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Plumbing in the Home: Leaky Kitchen Faucet, kitchen faucet, spigot
kitchen faucet, spigot, moen: Hi Cindy, Sounds like you need a new cartridge for the faucet. You do not need to replace the whole faucet. I would replace both sides at the same time to be sure of long service. You will need the model number to find the right ones. Contact Moen directly...

Plumbing in the Home: Loose Grohe Ladylux Kitchen Faucet, grohe kitchen faucet, kitchen faucets
grohe kitchen faucet, kitchen faucets, metal deck: Dear John, If the whole faucet above is loose on the coutertop, the nut you need to tighten is underneath the countertop. This is most common with single-hole mount kitchen faucets. When the spout shows a bit of resistance when it s turned from left...

Plumbing in the Home: Lost Ring - Amazing experience!, toilet, flush
toilet, flush, water hammer arrester: Viral Dalal, Wow! What a story! Thank you so much for sharing this story. My wife had a similar experience when we were first married and unfortunately DID NOT have the same outcome. Needless to say, I had to replace the ring later. Judging...

Plumbing in the Home: Low Flow Aerator for a Grohe faucet?, grohe faucet, grohe eurosmart
grohe faucet, grohe eurosmart, aerator: Hi Jen, I m not having any luck either. Try contacting Grohe directly here Phone: +1 800 44 GROHE. Maybe they have a solution. The angle stops are not the type that can control the flow very well but that might work in the mean time. Good Luck, Dan...

Plumbing in the Home: Low Flow in Moen Cartridge Faucet, tub spout, moen faucets
tub spout, moen faucets, exterior rubber: Hi Josh, There is not a lot to go wrong here. I can t think of anything specific about these faucets. Moen Customer service can be reached here: Call: 1-800-Buy-Moen (1-800-289-6636) 8:00 am to 8:00 pm EST Monday thru Friday 8:00 am to 6:30 pm EST Saturday...

Plumbing in the Home: Low waterpressure on dishwasher and kitchen sink, water heater replacement, hot water heater
water heater replacement, hot water heater, new faucet: Dear Albert, Does you kitchen faucet have two separate handles for hot and cold, or one single handle? You mentioned the aerator. Did you remove the aerator on the kitchen faucet and check for particles? Particles can get stirred up any time you...

Plumbing in the Home: Lukewarm H20 after gas fireplace install, gas piping systems, gas water heater
gas piping systems, gas water heater, fireplace logs: Hi Jill, When gas pipe sizing is done, we use a table of standard demands. It may be that the new gas logs you had installed have a higher demand than planned for. The only way to be sure of the sizing is to have a full gas sizing calc done using the actual...

Plumbing in the Home: leak repair, cast iron pipe, fernco fittings
cast iron pipe, fernco fittings, long term solution: Hi Marty, Hub and spigot Cast Iron has lead and oakum joints. Tarred rope called oakum is pounded into the joint to seal it and then hot lead is poured over that. It works well but is not tolerant of any movement. If settlement, earthquakes or other things...

Plumbing in the Home: leak repair, cast iron, leak
cast iron, leak, epoxy: Marty, You can use a cement fix, however, keep in mind that it is only temporary and the area will no doubt leak again. That being said, I would use a fast setting cement to make the repair. Alternatively, you can use epoxy putty. I prefer using...

Plumbing in the Home: leak repair, cast iron pipe, fernco fittings
cast iron pipe, fernco fittings, silicone glue: Dear Marty, Mortar would most likely not stop a leak if the leak is on the bottom of the pipe. Can you tell if the seeping is on top or bottom of the pipe? My favorite material for repairing a leak that isn t under pressure is epoxy. The thing...

Plumbing in the Home: low water pressure, low water pressure, friction loss
low water pressure, friction loss, amber beads: Hi Cynthia, There are two factors to consider with water flow. Pressure, and flow rate in gallons per minute. When people people complain about lack of pressure, it is often the flow rate they they are perceiving as being low, not the actual pressure. Pressure...

Plumbing in the Home: Master Shower seat chatter, moen fixtures, tub spout
moen fixtures, tub spout, brass cylinder: Dear James, I m glad all our previous correspondences came up because it s been a while! I doubt a rise in water pressure would cause this. You said when you run hot only or cold only it doesn t happen, only when you mix both hot and cold. Sheesh....

Plumbing in the Home: MOVING LAUNDRY ROOM TO MASTER BATH, jacuzzi tub, hose thread
jacuzzi tub, hose thread, laundry room: Lisa, The cost would depend on if you were able to remove the jacuzzi tub yourself or have someone do it for you. As far as installing the washer and dryer in that space, a tub drain is usually a 2 pipe which is standard for a washing machine drain...

Plumbing in the Home: Mobile Home sewer odor, sewer gases, air gap
sewer gases, air gap, home sewer: Hi Stella, Here are a few possibilities: That opening next to the faucet where soap seeps out is called an air gap and it is required by most codes. Its purpose is to prevent exactly what seems to be happening, the backup of sewage into the dishwasher....

Plumbing in the Home: Moving a washer and dryer to another part of the house., tub drains, bathroom sinks
tub drains, bathroom sinks, inch pipe: Dear Mandy, The only thing I can think of that might be a problem is, a washing machine needs a two inch pipe to drain the amount of water being pumped out during the drain cycle. The pipes going from bathroom sinks are usually 1 1/2 pipes. Shower and...

Plumbing in the Home: Mystery water leak, vent pipe, jacuzzi tub
vent pipe, jacuzzi tub, wax ring: Dear Janet, Did the plumber rule out that the toilet is not seeping from under the bowl? Possibly the wax is dried up in a spot? Is there caulk around the base of the toilet? I have seen many instances where the wax ring is not sealing well, and...

Plumbing in the Home: Is a maserating toilet my solution, macerating toilets, home toilet
macerating toilets, home toilet, drainage pipe: Hi Gary, Macerating toilets are designed for basements so they do not drain down. I doubt you have the fall to go around the house to the front where the sewer line to the street is located with a 3 inch line which is the other option. You need 1/4 inch per...

Plumbing in the Home: misconnection of hot and cold water, automatic faucet, tempering valve
automatic faucet, tempering valve, water path: Hello Azhar, That s a bit inconvenient to say the least! There are a number of possibilities. With single handle or mixing valves at the fixtures, this can happen if one of the internal metering cartridges is damaged or malfunctioning. It creates what...

Plumbing in the Home: moving shower drain
Hi Christie, Moving any plumbing waste under a slab is a big deal. You will need to break the slab, re-work the drains to where you want them and re-pour the slab. For a tub drain we box out a 12-14 inch square section of pour so it is not filled in by...

Plumbing in the Home: NOISY PLUMBING, toilet tank, jack hammer
toilet tank, jack hammer, ballcock: Dear Jennie, I don t know the technicalities about WHY. I do know that when some valves are only part-way open, or if the fill valve in a toilet tank [the part with the float] has a little pebble stuck in the inlet tube [which has a very small diameter]...

Plumbing in the Home: new construction shower faucet, copper pipes, water spout
copper pipes, water spout, shower faucet: Dear Stacy, I haven t seen a new model three handle tub/shower fixture in years! Almost all tub/shower fixtures have two handles with the diverter in the tub spout, so simple. With all three handle fixtures, like the old Price Pfister and old American...

Plumbing in the Home: noise in pipes, ghost busters, clothes washer
ghost busters, clothes washer, pressure regulator: Hi Toni, This can be from a couple of things. Since it both hot and cold, and happens from many fixtures, it needs to be something common to all of them. I would look a the pressure regulator. The diaphragm may be failing and causing this noise due to leaking...

Plumbing in the Home: Occasional, air bladder, kitchen faucet
air bladder, kitchen faucet, pressure tank: Dear Ron, As I mentioned, I m not an expert on well systems. I gave you a few educated guesses. If the bladder is low on air pressure, the pressure in the bladder can be increased by adding some compressed air. But I honestly don t recommend you do this...

Plumbing in the Home: Odor from bathroom sink......, stupid design, pop ups
stupid design, pop ups, drain hole: Dear Ronnie, Years ago, the pop-ups were designed to twist out and twist back into the drain hole. Now they have to be removed by taking off the nut underneath the sink. A totally stupid design. Look underneath the sink. Behind the pipe about...

Plumbing in the Home: outside shower wall moist, shower wall panels, silicone caulk
shower wall panels, silicone caulk, tongue and groove: Hi, There are several ways that water can get into the walls around a shower. The piping in the wall could be leaking. The shower stall is not well sealed. The shower pan is leaking. The trim for the faucet handles is not sealed/caulked. If the valve...

Plumbing in the Home: overflow valve for dishwasher, ge profile dishwasher, air gap
ge profile dishwasher, air gap, garbage disposal: Hi Ray, That is not an overflow it is an air gap fitting to provide a physical separation between the DW drain and the disposer that it drains into. It is required by most codes for sanitary reasons. The reason water is coming out is that the section...

Plumbing in the Home: P- trap failure, drain pipes, food particles
drain pipes, food particles, p trap: Dear Leroy, I have a few questions for you! I assume your kitchen sink has two bowls. Is the water draining slowly from both sides? Also, have you ever had a problem with slow draining in the old sink? And when you took off the drain pipes when you replaced...

Plumbing in the Home: P trap flexible nut sealant., claw foot tub, glue traps
claw foot tub, glue traps, ace stores: Dear Jody, Good question! Most P traps have what are called compression fittings, a threaded nut and a cone-shaped plastic washer, and on the P part of the trap the small end of the P is a rounded shape that fits precisely into the other part, and again is...

Plumbing in the Home: P-traps
Dear Jacob, The only drain that would need a trap under the slab would be a shower drain. Is that what you are referring to? A toilet has it s own trap built into the bowl, and a sink would have the trap just under the pop-up assembly inside the cabinet....

Plumbing in the Home: Plugged hot water heater, hot water heater, low hot water pressure
hot water heater, low hot water pressure, odorless substance: Dear Steve, I ve come across this problem three times in 26 years, so it s not very common. Some water heaters seem to accumulate a jelly-like clear odorless substance, and I still haven t researched this so I don t know why or what the stuff is. ...

Plumbing in the Home: Pluging tub outlet on shower valve, tub spout, teflon tape
tub spout, teflon tape, valve work: Dear Glen, Absolutely. If the bottom opening on the valve [where the pipe would go down for the tub spout] is threaded, then just put a brass plug [with teflon tape] into it and tighten it well. Generally the tub spout will have a diverter on it. That...

Plumbing in the Home: Plumbing
Hi Lillage, Either the washer drain or the toilet is not vented properly or their vents are restricted or blocked. The draining water creates a vacuum in the system and the vent is supposed to relieve this. It is trying to pull the needed air through the...

Plumbing in the Home: Poor Water Pressure, galvanized steel pipes, meeter
galvanized steel pipes, meeter, water scale: Hi Ivan, You have a flow rate problem not a pressure problem. You can have the same pressure from a 1 inch pipe from a 1/4 inch pipe. The difference is how many gallons per minuted it could deliver. That is what is happening here. Effectively, the pipes...

Plumbing in the Home: Problem with water feed on toilet, ball cock, pitched hum
ball cock, pitched hum, water feed: Hi Chuck, You have two different problems here. The noise is coming from the fill valve inside the tank. it is starting to wear out and is allowing a bit of water to leak past rather than shutting off completely. Change the fill valve, called a ball cock...

Plumbing in the Home: Proper hook up of toilet drainline into septic tank., pipe elbow, minimum slope
pipe elbow, minimum slope, size pipe: Hi Marc, I m a little unclear about what you want. Is this an existing waste system with plumbing connected to it? Or are you just dong a stand alone toilet that you want to feed in. The correct outlet size for a toilet is 4 inch. You can use a...

Plumbing in the Home: Push-button toilets, living in the philippines, toilet flush
living in the philippines, toilet flush, toilet bowl: Hi Richard, I ve seen these several times here in the states. They are supposed to save water by having a half flush capability. Unfortunately, I ve never had the occasion to look inside one. It sounds like the flapper is being held off the flush valve...

Plumbing in the Home: pipes in the attic groan, leaking toilet, ballcocks
leaking toilet, ballcocks, korky: Dear Yvonne, I just answered a groaning pipe question! Pipes usually groan, chatter, whine, bang, and so on when water is running, but slowly, like it s restricted somewhere. You may have a leaking toilet. A noise often occurs far from the source,...

Plumbing in the Home: plugged pvc bathroom sink
Nathan, What the heck did you drop down there? It sounds like something hard that has gotten crosswise. The pipes get bigger as you work your way down the system. What ever it is has gotten to an area of a bend or tee that it cannot get past. If you cannot...

Plumbing in the Home: plumbing, gasket, bonnet
gasket, bonnet, gaskets: Hi Kathy, If you mean the turn off valve, called a stop , it is probably leaking around the stem that comes out of the valve and holds the handle. There is a large 6-sided nut on the top, under the handle called a packing nut or bonnet that squeezes...

Plumbing in the Home: plumbing, cold water pipe, brass nuts
cold water pipe, brass nuts, flex tube: Dear Wade, Something I had to learn long ago is that pressure coming into a house is constant, no matter what size the pipe. Only volume will vary. I have a hunch some debris is partially blocking one of the pipes above your water heater, either...

Plumbing in the Home: plumbing/faucet, water, faucet
water, faucet, valve: Judy, This sounds like a Moen shower valve. It s possible that you have some debris blocking the hot side and limiting hot water flow. Depending upon the model, there may be an adjustment ring after you remove the handle. Check it out and let...

Plumbing in the Home: No pressure in hot water lines., gas water heater, steel piping
gas water heater, steel piping, piping systems: Hi Joey, I think you have a flow rate issue, not a pressure issue. It s a common misconception. Flow rate is determined by pipe sizing. The most common problem that occurs is in older galvanized steel piping systems. It will manifest on the hot side first....

Plumbing in the Home: proper plumbing???, vertical pipes, double vanity
vertical pipes, double vanity, drain pipe: Dear David, I uderstand your question about should I have connected the pipes to a tee joint and then added the trap... but I m not sure how you DID plumb the two sinks from your description. I m assuming you had one vanity, then put in a double vanity...

Plumbing in the Home: pump kicking on and off, pressure tank, foot valve
pressure tank, foot valve, pressure switch: Dear Bill, OK, first, I m not an expert with water wells and I don t have that on my list, but I do know a few things because so many people in my area are on wells. My hunch is this may have something to do with the air pressure in the bladder. It sounds...

