflow connects to the drain of the sink through an internal passageway. This passageway can get gunked up with debris. They can get smelly in time. It s not easy to clean them out. You could try putting some bleach and hot water down...

Plumbing in the Home: PLUMBING IN MOBIL HOME, new faucet, supply tubes
new faucet, supply tubes, plumbing supply: Joyce, The lines in your home are probably polybutylene pipe. You are correct in that you need adapters. I have used a brand called Sharkbite that will connect to poly. You can get them to convert to threaded male or female fittings then use an apater to...

Plumbing in the Home: Plug pex line, cold water line, piping system
cold water line, piping system, clamp connection: Hi Lynn, It somewhat depends on the manufacturer of the PEX. There are different techniques that each manufacturer recommends and they should be followed for best and most durable results. e.g. no leaks! I am not aware of any that allow a hose clamp connection....

Plumbing in the Home: Plumbing, gurgles, real solution
gurgles, real solution, little water: Hi Beverly, The plumber could be right. Once roots get into a waste system, they will grow back pretty quickly. If there are roots, the pipes are broken and replacement is the only real solution. It is possible but unavoidable that further damage happens...

Plumbing in the Home: Plumbing, slow drainage, water seeps
slow drainage, water seeps, drain snake: Karen, Chances are it s not the septic. The drains are partially clogged causing the slow drainage. Water seeps past the clog leaving everything else, bacterial action starts and the organic matter starts to break down. (evident by the black crud backing...

Plumbing in the Home: pressure tank, bladder tanks, bladder tank
bladder tanks, bladder tank, good tank: The health dept usually isn t concerned with anything except bacterial analysis. Silt wouldn t be something they would check for. Silt is a very uncommon problem for wells, so I doubt your is coming from the well. If your Goulds tank which is made by...

Plumbing in the Home: Refill valve question, rim jets, fluidmaster 400
rim jets, fluidmaster 400, overflow tube: Hi Megan, Good Job at dealing with this pretty simple repair. You saved yourself some money. There are two components of a toilet fill and flush system. You have replaced the fill valve, which used to be called a ball cock because it had a big float...

Plumbing in the Home: Required to fill dap-out by code?, cardboard box, finishing a basement
cardboard box, finishing a basement, water problem: Hi Ryan, I m not familiar with this term, dap out . I think you are talking about the hole in the slab left under the drain end of the tub for the trap. We call this a box out and it is a place that is filled in with a cardboard box full of sand or a...

Plumbing in the Home: Running a water line from well pressure tank, thinwall, friction
thinwall, friction, loss: It s kind of hard to answer without knowing what you mean taking forever to fill buckets. For instance, a 3/4 line with about 40 psi of pressure can flow around 20 gpm as long as it s short. The longer it gets, the more pressure drop you have. If you made...

Plumbing in the Home: replacing a cast Iron shower drain, angle grinder, pvc pipe
angle grinder, pvc pipe, scissor type: Hi inthesky While it is possible for an experienced DIY er to do this, I don t recommend an inexperienced person attempt this. The consequences of messing it up are expensive. If you are on a slab as you seem to be, it could leak for a long time and cause...

Plumbing in the Home: sewage smell in house, sewage smell, sewer smell
sewage smell, sewer smell, heat vents: Leah, Unless you are in a mobile home, the ground outside shouldn t make any difference. If you are not getting any help from the landlord perhaps a call to the health department would do some good. BUT beware , it may cause more problems. Call the landlord...

Plumbing in the Home: shower arm, teflon tape, shower arm
teflon tape, shower arm, arm ends: Hi Dan, The ball end cannot usually be removed. If you want to switch to a different head, you can replace the shower arm very easily. A standard replacement with threads on both ends is pretty inexpensive. There are even versions that are S shaped and...

Plumbing in the Home: slow running bathtub drain, bathtub drain, drainage problem
bathtub drain, drainage problem, plastic pipes: Hi John, When drains are not used regularly and cleaned by the scouring action of passing water, debris tends to build up on the walls of the pipes. When it drys it fluffs up and gets harder. This, in turn makes it more likely to catch and hold more debris...

Plumbing in the Home: TANK DOESN'T DRAIN, flow toilets, flow toilet
flow toilets, flow toilet, great grandmother: Hi Joan, All toilets available these days are low flow models. This means they are designed to use only 1.6 gallons per flush. (10 liters) As a result, all the replacement parts have the same specifications. This may be the reason. Also, if the flush...

Plumbing in the Home: Thermocouple change, size nut, pilot light
size nut, pilot light, electric ignition: Hi KC, The thermocouple is a small tube with a thicker end and a threaded fitting on the other. When the large end is heated, it produces a small electrical current that tells the gas valve that it is safe to open up and allow gas to flow to the burner. Pretty...

Plumbing in the Home: TOILET LEAK, overflow tube, toilet leak
overflow tube, toilet leak, couple inches: Follow up to your follow up The reason the water rises so high is that you are not getting the syphon action you should be. Clean those hole as I said in last answer and if toilet has a hole in the bottom of the bowl, use the wire in there as well...

Plumbing in the Home: Toilet drain angle, toilet drain, toilet tank
toilet drain, toilet tank, plumbing code: Hi Jeffery, If you use the proper drain fittings, slope the drains at least 1/4 inch per foot, provide proper venting so it drains and do not violate the plumbing code, there is no reason that you cannot run the line anywhere you wish to avoid damaging structural...

Plumbing in the Home: thermal expansion tanks, cold water line, pressure reducing valve
cold water line, pressure reducing valve, hot water heater: Kevin, 120PSI..WOW!! The regulator is a definite as is the expansion tank. You will also need to replace the t/p valve on the heater. I have always replaced then once they trip just to be sure. The age of the copper is not an issue really, It will last a...

Plumbing in the Home: toilet whining randomly, plumbing fixtures, water pressure
plumbing fixtures, water pressure, plumber: Hi Erin, Your water pressure may be excessive. It should not be over 80 PSI which is what plumbing fixtures are designed to handle. If it it too high, it will overpower the shut off on the toilet valve and make that noise now and then. Good Luck, Dan...

Plumbing in the Home: vent problem, toilet bubbles, vent pipes
toilet bubbles, vent pipes, p traps: Hi Kathy, you are correct, this does sound like a venting problem. Without a proper, functioning vent, the vacuum in a plumbing waste system will pull the water out of the p-traps. That is the bubbling and gurgling you are hearing. it s also the reason you...

Plumbing in the Home: Water leak, faucet aerator, little holes
faucet aerator, little holes, line connections: Hi Linda, It sounds like water is leaking inside the faucet housing. Remove the faucet aerator( the part at the spout with the screen in it). If it isn t tight or the washer is shot, water can leak inside the housing and come through the holes in the sink....

Plumbing in the Home: Water leak, installing a new toilet, hot water heater
installing a new toilet, hot water heater, angle stops: Hi Sheryl, Angle stops are usually cheaply made valves unless you spend the money for a good quality one. typically, builders do not do this and will install the least expensive ones they can find. Angle stops often fail to close after only a few years....

Plumbing in the Home: Water Pump shuts off frequently, bladder tank, doing the dishes
bladder tank, doing the dishes, washing dishes: Hi Sean, Pressure pump systems can be a problem now and then. A properly installed system should have a bladder tank included. It acts like a buffer and helps maintain an even pressure. It also prevents the pump from short cycling and burning out too soon....

Plumbing in the Home: washmachine drain, sewage ejector, sewer gases
sewage ejector, sewer gases, replacement pumps: Hi Jason, The height of the main you want to use is a problem. A washer drain s stand pipe needs to be at least 18 inches tall per code and to function properly. Any connection to a waste line needs to have a trap to prevent sewer gases from getting back...

Plumbing in the Home: I have no water, Well X Trol, Flexcon
Well X Trol, Flexcon: The Well Flo is made by Well X Trol, but I m not familiar with it. I believe that is the one that they sell to the big box stores and if it is, you can be sure it s no where near as good as their standard tank. $800.00 is way too much for a tank swap out....