Plumbing in the Home: Re-lighting Water Heater Pilot, pilot light, thin cylinder
pilot light, thin cylinder, dear jill: Dear Jill, If you can push the button down, then you have it set to pilot . The red button will not go down on the other settings. I have a hunch you have a burned thermocouple on the water heater. When a pilot light won t stay on, or it goes out within...

Plumbing in the Home: Removing old bathtub caulk, porcelain tub, razor blades
porcelain tub, razor blades, magic trick: Hi David, I m afraid that I don t have any magic trick. It just needs to be dug out by hand. It s doing what it was designed to do, stick to stuff! It wouldn t be worth much if it did not stick well. I ve had good luck with razor blades to cut it as loose...

Plumbing in the Home: Replacing Toilet Flange, replacing toilet flange, google
replacing toilet flange, google, http www google com: Hi Garth, Sounds like they used a glue on fixed flange. Not a lot you can do about that without breaking the floor and cutting it out. There are flanges with an adjustable metal ring that spins around. I did find this: http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=PVC+Toilet+flange&cid=16027674120725853423&sa=title#p...

Plumbing in the Home: remove&install newshower, shower, pipe
shower, pipe, joist: Dave, There is no doubt you will have to move the p-trap to accommodate the new drain position. To fix the subfloor, it depends upon whether it is wood or concrete. Clearly, concrete is easy to repair this by pouring fresh concrete. However, for...

Plumbing in the Home: removing ceiling to do plumbing work, tub, shower
tub, shower, leak: AJ, It all depends upon what you agreed to when you asked the plumber to work in your home. If you contracted (verbally or in written form) to have him repair the plumbing and did not include wall or ceiling repair, then, unfortunately you will have...

Plumbing in the Home: removing a jacuzzi bath tub and reusing in another bathroom, jacuzzi bath tub, mortar bed
jacuzzi bath tub, mortar bed, plaster of paris: Hi Tracy, It can be done but I don t envy you the job! The mortar bed is needed to support the tub, especially if it is acrylic. Acrylic tubs will crack if not bedded. Mortar, plaster of Paris or spray foam can be used. It also deadens the sound. Good Luck,...

Plumbing in the Home: replacing/repairing shower taps/diverter valve assembly, tub, shower
tub, shower, leak: Arnold, Sounds like you have a Price Pfister shower valve assembly. If you ve cross-threaded the valve stem, then removing it can be difficult. Instead of using a socket wrench, you might want to use an adjustable wrench or a valve socket wrench which...

Plumbing in the Home: replumbing from meter to house, galvanized metals, hose bib
galvanized metals, hose bib, galvanized pipes: Dear Marilyn, So you had the piping inside the house replaced already! I assume copper. Are you planning to run PVC pipe most of the distance from the meter to the house? In my area, this is how it s done, but every person in our two communities lives...

Plumbing in the Home: How to get rid of major toilet clogging, rim jets, poisonous chemicals
rim jets, poisonous chemicals, slope of lines: Hi Don, There can be a number of reasons that a toilet clogs frequently. 1. Older toilets tend to get limed up and the rim jets do not work well. They can often be cleaned with a stiff wire to clear the crud out. 2. Kids, need I say more? It s magic to...

Plumbing in the Home: Securely mounting a toilet, waste, toilet
waste, toilet, flange: Chuck, There are repair flanges for toilets. You can find them at Ferguson Pipe & Supply - http://www.ferguson.com or Plumbers Surplus - http://budurl.com/PlumbersSurplus/ Let me know what you find. My apologies for not answering your question...

Plumbing in the Home: Sewage smell, sewage smell, plumbing venting
sewage smell, plumbing venting, sewer gases: Hi Kristine, The plumbing venting system is supposed to take any sewer gases outside to avoid this problem. if you are getting smells in the house,checking out the venting on the fixtures, specifically the laundry drain, would be the place to start. If it...

Plumbing in the Home: Sewer Odor in Bathroom Vanity/ Sink, sink, smell
sink, smell, overflow: Cora, The smell could be coming from the overflow or hole in the front of the sink. I would pour some bleach down the hole to clean out soap scum that s probably creating the smell. Let me know what happens. Hope this helps. Regards, ...

Plumbing in the Home: Sewer smell in house, plumbing vents, gas furnace
plumbing vents, gas furnace, smelly problem: Dear Mendy, A sewer smell is the most maddening problem to solve! There are many possible causes [including a dead mouse in the wall, which smells almost the same], and since it s usually difficult to zero in on the source, finding the cause turns into...

Plumbing in the Home: Shower handle set screw, water, facuet
water, facuet, valve: Kirk, Helping others in need is definitely a noble enterprise. It seems whenever a person plans to help someone, there is always an obstacle to accomplishing the task. Don t get disheartened. It s possible that the screws could be metric and your...

Plumbing in the Home: Shower Mixing Valve Replacement Water will not Shut Off, mixing valve, shower valves
mixing valve, shower valves, valve replacement: Hi Allan, This can be very frustrating. I understand. Are you replacing the entire valve in the wall or just the cartridges or stems and washers? Did you use actual Kohler parts rather than replacement parts? I have not had good luck using the replacements....

Plumbing in the Home: Shower Problem, price pfister, bathroom showers
price pfister, bathroom showers, minor inconvenience: Dear Zach, Yikes! You never mentioned you are on a well. I do not service water wells, but I ve learned about how they operate over the years since so many people in my area are on wells. I had a question many months ago about air coming out of the shower...

Plumbing in the Home: Shower system leak, pvc tape, backflow protection
pvc tape, backflow protection, good luck: Hey Brian, Did you use any PVC tape on the fitting when you installed it? This is what they call plumbers tape and it is white? If not, remove the head or arm connection and place this tape around the threaded area and reinstall the hose and it should stop...

Plumbing in the Home: Shower Valve Leaking, downstairs bathroom, brass piece
downstairs bathroom, brass piece, water valve: Dear Joanna, OK, I really didn t read your first question carefully enough. I didn t get that water is literally pouring down inside the wall to the floor below. If the washer you used was under-sized it would only cause the water to leak out...

Plumbing in the Home: Shut-off valve, plastic piping, compression ring
plastic piping, compression ring, packing gland: Hi Steve, You have PEX or some other type of plastic piping. These valves are crimped on using a compression ring as you said. Difficult to replace without the right tools and know how. I don t recommend you tackling this. You may be able to stop the leak...

Plumbing in the Home: Smelly Bathroom Drain, baking soda, sewer gas
baking soda, sewer gas, thin wire: Dear Pam, This answer will come fast! I just answered 4 questions and was about to exit when yours popped up. The problem these days with bathroom sink fixtures is that the pop-up plug is now usually hooked to a lever down in the pipe and can t...

Plumbing in the Home: Squeeky faucet & lost of pressure, electric water heater, hot water heater
electric water heater, hot water heater, tub spout: Dear Paul, Since this seems to be affecting the hot water in a number of fixtures, I think you might want to check the hot water heater, either the inlet or outlet might be plugged with some debris, or the valve on the cold side is either not open all...

Plumbing in the Home: Steam radiator valve, steam radiator, steam radiators
steam radiator, steam radiators, steel mill: Dear Tee, I m sorry, I meant to click on a different response, that I m not qualified to answer this question. I used to have radiator heat in Chicago before I moved to Arizona 26 years ago but I wasn t a plumber then, I worked in a steel mill as a motor...

Plumbing in the Home: Stuck home water valve, water valve, valve handle
water valve, valve handle, gate valve: Dear Venu, Yes, this could be a problem. I expect you have a gate valve . With a gate valve, the outside stem connects with a reverse threaded shaft inside, and threaded onto that shaft is a round part which is the gate . As you turn the handle, the...

Plumbing in the Home: sewer gas smell, sewer gas smell, vent pipes
sewer gas smell, vent pipes, downstairs bathroom: Bob, I m not sure what you mean when you say the pipe under the crawl space is the sewer vent. In my experience, sewer vent pipes go up through the roof of the house taking gases away into the air. Usually there will be one roof vent for the sink and tub,...

Plumbing in the Home: sewer smell and gurgling drains
Hi Kevin, You re on the right track. There is a vent somewhere that is not working properly. When this happens, the system will try to get air where ever it can and this will sometimes break the water seal in a trap and allow sewer gases to enter the house....

Plumbing in the Home: sewer vent problem?, studor vent, toilet bubbles
studor vent, toilet bubbles, vent line: Hi John, Sort of sounds like the Studor vent is messing up to me. They do tend to have problems now and again. I m not real familiar with them since they are not allowed in my area. I think they are serviceable. Per the Studor site, they have a lifetime guarantee....

Plumbing in the Home: shower, price pfister, hunch
price pfister, hunch, old style: Dear Mike, You mentioned taking the diverter apart so I have a hunch your tub/shower is a Price Pfister with a third handle in the center for switching from tub to shower? To help you figure this out, I need some more information. If your fixture...

Plumbing in the Home: shower faucet, shower faucet, ace hardware
shower faucet, ace hardware, dear linda: Dear Linda, The Moen fixture has a long cylindrical cartridge, old style is brass [much better], new style is plastic. There are holes in the cartridge that allow hot and cold water into the unit. It s possible some particles got into the line and blocked...

Plumbing in the Home: shower faucet, allen wrenches, shower faucet
allen wrenches, shower faucet, screw out: Hi Virginia, The instructions I found do not mention the size of the Allen wrench needed. If you can t get one to fit in or work, it may have been damaged. In that case, you will need to have someone that knows how, to drill it out. You may need to replace...

Plumbing in the Home: shower hot water fades, hot water heater, incoming cold water
hot water heater, incoming cold water, gas hot water heater: Hi Mary, There are a couple of things that can cause this. 1. As the valves heats up, parts expand a bit and this can reduce the water flow on the hot side. 2. A part called a dip tube has deteriorated or fallen off inside the water heater. This tube...

Plumbing in the Home: shower mount, pipe nipples, teflon tape
pipe nipples, teflon tape, hand held shower head: Hi Alex, You can buy chromed pipe nipples and many lengths. Maybe that would serve your purposes. you will probably need to get them online or at a plumbing specialty or supply house, not a big box store. Here s one place online that has anything you might...

Plumbing in the Home: sink glugging, horizontal copper, food particle
horizontal copper, food particle, particle matter: Dear Stephen, Where the horizontal copper pipe tees into the main exit pipe, does it tee straight into that main pipe? So when you run into this blockage five feet along the pipe, it wouldn t be a sharp bend in the pipe that the manual cable can...

Plumbing in the Home: slow draining toilet, american standard toilets, downstairs toilet
american standard toilets, downstairs toilet, toilet tank: Dear Ken, You hadn t mentioned before that the water comes almost to the top of the bowl when you flush. This is a sure sign of some blockage in the toilet trap in the bowl. You said a snake went all the way through the bowl, correct? What kind did you...

Plumbing in the Home: slow flow from softwater unit, water heater, culligan
water heater, culligan, water softener: Many times water softeners put more mineral deposits in the lines leading to the house or water heater causing loss of pressure. I would suggest having Culligan s tech come out and check the switching unit for blockages. My apologies for not answering...

Plumbing in the Home: smell in bathroom sink, copper pipe, remodle
copper pipe, remodle, pop ups: Dear Jim, Sewer smells are the most difficult things to pinpoint because there are often a number of causes, including a dead mouse in the wall, which during decomposition smells almost the same as sewer gas because both give out methane. Did...

Plumbing in the Home: smelly drains, smelly drains, trap primers
smelly drains, trap primers, pvc pipes: Hi Juli, This is a problem in many commercial establishments. It is handled by installing what are called trap primers that add a little shot of water to the unused drain traps every so often to keep them full. This may or may not be practical in your...

Plumbing in the Home: smelly vents, cold air return, combustion air
cold air return, combustion air, gas flame: Ahhh, you didn t mention that. I assumed gas. Where does the cold air return get it s air? It could be pulling the smell from there. Older systems used to pull from under the house. That is no longer allowed or desirable for obvious reasons. It s that...

Plumbing in the Home: smelly water (not sulphur), rotten egg smell, upstairs bathroom
rotten egg smell, upstairs bathroom, smelly water: Sara, I have encountered problems with hot water having a sulfur odor, but you said this isn t the same. That problem is not common and usually has to do with a rod in a water heater called the anode rod. Sometimes draining the water heater helps, as...

Plumbing in the Home: sound proofing existing water pipes, water pipes, residential apartments
water pipes, residential apartments, spa business: Hi Emily, Soundproofing is a tricky project. It somewhat depends on how the pipes are attached to the structure. There are multiple sound transfer pathways involved. Both through the air and via the solid connections to the building. I would contact a...

Plumbing in the Home: stubbed basement bathroom, quikcrete, slab foundation
quikcrete, slab foundation, basement bathroom: Hi Toni, No, not a problem. Every home on a slab foundation has this condition. As I said, the tub will cover it so it is not really exposed . You could pour a thin layer of concrete, not more than an inch deep,over the soil if it really bugs you. Just...

Plumbing in the Home: sump pump, impeller, replacements
impeller, replacements, good luck: Hi Mark, From what I can find, this does not appear to be a user serviceable pump. Since it is a submersible unit, taking it apart would probably break any sealing and render it junk. I saw replacements for about $80 so it s not that expensive. Good Luck,...

Plumbing in the Home: switch an outdoor toilet for washing machine, waste, vent
waste, vent, toilet: Adrian, It seems to me that if the pipe carrying the toilet wastes is in good condition, there should be no problem sending laundry water down the same drain. Hope this helps. Regards, Anthony PS - If my answer was helpful for you,...

Plumbing in the Home: Toilet, toilet tank, ballcock
toilet tank, ballcock, fluidmaster: Dear Stacy, Do you mean the toilet will only FILL when the faucet is running? Like water will not enter the tank? If this is the case, I d guess some debris got into the line to the toilet and it is preventing water from going in. The knocking [banging,...

Plumbing in the Home: Toilet Bowl water level, toilet bowl water, jacuzzi espree
toilet bowl water, jacuzzi espree, line time: Hi Stephen, Sounds like there is a partial clog. It is interfering with the vent and the line is creating a vacuum and pulling the water out of the trap. It may clear up by itself or you may need to snake the line. time will tell. Try it again tomorrow....

Plumbing in the Home: Toilet flush valve problem, rubber gasket, cannisters
rubber gasket, cannisters, rubber grips: Dear Janet, I have to give you credit for taking on such a project! What you need is a very large ajustable pliers. Channelocks pliers are the best, they can be identified by the light blue rubber grips on their handles. A very large size Channelocks...

Plumbing in the Home: Toilet handle squeaks, diaphragm type, squeal
diaphragm type, squeal, squeak: Hi Allison, As long as you are sure there is not a mouse in there, I would guess it was the fill valve starting to wear. They often have a diaphragm type valve in them and these will wear and start to chatter as the water passes by them. A squeal is just...

Plumbing in the Home: Toilet Water Connecter Line, installing a new toilet, toilet water
installing a new toilet, toilet water, lien releases: Hi Chuck, Yes, it looks like crap but it is not against the code. He is just a cut corners type of guy I guess. You can prove he is wrong by refusing to pay him for crappy workmanship I suppose. At this point, it s a pissing contest. There is nothing wrong...

Plumbing in the Home: Tub and Shower 3 handle faucet leak, flat washers, shower faucet
flat washers, shower faucet, water faucet: Dear Shirley, Isn t it a kick when a plumbing problem just stops all by itself? I loved that! So let me get this straight, you used the shower and you said you left the diverter open for 3 hours, then put it to tub spout only and got two teaspoons of...

Plumbing in the Home: one time toilet clogging, toilet auger, plumbing department
toilet auger, plumbing department, enzyme products: Dear Don, Do you have any idea what is causing the blockage? What I always use first is a tool called a toilet auger . You can buy one at Home Depot or any hardware plumbing department. It s a pipe curved at the bottom with a cable going through the...

Plumbing in the Home: toilet, plastic shims, razor knife
plastic shims, razor knife, toilet bowl: Dear Nelson, When you said the toilet keeps moving , do you mean it rocks, like side to side or front to back? If the floor the bowl is sitting on isn t perfectly level, even with the nuts nice and tight a toilet can rock . I have installed...

Plumbing in the Home: toilet empties, toilet auger, toilet flushing
toilet auger, toilet flushing, porcelein: Dear Kyle, There could be several reasons for this happening. Definitely you are getting sewer gas up because water is no longer filling the trap in the bowl. Is the toilet pretty old? Did you recently run an auger through it, anything that may have...

Plumbing in the Home: toilet flange/leaking around flange on subflooring, toilet flange, plastic horn
toilet flange, plastic horn, wax ring: Hi Matt, Yep, you re on the right track with the double ring. When I have experienced this problem, I use one wax ring with the plastic horn (funnel thing)built in and another stacked under it, over the horn that is just a plain wax ring. Make sure the rings...

Plumbing in the Home: toilet flapper, toilet flapper, chlorine content
toilet flapper, chlorine content, 5 months: Hi Elsa, You may have a high level of chlorine in your water. This will deteriorate the rubber parts quickly. Try to find a flapper that is made for this chlorine content. Also, make sure the pull chain is not adjusted too tight so as to hold the flapper...

Plumbing in the Home: toilet gurgling, vent stack, overflow pipe
vent stack, overflow pipe, vent pipe: Hi Jill, First, I m not sure what you mean by the overflow pipe in the toilet. I m also not sure about any leaves causing the problem. I don t see how they could effect the sewer system unless you are flushing them down a toilet! LOL There is definitely...

Plumbing in the Home: toilet issues, licensed plumber, vent pipe
licensed plumber, vent pipe, new roots: Dear Sandy, I get the impression this has happened more than once since you mentioned both a septic and city sewer line. My question is, when this happens, does the lower toilet ever flush normally? My guess is that there is a blockage a foot or two...

Plumbing in the Home: toilet losing water, ensuite toilet, vent stack
ensuite toilet, vent stack, qualified plumber: Dear Adrian, Greetings to you down under! My first question from your part of the planet. Our terminology is probably quite different, I didn t understand what you meant by ensuite toilet . No matter, I did get the problem. Let me spell it out so we...

Plumbing in the Home: toilet tank, toilet, flush
toilet, flush, water hammer arrester: Jan, Yes, you can use marine epoxy which you can find at the local home improvement store. Let me know what you discover. Hope this helps. Regards, Anthony PS - If my answer was helpful for you, please give me a good rating with...

Plumbing in the Home: toliet emptys into bathtub (yuck!!), tub drains, kitchen sinks
tub drains, kitchen sinks, wont drain: Dear Mike, Well, I did say MOST septic pump guys will scam and overcharge you, but not all. Luckily the realtor knew a good guy! I am honestly not sure about your first question, if that s how much material they pumped, or if that is the capacity...

Plumbing in the Home: trap on bathroom sink, service plumber, bells and whistles
service plumber, bells and whistles, downhill slope: Dear Rick, I sent you an answer to your question last night, but somehow it disappeared. This has happened a few times before, not sure why. It was a really good answer! A single sink drain only needs one trap. As long as you put the trap on the...

Plumbing in the Home: tub overflow, upstairs apartment, down stairs
upstairs apartment, down stairs, eviction notice: Hi Dawn, Definitely not! The overflow is connected to the drain and should not leak. This is something you would not have access to unless there is an access panel to the rear of the tub. Even if there is, this is not your responsibility to repair, it s...

Plumbing in the Home: tub/shower balance valve, tub, shower
tub, shower, leak: Joe, Thank you Joe for the recognition. It is indeed my honor to be part of AllExperts.com I would like to think that this past year, I ve been of real help to those asking question so that they can resolve sticky plumbing issues without paying through...

Plumbing in the Home: tub/shower faucet, galvanized steel pipes, tub shower faucet
galvanized steel pipes, tub shower faucet, tub faucet: Hi April, Single handle faucets are supposed to start out cold. It is designed that way as a safety measure against scalding. There are a few reasons that you have no hot water; 1. It could be that the water pipe is clogged up with hard water scale and...

Plumbing in the Home: tub spout diverter, tub spout, lime scale
tub spout, lime scale, water scale: Hi Eva, The mechanism is probably jammed up with hard water scale. Try tying a bag of CLR or other lime scale remover around the spout and letting it soak over night. It might free it up. If not, the spout is not that expensive to replace and they usually...

Plumbing in the Home: Urinal flushing issue, sloan valve, urinal
sloan valve, urinal, repair: Matt, You probably need a valve rebuild kit for the Sloan valve. If you ve never tried this repair before, I would suggest going to Sloan s website http://sloanvalve.com and read through the repair manuals they have. They will also list the parts...

Plumbing in the Home: Use of propoer fittings - steel and copper, steam boiler, tub spout
steam boiler, tub spout, plumbing trade: Dear Tom, Even a brass fitting in between the two pipes wouldn t prevent electrolysis. You are correct about this, and it s a pet peeve of mine. I have talked to service plumbers who are friends of mine and we debate this issue. Only a di-electric ...

Plumbing in the Home: under sink shutoff valves, wd 40, shutoff valves
wd 40, shutoff valves, penentrating oil: Hey Tom, If they are frozen all I can tell you to do is to shut off the main water supply just in case these totally fail and spray some WD-40 or any penentrating oil on them and let it set for a few minutes and try to hand turn them back a tad and then forward...

Plumbing in the Home: What to use for PEX connections, vent system, demolition work
vent system, demolition work, finishing a basement: Hi Bruce, Nothing wrong with DIY manifold. Sweating pipe is a good skill to have. Yes, the crimp fittings are the weak spot in using PEX. Many law suits over this alone. They didn t allow PEX when I was actively piping houses so I don t have a lot of experience...

Plumbing in the Home: WATER HEATER PRESSURE RELIEF VALVE, gas safety valve, hot water tank
gas safety valve, hot water tank, pressure relief valve: Hi Victor, The valve is a Watts 210 Gas safety valve The valve costs about $200 by itself, but $675 is a bit strong for the installation. It s function is to turn off the gas to the water heater if the thermostat malfunctions. It takes the place of the...

Plumbing in the Home: Washing Machine overflows when draining, inch pipe, drain pipe
inch pipe, drain pipe, grey water: Dear Nathan, The one inch pipe you measured, is that the drain pipe the washing machine hose goes into? The standard size for a washing machine drain pipe is minimum two inches. Even a 1 1/2 pipe will often not hold the quantity of water that a pump...

Plumbing in the Home: Water Hammer, water, faucet
water, faucet, valve: Shirley, It s possible you have some debris stuck in the valve and causing the sounds you re hearing. Please flush the valve assembly by removing all the valve stems and then re-check. Let me know what you find. Hope this helps. Regards,...

Plumbing in the Home: Water Heater, water heater, recirculation pump
water heater, recirculation pump, leak: Hey John, My guess is your friend s mom may want more than the current system can deliver. I hear about this problem a lot, and the REAL reason she and others I ve spoken with ARE NOT getting hot water fast is that the water heater is usually some distance...

Plumbing in the Home: Water Heater Flow Is Reversed, incoming cold water, dip tube
incoming cold water, dip tube, shower valve: Hi Kris, Two things; the dip tube inside the water heater has fallen off. It is a plastic tube that directs the incoming cold water to the bottom of the tank. Without it, the cold water short cycles and mixes with the hot at the top of the tank and it...

Plumbing in the Home: Water heater, cold water inlet, electric water heater
cold water inlet, electric water heater, vent tube: Hi Dennis, It may just be a way to drain the cold lines ahead of the heater for some reason. Not a standardly installed item. Possibly some type of reduced pressure backflow preventer. They have a drain line on them. I would need to see a picture of the...

Plumbing in the Home: Water heater flames / soot, combustion air, ao smith
combustion air, ao smith, flue: Hi Bob, This is a sign of improper combustion. It is either not jetted for propane, has a restriction of combustion air and is rolling out or the flue is blocked or improperly vented and it may be back drafting. This is NOT something to mess around...

Plumbing in the Home: Water heater question, cold water inlet, drinking water filter
cold water inlet, drinking water filter, pressure relief valve: Hi Dennis, The picture did not come out very clear and it s hard to tell. The larger valve sticking down from the horizontal cold feed to the water heater appears to be an adjustable pressure relief valve. i cannot tell what the small tubing is attached to...

Plumbing in the Home: Water line vibration, toilet, flush
toilet, flush, water hammer: Brett, You might try flushing the line of debris which could cause this condition. You can also install a water hammer arrester here: http://budurl.com/PlumbersSurplus/ Let me know what you discover. Hope this helps. Regards, Anthony...

Plumbing in the Home: Water in shower goes cold even though there is still hot water in the water heater., water heater, culligan
water heater, culligan, water softener: Eric, Depending upon the location of your bathroom, your shower may be the furthest from the water heater. The hot water at the other faucets are part of the distribution of the system and the water will probably run out after a few moments. I would...

Plumbing in the Home: Water softener, brine tank, shop vacuum
brine tank, shop vacuum, salt tank: Hi Liz, I would reach for my handy 25 gallon wet/dry shop vacuum and suck it out. Failing that, it is going to be a hand job. Disconnecting the salt tank might be possible but unless you know what you are doing, you could make more problems than you solve....

Plumbing in the Home: Water softener resin beads in cold water supply, geothermal heat pump, water softener resin
geothermal heat pump, water softener resin, cold water supply: Hi Carolyn, That s a bummer! I have seen it happen a few times. Cleaning out the beads can be a big problem. They are not toxic but they do clog up the smaller passages in fixtures and appliances. First, I would contact the maker of the softener unit...

Plumbing in the Home: Well Pump Pressure Switch, water, pressure tank
water, pressure tank, filter: David, Yes, it is possible you could be getting sand in the sensor attached to the pressure switch. If your system is pulling up enough sand to fill a filter, I would definitely recommend installing a pre-filter. My apologies for not answering your...

Plumbing in the Home: Wet venting, vent stack, vent line
vent stack, vent line, flood level: Hi Scott, Technically No. Per the code, the fixtures must be on the same floor. But....it will probably work fine. LOL The correct way is to do what is called a re-vent . You can use the toilet stack for the waste side but you would need to take a separate,...

Plumbing in the Home: washing machine backing up, laundry, drain
laundry, drain, blocked: Carolyn, Your problem stems from the fact you are ignoring the obvious. The drain system has been warning you that it is blocked and this red flag should have made you get a snake and clear the line BEFORE the present issue. So go to Home Depot,...

Plumbing in the Home: water heater replacement, gas water heater, water heater replacement
gas water heater, water heater replacement, plumbing supply: Hi Raymond, There are only about 5 major makers of water heaters in the US, and some of them actually outsource their work to offshore. I see a lot of water heaters made in Mexico. All the brands you see are probably from one of them. Lowe s and HD cater...

Plumbing in the Home: water heater temperature problems, heater temperature, coming out of the water
heater temperature, coming out of the water, temperature problems: Dear Charles, Sounds like you have two problems, the reset button and a leak. First, your hunch was corrent in replacing the thermostat. I have replaced many of them, and usually it s the upper thermostat that goes bad. But in some cases the lower one...

Plumbing in the Home: water pump pressure, dear jennifer, water pump
dear jennifer, water pump, septic systems: Dear Jennifer, To be perfectly honest, I should have rejected your question because I have no experience with sewer pumps. In my area most people are on septic systems and all pipes go downhill. When I saw the title of your question, water pump...

Plumbing in the Home: water softener overflowing, ion exchange resin, salt tank
ion exchange resin, salt tank, serial code: Hi Nick, Congratulations on the new baby! It certainly appears that there is something wrong here. It should not overfill the salt tank, empty or otherwise. The salt is used to make brine that is then used to back wash the ion exchange resin that removes...

Plumbing in the Home: water tank leak, plumbing supply stores, steel tank
plumbing supply stores, steel tank, common element: Dear Mark, This could be one of two things. First, let me tell you about the State Duron tank. It has a reputation far and wide among plumbers and plumbing supply stores. State came out with the miracle Duron tank back in the early to mid-90 s. All...

Plumbing in the Home: water tank leak, water heater, recirculation pump
water heater, recirculation pump, leak: Mark, You may be able to fix this if it is a leak at the threads of a nipple, otherwise, you may consider buying a new unit. In any case, just to make sure, I would have one or two plumbers come to your home and assess the problem and give you an estimate...

Plumbing in the Home: water tank leak, brass nipples, pipe dope
brass nipples, pipe dope, water faucet: Hi Mark, The nipples into the tank are probably starting to corrode and leak. Replacing them is a fairly straight forward task. Just turn off the water to the heater, bleed off any pressure from a hot water faucet and take the supply pipes loose from the...