Plumbing in the Home: no water pressure from taps, Whole, House
Whole, House, Filters: If the pump actually comes on and goes off automatically and you actually have 60 lbs in the system; your pump is working perfectly. The tank has to be checked with no water pressure in the system and the pump off. You would check it with a tire gauge. ...

Plumbing in the Home: well water problem, overload, protector
overload, protector: Bladder tanks do need air occasionally, but in your case if the pump is cycling on/off rapidly, it s probably too late to add air. The bladder has probably ruptured. The only thing to do is replace the tank. If you would like to read how bladder tanks work...

Plumbing in the Home: woodford model 17, frost free sillcock, vacuum breaker
frost free sillcock, vacuum breaker, woodford model 17: Hi Kevin, It s the vacuum breaker dumping the air as it is designed to do. It should stop when the pressure builds up in the hose. It should not continually spray water. If it does, its defective and the vacuum breaker should be replaced. Best, Dan...

Plumbing in the Home: auger for access line, power auger, root problems
power auger, root problems, access line: Hi James, Using a big, powerful main line power snake is a job best left to a professional. They can be very dangerous to use. They will whip and wrap a coil around your arm and break it if you don t know what you are doing. An experienced pro knows the...

Plumbing in the Home: Commode is not filling up, overflow tube, jets
overflow tube, jets, dana: Hi Jeff, Check inside the tank to see if the little hose from the fill valve has not come loose from the overflow tube in the center. That s what fills the bowl through the jets under the rim. Make sure water is actually coming out of the hose as well. ...

Plumbing in the Home: Cooper Piping Joint Leaks, copper piping, spray water
copper piping, spray water, laundry room: Hey Ron, I would feel better if all the joints were re-done if they are in plane view now! Check out the following: http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/skills/4213319 http://www.acmehowto.com/howto/homemaintenance/plumbing/general/solder.php http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B35P2ABDWUA...

Plumbing in the Home: Copper Piping, copper piping, capillary action
copper piping, capillary action, little soldier: Hi Ron, Sweating copper is an art that takes much practice to master. I ve sweated 1000 s of joints from 1/2 inch to 3 inch. Over 3 inch is usually silver soldiered which is more like brazing. Done that too. Using a spray bottle to cool joints can be tricky....

Plumbing in the Home: cracked pipe at spigot - proof of cause, pool company, cracked pipe
pool company, cracked pipe, y splitter: Kevin, I wish I had a good answer for you. I am no lawyer but I think you need to call one. It would be difficult to prove because you are at the my word against theirs junction. They are going to say they had no way of knowing the pipe was split or most...

Plumbing in the Home: discolored hot water, marathon water heater, circulator pump
marathon water heater, circulator pump, impellers: Jim, It sounds like the circulator pump you put in is the type used for boilers and heating equipment. The domestic or potable water circulators have brass impellers and internal parts. You are most likely getting the discoloration from rust. Check the literature...

Plumbing in the Home: First floor ceiling leakage beneath master bathroom, ceiling leakage, home improvement store
ceiling leakage, home improvement store, master bathroom: If it s just spilled water than there is nothing to fix. After everything is dry, prime and paint the ceiling. As far as stopping it from happening again, get some tub and tile caulk at the local home improvement store and seal the base of the tub/shower...

Plumbing in the Home: Fluctuating Shower Temperature, shower temperature, water pipes
shower temperature, water pipes, new apartment: Hi Brittany, This is a classic sign of old, plugged up galvanized steel water pipes. The only cure is to repipe the building, a daunting and expensive task. Not likely to happen I m thinking unless there starts to be a lot of leaks. Most landlords will not...

Plumbing in the Home: "Frost Free" faucet, free faucet, hose bibs
free faucet, hose bibs, style washer: Hi William, I don t recognize it right off. The main manufacturers of frost-free hose bibs are Woodford, Mansfield & Arrowhead. Try a tapered cone style washer of the correct diameter, that might do the job. It may also be that the washer seat is trashed...

Plumbing in the Home: Frost free hydrant vs spigot w/ heat tape, raychem heat trace, frost free hydrant
raychem heat trace, frost free hydrant, degree weather: Hey Chris, Darn this is one that hits close to home, I too have horses and deal with cold but not that bad in GA. I am not versed on these kinds of hydrants and the backflow but yes they do make 240V heat trace that should do the trick and here are some...

Plumbing in the Home: "Frost Free" faucet, tap, socket
Plumbing in the Home: "Frost Free" faucet, tap, socket

Plumbing in the Home: Sillcock, exact issue, air lock
Plumbing in the Home: Sillcock, exact issue, air lock

Plumbing in the Home: water tank, bladder tank, schrader valve
Plumbing in the Home: water tank, bladder tank, schrader valve, water problems

Plumbing in the Home: Gas Hot Water Heater, hot water heater, gas hot water heater
hot water heater, gas hot water heater, gas hot water: Hi Barry, A water heater is basically a steel tank with insulation around it and a sheet metal cover over that to protect the insulation from damage. It is possible that some insulation is missing or displaced at that location. Try contacting the manufacturer...

Plumbing in the Home: Gas odor from gas hot water tank regulator, gas hot water tanks, hot water tank
gas hot water tanks, hot water tank, hot water tanks: Hi Glen, Yes, it s a problem. There should never be any gas leakage, something is wrong. I would make a stink with the manufacturer. There should be no need to replace parts on a new unit as you have had to do. This whole heater is suspect. I would try...

Plumbing in the Home: Hot Wster Heating, domestic water heating, vent air
domestic water heating, vent air, expansion tank: If I am reading this right, you have a boiler that also heats the domestic hot warter via a coil. You can use the boiler for domestic water heating only provided you keep the make up water valve on. Shut off hot water feed and return lines that go out...

Plumbing in the Home: home water pressure, low water pressure, soap scum
low water pressure, soap scum, plumbling: Hi Richie, The low pressure issue depends on a few things: First, do you mean low pressure or just low flow? There is a difference and it matters. Measure the pressure with a gauge. It should be between 40-80 PSI. That is the normal range. You can have...

Plumbing in the Home: home water pressure, low water pressure, old addage
low water pressure, old addage, plumbling: Richie, If the water pressure problem is only at the outside faucets then I would say there is an obstruction in the line or a valve is not fully open or perhaps the piping is to small. Take apart the faucet and turn the water on to flush it out. The back...

Plumbing in the Home: home water pressure, low water pressure, kitchen sinks
low water pressure, kitchen sinks, plumbling: Are you on well water and septic tank? If you have a well pump look for a well pump person. As far as the drain goes; that s not normal usually a sign of a drain needing cleaned and/or septic tank being pumped out. I say a drain because it could be the any...

Plumbing in the Home: home water problem's, iron, hardness
iron, hardness, PH: The first tank is a retention tank for the chlorine to mix with water and oxidize the iron so the filter can trap it.(I think) You may have an iron filter, charcoal filter and water softener. But with your description, I can t be sure. Laying filters on...

Plumbing in the Home: home water system losing pressure, hose, bibbs
hose, bibbs, leak: If this ball valve is behind the tank or in other words, between your tank and the house plumbing and opening it makes the water pressure drop, you have a leak. You may not see it, but water is going somewhere. It could be a toilet, a broken or rotted pipe...

Plumbing in the Home: No hot water, worst case scenario, shower faucet
worst case scenario, shower faucet, shower valve: Hey Pearl, it is a pleasure to chat with you and thank you for your kind words and I appreciate folks like us, LOL! Well, it has been my past experience that these darn shower heads have a unique way of being set to control the possibily of being scalded....

Plumbing in the Home: hotel building water system, cold water line, tubs and showers
cold water line, tubs and showers, boiler room: It s a common practice to not install shut offs on tubs and showers. I wish I had a reason why but most guys just don t do it. And , yes, you will have to shut off the entire building if you can t find a branch shut off some where. If you do, that would be...