Plumbing in the Home: 1950's 2 handle faucet, far ends, stem ends
far ends, stem ends, splines: Dear Claudia, I ve never seen a tub fixture that has the handles in line with the spout, so I don t even have a clue what brand it is. It sounds like you ve made an effort to find handles that match the spline pattern. If you had any way of finding out...

Plumbing in the Home: 1960 Eljer Toilet, eljer toilet, toilet tanks
eljer toilet, toilet tanks, new tanks: Dear Josh, I ll answer your second question first. Probably not. All new tanks are low-flow, all that goes out is 1.6 gallons. You can rig some of them up to use more water [I didn t tell you this!], but the other problem is finding a tank that has the...

Plumbing in the Home: All 3 toilets whine without flushing, bladder tank, excess pressure
bladder tank, excess pressure, drain field: In that case, ignore the well comments. They don t apply here. Back to the issue of excess pressure. Contact the city and see shat pressure they are delivering to the house. If it is over 80 psi you will need to reduce it to below 80 psi with a pressure regulator...

Plumbing in the Home: Basement Bath Rough In, vent pipes, sewer gases
vent pipes, sewer gases, toilet bowl: Dear Tim, I m glad you were able to send that photo. I m confused about the diameters of the pipes you described, but let me just say this. The pipes that are going up through the studs appear to be vent pipes that weren t connected to the venting system...

Plumbing in the Home: Basement Bathroom Question, pvc pipes, vent lines
pvc pipes, vent lines, vent pipe: Hi Bill, Most toilets currently available are water savers and use only 1.6 gallons per flush (10 liters). They have been the standard for ten years or more. Some brands work well with this, others do not. The length of the flush is determined by how soon...

Plumbing in the Home: Basement Floor Drain Overflowing, sewage smell, sewage water
sewage smell, sewage water, bathroom downstairs: Dear Maureen, Plugging up the floor drain!! What an idiot! Did he honestly think that would stop this backing up sewage? Water will find an outlet one way or the other, if not the floor drain then a tub or toilet, it s not just going to go away. ...

Plumbing in the Home: Bathroom sink cold water knob, cold water knob, o ring
cold water knob, o ring, logical reason: Dear Jo Lynn, This can happen with certain types of fixtures, generally it s due to a loose O ring in the stem. The stem is the part inside with a washer on the bottom that opens and closes when you turn the handle left or right. When an O ring...

Plumbing in the Home: Bubbles coming up the toilet/overflowing washer drain, perforated pipes, leach field
perforated pipes, leach field, drain cleaners: Dear Toni, Several thoughts. One, you may have a partial blockage in your main sewerline. When a washing machine drains, the pump pushes out a great deal of water very quickly. That pipe drains into the main line which is the same line the toilet drains...

Plumbing in the Home: Bubbling water in the yard, clay layer, bubbling water
clay layer, bubbling water, underground spring: Hi Chris, Underground leaks and springs can be hard to locate and pin down. The water could be originating in one place, tracking along a strata or clay layer and surfacing somewhere else, far away from the source. It could be a deteriorated and leaking...

Plumbing in the Home: banging pipes, hot water tank, pop pop pop
hot water tank, pop pop pop, hot water heater: Hi Sherry, This sounds suspiciously like pipes creeping due to thermal expansion. It could also be a big sediment cake built up in the bottom of the water heater. (they are supposed to be flushed out 1-2 times a year to prevent this build up) It traps the...

Plumbing in the Home: basement floor drain, lint traps, floor drain
lint traps, floor drain, vent hose: Hello Jean, Sorry to tell you, this will not work. The floor drain has a trap in it that contains water (at least it should) The purpose of the water it to provide a seal against sewer gas coming back into the house. If it blocks the sewer gas, it will block...

Plumbing in the Home: basement water leakage, basement water leakage, hot water tank
basement water leakage, hot water tank, furnace room: Hi Art, It s a basement, they are supposed to be dark and damp, right? grin It may not be plumbing. It could be water intrusion from the outside. Not uncommon in basements. There are a number of things that contribute to this issue: 1. Lack of gutters...

Plumbing in the Home: bathroom drains, water inlet valve, electric snake
water inlet valve, electric snake, center tube: Dear Naomi, First, I d guess the sound of running water is coming from the toilet. Either the flapper is bad [or the chain has gotten twisted and the flapper is hanging up] or the ballcock, the water inlet valve on the left side inside the tank, is not...

Plumbing in the Home: bathroom remodel, cast iron pipes, cast iron pipe
cast iron pipes, cast iron pipe, pinhole leaks: Hi Jer, The copper should be fine unless there is evidence to the contrary like signs of pinhole leaks. Given the location, it actually would not hurt to replaces it since you need to open walls to get to it. CYA! The cast iron/galvanized up in the walls...

Plumbing in the Home: bathroom remodel, cast iron pipes, cast iron pipe
cast iron pipes, cast iron pipe, galvanized pipes: Dear Jerry, You have BOTH copper and galvanized pipes? You mentioned black iron pipe, black pipe is usually only used for gas lines. There are only a few mortal sins in plumbing, and the biggest one is mixing copper and iron [galvanized] pipe....

Plumbing in the Home: bathroom vent pipe smell., vent pipes, vent pipe
vent pipes, vent pipe, toilet wall: Hi Adam, About the only non-destructive way is by smoke testing. All the roof vents but one are capped and smoke is introduced with a small blower in to the open one. It will come out anywhere there is a leak. This will spot deteriorated pipes or traps...

Plumbing in the Home: bathtub slow drain leak, rubber gasket, slow drain
rubber gasket, slow drain, spring mechanism: Dear Gary, Clearly, the stopper is leaking. The plug that goes down to hold the water in. There are so many types, I ll try to sum up what you may have to do to fix this, but it also depends on the type of stopper you have. Most tub stoppers operate...

Plumbing in the Home: Changing Bathtub Spout, tub spout, bathtub spout
tub spout, bathtub spout, copper tube: Hi Marguerita! I don t hear that name very often, my best friend in high school was Marguerita. What tool did you use to remove the spout? Or did it just screw off by hand? I imagine that tube adapter that came with the new spout is threaded on the...

Plumbing in the Home: Check valve installed backwards, service plumber, cleanouts
service plumber, cleanouts, cleanout: Dear Anne, So glad you wrote! First, I d like you to write back and tell me as many details as you can about what took place. I m assuming sewage backed up in your house and the plumber came out and snaked the main sewer line through the cleanouts. Were...

Plumbing in the Home: Clawfoot Tubs, clawfoot tubs, clawfoot tub
clawfoot tubs, clawfoot tub, antique dealer: Hi Shane, I have no idea what it might be worth. it depends on the style and the condition of the finish I m sure. Try a local antique dealer to start with. Here is some additional information. http://www.homeimprovementweb.com/information/how-to/clawfoot-tub-appraisal.htm...

Plumbing in the Home: Clogged in the main line.., toilet flange, toilet drain
toilet flange, toilet drain, sewer camera: Hi Matthew, Without a clean out just outside the foundation, you will need to have the main snaked through the toilet flange. They pull the toilet for this job. A large mainline snake must be used by someone that knows what they are doing to avoid more...

Plumbing in the Home: Commercial oven, freeland pa, appliance guy
freeland pa, appliance guy, garland group: Hi Scott, A thermocouple is a small device that generates electricity when heat is applied. They are part of the pilot safety mechanism of most all gas appliances. It is positioned so that the flame of the pilot hits it. It generates a small electrical...

Plumbing in the Home: Connecting to main, inch pipe, drainpipe
inch pipe, drainpipe, leaf springs: Dear Steven, Your guideline in all plumbing is downhill . As long as a drainline is directed downhill, the water will drop to the next pipe. The formula for the fall for a drainpipe is that it must drop down a minimum of 1/4 per foot of pipe. As...

Plumbing in the Home: cheater traps, rotten egg smell, anode rod
rotten egg smell, anode rod, kitchen sinks: Dear Sandra, That is a sulfur small, and quite different from a sewer smell which is methane. This sometimes happens in a water heater, there is a rod inside called an anode rod which collects stray chemicals and can sometime create a sulfur compound....

Plumbing in the Home: cleaning enameled sink, marble tile, bar keepers friend
marble tile, bar keepers friend, tile grout: Hi Gene, Per their website: Bar Keepers FriendŽ One can do it all! The best professional powdered cleanser since 1882. The unique formula in Bar Keepers Friend gently removes stains other cleansers can t. It will even remove rust, and is great for cleaning...

Plumbing in the Home: clogged drian, food particles, garbage disposal
food particles, garbage disposal, exit hole: Dear Joe, Does your dishwasher drain hose connect to a garbage disposal? And does the water back up only into the sink with the disposal? If so, there may be a partial blockage in the pipe going out of the disposal before it goes into the tee . ...

Plumbing in the Home: clogged toilets, clogged toilets, hi doug
clogged toilets, hi doug, sewer line: Hi Doug, LOL, not a lot of info here Doug. There are numerous reasons for toilets to clog. Other than the obvious ones like too much paper etc, you could have a clogged waste line, badly vented toilet, collapsed main sewer line due to trees and just plain...

Plumbing in the Home: combi boiler, new faucet, mixer tap
new faucet, mixer tap, bathroom faucet: Dear David, This is very puzzling. Have you had any changes in your plumbing recently? Pressure changes? Pipe changes? Changes to the boiler? It sounds like the cold water going into the boiler is being drawn into the hot water pipes in that bathroom....

Plumbing in the Home: commode, sewer camera, lying all the time
sewer camera, lying all the time, underground portion: Hi Jacob, If your 100 year old house has 100 year old waste lines as well, you may have a problem. Among other things, there is a good chance that there are even hand-formed lead fittings and traps. Caustic drain cleaning products may damage these and the...

Plumbing in the Home: connecting PVC to Terra cotta sewer pipe, cast iron pipe, earth movement
cast iron pipe, earth movement, tree roots: Hi Nigel, Clay pipe (actually vitrified clay) is quite hard to cut without the proper tools. It is used from 2 feet outside the foundation to the city main. It is usually cut with a snap cutter like is used for cast iron pipe. It is a chain type cutter...

Plumbing in the Home: Delta pressure too high, delta showerhead, tub faucet
delta showerhead, tub faucet, pipe diameter: Dear Brandon, Very interesting! Usually people complain that they get too little volume in their shower! In fact, water pressure coming into a house from the main water source is always the same, regardless of the pipe diameter. Only volume is variable....

Plumbing in the Home: Delta shower facet problem, tub spout, riser pipe
tub spout, riser pipe, dear george: Dear George Da Builder, I loved that! Are you from Chicago? I was born and raised on da Sout Side and lived in da city for 37 years before I moved to Arizona. I still remember da first Mayor Daley, also from da Sout Side, and dat s how he talked too!...

Plumbing in the Home: Delta shower mix valve mix-up, flat screwdriver, mid point
flat screwdriver, mid point, moen: Dear Kerry, The scald-guard fixtures of all brands are a fairly new development and all of them are a big pain. Seems like whenever one new innovation comes out from one manufacturer everyone has to jump on the bandwagon with their own version and none...

Plumbing in the Home: Delta tub/shower install trickle flow of water, galvanized plumbing, plumbing system
galvanized plumbing, plumbing system, cartridge assembly: Hi Ed, Thanks for the follow-up, and congratulations on solving the problem. It sounds like the problem was the usual old rust in the pipes from the galvanized. The openings in all valve bodies are quite small and even a little rubber particle from a...

Plumbing in the Home: DishwasherCausingLeakyFaucets?, new faucet, price pfister
new faucet, price pfister, kitchen faucet: I wrote a long answer last night and was almost finished when the power went out! Big storm!! So I lost the whole thing. I ll make this brief, I have about 7 questions waiting! The faucets still shouldn t break down even with the hose connected for the...

Plumbing in the Home: Double sinks not draining well with clear pipes, studor vent, drain pipes
studor vent, drain pipes, roof vent: Whitney, You made this is quite clear now. As far as the distance of the pipe leaving the kitchen sink, consider that all smaller pipes travel to, and tee into, the next larger pipe. All residential drain pipes are 1 1/2, 2 and 3 [sometimes 4] inches...

Plumbing in the Home: Drain Problem?, screen cloth, shower drain
screen cloth, shower drain, mesh screen: Hi Erick, It sounds very much like a venting problem. The system is trying to get air through the traps indicating the vents are blocked somewhere. This can happen several ways: Critters can make nests in the vents on the roof, try covering them with 1/4...

Plumbing in the Home: Dripping pipe that goes out wall to septic system, e mail address, terminology differences
e mail address, terminology differences, disability pension: Dear Jim, I may have thrown you off about three responses. You can keep writing, but after three you have to start as if you re asking a new question. Many people have done this! I have a much clearer picture in my mind now, your last descriptions...

Plumbing in the Home: debris in toilet drain, toilet drain, drain pipe
toilet drain, drain pipe, tile: Hi Steve, Oops! Now you know to cover the drain when working with the toilet pulled. That small tile should flush on through. The drain pipe is a minimum 3 inch and will not get smaller past the toilet so it shouldn t get caught. Anything is possible...

Plumbing in the Home: drianing shower into 2 Inch vent, vent pipe, cement board
vent pipe, cement board, dear paul: Dear Paul, Codes vary from state to state and county to county. If a vent is within three or so feet of the sink, that, as far as I understand, should be adequate. It sound like you are making these changes with a lot of thought to compliance. If you...

Plumbing in the Home: expansion tank, expansion tanks, expansion tank
expansion tanks, expansion tank, boiler: Dear Jeff, I have not worked on systems with expansion tanks, but I m somewhat familiar with them. I agree, all expansion tanks I ve seen have been on the outlet side of a water heater. What I would do is this...if you already bought the new boiler,...

Plumbing in the Home: Foul odor coming from exterior vent stacks, vent stacks, studor vent
vent stacks, studor vent, roof vent: Dear Justin, I just looked up studor vents, I ve seen these used on manufactured homes and trailers that aren t always vented at all sinks, especially kitchen sinks. In your case, because the house is low, pressure changes and drafts can cause the gases...

Plumbing in the Home: Foul odour coming from the drain in my bathroom sink., foul odour, drain cleaners
foul odour, drain cleaners, bathroom sink: Hi Sarah, Just flush it as best as you can with the hot water first. Then a cup of bleach should do it. If you can remove the pop-up plug and stuff a rag down in the drain enough to block the side inlets from the overflow, it will hold the bleach in there...