Plumbing in the Home: howling pipes, kinetic energy, flow control
kinetic energy, flow control, delta scald guard: Hi Nathan, Howling is caused by vibration. Vibration is caused by rapidly opening and closing of a component in the system that is causing the water to stop and start. This stop and go transfers a lot of kinetic energy to the system of piping which is what...

Plumbing in the Home: kitchen faucet, new faucet, kitchen faucet
new faucet, kitchen faucet, piping system: Hi Brian, Unfortunately, changing out the angle stops (the push-pull shutoff) might be needed. These old one-piece stops and supplies were a very cheap builders special item and are not very good. I would suggest changing them to the new 1/4 turn ball...

Plumbing in the Home: Life expectancy of copper, plumbing system, copper tubing
plumbing system, copper tubing, wall thickness: Herb, If your talking about the under ground service to your home,then the copper tubing would be considered as being in it s infancy. Copper underground is normally type K copper which has a thicker wall thickness than type L or the thinnest, type M...

Plumbing in the Home: Low Flow Toilet Flush Problem, bleach tablet, toilet flush problem
bleach tablet, toilet flush problem, flow toilet: Hi Joy, It sounds like the tablet went down into the water way of the flush valve in the center of the tank. They are designed to last a fair amount of time so waiting for it to dissolve is not the solution. I think you husband is on the right track....

Plumbing in the Home: lint going down drain, whirlpool duet, discharge pipe
whirlpool duet, discharge pipe, lint: James, the machine is doing what it s supposed to do. In the old days we used to tie an old nylon stocking to the discharge pipe to collect the lint. Thaat was when the pipe dumped in to a laundry sink. No days the machines go directly to a stand pipe. Unless...

Plumbing in the Home: MAIN WATER LINE CONNECTION AT CO. BOX, martha martha, water co
martha martha, water co, co line: Martha, My advise is to stop covering the pipe. It is absolutely imperative the the pipe be either bedded on sand, at least 6 under and over the pipe, 12 under and over is better 0r a sleeve pipe installed and then the water main inside the sleeve. Here...

Plumbing in the Home: Main Line, water service lines, response martha
water service lines, response martha, dead of winter: If I understand you correctly, you are replacing the line from the shut off out on the yard to the meter that s in the house. The proper way to do it is as I explained earlier. If it is not done properly from the start and you bury it, you will be doing it...

Plumbing in the Home: Main Water Line, uniform plumbing code, potable water supply
uniform plumbing code, potable water supply, asbestos cement: Hey Jeff, I found this info on a forum and I believe it will answer your question in detail, good luck! ~Carolyn~ The Georgia Plumbing code is modeled after the UPC (Uniform Plumbing code). Let us begin our discussion by examining your options under the...

Plumbing in the Home: Main Water Line - Nightmare!!!, pvc electrical conduit, stony soil
pvc electrical conduit, stony soil, expansion and contraction: Martha, I would go to the local plumbing supply house and tell them that you are replacing the water service to your home. There are plastic(generic term) water service pipe brands available that are not necessarily PEX. You do not have to use PEX. See what...

Plumbing in the Home: Main Water Pipe leaking under cement slab, workers compensation insurance, cement slab
workers compensation insurance, cement slab, licensed plumbing: Hi Martha, First, I am not comfortable with using unlicensed people for serious work. It leaves you with no recourse should something go wrong. They usually do not have any workers compensation insurance to protect YOU should one of their workers get injured...

Plumbing in the Home: Mister causing spicket to whine, misting system, y splitter
misting system, y splitter, garden hose: Hi Craig, Most likely there is an anti-siphon or back flow device on the hose faucet. They are required by law on any faucet that a hose can be attached to. This device has a diaphragm inside and at low flow rates like your mister system, they can vibrate....

Plumbing in the Home: Mobile Home Plumbing, home plumbing, screw driver
home plumbing, screw driver, water flow: Steve, Theres not trick...There probably an obstruction though. Try turning it on and of several time as well as gently tapping the pipe with a screw driver handle. be gentle...don t beat on it. If possible disconnect the pipe somewhere down the line so you...

Plumbing in the Home: Noisy/Whining water lines, diameter hose, water lines
diameter hose, water lines, faucets: The backflow could be either /or. Most times it is mounted on the faucet above the handle. If the noise sounds like it is coming from the pipe close to where it attached to the faucet, turn off the water and remove the stem assembly from the outside. To do...

Plumbing in the Home: Phantom Toilet Flushing, leaky tank, toilet tank
leaky tank, toilet tank, toilet flushing: Laurie, the problem is the ball in the toilet tank. Pick up a fluidmaster 400A at any home improvement store AND a replacement flushball or flapper. The ball is not shutting the water to the tank off completely and the ball or flapper(depending on which you...

Plumbing in the Home: Pipe moaning, downstairs toilet, toilet tank
downstairs toilet, toilet tank, water appliances: Check under or behind the utility sink and see if a plastic vacuum breaker was installed. They are used when a vent pipe can not be ran up and out. when water is ran through the line I allows air in to help the water flow quicker. They also sound like a a...

Plumbing in the Home: Pipe Size for a 5/8, pipe friction loss, response martha
pipe friction loss, response martha, funky pipe: Yes, the 5/8th port in the meter is the choke point and controlling factor for all practical purposes. A higher pressure will result in a higher flow rate but the speed of the water flow is a problem. It s a matter of physics and fluid dynamics. When you...

Plumbing in the Home: Plumming, water damages, small claims court
water damages, small claims court, plumbing repairs: Tammy, this is a stick one. If the plumber cleared the clog and water was flowing properly when he left, I am sure he assumed he got the job done. What probably happen was that he merely pushed the clog further down the pipe or possibly you have roots from...

Plumbing in the Home: plumbing, screw driver, noise maker
screw driver, noise maker, loud sound: Denise, I am sorry for the late reply. I believe your sump pump check valve is the noise maker. Most every pump has one installed to stop water from flowing back in when the pump is off. They do wear out. Usually a simple replacement done with a screw driver...

Plumbing in the Home: plumbing, draining the septic tank, leach field
draining the septic tank, leach field, sewer camera: Hi Shannon, The backup indicates a clog in the main drain line somewhere. Getting dirt in one of the sinks also indicates that a main line has been breeched and is allowing soil into the system. The exact cause and location might be determined by using a...

Plumbing in the Home: plumbing ethics, shower drains, plumbing problem
shower drains, plumbing problem, plumbing company: Hi David, Backups into a bath tub usually mean a stoppage in a main line. The tub is the lowest drain in the system and that and shower drains is where the problem will show up first. Roots are not a static problem. Roots grow so the problem will get...

Plumbing in the Home: plumbing ethics, plumbing problem, plumbing company
plumbing problem, plumbing company, kitchen drain: David, In a word..yes. I am curious how they justified a $400. bill but some guys add trip charges and service call fees and sometime just extra because they had to bring out equipment. Camera are very expensive and usually not used unless all other attempts...

Plumbing in the Home: plumbing ethics, butt cracks, dirty cloths
butt cracks, dirty cloths, cigar smoking: David, I can only give you my opinion on this but from what I have encountered over the years in business, that is, people are either honest or their not. Not everyone is mechanically inclined and some people will exploit this. Plumbing is one of those trades...

Plumbing in the Home: plumbing odor, lavatory sink, water seal
lavatory sink, water seal, visible problem: Hi Vicki, As I mentioned previously, every fixture has a trap with a water seal. The seal is provided by water standing in the bend of the p-trap. This water blocks the gas from entering the room. I ll include a picture to illustrate the concept. If...

Plumbing in the Home: pump running excessively, bladder, tank
bladder, tank, waterlogged: I don t know how old the tank is, but they don t last forever. The bladder is made of rubber and after so many cycles, they do go bad. Well X Trol is one of the two best tanks on the market and should last around 10 years on average. If it keeps losing...