Plumbing in the Home: Delta tub/shower install trickle flow of water, thousands of dollars, delta
Plumbing in the Home: Delta tub/shower install trickle flow of water, thousands of dollars, delta, crap

Plumbing in the Home: rinsing chewing tobacco down sink
Plumbing in the Home: rinsing chewing tobacco down sink

Plumbing in the Home: toilet whistle, rubber washer, whistle
Plumbing in the Home: toilet whistle, rubber washer, whistle, tap

Plumbing in the Home: Water Heater
Plumbing in the Home: Water Heater

Plumbing in the Home: fireplace and plumbing, sewer odors, vent pipe
sewer odors, vent pipe, size pipe: Dear Dave, Aha! I hadn t thought of that angle. But if that were happening, I d think the sewer gas from the stack would more likely be going down the flue when the fireplace was off. When the fire is on, the fumes would be pushing up rather than drawing...

Plumbing in the Home: what first?, galvanized pipes, leaking pipes
galvanized pipes, leaking pipes, kitchen remodel: Hi Margie, The water pipes are a major system of any house and are very important for both obvious reasons and some not so obvious. Usability and integrity of the water system is one of the major quality of life issues. New piping would be a priority in...

Plumbing in the Home: follow-up Q, Delta shower mix valve, third hole, happy new year
third hole, happy new year, o rings: Hi Kerry, That does not sound right. The cold to hot part is right. That s the way they are supposed to work. It s a safety thing. It should not change back and forth as you go around. Try contacting Delta Customer Service: 1-800-345-DELTA (3358) Best,...

Plumbing in the Home: frozen pipes, ambient air temperature, freezing pipes
ambient air temperature, freezing pipes, mobile home park: Hi Joyce, having lived above 6000 feet at Lake Tahoe in the Sierras for ten years, I m very familiar with freezing pipes. I made a lot of money fixing them! LOL The running water is a lot warmer than the ambient air temperature so that s why it does not...

Plumbing in the Home: Gas water heater with built in combustion air, gas water heater, combustion air
gas water heater, combustion air, vent pipes: Hi Bill, These are called direct vent units. They have co-axial vent pipes (one inside the other) and no additional combustion air is required. They can be side-wall vented and do not need to be vented above the roof. They are quite a bit more expensive...

Plumbing in the Home: Gravity Feed vs Pressure vs Vacum assist toilet, toilet, pressure assisted
toilet, pressure assisted, gravity: Ray, The newer low-flush toilets not only use less water, but also put out less water to remove waste matter and other debris. The pressure-assisted toilets push water a bit faster, however, if you have a waste pipe system with minimal slope, you...

Plumbing in the Home: Gurgling coming from kitchen drain, leach field, perforated pipes
leach field, perforated pipes, anaerobic bacteria: Dear Jeff, The observation of dye on the surface at the end of the leach field may indicate that the field is saturated. You need to get a good expert opinion on this from a trusted plumber, NOT a pumping company!! They will almost always tell you the...

Plumbing in the Home: gas piping load, hot water boiler, gas piping
hot water boiler, gas piping, garage heater: It does not appear so per the gas tables. If you look at the table, is shows 455 Cubic Feet per hour (CFH) capacity at that length. That equates to 500,500 BTU s (455 X 1100) or 1100 BTU per CF Your demand looks like 60,000 for the FAU in the office and...

Plumbing in the Home: gas water heater(Bradford White), gas water heater, changing a thermostat
gas water heater, changing a thermostat, pilot light: Dear Ed, Are you getting any warm water at all? Did you check to see if the pilot light is on? Or did you have to light the pilot light and then it went out again? If that s the case, you need a new thermocouple. I won t explain more about that unless...

Plumbing in the Home: groaning faucet when using sprayer, wd 40, price pfister
wd 40, price pfister, swivel base: Dear Scott, All groaning, banging, whistling, chattering sounds are caused by a partly open or restricted valve somewhere. In a faucet like you have, with a side spray, there is a little button-type device under the spout swivel base that is designed...

Plumbing in the Home: gurgling toilet, vent stack, toilet work
vent stack, toilet work, vent lines: Hi Jerry, There is a restriction somewhere in that toilet drain line that is causing the drain for the toilet to try to vent through the toilet hence the gurgling. If a drain line is not well vented, it creates a vacuum in the line and tries to pull relief...

Plumbing in the Home: gurgling in washing machine drain line, least three times, sewer backup
least three times, sewer backup, drain line: Hey Mark, You have heading for a sewer backup and you need to snake you main line before you get it backing up into your home! Do you live with a septic tank or city sewer, if septic, you may need to have your tank pumped out and soon. http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/article/0,,193799-4,00.html...

Plumbing in the Home: Help!, wash cloth, drain line
wash cloth, drain line, strong one: Hey Alex, The vacuum is the best idea but get a really strong one and it should get it out, you can also go to a hardware store and buy a flexible grabby thing, it has a claw at the end of it that you can stick down the drain and try to retrieve the wash...

Plumbing in the Home: Help!, harsh chemicals, wash cloth
harsh chemicals, wash cloth, leaks: Hi Alex, Two things; It may just work its way on down to the bigger pipes and flush on out (but not real likely) or....you can use a small hand snake with a hook end and try to snag it and pull it out. I would attempt the latter first. I am not in favor...

Plumbing in the Home: Help!, tub drains, flexible wire
tub drains, flexible wire, wash cloth: Dear Alex, Most holes in tub drains have a metal criss-cross piece about an inch down. This is usually where the tub pop-up plugs are screwed in. If the cloth went down, it must have been pretty small to get through that opening! There are several...

Plumbing in the Home: Hot Water Recirculation not working correctly, correct time of day, hot water system
correct time of day, hot water system, hot water heater: Hi Michael, Air might have gotten into the recirc line and the pump. This will stop the circulation. Bleeding the recirculation line should be done at the highest outlet in the hot water system. Run it until there is no more air. I could not find anything...

Plumbing in the Home: Hot Water Trickles Out of Bathtub Faucet and Shower Head, bathtub faucet, side pipe
bathtub faucet, side pipe, side valve: Dear MOMO, Is your tub/shower fixture a two-handle model? If so, it might be that some sediment has gotten into the hot-side pipe or parts, or possibly, if the stem inside has a common washer, like an older Price Pfister, the washer may have come loose...

Plumbing in the Home: Hot Water Trickles out of bathtub faucet and shower nozzles
Dear MOMO, You didn t mention what brand of fixture you have, and I probably didn t ask! If there is some name on it, like on the handle, or if you can tell me if, for instance, it turns on by pulling the handle OUT, then get hot and cold by turning...

Plumbing in the Home: Howling Kitchen Faucet, new faucet, kitchen faucet
new faucet, kitchen faucet, mineral particles: Dear Mike, Do these granules show up in your other faucet aerators? Do you have a lot of minerals in your water? Sounds like some mineral particles have been jarred loose from inside your pipes. Do you get these granules all the time? In almost...

Plumbing in the Home: Howling plumbing, rubber diaphragm, warm weather
rubber diaphragm, warm weather, musical instrument: Hi Tami, If I had to guess, it is related to the fill valve and possible high pressure in the system. The rubber diaphragm is not as pliable in cold water and it tends to not seal as well. The water can leak past the diaphragm and cause it to flutter rapidly...

Plumbing in the Home: high pressure 2-5 seconds out of faucets, bathroom upstairs, thermal expansion of water
bathroom upstairs, thermal expansion of water, expansion tank: Hi Scott, It is possible the cold weather would play into this scene. I HAVE lived in snow country before so I have dealt with freezing issues. It is possible that a pressure regulator is messing up or damaged. I have found that in the past, on my OWN...

Plumbing in the Home: no hot water in bathtub, temp control, control valves
temp control, control valves, faucet: Dear Chuck, Is this a single handle fixture where there is a lever handle that starts at the bottom and turns counterclockwise around so cold comes on first and then half-way around you should get hot? If so, this is a temperature control type valve....

Plumbing in the Home: hot water leak, hot water heater, water sound
hot water heater, water sound, time homeowner: Hey Ethan, If I understand your question, you want to know just how long you can shut off the hot water heater and turn it back on to get hot water again, yes? Well, it depends on your heater, is it electric, is it gas, gas heats up quicker than electric...

Plumbing in the Home: Intermittent toilet leak @ base, toilet leaks, toilet leak
toilet leaks, toilet leak, service plumbing: Dear David, With 26 years of service plumbing behind me, I have had many calls about water on the floor around a toilet and often found the problem was water leaking out of the shower curtain or shower door, or water coming down from loose caulk around...

Plumbing in the Home: very intermittant drip sound from attic to ceiling with no evidence of water, warm moist air, vent hood
warm moist air, vent hood, air circulation: Hi Cari, I suspect it might be condensation inside the ductwork. Warm, moist air (from inside the house) hitting a cold metal part of the ductwork in the attic will condense out moisture just like on a glass during the summer. This can run down and drip...

Plumbing in the Home: Kitchen Faucet, galvanized steel pipes, gas water heater
galvanized steel pipes, gas water heater, kitchen faucet: Hi Christine, If it is only the kitchen faucet that is doing this, it is in that pipe or the faucet itself. There are several places where it can become clogged. Any restriction, like at the shut off under the sink or inside the valve itself can become blocked...

Plumbing in the Home: kitchen clog, city water system, blade type
city water system, blade type, kitchen wastes: Hi Jon, This sounds suspiciously like what is called an S trap without a vent. I m surprised you have not had problems with this before. Every trap needs a vent within 2-3 feet of the weir to function properly. Adding a cheater vent under the sink should...

Plumbing in the Home: kitchen clog, city water system, tripod legs
city water system, tripod legs, dear jon: Dear Jon, Considering some of the unusual names I respond to, yours wasn t really that difficult!! I still think by renting an electric machine you could ream out all the crud in that line, much less costly than replacing the whole pipe. You might put...

Plumbing in the Home: kitchen hot water shut off itself, water faucet, price pfister
water faucet, price pfister, moen: Dear Mickey, I need more information. Is this a single handle or two handle faucet? If you have the hot handle open, does the hot water just stop running? Also, do you know the brand of faucet, like Delta or Moen or Price Pfister? Any info would help...

Plumbing in the Home: Leaking Outdoor Spigot, plumbing faucet, toilet tank
plumbing faucet, toilet tank, tank repairs: Hey Debra, As with most faucets, there are washers on the end of the valve stem that wear out and need to be replaced. Now not all use washers and when they wear out you replace the entire faucet. So now we have to see if yours is one with washers, OK!...

Plumbing in the Home: Leaky tub faucet, leaky faucet, tub faucet
leaky faucet, tub faucet, price pfister: Hi Toby, Sorry, I was away from the computer yesterday so I m a day late. I saw the photo of the stems. These parts are called stems . Cartridges are generally only used in single-handle fixtures, they function to mix the hot and cold when using only...

Plumbing in the Home: Lot drainage, water leakage, basement walls
water leakage, basement walls, extra pressure: Hi Anton, I would assume they went to the trouble of putting the drain in for a reason so it should probably be working. Outside drains get clogged with silt and other junk pretty easily. They are cleaned the same way a house sewer is cleaned, with a sewer...

Plumbing in the Home: Lot drainage, water leakage, sewer drain
water leakage, sewer drain, water damage: Dear Anton, This sounds odd to me. First, how did the inspector discover this drain? You didn t indicate that there was something inside the house that wasn t draining properly. Was there a clean-out outside that he looked in? A clean-out is a pipe coming...

Plumbing in the Home: Low Hot water pressure - all faucets, water heater tanks, hot water tanks
water heater tanks, hot water tanks, hot water tank: Dear Peter, To be honest, I m not familiar with boilers, though one of my sons lived in Vermont for a few years and told me about them. Regardless, plumbing is plumbing, and this is a pipe problem. Is the boiler inside the house, like in the basement?...

Plumbing in the Home: Low water pressure, galvanized steel pipes, low water pressure
galvanized steel pipes, low water pressure, tankless water heater: Hi Eric, To my knowledge, there is no way to adjust the flow switch of the tankless. It is designed to provide the amount, in gallons per minute/temperature rise of hot water it is able to produce per its rating. If you pull off the front cover of these...

Plumbing in the Home: Low water pressure, faucet aerator, low water pressure
faucet aerator, low water pressure, plumbing faucet: Hey Moli, I think this is an easy one to fix, I hope anyway, LOL! But most faucets have a screen in them that sometimes gets clogged with grit, sand, anything is possible so what you need to do is to remove your airator around the tip of your spout by unscrewing...

Plumbing in the Home: leak in sewer pipe in basement ?, sewer pipes, toilet water
sewer pipes, toilet water, black pipe: Hi Moe, I may not have been leaking when inspected. Hard to say. An inspector can only report what is seen. Finding the leak can be a bit hard but you don t really have a choice. Plastic piping rarely leaks unless it was damaged or had a hole punched into...

Plumbing in the Home: leak under sink, vent line, kitchen drain
vent line, kitchen drain, copper pipe: Hi Michele, If it is the vent line, it should slope slightly BACK to the kitchen drain line on the horizontal portion so that water does not pool in the pipe from condensation. It is possible that the acidic nature of the food waste in the kitchen has eaten...

Plumbing in the Home: leaking airvent, rubber diaphragm, vent pipe
rubber diaphragm, vent pipe, air admittance valves: Hi Dawn, These Air Admittance Valves are called Studor vents or cheater vents since they don t go out above the roof like a regular vent pipe would. They have a rubber diaphragm in them that can get gunked up (technical term) and stick open. Some can...

Plumbing in the Home: leaking in outside wall, ace hardware store, service plumber
ace hardware store, service plumber, weather areas: Dear Kadian, Is the hose valve [usually called a hose bibb] leaking? Possibly around the base of the handle? If so, the water may be leaking back through the wall into the house. The handle of the hose bibb is screwed onto a stem . Where the stem goes...

Plumbing in the Home: leaky tub drain, drain pipes, mixing valve
drain pipes, mixing valve, guest bathroom: Dear Bill, In my 26 years of service plumbing I ve seen water leaking down from a tub above dozens of times. Except for rare instances, this is caused by one of three things. One is the putty under the flange has dried up, but you said you re-did that...

Plumbing in the Home: Very little flow from eljer tub faucet (hot side), tub faucet, little flow
tub faucet, little flow, water feed: Hi Tom, It sounds like something has gotten into the actual valve body hot ports. A plumber may be able to back flush through the hot side and clear it. This requires turning off the water to the house temporarily, capping off the spout and shower head outlets,...