Plumbing in the Home: Remove Delta faucet Cap Spout Cap, delta faucet, spout
delta faucet, spout, vinegar: Hi Jess, It s hard to tell by the parts diagram if it unscrews or just prys off. They can get stuck from mineral build-up. Sometimes soaking with a vinegar soaked rag will help dissolve the minerals. Try contacting Delta here: Call us Toll Free: (800) 864-2555...

Plumbing in the Home: Repipe the house, scrap iron, plumber
scrap iron, plumber, home value: Anita, I don t know where you live but I would forget the plumber who wants to rip you off for $7500. Leaving the pipes will not effect the sale. If the other guy is willing to just pull them out from under the house, I sure someone will come by and pick them...

Plumbing in the Home: removing stubbern valve stem, brass valve, wd40
brass valve, wd40, plastic tube: WD40 is a good lubricant but you need something a little stronger. Pick up a small can of Break-Free or similar .A hardware store would be a better place to find a good product than the big box stores(Depot or Lowes) spray it and tap it lightly with a hammer..spray...

Plumbing in the Home: Sewer smell, sewer company, sewer smell
sewer company, sewer smell, vertical pipe: Ohio, like NY has legendary winters. perhaps a pipe froze and cracked or broke and is now allowing sewer gas to leak. If it was a vertical pipe you may not see a water leak. Also check all cleanout caps for tightness. If you can access the crawl space, have...

Plumbing in the Home: Shower Flow Regulator, demand water heater, faucet company
demand water heater, faucet company, pressure variations: Mike It sounds to me like there is a problem with the faucet. If the faucet is the pressure/temperature balancing type, then it is probably swinging back and forth due to temp.or pressure variations. This is common with well systems sometimes since the water...

Plumbing in the Home: Shower faucet, tub faucet, shower faucet
tub faucet, shower faucet, showerhead: Hi Sam, If the tiles are not cut to tight around the stems, you should be able to use a deep socket to remove them If possible you might be able to get at them from behind via an access panel. The valves may have stem packing or o rings. More likely o rings...

Plumbing in the Home: Sillcock, mueller industries inc, potable water system
mueller industries inc, potable water system, mueller industries: Hi Brad, You are are right. That is just the reverse of my experience. Something is not right. The reason for the noise is is usually the back flow diaphragm. I would contact Mueller directly and ask their customer service. Here is their website address:...

Plumbing in the Home: Stuck washer in frost free faucet, free faucet, hi aaron
free faucet, hi aaron, question thanks: Hi Aaron, It s a crap shoot. You might be able to fish the washer out with a long hook wire. Hopefully, it comes out in one piece. There s not a lot of working room in there. Back blowing the system might work. Again, trial and error process. No telling...

Plumbing in the Home: Sudden drop of hot water pressure thru out the entire house, hot water tank, bathtub faucet
hot water tank, bathtub faucet, globe type: Yes, a compressor with a blow gun attachment. Again, I would take apart the shut off valves under the fixtures first. Globe type valves use a washer that screws up against a seat, when opened water diverts around the seat to feed the faucet. debris can collect...

Plumbing in the Home: septic field, central alberta canada, seperate lines
central alberta canada, seperate lines, american homeownership: Hi Grant, Private disposal systems is not one of my areas of expertise. I have little or no experience with them. I remember many years ago reading a book by an American author, Erma Bombeck called The grass always grows greener over the septic tank . Very...

Plumbing in the Home: sewer smell, sewer gases, sewer smell
sewer gases, sewer smell, p trap: Hi Marsha, There are a couple of possible causes. Every drain system needs a p-trap to hold a water seal that prevents sewer gases from entering the house. If you look under any sink you will see one. it looks like a P on it s side. The one for the...

Plumbing in the Home: shower stall repair, fiberglass shower stalls, tubs and showers
fiberglass shower stalls, tubs and showers, fiberglass tubs and showers: Hi Chad, The question is Why is it cracking? Fiberglass shower stalls are pretty tough. If there is a structural failure in the framing that is supporting the fiberglass stall, any repair will not hold for long and there may be other, more important issues....

Plumbing in the Home: steam boiler summer shutdown, steam boiler, steam boilers
steam boiler, steam boilers, water feeder: Steam boilers are usually equipped with a low water cut off and an automatic water feeder. Some use manual devices others use electric ones. If you have a manual type there will be a device on the side of the boiler that has a ball valve one it that can...

Plumbing in the Home: Temperature of Water, shower pipes, hotwater tank
shower pipes, hotwater tank, bath upstairs: Hi Stefanie, If the cartridge is faulty, that can happen even if the valve is closed. Turning off the hot water might provide some clues. If they are anti scald or pressure balancing valves, you should not have any cold flow when the valve is turned on...

Plumbing in the Home: Tile bed restoration, private sewage disposal, leach field
private sewage disposal, leach field, flow toilets: Hi Chris, The field of on-site or private sewage disposal in whatever form is not an area of much knowledge for me. I know the basics but this is a specialized field best left to the pros. Here in Los Angeles, we don t see many septic systems still in use...

Plumbing in the Home: Toilet will not flush all the time, canadian water, drain line
canadian water, drain line, toilet paper: Hi Tasha, I think it a problem with an American toilet and Canadian water! LOL, just kidding. This problem sounds like there is a restriction in the drain line, possibly even blocking a vent for that line. I would have the line cleaned properly by a pro...

Plumbing in the Home: Toilet Plumbing, overflow pipe, overflow tube
overflow pipe, overflow tube, plumbing inspector: Brian, The top of the ballcock has to be above the level of the water. The waterline is determined by the toilet manufacturer. You will see it imprinted on the side of the tank. Just make sure the top of the ballcock is an inch or so above the tank water...

Plumbing in the Home: toilet, water supply line, angle stop
water supply line, angle stop, flex line: Hi Glenn, First, if the supply is the vinyl flex style, try changing the actual supply line. I would use one of the stainless steel flex line. The internal lining can get weak and collapse, stopping the flow. If not that, the angle stop valve is faulty....

Plumbing in the Home: toilet slow to refill, ball cock, inlet valve
ball cock, inlet valve, cistern: Hi Ben, I would first check the flow from the shut off tap and the supply line that is feeding the toilet. Turn off the water and disconnect the line from the bottom of the toilet. Aim the supply into a bucket and turn the water on. If the flow is poor,...

Plumbing in the Home: toilet stack vent, vent stack, qualified plumber
vent stack, qualified plumber, vent lines: Hi Miki, The rough-in dimension is standardly 12 inches these days. It used to be 14 inches. that distance is from the face of the rough stud wall behind the toilet to the center of the 4 inch drain opening, called the closet ring. It should also specify...

Plumbing in the Home: Upstairs Bathroom Sink Overflows Downstairs Kitchen Sink, plastic piping, upstairs bathroom
plastic piping, upstairs bathroom, kitchen drain: Hi RJB, First, I don t recommend chemicals as they are too harsh and can damage the piping. This is especially true if they are allowed to sit in one place as with a clog. Many generate a lot of heat and can even damage plastic piping that is resistant to...

Plumbing in the Home: valve stem issue?, spicket, issue question
spicket, issue question, laundry room: Hi Charley, It sort of depends on how old the valve is and if you can find parts. All things considered, it would probably be best to just replace it with a good full port ball valve. You will have to determine if it is within your skill set to replace it...

Plumbing in the Home: Water Filter Knocking Does Valveless water filter exist?, filtration, PH
filtration, PH: The type of filters I am referring to are very much like a water softener. The tank size is usually 9 X 48 or larger. They can have an in/out head with no backwash or a fully operable backwashing head. A good idea would be to have your water tested....