Plumbing in the Home: low water pressure, low water pressure, internal passages
low water pressure, internal passages, flow restriction: Hi Jurgen, Two things come to mind. Pull the shower head off and see if the flow is still too low. It might just be clogged up with junk. Second, I have always suspected softeners as a potential choke point in the system. I ve found it to be the case....

Plumbing in the Home: Mansfield Toilet issue, overflow tube, mansfields
overflow tube, mansfields, rubber ring: Dear Matt, The Mansfields have an entirely different flush valve assembly from other toilet brands. Your problem is in the flush valve, which is the center unit that lifts to let water out, and drops down to let water back in. Most toilets have...

Plumbing in the Home: Master Shower pulsation, tub spout, service plumbing
tub spout, service plumbing, shower fixtures: James, We ve gone over so many ideas I can t recall if I suggested this, or if you tried it already. If there are some particles in the other faucet, these particles may be in the line going to that bathroom. Did you try removing the cartridge in the...

Plumbing in the Home: Moen sprayer, new faucet, lever faucet
new faucet, lever faucet, kitchen faucet: Dear Dave, Moen is definitely not my favorite, but it s what you have. Many pull-out-spout faucets seem to have a restricted water flow. Also, I have found when I replace a faucet, often particles can get stirred up in the pipes and they get trapped...

Plumbing in the Home: Moentrol Tub Spout Diverter Malfunction, tub spout, copper pipe
tub spout, copper pipe, brass valve: Dear John, A tub spout is a tub spout, doesn t matter if you have a Moen or otherwise. Spouts are standard and can be replaced with any spout that has the same fittings. There are two basic types of spout mounts. One type screws onto a threaded...

Plumbing in the Home: moen faucet problem, new faucet, moen products
new faucet, moen products, spout: Mark, Did this docking collar that came loose not just press back into place? Was it threaded in? Is it broken? Or if you did try to press it back into place, did it not stay in place? And you mentioned a white plastic ring [ O rings are black rubber...

Plumbing in the Home: myers water pump, bladder tank, old tank
bladder tank, old tank, holding tank: Hi Bruce, You may have one of the older style tanks that does not have a diaphragm between the water and the air charge. These do become water logged. You symptoms are that of a water logged tank. The purpose of the air charge is to act as a buffer and keep...

Plumbing in the Home: Noise in hot water recirc line check valves, water piping system, electric water heater
water piping system, electric water heater, swing check: Hi Steve, I mis-spoke, you cannot use spring checks on a gravity system. I ve put in many pumped systems and always used spring checks in the vertical drop to the bottom of the heate Check valves are not always necessary. Some systems need them because...

Plumbing in the Home: Noise in the pipes, water inlet valve, piece toilet
water inlet valve, piece toilet, toilet tank: Dear Annie, I m guessing the problem is in that toilet, but not what you thought. Almost all banging, thumping, whistling, chattering, singing, screeching [all descriptions I ve heard from customers over the years!] noises are due to a valve that is...

Plumbing in the Home: Oh Hot and Cold, gallon water heater, copper pipes
gallon water heater, copper pipes, tub faucet: Dear Jerry, First, 70psi is an acceptable pressure. 60psi is considered ideal for a residence, so yours is a little high, but no real problem. Above 85 or 90 would be getting to max and might call for a pressure regulator. Second, [and thanks...

Plumbing in the Home: Oklahoma Water Well, dark specks, gopher problem
dark specks, gopher problem, rotten egg: Ashley, When I clicked on your question [it didn t indicate follow-up on the e-mail] your original question came up first and I had a deja vu, like didn t I see this before?? That was some time back! What an amazing story! If you have any writing skills...

Plumbing in the Home: Only warm water at sinks, electric water heater, water generator
electric water heater, water generator, water pipes: Dear Karla, Telling me the pump is on top makes a big difference. And especially since the house is only a year old. A few years ago, a new type circulating pump came out, designed for homes that don t have the hot water return pipe for a circulating...

Plumbing in the Home: Overflow @ kitchen sink, soap bubbles, food particles
soap bubbles, food particles, air gap: Dear Connie, That unit [mostly obsolete now] is there to prevent backflow into the dishwasher. If the dishwasher hose goes up and STRAIGHT INTO the disposal pipe, and the disposal fills with water and food particles, or if the disposal side backs up,...

Plumbing in the Home: orangeburg/copper sulphate, waste, blocked
waste, blocked, drains: Craig, Congratulations on the purchase of your home! No the hard part comes - bringing the house up to current standards. Orangeburg pipe is so flimsy using anything caustic like copper sulphate will certainly make matters worse. Since you already...

Plumbing in the Home: P Traps, p traps, p trap
p traps, p trap, bathtub: Hi Charles, There is normally a hole in the slab at that location anyway. It s called a box out and it is there to allow for the trap for the tub. The normal size for these is about 12-15 inches square. As long as you don t exceed that, there should be...

Plumbing in the Home: Partial drain back-up, septic company, main drain
septic company, main drain, drain line: Dear Susan, Good find, Sherlock!! That pipe, if it s over the septic tank, is either an access to the top of the tank or it may be teed into the pipe going out of the house right before it enters the side of the tank. A septic tank has holes near...

Plumbing in the Home: Price pfister 3 handel shower, flat screwdriver, razor knife
flat screwdriver, razor knife, dear pete: Dear Pete, The old PP fixtures are extremely sturdy and easy to repair if you have one essential tool [later]. You ll need to remove the whole stem body. You can find replacement stems at any hardware store, the whole stem unit will probably cost less...

Plumbing in the Home: PVC Drain Pipes, drain pipes, screw driver
drain pipes, screw driver, careful work: Hi Mark, If he glued them on, it s going to be a flint stone job to get them off. Some careful work with a hack saw and an old combat screw driver to chip the cap away is in order. Been there, Done that. It can be done. PITA, I know! The good thing...

Plumbing in the Home: plugged hot water line in kitchen, supply tube, sherlock holmes
supply tube, sherlock holmes, dear scott: Dear Scott, Whatever debris that was in the aerator screen is probably in the hot water line somewhere. How I deal with this is [like Sherlock Holmes] starting at the beginning and working back. Is the kitchen fixture a two handle type? There may be...

Plumbing in the Home: plumbing, water, shower valve
water, shower valve, bathroom: Chris, The access area is designed to allow the plumber or homeowner access to the pump only, however, sometimes the installer is smart enough to locate the water shutoffs there. Changing the tub valve does require turning off the water so if the...

Plumbing in the Home: plumbing, water, laundry
water, laundry, wall box: Doug, Yes, you can run the lines from above the box. You can also relocate the valves in an inverted position. As long as you have steady water pressure, you should not run into a problem with air in the piping. Let me know how the project turns...

Plumbing in the Home: plumbing, hot water heater, combi boiler
hot water heater, combi boiler, electric hot water heater: Dear Ronald, I m not familiar with a combi boiler, but I assume it s pretty much the same as a gas or electric hot water heater. I ve seen many water heaters that have a 1/2 line teed off the cold pipe going in and another teed off the hot pipe coming...

Plumbing in the Home: plumbing, cold water pipe, cold side
cold water pipe, cold side, check valve: Hi Linton, You are a little slim on information here. Sort of hard to answer. When does this happen? What are the conditions that appear to cause this? Was the system/tankless installed professionally? There will usually be a section of pipe close...

Plumbing in the Home: plumbing, grease trap, pastrami sandwich
grease trap, pastrami sandwich, code questions: Hi Chris, I m a West Coast guy. I can answer general code questions only. As you probably know, the cities have the power to over ride the general codes such as the UPC or IRC and add their own amendments, which are senior to the base code they are following....

Plumbing in the Home: pressure problems, supply tubes, water blow
supply tubes, water blow, size pipe: Dear Pamela, It really sounds like there is some object in the pipe going to the tub and kitchen fixtures. When you say you have checked all the supply tubes to the tub, how did you do that? Did you disconnect a hot-line pipe somewhere going to the tub...

Plumbing in the Home: proper threaded pipe length, plumbing pipe, pipe threads
plumbing pipe, pipe threads, pipe length: Hi Tom, This is a skill gained from experience. Screwing it up can teach you a lot! LOL Plumbing pipe threads are tapered. It is important to understand how this affects the job. First, the actual threading of the pipe is most important. The rule of...

Plumbing in the Home: pump won't shut off, air leaks, pressure tank
air leaks, pressure tank, well systems: Lonnie, I do not show on my bio that I am an expert on well systems, but I know some basics because so many people in my area have wells. You used some terms I m not familiar with, like mew pump . You may have to ask some other experts, but I just wanted...

Plumbing in the Home: Remove rusted tub spout nipple, tub spout, tub spouts
tub spout, tub spouts, tile wall: Dear Walter, In most cases, there is a longer nipple, about 5 long, or a piece of 1/2 copper pipe stubbed out. In fewer instances, like yours, the nipple is short, and the spout screws right into those threads barely sticking out of the wall. There...

Plumbing in the Home: Replaced Shower Spigots and now having temperature control issues, galvanized steel pipes, last legs
galvanized steel pipes, last legs, water spigot: Hi Jim, Two possibilities come to mind. You were given the wrong stems or the galvanized steel pipes are on their last legs and starting to clog up with scale and corrosion. That will reduce the flow considerably. On older valves, it s a good idea to...

Plumbing in the Home: Replacing ceiling sheet rock due to water damage, overflowing toilet, water stains
overflowing toilet, water stains, kilz: Hi Sherry, As long as it was not seriously saturated and has dried, there should not be a problem. It really needs to stay wet for days to get a good mold bloom going. Once it is dry, be sure to use a sealing primer like Kilz before you repaint or the...

Plumbing in the Home: Rough in basement, inch pipe, allexperts
inch pipe, allexperts, pic 1: Hi Andre, I m honored that you think I m a magician! LOL First, AllExperts only allows one picture to be attached (Boooo!)so I only see pic 1 The only thing I can tell you is that the 3-4 inch pipe on the right is probably the toilet since it appears...

Plumbing in the Home: rattling pipe, downstairs bathroom, copper pipe
downstairs bathroom, copper pipe, jack hammer: Dear Randy, I ve heard descriptions of pipes rattling but this is good! Knocked a glass off a shelf! I ve heard these sounds myself, but customers call saying the pipes are moaning, banging, whistling, chattering and often the word jack hammer is used....

Plumbing in the Home: rinsing chewing tobacco down sink, tobacco wad, clogged drains
tobacco wad, clogged drains, leaf tobacco: Dear Jill, I ve been around a lot of chewers. Do you mean he spits into the sinks or he actually drops the chewed wad down the sinks? To be honest, I m not sure how big a plug comes out after guys chew. My impression is that the plug they put under...

Plumbing in the Home: running water in toilet, secondary valve, standard tank
secondary valve, standard tank, ballcock: Dear Carrie, First, is this toilet a two-piece type, like does it have a separate tank and bowl? The reason I ask is, some one piece toilets have more complex fill valve units with a secondary valve that runs water through the wall of the tank to fill...

Plumbing in the Home: Septic Tank and Leach Lines, poor soil conditions, occupant load
poor soil conditions, occupant load, garbage disposal: Hi Dave, That s a bummer. Go ahead and check with the other experts to make sure but it sounds like the first guy may be right. There are a number of reasons a drain field may fail: Poor soil conditions, use of chemicals like drain cleaners, using a garbage...

Plumbing in the Home: Septic tank pump keeps failing, power surge protector, outflow side
power surge protector, outflow side, electric currents: Hi Donna, I m not that familiar with this type of system but my first source would be the provider of the system. They should have some idea about why these pumps are failing. A pump like this is designed to be run wet , that is it needs the cooling of...

Plumbing in the Home: Sewage ejector, waste, sewage ejector
waste, sewage ejector, sump pit: Sean, This type of sump pit is no longer correct or sanitary. I would re-work this pit and either pour a cast-in-place pit, or find a pre-fabricated pit and slip it into the cavity. As for the water around the outside of the pit, water will always...

Plumbing in the Home: Sewer smell, smoke bomb, kitchen drain
smoke bomb, kitchen drain, sewer smell: Hi Joanna, It is possible that the cheater/quick vent has stopped working as it should. It may be able to be cleaned or repaired. The proper grade or slope of a drain line is 1/4 inch per foot. Less than this and the solids will deposit out before making...

Plumbing in the Home: Sewer smell in basement laundry room, sewer smell, laundry room
sewer smell, laundry room, floor drain: Hi Andrea, It s probably the floor drain. Every drain has a trap that holds a certain amount of water to act as a seal to prevent sewer gas from escaping. If the trap is not used much, the water can evaporate, breaking the trap water seal. During the fall...

Plumbing in the Home: Shower Adapter and Handle, detailed description, water supply
detailed description, water supply, screws: Dear Markos, I need some clarification. The adapter you are referring to is part of the handle assembly? To replace any part of the handle, you don t need to shut off the water. Only if you want to remove the whole cartridge inside would turning off...

Plumbing in the Home: Shower Diverter, tub faucet, shower diverter
tub faucet, shower diverter, showerhead: Hi Ziggy, The best way is to replace the diverter stem and washer. While your are at it, put new washers in the hot and cold at the same time. You could install a diverted spout but it may not work correctly with a three-handle valve. It s possible. I...

Plumbing in the Home: Shower Hot Water, water, shower valve
water, shower valve, bathroom: Landon, It s quite possible you have something stuck in the hot side of the valve. To determine this, you need to remove the valve stem and run the water through the valve, then re-assemble. It s also possible that if the shower valve has been in...

Plumbing in the Home: Shower remodel, piping materials, concrete flooring
piping materials, concrete flooring, drain holes: Hi Melanie, This depends on access to the plumbing. If you can get to if from under a raised foundation, you are good. Not that big of a deal to move it a few inches or more if needed. If you are on a slab, it s going to be a bit harder as the slab will...

Plumbing in the Home: Slow Leak, slow leak, flapper
slow leak, flapper, hi bob: Hi Bob, The float is to keep the flapper open long enough for a decent flush. Chlorine in the water can degrade the rubber of the flapper and cause it to fail. Just replace the flapper, they are only a few dollars. That should handle it. Good Luck, Dan...

Plumbing in the Home: Sound of Running Water, toilet flapper, upstairs bedrooms
toilet flapper, upstairs bedrooms, intermittent sound: Hi Roy, This sounds a lot like the phantom flush issue. Water and pipes are a very good conductors sound. It can be a bit confusing. What appears to be happening is that the toilet flapper is leaking past a bit and lowering the level in the tank. This...