Plumbing in the Home: Water Heater Maintenance, glass beads, old water
glass beads, old water, maintenance work: John, In 30 plus years of plumbing I have seen people drain and attempt to remove sediment from their heaters religiously, I have also seen people who never touch the heaters. You have a water heater that is glass lined. Not fiberglass. Glass beads are put...

Plumbing in the Home: Water main line, frost line, water lines
frost line, water lines, water line: Hi Martha, This type of work usually requires a city permit and inspection to assure that it is done per local codes. Codes vary around the country depending on local conditions. Typically, metal water lines need to be a minimum of 12 inches deep OR 12...

Plumbing in the Home: Well Bladder Pressure, pressure, bladder
pressure, bladder, tank: You might want to read about Bladder tanks on my Website. I have an FAQ page that covers Bladder tanks very well and you would be further ahead to go there than for me to type all that again. Go to: http://www.pumpsandtanks.com/faq_page.htm Read everything...

Plumbing in the Home: Well pump cuts on/off rapidly, bladder, tank
bladder, tank, waterlogged: You have the type of tank that will and did waterlog. This means all the air has been absorbed by the well water. Air can be compressed; water can t. As the air is diminished, the pump has to come on and go off more quickly. Once all the air is gone, the...

Plumbing in the Home: Whole-house Plumbing -- Water Pressure, plumbing water, waste valve
plumbing water, waste valve, copper lines: Hi Mike, Sounds like the plumbers or someone didn t think about servicing this reg. Turning the adjusting screw clockwise (in) increases the pressure, counter clockwise (out) reduces the pressure. Here s the site link to Watts for that model: http://www.watts.com/pages/_products_details.asp?pid=776...

Plumbing in the Home: water pipes, water pipes, faucet
water pipes, faucet, toilet: someplace in the system the water is not shutting off completely. Most times it s a toilet valve. The next time you hear it..check all faucet and remove the tank cover of the toilet(s) push the float up or down and see if that stops the humming. Sometimes...

Plumbing in the Home: water tank, air, bubbles
air, bubbles: It s good that only air comes out. Apparently you have a bladder tank that is horizontal which is why the valve is on the side. The way to test a tank is to turn off the pump, empty all the pressure by opening a valve until the pressure stops. Then check...

Plumbing in the Home: water well spitting, air, making
air, making, system: Two things come to mind. If you have a jet pump, it could be caused by a suction leak in the suction pipe or in an Air Control if the diaphragm has a pin hole. The other might be an air making system in a submersible pump application where you have a galvanized...

Plumbing in the Home: well, bleach, chlorinate
bleach, chlorinate: You ll have to explain this to me: 11/2 gal recovery If your well sticks up above ground, does it have a Pitless Adaptor(a pipe with a cap on it)? Or does it have a well seal(a cast iron or plastic device that the pipe and wire come up through with...

Plumbing in the Home: Black Water, black, water
black, water: Are you on a Well or do you have City water? If City water, I can t help you. If your are on a Well; you have probably used more water than your well is able to supply to the pump and you have stirred up your plumbing which will knock off minerals that...

Plumbing in the Home: Cutting cast iron and using snake, hose clamps, rubber collar
hose clamps, rubber collar, pvc pipe: Hi Wayne, Sounds like you have a mess on your hands. I de be dealing with the main line clog as the top priority. Main lines often get clogged with tree roots and can even collapse with age. If it s too far gone, replacement may be needed. That can be...

Plumbing in the Home: diverter repair bathtub shower, bathtub shower, screw hole
bathtub shower, screw hole, set screw: Hi Marty, it is not unusual for these handles to become stuck on the spline. It is caused by a buildup of mineral deposits, eg. hard water scale. The handles are designed to be just pulled straight off. Sometimes soaking it in vinegar will break up the...

Plumbing in the Home: Hot Water Heater Gas Leak, hot water heater, burner assembly
hot water heater, burner assembly, handy device: Hi Katie, The service people for water heater companies are usually just a local plumber that they contract with. I would voice my concerns about the less than professional work and treatment directly to the company. Contact your energy provider and have...

Plumbing in the Home: Hammering noise behind the walls of master bedroom, laundry room, guest bedroom
laundry room, guest bedroom, water usage: If you have neighbors their water usage could be creating the hammer. Hammering is because of a loose pipe in the wall somewhere that needs to be secured. That means breaking open the wall where ever the hammer is heard and physically securing the pipe with...

Plumbing in the Home: hot water heaters, safety relief valves, safety relief valve
safety relief valves, safety relief valve, hot water tank: Hello Karen, The answer to that question lies with your local building authority. It s not consistent countrywide. In most cases the answer would be yes. In any case, water heaters can be extremely dangerous if not installed correctly. Blocked off safety...

Plumbing in the Home: Leak Sealing, toilet flange, leaking toilet
toilet flange, leaking toilet, floor tile: Hi Emy, Try to isolate exactly where the leak is coming from. First, Fill the tub and see if it leaks then with the tub filled. Then drain and watch for leaks. It could be the tub/shower drain or the shower valve and riser to the shower head. Now open...

Plumbing in the Home: Leak in Water Service Line, water service line, copper line
water service line, copper line, decomposed granite: There is a chance that the original repair was faulty but 23 months is a long time so i doubt it. Its likely that what ever is in the ground attacking the copper line has corroded the line somewhere else. Copper should last for ever underground except...

Plumbing in the Home: leaking pipes, leaking pipes, drain pipes
leaking pipes, drain pipes, laminate flooring: You can go outside and check if your meter is spinning to determine if you have a leak. Make sure everything is off inside the house and then watch the meter for 2-3 minutes. If it moves constantly in one direction then you have a leak under the slab which...

Plumbing in the Home: Leaky Toilet, flapper valve, overflow pipe
flapper valve, overflow pipe, leaky toilet: Try replacing the flush valve. You must loosen the tank bolts and remove the tank from the bowl. Under the tank will be a large rubber seal. Remove that then remove the large nut that holds the flush valve in. Remove it from tank and replace. James http://www.centralplumbingnm.co...

Plumbing in the Home: loose kitchen faucet, grohe kitchen faucet, shoddy workmanship
grohe kitchen faucet, shoddy workmanship, timely reply: Hi Janet, As I remember, most trades are unionized up there and that would jack the price up quite a bit. I had to bid a job up there a while back and I was shocked at the labor rate. It turned out that it was cheaper to send our guys up there and pay for...

Plumbing in the Home: Low hot water pressure, cold water pressure, hot water heater
cold water pressure, hot water heater, low hot water pressure: Charles, It sounds like sediment was disturbed when you worked on the lines and now its caught up in a valve or somewhere. Try opening and closing any valves you have while water is running. Also remove the aerators(spout screens) from the faucets and flush...

Plumbing in the Home: low water flow in kitchen, kitchen faucet, angle stops
kitchen faucet, angle stops, internal components: If you are game, turn off the water to the faucet under the sink (hot and cold). Disconnect the lines from the kitchen faucet, put them into a container and see what the water flow is like coming directly from the lines. If you have good flow and pressure...

Plumbing in the Home: Can a main line have a clean-out above the closet arm?, installing a toilet, vent system
installing a toilet, vent system, soil pipe: Hi Tom, As long as they are vented as you show, the lavs can be connected. I m still a bit confused about eh area B stuff. What s going on there? I see fixtures with no vents other than the main soil stack. This cold be considered a wet vent system which...

Plumbing in the Home: Older bathtub valves, bathtub faucet, brass nipples
bathtub faucet, brass nipples, valve stems: Hi William, You should be able to find a 3-handle rough-in set with adjustable centers. This most likely will need to be found at an actual plumbing supply house rather than a big box or hardware store. They are typically made up using individual valve...

Plumbing in the Home: pipes leaking, meter lid, drain pipes
meter lid, drain pipes, laminate flooring: Possible leak under the slab. To repair this is no easy job and EXPENSIVE. I live in Miami, I can shoot up there and diagnose it for 40.00 easier than trying to explain, but I ll give it a shot anyway; open up your water meter lid at the sidewalk or yard,...