Plumbing in the Home: Sound of Running Water, water pressure, sink
water pressure, sink, shower: Roy, Sometimes, some plumbing systems may have pipes that are a bit over sized for the application. I have seen 1 inch piping for 3/4 inch application and sometimes when water is in use throughout the house, the water main may not be able to keep...

Plumbing in the Home: Spitting Tobacco and Drainage Problems, tiny granules, drainage problems
tiny granules, drainage problems, tobacco users: Dear Melanie, I had almost the exact question about a month ago, and I asked a few friends who chew . There are two types of chew, the granular type like Copenhagen which a chewer tucks inside his lip and causes him to spit a lot, but that spit is...

Plumbing in the Home: Sporadic hot water in only one tap, gas water heater, shower valve
gas water heater, shower valve, price pfister: Dear Brenda, It sounds to me like you have a problem with that shower fixture. If you are certain that even when the hot quits in that shower, that hot water is available to the rest of the house at the same time, then it has to be something with that...

Plumbing in the Home: Sputtering and gurgling faucet, hot water heater, electric hot water heater
hot water heater, electric hot water heater, shower faucet: Hi Juliana, I m not sure what is going on here. Possibly the valve is malfunctioning. The Stillness name is only the trim. The basic pressure balancing valve used it called Rite-Temp and it can be used with many different trims. Try contacting Kohler:...

Plumbing in the Home: Squishy sounds when sitting on the toilet..., plastic shims, toilet bowls
plastic shims, toilet bowls, plastic washers: Dear Nancy, Do you still feel a rocking when you sit down on it? Even though you tightened the bolts? Sometimes a toilet will rock at an angle, or front to back, because the floor is not perfectly level. In this case, you may need to put a shim or...

Plumbing in the Home: second toilet, vent line, connecting the dots
vent line, connecting the dots, foot fall: Hi Mark, This need to be done properly and per Code. There s more to it than just connecting the dots. The correct fittings must be used that are designed for drain work. It may be possible to wye off to pick up the second toilet. This is something you...

Plumbing in the Home: sewage smell reappears in cold weather, vent pipes, cat and mouse game
vent pipes, cat and mouse game, sewage smell: Hi Janice, As you have discovered, this is sometimes not an easy problem to solve. The most common reason for smell in the house is an unused drain trap going dry from evaporation and loosing its water seal. Next is bad venting or partially clogged...

Plumbing in the Home: sewage and soap water backup in bathtub, bathroom sink, and kitchen sink, licensed plumber, vent pipe
licensed plumber, vent pipe, plumbing system: Hi Andrew, I don t think a check valve is a proper substitute for a trap. It might solve the problem but it is sort of like putting a band aid on a bullet hole. It may stop the bleeding but it doesn t fix the the cause of the problem. Check with the...

Plumbing in the Home: sewer odors, wax rings, sewer odors
wax rings, sewer odors, rat problems: Dear Dave, Wow, the fire in the fireplace really threw me for a loop! The only connection I could figure with that would be maybe a mouse died in the wall and the heat from the fireplace enriches the odor! I m sort of kidding, but that could be!...

Plumbing in the Home: sewer smell in kitchen, rotten egg smell, drain pipes
rotten egg smell, drain pipes, rotten eggs: Hi Michelle, A couple of things come to mind: 1. There is a venting problem and the P-trap is getting siphoned empty, allowing sewer gas to enter or 2. The waste pipe has corroded away and is allowing it to happen. Someone like a plumber should take a look...

Plumbing in the Home: sewwr backup, happy holidays, article id
happy holidays, article id, plumber: Hey Sha, You have a blockage in your main line and you need to either snake it out or call the plumber. This is a normal reaction to a blockage and you need to fix it before it gets worst. Check out these sites: http://www.extremehowto.com/xh/article.asp?article_id=60325...

Plumbing in the Home: two shower heads, shower arm, universal answer
shower arm, universal answer, shower heads: Hi William, There are several ways. The expensive way is to install an in-wall, 4-way diverter valve as part of the system. One port is all off , the second is one head only, the third is both on and the 4th is secondary on and main off. (expensive solution,...

Plumbing in the Home: singing pipes/water softener/pressure valve, service plumber, plumbing problem
service plumber, plumbing problem, valve question: Dear Al, SWEET! And so diplomatic! Sadly, threatening to withdraw your business and especially other peoples business seems to be the only language these guys speak. It s not quite the same situation in my area. I live in a small older former mining...

Plumbing in the Home: single-lever shower, perfect circle, hex
perfect circle, hex, hot water: Hi Jason, LOL, it would be useful to know the brand. There are dozens of makers and they are not the same. If you know the brand, just go to their website and look for the information there. There should be a parts diagram that gives the information you...

Plumbing in the Home: sink hot water valve, supply tube, sherlock holmes
supply tube, sherlock holmes, water valve: Dear Tim, Actually it s the volume of water that is low, pressure is always constant. This is what I do in these cases. I use Sherlock Holmes method, process of elimination. First get a small pail or large bowl. Shut the hot valve off and remove the...

Plumbing in the Home: slight driip, pvc sewer, teflon tape
pvc sewer, teflon tape, cleanout: Dear Al, Sounds like you have figured this out yourself. If you remove the threaded cap, and it appears there is some build-up in the threads, you could either clean the threads with something like a wire brush or simply buy a new cap. Most clean-outs...

Plumbing in the Home: slow flushing toliet, drain pipes, sewer camera
drain pipes, sewer camera, earth movement: Hi Joe, Unfortunately, there is no magic bullet for this. I don t recommend drain cleaners due to the fact that they tend to be pretty harsh if they work at all and this can damage the piping. Proper snaking of the lines requires a powerful (and expensive,...

Plumbing in the Home: slow water flow, hot water heater, shower faucet
hot water heater, shower faucet, slow water: Hi Rebekah, Some debris from the pipes probably got broken loose during the work and made its way down the pipes. The shower head is probably clogged with junk. you ll need to take it off and clean it out. There could also be some debris caught inside the...

Plumbing in the Home: sump pump discharge, mechanical vibration, foam insulation
mechanical vibration, foam insulation, noise vibration: Hi Mark, Noise is essentially mechanical vibration. It is transmitted through direct contact and through the air as sound waves. The key to suppressing it is breaking the direct path of transmission. This requires isolating all physical contact of the vibrating...

Plumbing in the Home: Tempreture, ldr industries inc, balancing valve
ldr industries inc, balancing valve, customer service line: Hi Charlie, After some digging, I was able to track down the manufacturer. It s LDR Industries, Inc. in Chicago, IL. Phone: 800-545-5230, sales@ldrind.com, www.ldrind.com I could not find ANY info on trouble shooting or repairs other than that Menards...

Plumbing in the Home: Terra cotta drain piping, roto rooter, tree roots
roto rooter, tree roots, septic tanks: Dear Sherry, It is possible. The two small towns where I live and work have many homes built during those years and earlier. This was right around the time that ABS pipe came along, but I have seen a number of houses with clay pipe mains and many more...

Plumbing in the Home: Thumping sound in sink at night, toilet flappers, spare bathroom
toilet flappers, spare bathroom, ballcock: Dear Pat, This is my third thumping question today!! Each one a bit different, but all thumping, banging, chattering, whistling pipes have a basic cause, almost always a valve somewhere that is either obstructed or not open all the way. You...

Plumbing in the Home: Toilet, cast iron drain, plastic flange
cast iron drain, plastic flange, pipe flange: Hi Kevin, You may need to change the flange. Standard flanges have the holes set at the sides only. Toilets are designed for a 12 rough. That is to be 12 from the wall at the rear from the center of the drain. If there is too much room, the tank will not...

Plumbing in the Home: Toilet is disconnected and debris fell into drain, toilet drain, broken pipes
toilet drain, broken pipes, root killer: Hi Amy, You might try a jetting service to clear the main line. They us a special type of snake that uses high pressure water jets (2-3 thousand PSI) to cut the roots and clean the line. I have a friend that does sewer camera work so I am aware of the...

Plumbing in the Home: Toilet Leak @ Base, closet flange, toilet leak
closet flange, toilet leak, plastic horn: Hi David, It can happen if there is a clog that backs the water up to the wax ring and it is not sealing well. With no clog, there is no pressure on the ring, the gravity just takes the flush down the pipe. No time to leak. I would pull the toilet and...

Plumbing in the Home: tank to bowl spacers, plastic shims, plumbing supply stores
plastic shims, plumbing supply stores, rubber spacers: Dear Shana, I have used plastic shims that are designed to level toilet bowls when setting a toilet on an uneven surface, usually tile. But these go under the bowl. These came on the market about 10 years ago. Before that plumbers used wood shims or...

Plumbing in the Home: tankless hot water temperature flucuates, hot water heater, tankless hot water heater
hot water heater, tankless hot water heater, lime scale: Hi Sheri, Yep, guys don t do baths. Just give him a beer and tell him it s a hot tub! LOL It sounds like the unit is possibly undersized for the demand placed on it and it cannot keep up. Has it ever been flushed and de-limed? They DO require maintenance....

Plumbing in the Home: toilet flushing, toilet flushing, electrical outage
toilet flushing, electrical outage, gallon bucket: Dear Denton, OK, I read your question twice, and figured you must be on a well. The only reason I can think of that a power outage would stop water from running. Any toilet can be flushed by pouring a bucket of water into the bowl. Basically the...

Plumbing in the Home: toilet whistle, rubber diaphragm, woodwind instrument
rubber diaphragm, woodwind instrument, plumbing work: Hi Betty, Now that s annoying! Any noise is essentially a vibration. A whistle is just a faster vibration. The thing that vibrates in a toilet is the fill valve mechanism. It has a rubber diaphragm that gets old and weak and will allow water to by-pass,...

Plumbing in the Home: Washer backs up into the bathtub, toilet flange, tree roots
toilet flange, tree roots, messy business: Hi Bobbie, The bathroom drains all share a common drain pipe at some point and ultimately the whole house shares one main sewer line going out. If you have back-ups in several fixtures, there is a problem with the common line that they all share, probably...

Plumbing in the Home: Washing machine valve hammers, water, laundry
water, laundry, wall valve: Dave, Anytime you change a valve or shutoff, you should always flush the system. This removes any air or debris that may get stuck at a fixture. I would go back and flush the system at the laundry and then do a load of laundry. If the sound persists,...

Plumbing in the Home: Water Hammer with a Tankless, water hammer arrestors, solenoid valve
water hammer arrestors, solenoid valve, psi max: Hi Scott, I looked at the blog. There is still a lot of confusion about these new fangled units although they have been standard in Europe and the far East for 20 or more years. If the unit is sized correctly for the anticipated demand, it will not...

Plumbing in the Home: Water Heater, gas water heater, costly replacement
gas water heater, costly replacement, gas heaters: Dear Chris, From the sound of it you have a gas water heater. Because it s old, there may be several things going on. A lot of scale [minreal deposits] and sediment collects in the bottom of water heaters as they age, and especially with a gas unit,...

Plumbing in the Home: Water Heater, electric water heaters, heat sensors
electric water heaters, heat sensors, safety button: Dear Don, The reset button always protrudes a little bit, and really not much more when it pops. The way to tell is to push it in. If you hear an audible click , then it was popped out. Sorry that I might have alarmed you about this, but when...

Plumbing in the Home: Water Heater Problem, amp breaker, thermostats
amp breaker, thermostats, water heater: Hi Adam, It sounds like there is a short to ground in that circuit that occurs when the stat calls for power. Tricky to find unless you know what you are doing. Best left to a Pro given it s a 220v system. Will knock you on your butt or worse. Ouch! Good...

Plumbing in the Home: Water Leak, knob and tube wiring, knob and tube
knob and tube wiring, knob and tube, water trails: Dear Matt, Water leaking down through the ceiling [commonly through a light fixture which is the easiest route] from a shower above is almost always caused by one of two things. Most commonly it s old cracked or loose caulk if it s a tub/shower, or if...

Plumbing in the Home: Water runs then stops on bathroom faucet for both hot and cold..., bathroom faucet, abrupt halt
bathroom faucet, abrupt halt, turn on the water: Hi Norman, Sounds like the pressure regulator might be messing up. Some of them have a check valve in them. That would be where I started looking. It s obviously something that is common to both hot and cold. The hot side is fed from the cold at the water...

Plumbing in the Home: Well water tank, bicycle pump, tank pressure
bicycle pump, tank pressure, schrader valve: Hi Ed, Typically, the tanks are pressurized with air. Most contain a diaphragm or bladder between the air and the water in the tank. Some older type do not. The air pressure is adjusted via a Schrader valve like you would find on a tire valve stem. If you...

Plumbing in the Home: washer, tiolets, acceptable job
tiolets, acceptable job, drain line: Hi Thomas, Okay....and your question is? LOL Maybe a bit longer would be in order. Obviously, 10 feet is not getting it done. Also, homeowner, hand powered snakes seldom do an acceptable job. It takes a powered snake with proper blades to really clean the...

Plumbing in the Home: no water, tub faucet, fawcets
tub faucet, fawcets, air gap: Dear Jerri, If you put a straw into a glass of water so the straw fills, then put your finger over the top of the straw and pull it out of the glass, what will happen? The water will stay in. If you remove your finger, the water will drain out. Same...

Plumbing in the Home: water hammer, water piping, water hammer
water piping, water hammer, detective work: Hi Brad, The water company was likely right. These are the typical items that cause water hammer. The pressure in the water companies system varies throughout the day and is usually highest in the early morning when the demand is the least. Check the...

Plumbing in the Home: water hammer?, laundry sink, tiny pebble
laundry sink, tiny pebble, water hammer: Dear Debbie, I have a hunch the timing you mentioned is co-incidental. I d say 75, maybe 80% of pipe banging [chattering, screeching, etc.] is due to a valve that is not fully open or a valve that is constricted. The ballcocks, or fill valves, in toilets...

Plumbing in the Home: water hammer in bathroom plumbing, concrete slab construction, great conductor
concrete slab construction, great conductor, piping system: Hi Carl, Cool about the stained glass stuff. I ve done that before. Lots of fun. Unfortunately, my masterpiece got broken during a move.:( Water is pretty interesting stuff. It has a lot of characteristics that we don t think about. It s a great...

Plumbing in the Home: no water in hot water line in shower, water line, country house
water line, country house, upstate ny: Dear Rob, I m assuming you have separate hot and cold valves on this shower. you said there is NO water coming out, correct? The first thing I d try is removing the stem from the hot valve to see if some particles or debris have gotten in there, or possibly...