Plumbing in the Home: Plumbing nightmare, sewer camera, bath showers
sewer camera, bath showers, mortgage payment: Hi Carla, As a Home Inspector myself, I always recommend a sewer camera for just this reason. The Inspector (I hope you did have it inspected before you bought it!) cannot see under ground. If there is no problems during the time he is inspecting, he has...

Plumbing in the Home: Price Pfister "Parisa", price pfister parisa, plumbing supply
price pfister parisa, plumbing supply, internal components: Its hard to explain exactly how to fix it this through and email like this. But if you are game, turn the water off to the faucet, pull off the handle remove the cartridge, take it to a plumbing supply store and match it. Replace the cartridge with the new...

Plumbing in the Home: pump, bladder, tank
bladder, tank: Your bladder tank is a painted vessel that stores water pressure. If your pump is kicking on and off too frequently, your bladder tank is probably shot. Cycling a pump motor like your describing is very hard on it and will shorten it s life considerably....

Plumbing in the Home: PVC pipes are popping, pvc pipes, expansion and contraction
pvc pipes, expansion and contraction, wall studs: Hi Melissa, This may be from expansion and contraction as the pipes heat and cool from hot or cold water running through them. Pipe tends to expand lengthwise and if it is not installed properly it cannot move. This causes it to rub on structural components...

Plumbing in the Home: reliance 501 gas water heater about 8 years old, gas water heater, licensed plumber
gas water heater, licensed plumber, relite: I would suggest buying a new one. Flame roll out is dangerous and can be because of a number of problems. Have a licensed plumber install the water heater so they can check for any other problems or code violations that may be causing your problem. James...

Plumbing in the Home: replacing cartridge in faucet, repair person, penetrating oil
repair person, penetrating oil, plastic cap: Vonna, 99% of the time the cartridges on Moen faucets will pull out with little effort. It s that 1% that will really try your patients. I remember one time a customer had back to back showers and the cartridges had been in the faucets for 15 years I worked...

Plumbing in the Home: Replacing Delta Monitor 1300 Series Shower Faucet Handle, shower faucet, inch gap
shower faucet, inch gap, universal replacement: Hi Steve, You have discovered the problem with Universal replacement parts. They sort of work on many different faucets and valves but are not direct replacements. It would be better to get the correct handle part from Delta. You might possibly be able...

Plumbing in the Home: Replacing jetted tub fixtures, drywall ceiling, hand held shower head
drywall ceiling, hand held shower head, access panels: Hi Germaine, I agree, stupid to put fixtures that might need replacement somewhere with no access. If you are on a raised foundation, you might be able to reach them from below. If this tub is on the second floor, opening the drywall ceiling below this area...

Plumbing in the Home: sewage smell in mobile home, de humidifier, p traps
de humidifier, p traps, sewage smell: I can t see the connection all I can say is make sure all you p-traps have water in them ) utility sinks floor drains etc) Sorry just read the subject check the trap for the washer prime it with a cup of water and see if any of your neighbors...

Plumbing in the Home: Shower head, goodwill store, goose neck
goodwill store, goose neck, migrane: The Kohler head is a good head. Glad you got it. The rubber spray pods are there for a reason. First, they are more resistant to hard water and are able to be cleaned easier. They also help restrict water flow which provides some energy savings. You can easily...

Plumbing in the Home: Slow running faucets, coat hanger, brick ranch
coat hanger, brick ranch, water volume: With the age of the house there are many different factors that could be contributing to this problem. A plumber will be able to determine what the cause is a lot easier by being there to check things like the water heater, angle stops the over all condition...

Plumbing in the Home: temporary connect sink, copper side, copper pipe
copper side, copper pipe, sink base: Hi Giles, As far as I know, SharkBite fittings work on both copper and PEX. And they are removable and re-useable. They have a tool that fits around the pipe and releases the grab ring. Check with the dealer to see if they have the proper angle stop shut...

Plumbing in the Home: terra cotta toilet drain & flange, toilet flange, toilet drain
toilet flange, toilet drain, septic tank: Hi Joyce, Sorry for the delay in answering, this question seems to have gone astray and I didn t become aware of it until this morning. I almost always answer the same day I get the question. I m a bit unclear about what you want to do. Is the existing...

Plumbing in the Home: Update link to my website, tubing size, allexperts
tubing size, allexperts, plumbing: Hi Robert, I m not sure I can make changes after the fact. I ll look into it and change it if I can. Bummer about your site. Not a very search friendly name though. 1728 is certainly not a search term I would use for plumbing information. I have 4 websites...

Plumbing in the Home: valve extension, new faucet, shower tile
new faucet, shower tile, american standard: If the new faucet is not as deep as the old one then you will have to re-position the new faucet in the wall closer to the edge. Cut out the old studs that were holding the old faucet and rebuild a new support in the wall to suit the new faucet. The instructions...

Plumbing in the Home: Vibration while flushing toilet, ball cock, ballcock
ball cock, ballcock, shut off valve: Travis, The problem is either a loose or worn out washer in the shut off valve under to toilet or in the ballcock itself. More than likely the ball cock. The ballcock is the device inside the tank that refills it. Pull the cover off and then flush while...

Plumbing in the Home: water filters, tankless water heater, radiant floor heater
tankless water heater, radiant floor heater, combination heater: Hi Bruce, This is a great question. Salt-resin softeners have been around for years. They have their advantages and draw backs. The non traditional media devices are relatively new. They do work. Replacement media and parts can be more expensive than salt...

Plumbing in the Home: Water hsmmer problem, pressure guages, qualified plumber
pressure guages, qualified plumber, shock absorber: Hi Jack, It may be that the installed arrestors are flooded , meaning they have become full of water and lost the air pressure cushion on the inside. A properly designed water hammer device should have a floating piston on the inside that separates the water...

Plumbing in the Home: Water keeps overflown in the bathroom sink, finr, water tank
finr, water tank, double sink: Hi Steve, In order for this to happen, there has to be a clog somewhere downstream in the drain line. Since it s only happening in one sink, each sink must be on a separate drain line into the main branch. Additionally, water has to be draining into that...

Plumbing in the Home: Water pipe burst when hydrant used, mobile home insurance, mobile home park
mobile home insurance, mobile home park, pressure fluctuations: Your home could still be effected because the main water supply piping connects to all the local branch piping to the houses. I suggest you contact a local plumbing code official and make sure that the grey plastic pipe is acceptable for use in such installations...

Plumbing in the Home: water pressure, uniform flow, home thanks
uniform flow, home thanks, aerators: Gerard, If you have checked all the obvious causes, such as valves partially closed and they are all fully open, check the aerators on the faucets. These are the screens on the ends of the spouts that give you a uniform flow. unscrew them and check for obstructions....

Plumbing in the Home: Water pressure, adjustment screw, booster systems
adjustment screw, booster systems, service entrance: Hi Jerome, As they say Anything is possible if you can write the check! LOL The answer depends on what type of water system you are on. Is it city water or your own well water? Ultimately, the City decides how much pressure you get at your service entrance....

Plumbing in the Home: water pumps, low, pressure
low, pressure, cut: If your referring to the lever on the side of the pressure switch, that is a low pressure cut off switch. You must hold it up far enough to get the pump motor running and hold it there until the pressure gets high enough to hold it without your assistance....

Plumbing in the Home: water well, two, pipe
two, pipe, jet: So you have a two pipe jet. That is what is on the end of the two Poly pipes. Below that is the foot valve. The pump the hardware man gave you is probably full of rust and mineral build up from it s other life. This debris can plug the little nozzle in...

Plumbing in the Home: well pump conversion?, manual, pump
manual, pump: Hi Brett, I would have to first know the water level or the type of pump you have. Jet pumps (electric) have either one or two pipes between the pump and well. This is what distinguishes between deep and shallow. Shallow having the single pipe and deep...

Plumbing in the Home: automatic washer, vent line, automatic washer
vent line, automatic washer, drain pipe: Hi John, The answer is yes. You do either have a drain stoppage or a vent problem or both. I think the first thing you should have done was call the plumber that cleaned the drain back. Normally, there is a warranty on services done. He could have checked...

Plumbing in the Home: Broken shower lever, center screw, set screw
center screw, set screw, brass button: Hi Amanda, I was not able to find any more info on this faucet to see a parts breakdown. From the picture, it sure looks like the brass button in the center of the handle should pop out. It may just be stuck in by a hard water scale buildup. Try using...

Plumbing in the Home: No Cold Water, frozen pipe, cold temperature
frozen pipe, cold temperature, exhaust fan: Hi, Ask you neighbors, maybe they have just not said anything. Don t assume. Pipes in attics in very hot climates will heat up pretty badly unless very well insulated. Even then, they will heat given enough time. The only solution is to heavily insulate...

Plumbing in the Home: dishwasher, flexible metal conduit, conduit pipe
flexible metal conduit, conduit pipe, time james: Perhaps the feet are getting stuck. You can remove a cover plate at the front and that way you can see the feet. Also if the dishwasher has insulation around it check that. It may be binding up somewhere. If its the metal conduit then perhaps try to hang...

Plumbing in the Home: Hose bib extension, pvc piping, hose bib
pvc piping, hose bib, licensed plumber: As long as you hook directly to the existing hosebibb and don t cut into the waterline you can do it without a permit.I would not use PVC though, as its not legal to use PVC inside the dwelling.I would use pex or cpvc.Aside from all of that your good to go....

Plumbing in the Home: No hot water, hot water heater, pipe nipple
hot water heater, pipe nipple, rubber gasket: Sharon, It is difficult to diagnose with the information you have given. with that being said, check to see if the cold water feed is installed in the hot outlet side. Also, there is a dip tube in the cold inlet that fills the tank from the bottom up. if...

Plumbing in the Home: hot water heater, metal chimney liner, masonry chimney
metal chimney liner, masonry chimney, hot water heater: Jason, If your water heater is 20 yr. old, it has been living on borrow time for quite a while. The symptoms you describe indicate the tank is leaking and should be replaced. The rain issue does sound like perhaps there is a problem on the roof. If you have...

Plumbing in the Home: Hot water tank, hot water tank, copper piping
hot water tank, copper piping, average life expectancy: Fred, Normally a water heater will only need replaced if it is leaking.Are your pipes made of galvanized steel?If so then more than likely the pipes are rusting,which will reduce your water pressure as well as your volume.Another possible cause could be...

Plumbing in the Home: kitchen sink to shower plugg, drain line, kitchen sink
drain line, kitchen sink, cold water: Hi Roger, From your description, I believe your diagnosis is correct. You plunged and pushed the clog into the next jucction in the common drain line. I do believe you will have to snake out that shower line. Here is a tip, if the kitchen sink is OK, keep...

Plumbing in the Home: kitchen sink and thump, hot water heater, fawcetts
hot water heater, fawcetts, shut off valve: Could be one of two things.Either one of the washers is loose on the bottom of the stem and is rattling when water is passing by it,Or the diverter in the spout that makes the sprayer operate has gone bad.I would check the stems first.I hope that helps. ...

Plumbing in the Home: Leaking hose spigot., screw out, vacuum breaker
screw out, vacuum breaker, plastic cap: The part that is leaking is called the vacuum breaker.Most of the time you can find parts to repair them at a plumbing specialty store.The one in the picture resembles a Mansfield but I cant be sure.If you find the parts all you have to do is pop the green...

Plumbing in the Home: Leaking shower, tub faucet, head cold
tub faucet, head cold, water flow: Ok,This could be a number of different things.First,you are on the right track with caulking around the handles and tub spout,more often than not when water hits the wall with the faucet on it it will run back down behind the handles and leak.That is not always...

Plumbing in the Home: Los Angeles Code for venting tankless water heaters, tankless water heaters, water heater installation
tankless water heaters, water heater installation, supply piping: Hello Daniele, Building codes can be a bit confusing. Malibu is it s own City and it has it s own codes. If you are not within the city limits of Malibu, then LA County Code will prevail. Malibu primarily follows LA County which essentially follows the...

Plumbing in the Home: loud banging and clicking noise from pipes, cast iron pipes, typical lifespan
cast iron pipes, typical lifespan, qualified plumber: Hi Mari, Well, your house is either haunted or you are the victim of a typically poor quality tract house plumbing job. 1. The ticking noise could be from the pipes when they expand and contract from hot water. It could also be from a failing pressure...

Plumbing in the Home: Low cold water pressure in kitchen sink and master shower only, low, pressure
low, pressure: It wouldn t be dirt, it would be minerals off your pipes and it happens a lot. You could use the air compressor, but you would want to blow from the faucet back. So the pipe at the tank or a valve there would have to be opened to let the pressure and gunk...

Plumbing in the Home: Low Flow Toilet and Natural Cleaning Tablet, glacier bay toilet, bio pac
glacier bay toilet, bio pac, flow toilet: Hi Allyson, The problem is if it becomes dislodged and gets stuck in the water passage of the tank. As long as it is well secured, you should not have a problem. The actual drain outlet for the toilet is 4 inch so a smaller tablet of cleaner going down the...

Plumbing in the Home: Moen faucet, plastic nut, cheap imports
plastic nut, cheap imports, open drain: Hi Paul, Yes, design problem likely unless there is a washer missing. All too many manufacturers are going to crappy plastic parts to save money and to compete with the cheap imports. In fact, I m sure this is an import made for Moen. The pop-up assembly...

Plumbing in the Home: noise from using new shower, water hammer, lever control
water hammer, lever control, maximum temperature: Its a loose pipe in the wall somewhere. Does the new shower head have different settings, like a pulse/massage setting? This may be causing some water hammer in the pipes. Ultimately, the wall needs to be opened up and the loose pipes secured properly in the...

Plumbing in the Home: outdoor facuet to low to deck, outdoor faucet
outdoor faucet: As long as the faucet is threaded on and not soldered or glued then it shouldn t be an issue.You might want to have someone under the house backholding the pipe just to be sure nothing turns that you don t want to turn. Thanks ...

Plumbing in the Home: Outdoor water faucet, free faucet, water faucet
free faucet, water faucet, frost proof: Hi Juliana, Glad you got it sorted out. As I said, the connection is buried so its hard to tell. Based on the faucets location, try to work out where the end might be. These faucets are usually 12-14 inches long. If on the other hand, you only unscrewed...

Plumbing in the Home: Plumming, water leaks, sewer main
water leaks, sewer main, front porch: The washing machine drain is probably just stopped up.I would suggest cleaning it out from the opening at the machine all the way to the main.The only other possibility is that your sewer main is stopped up.The washing machine dumps more water at one time...

Plumbing in the Home: PVC sizing, friction loss, pipe diameter
friction loss, pipe diameter, pvc pipe: Hi Mike, This is not simple. 200 feet is a long run. I will assume you have a shallow well system with a pressure tank and the system is set at about 30 psi. If so, the pump is not big enough for the head (or load) as expressed in distance, pipe diameter...

Plumbing in the Home: reconnecting sink drain, p trap, wall pipe
p trap, wall pipe, new cabinet: LOL, okay, got it that time. There is enough room behind the wall fitting to cut it off just behind the fitting and still leave enough to glue on a trap adapter.(see picture attached) Looks like an inch or so. A trap adapter has a glue socket on one side...

Plumbing in the Home: replacement bath tub, cast iron tub, wall stud
cast iron tub, wall stud, proper drainage: Hi Danny, The specs are for a rough opening . Rough means from wall stud to wall stud, not to the finish surface of the tile or other material of a surround. If you have tile or other surround material, it will likely need to be cut back considerably...

Plumbing in the Home: Replacing Foot Valve, check, valve
check, valve, droppipe: You say will the pipe with the foot valve allow dirt to cave in. I think your describing a hand driven well which would have droppipe or a footvalve. There would be a check valve instead in the suction line somewhere. Usually in front of the pump. Look...

Plumbing in the Home: Running propane pipe, propane system, copper fittings
propane system, copper fittings, teflon tape: Thomas, Normally, it s not a great idea to mix due to electrolysis of the metals. Propane is usually piped with copper tubing from the tank to the regulator outside. A lot of suppliers like to see black pipe in the interior because it is less likely to...

Plumbing in the Home: Sloan Flushmate, sloan flushmate, diaphragm
sloan flushmate, diaphragm, video system: Carol, The web site link I sent you has an excellent service video system that can help you. As I am not an expert on Sloan. Also they have a service phone number that can guide you. A side note, if the valve was put in after 2004 there is a 10 year warranty...

Plumbing in the Home: Slow tub drain, snake 2, vertical drain
snake 2, vertical drain, ebay: Hey Michael, There are smaller snakes but I am not sure how long you need? Ebay has some that may work. Check this one out: http://cgi.ebay.com/2-Turbo-Snake-Plumbing-Drain-Sink-Clearing-Wizard-/330570279175#vi-content http://cgi.ebay.com/Sink-Wizard-Plumbing-Snake-2-PCS-Pack-Clog-Removal-NEW-/250855394901...

Plumbing in the Home: Smells coming from dishwasher, qualified plumber, sewer gases
qualified plumber, sewer gases, air gap: Hi Wayne, Dishwashers are supposed to be drained through a device called an air gap fitting so there is no direct connection to a sewer line. This prevents sewage from backing up into the dishwasher and polluting it. That may have happened. The pumped...

Plumbing in the Home: Smelly water and CPVC, smell, CPVC
smell, CPVC: I don t know anything about CPVC as I m in the Well Business not Plumbing. But I do know a water heater can cause that odor, but if that were the case you wouldn t have it on the cold. If you were on a well, it would be hydrogen sulfide that would make...

Plumbing in the Home: Smelly water and CPVC, hot water heater, rotten eggs
hot water heater, rotten eggs, home improvement store: Sarah, To answer your initial question,No I have never heard of this occurring with cpvc piping.My suggestion would be to install a taste and odor filter just after the main valve coming in to the house.It sounds as though the water has a high iron or...

Plumbing in the Home: Smelly water and CPVC, rotten egg smell, hot water heater
rotten egg smell, hot water heater, cpvc piping: Check your water heater. All tank type water heaters have a component called an anode in them. It is a sacrificial piece of metal that water attacks first instead of the tank walls. If you have a gas heater, the anode is made of magnesium. An electric heater...

Plumbing in the Home: thermostatic shower installation, copper piping, teflon sealer
copper piping, teflon sealer, ring gasket: Sorry on this one Jacqui, I don t know any one still working in NYC any more. I used to do calls to NYC before I moved to Jersey. I suggest trying Angie s list; maybe that will help. I will check with some old contacts to see if I can find you someone. Ton...

Plumbing in the Home: Toilet Bowl Leaking, wax ring, toilet bowl
wax ring, toilet bowl, plastic insert: Remove the toilet again and examine the flange. It should be in good condition. Then try resetting the toilet with a deep seal wax ring with a plastic insert in the middle. Keep the toilet level as you push it down onto the ring and tighten the bolts firmly...

Plumbing in the Home: Toilet Leak, toilet leak, wax ring
toilet leak, wax ring, toilet bowl: Nicholas, More often than not if you ve replaced the wax seal and there is still a leak then the sewer line is partially stopped up.I would recommend removing the toilet again,yes I know its a pain,then take a 5 gallon bucket of water and pour it directly...

Plumbing in the Home: tub drain, plumbing store, sayco
plumbing store, sayco: Honestly I have to say I m stumped on this one.You can get a replacement tub drain that will fit Sayco at almost any specialty plumbing store but finding one in Bronze is another matter entirely.sorry I couldn t help Thanks, ...

Plumbing in the Home: under sink leak, toilet paper, wet spot
toilet paper, wet spot, wad: Hi Deb, Water is a funny thing,it will go where it wishes and it may not be leaking where you think. it could be coming from above and running down the supply line and the nut is just the first place it found to drip off. The best way I have found to check...

Plumbing in the Home: Washer drain problem, septic tank odor, fernco coupling
septic tank odor, fernco coupling, home improvement store: Unfortunately I would have to agree with the diagnosis;however not with the solution.I wouldn t use duct tape to seal the drain,I would use a rubber coupling also known as a fernco coupling.It has a stainless steel clamp at either end to affix the washer drain...

Plumbing in the Home: washing machine count before considered commercial, fixture units, residential apartment
fixture units, residential apartment, laundry room: Residential is where people live. Commercial is where they work. I assume you are referring to a multiple dwelling establishment. In NYC, any residence 3 families and over is considered a multiple dwelling and subject to different regulations than one and...

Plumbing in the Home: water heater leaks, pressure relief valve, water heater leaks
pressure relief valve, water heater leaks, licensed plumber: Hi Nick, If you are referring to the long 3/4 copper pipe that runs down the side of the water heater and stops a few inches off the ground, this is a concern. Yes you are correct. It is a drain that conducts very hot water away from the relief valve safely...

Plumbing in the Home: water heater replacement, mold abatement, mold spores
mold abatement, mold spores, water heater replacement: Hi Erin, At 10 years, the current heater is at the end of it s useful life. Earthquake strapping is a local thing, some places require it others don t. This work usually requires permits and inspections by the local authority having jurisdiction. Yes, 120...

Plumbing in the Home: water pump, flow, switch
flow, switch, tank: I would be real reluctant to let an irrigation company install any pump. From my experience, that s a bad move. Even Plumbers are not that skilled if at all with Pumps and equipment. You could call a Well Driller or a Pump Installer or several of them until...

Plumbing in the Home: water shut off valves or "temporary" cap, flexible water lines, water shut off valves
flexible water lines, water shut off valves, home improvement stores: Laure, Sounds like you have compression adapters on the ends of the pipes under the cabinet.You can buy caps for these that will screw onto the threads left after you remove the flexible water lines.These can be purchased at most home improvement stores.Just...

Plumbing in the Home: Water Softener, culligan water softener, rubber spacer
culligan water softener, rubber spacer, rust deposits: Unfortunately,and it pains me to say this,I do not have alot of experience in the area of water softeners.I would check The Culligan website.They may have a help section where you can ask a Culligan technician.Sorry I couldn t help. Thanks ...

Plumbing in the Home: Water Tank Noise, water pressure regulator, water tank
water pressure regulator, water tank, water mass: Hello, This type of sound is usually caused by a vibration of a washer or diaphragm that is loose of worn. As the water passes, the item flutters. You are hearing it from the water tank because that is where there is a larger concentration of water mass....

Plumbing in the Home: Water temperatures fluctuates in shower, shower faucet, plumbing fixtures
shower faucet, plumbing fixtures, solvable problem: A point of use water heater probably won t work. Typically because they don t make enough water for the shower. You may be able to install a continuous use water heater. They are typically larger units sized by application. Remember that this will be an install...

Plumbing in the Home: wel xtrol wx-202, Well X Trol, life
Well X Trol, life, span: I m sorry, but I was never notified of this question, or I de have answered it sooner. The WX-202 is a good tank, but like all things, can t last forever. The average life span of a good tank (which there are only two of) is about 10 years. When you...

Plumbing in the Home: Wet around wellhead, pitless, adaptor
pitless, adaptor: Hi Dan, It sounds like your in an area that freezes and you have a Pitless Adaptor. It s a pipe that sticks up about a foot above ground with a cap. This device has an outlet down below the frost line that connects the well pump to your tank. Where the...