Plumbing in the Home: water pipes, new water tank, ballcock
new water tank, ballcock, pressure tank: Dear Robin, Sounds like you have two problems! I ll address the running water first. My first thought is you might check the toilet or toilets. When water is leaking somewhere, you can often hear it in the walls, even if the leak is 20 or 30 feet away....

Plumbing in the Home: water pipes, gas water heater, knocking pipes
gas water heater, knocking pipes, washer hoses: Debbie, OK, excellent answers! So you hear no knocking when you turn the hot and cold on the utility sink faucet, only when the washing machine draws water. Correct? Do you have shut-off valves that the hoses connect to for the washing machine? If so,...

Plumbing in the Home: water flow, piping layout, pipe sizing
piping layout, pipe sizing, generic answer: Hi Tony, Your first question provided little or no information or details. Just a statement that you are loosing pressure from one end to the other . Not much to go on. That s why you got a generic answer. With no details. Not being there myself to actually...

Plumbing in the Home: water pressure in bathroom sink, galvanized steel pipes, pex pipes
galvanized steel pipes, pex pipes, repipe: Hi Beverly, A home built in the 70 s may still have its original galvanized steel pipes. These can be starting to corrode on the inside and become clogged with scale. This will reduce the water flow over time to the point of not being usable. If you still...

Plumbing in the Home: water pressure problems, private water company, city water system
private water company, city water system, water mains: Dear Larry, Ideal water pressure for a residence is 60psi. Your pressure is quite low, and it s not surprising that you have such problems trying to run two water fixtures at the same time. No city water system can guarantee an even 60psi. Usually there...

Plumbing in the Home: water tank does not refill, water, well
water, well, pressure tank: Kristina, You ve probably gotten an answer to this question, but, I thought I would take a stab at it for you. First, it sounds to me like you may have an electrical problem either in the wiring of your pumps or in the units themselves. Since you...

Plumbing in the Home: 2 Bathroom Water Problems, bathtub faucet, moen faucet
bathtub faucet, moen faucet, tile wall: Pamela, Problem #1 - If the shower head is new and you still have the problem, change tactics. My guess is you have a fracture or pinhole in the shower arm. It s time to replace it! Problem #2 - Most likely through dis-use, your valve no longer...

Plumbing in the Home: 3 handle faucet, hot ,cold,diverter leak, water pressure, pipe leak
water pressure, pipe leak, kitchen: David, Sounds like a Price Pfister shower valve. To remove any valve stem you need a valve wrench kit . This makes removing stripped out valve stems easier. This kit comes with about 6-7 odd shaped metal tubes that are shaped to all possible valve...

Plumbing in the Home: Air Gap Gushing Water, kenmore dishwasher, garbage disposals
kenmore dishwasher, garbage disposals, dishwasher repair: Dear Sally, You have the right idea! You said you ran a wire down the hose both ways. Was there a lot of old gunk in the hose? If the hose is really loaded, a wire may not be big enough around to get all the debris out. You may have to hunt around for...

Plumbing in the Home: American Standard leak, tub spout, diverter
tub spout, diverter, bathtub: Lenn, Perhaps replacing the valve stem will resolve this issue. Let me know what you decide to do. Hope this helps. Regards, Anthony PS - If my answer was helpful for you, please give me a good rating with AllExperts. com Thanks -...

Plumbing in the Home: American Std Toilet Mod # 4260 Flush Valve, flapper valve, standard tank
flapper valve, standard tank, valve system: Hi John, In looking at the parts here: http://www.toiletpros.com/servlet/the-American-Standard-cln-Parts-For-American-Standard-Tank-Number-4260/Categories Yes, you will need to separate the tank and bowl. This would be true for any flush valve system...

Plumbing in the Home: adding sink to room that has working toilet already, cast iron pipes, cast iron pipe
cast iron pipes, cast iron pipe, cherry cherry: Cherry, This is a bit out of my area because I have rarely worked with cast-iron pipes. You said this room is off the kitchen. Is there any way you could run a waste line [has to be downhill, 1/4 drop per foot] from the new sink through the wall and...

Plumbing in the Home: airpockets, water, faucet
water, faucet, bathroom: Jay, Please let me know if you live in a house, condo or apartment. If you are in a house with a well and pump system, this is also different. Please get back to me about this. At the minimum, you are experiencing a problem with pressure in your...

Plumbing in the Home: Basement bathroom, water, faucet
water, faucet, bathroom: Will, If this is a new home, then, the waste and venting should already be installed. If you purchased this home from a developer, then hasn t the developer given you a 1 or 2-year warranty against possible defects? I would start there, unless...

Plumbing in the Home: Bathroom in basement, waste, toilet
waste, toilet, vent: Mike, I m not sure what the builder or previous owners where planning to do the six inch line, however, it is waaaay too big for any ordinary bathroom fixture. My guess is that it is nothing more than a cleanout for direct access to the main sewer...

Plumbing in the Home: Bathroom Sink Install Leaks, pvc pipes, pvc waste
pvc pipes, pvc waste, inch pvc: Hello Jim, The pvc pipes can be cut to length if needed. If you are talking about the piece that is part of the trap, just trim it as needed. If it is the part that actually sticks out of the wall you may need to cut it back and glue on a new trap adapter...

Plumbing in the Home: Bathroom Sink water pressure ?, hose thread, pressure gauge
hose thread, pressure gauge, hose bibb: Dear Paul, The pressure of the water coming into your house is a constant. Whatever pressure is coming in, that s the pressure you ll have on every fixture, regardless if it s a one inch pipe or a quarter inch pipe. The only difference between a...

Plumbing in the Home: Bathroom sink won't drain, toilet, ballcock
toilet, ballcock, supply hose: DeeDee, Welcome to the site. I hope we don t disappoint. When you pulled everything apart under the sink, did you check the condition of your slip washers? These might be the source of the leak under the sink. It s not obvious that you have...

Plumbing in the Home: Bathtub Caulking, water, faucet
water, faucet, bathroom: Richard, The reason your caulking is turning colors is due to mold or mildew. By the way, are you using caulking specifically for bathrooms? If not, then the caulking is allowing bacterial growth. You will have to remove ALL of the caulk and start...

Plumbing in the Home: Bathtub Caulking, bathtub caulking, drainage problem
bathtub caulking, drainage problem, mold problem: Hi Richard, If there is a gap between the tub surround and the top of the tub, it was installed incorrectly. The new tub may have had a different height than the old one or was not supported properly and has settled. There should be NO gap. Tubs have...

Plumbing in the Home: Bathtub Drain Leak, bathtub drain, kitchen drain
bathtub drain, kitchen drain, rubber washer: Hi Ian, Bummer! In retrospect, you should probably not gone forward when you discovered the defect. But then, hindsight is always 20/20. Plumbers putty might do the job. It has been a staple for many years because it works. Just used it the other day...

Plumbing in the Home: Brown Bathtub Water, water pressure, pipe
water pressure, pipe, galvanized: Toni, My guess for the reason you have brown water is due to the condition of your piping. If your home is piped with galvanized piping, then overtime is becomes caked with minerals that will color your water. It seems it s time to replace your...

Plumbing in the Home: ball flapper, american standard toilet, fluidmaster
american standard toilet, fluidmaster, lowe s: Hi Pam, The next step would be to get a kit from Fluidmaster that has a stick-on replacement seat for the flapper and a matching flapper. This is the item: http://www.fluidmaster.com/index.asp?bhcp=1 I ve used these and they worked fine. The trick...

Plumbing in the Home: banging kitchen pipes, pipe hangers, water faucet
pipe hangers, water faucet, kitchen faucet: water pressure loss can be a number of things, and they depend on age, type of pipes, and what kind of water service you have;well or city? most of the time the loss of pressure in faucets is usually just the aerators are clogged. if you are on well water,...

Plumbing in the Home: bathroom faucet, bathroom faucet, aerator
bathroom faucet, aerator, galvanized steel: Hi Doreen, LOL, this is great! I m supposed to be able to diagnose a swishing sound via email? I know I m good but there are limits. LOL That s why I love answering questions here, always something new to challenge me. No Worries! I ll give it my best...

Plumbing in the Home: bathroom sink gurgles, toilet, ballcock
toilet, ballcock, supply hose: Tracy, Did the guy from Roto-Rooter leave you a copy of the video? It would be helpful to you to have it, especially if you paid for it. It sounds to me that you have a gravity problem because if your addition is gurgling, this is due to water and...

Plumbing in the Home: bathroom sinks, copper plumbing, horizontal rod
copper plumbing, horizontal rod, dental floss: Dear James, I live in Cave Creek, been here 26 years. Moved from Chicago with 3 young sons. One of them now lives around Grovers and 43rd Ave., the other in Paradise Valley. This is a pretty basic problem, and quite common in an older house. Forget...

Plumbing in the Home: bathtub faucet with new stems, bathtub faucet, plumbing shop
bathtub faucet, plumbing shop, lowe s: Hi Hilary, I think maybe it s haunted! LOL What may be going on is that the wrong stems were installed. Or you need stem extensions on the ends where the handle fits so that the trim is not preventing the stem from closing all the way. I ve had this...

Plumbing in the Home: black liquid in toilet, toilet, ballcock
toilet, ballcock, supply hose: Jerry, Thank you for the clarification. In order to determine where the source of the liquid is, may I suggest you shut off the toilet and disengage the supply hose from the fill valve in the tank. Then, use a bucket and open the valve with the...

Plumbing in the Home: Cast Iron Sewer Pipe in Cement Floor, flange bolts, installing a new toilet
flange bolts, installing a new toilet, brass bolts: Hi John, Only only purpose of the flange to hole the toilet down to the floor. The bolts usually just slip into key hole slots in the flange. Maybe you can chisel out the remainder of the old bolts and slip new one in. Use brass bolts this time so they...

Plumbing in the Home: Clear Water Under My Jacuzzi Bathtub, jacuzzi bathtub, faucet replacement
jacuzzi bathtub, faucet replacement, water spout: hi, you have to look at it, note when it leaks, does it leak when the faucet is off, does it always leak, you may wanna call a plumber because it may just be a packing or o ring leaking or something that can be tightened easily. it could be a solder joint...

Plumbing in the Home: Cold water faucets run hot, water pressure, pipe leak
water pressure, pipe leak, kitchen: Francis G., You may be experiencing bleed through . This occurs when the valve stems are worn or the valve seats (if any) are cracked and allow water to weep through, ergo the hot/cold water mix you are experiencing. Unfortunately, today faucet...

Plumbing in the Home: Cold weather pumps, water pressure, pipe leak
water pressure, pipe leak, pressure tank: Betsy, Thank you Betsy for this question. I hope you & your fellow students do well in the class. One of the concerns with these sort of installations, is what is the budget for the project? . I ll explain why this is a factor. In the real world,...

Plumbing in the Home: Cost of Thermal Expansion Tank, thermal expansion tank, pressure release valve
thermal expansion tank, pressure release valve, copper piping: Hello, The actual tanks run around $40-$60 depending on size needed. A typical residential application would need a 5 gallon capacity tank. If you have a larger home with more fixtures and more piping, go for a bigger tank. Larger than 10-12 gallons would...

Plumbing in the Home: cold water in bathtub is erratic, water pressure, kitchen
water pressure, kitchen, bathroom: Edward, If your home has galvanized piping, you could have the feed line to the fixture or the fixture valve itself blocked with debris. This can happen even if the home is piped with copper or plastic piping. I would get a reputable, licensed plumber...

Plumbing in the Home: continuous noise from toilet cistern, toilet cistern, toilet tank
toilet cistern, toilet tank, food coloring: Hey James, Sorry for being so slow getting back to you but we have had an ice storm here and I couldn t get online. If you are refering to the toilet tank this sounds like a warn out flapper. Have you tried replacing it? They tend to get hard and allow...

Plumbing in the Home: Damaged floor under toilet, wax rings, toilet bowl
wax rings, toilet bowl, wax seal: Dear Chris, You didn t say what kind of flooring it is. To deal with the water problem first, it sounds like the wax seal dried up and water has been seeping for a while. The area under a toilet should stay dry as long as the wax is intact. Whatever...

Plumbing in the Home: Delta Bathroom Faucet, two handle, delta bathroom faucet, cold side
delta bathroom faucet, cold side, dana: Hello Lee, There could be a difference between hot and cold side repair parts but I m not aware of one. As I remember, the springs are tapered. Are you trying the proper end? Try contacting Delta directly here: 1-800-345-DELTA (3358) They can probably...

Plumbing in the Home: dishwasher, appliance guy, copper tube
appliance guy, copper tube, ace hardware: Richard, I hate to even suggest this, but did you check that someone didn t turn off the water valve to the dishwasher? Sometimes the water going to a dishwasher comes from a tee off the hot water valve, one side going to the dishwasher, one side...

Plumbing in the Home: drain for washing machine, waste line, area drain
waste line, area drain, waste water: Frieda, Yes. In some communities, you can get fined for releasing toxic liquids into the ground or atmosphere. If you do this, may I suggest you build a dirt sump pit and pipe the discharge to that location. Out of sight, out of mind. Hope this...

Plumbing in the Home: draining ppipe behind washer, blue knobs, drainage tube
blue knobs, drainage tube, thin pipe: Dear Joeymarie, That tube is most likely the waste water tube coming from a water softener. Air conditioners also have a drainage tube for condensation which is often run into that pipe behind the washing machine, but I doubt you re using AC right now!...

Plumbing in the Home: Flapper in a Kohler toilet, toilet, ballcock
toilet, ballcock, supply hose: Billy, One thing I can always count on is Kohler s love for making multiple types of plumbing parts. I took the liberty of including a link to Kohler s parts pages: http://snipurl.com/bq7pn They also should be able to help you find a local retailer...

Plumbing in the Home: Follow-up to plumbing problem in our condo building, plumbing problem, water in the basement
plumbing problem, water in the basement, drain line: Hi Thom, Glad you were able to find someone to get it fixed without tearing the building down! Without seeing the language in the CC&R s (and not being a Lawyer)my call would be the HOA is responsible. Typically, the individual owners are on the hook...

Plumbing in the Home: black liquid in toilet
Plumbing in the Home: black liquid in toilet

Plumbing in the Home: Cost of Thermal Expansion Tank, water pressure gauge, pressure reducing valve
Plumbing in the Home: Cost of Thermal Expansion Tank, water pressure gauge, pressure reducing valve, pressure relief valves

Plumbing in the Home: faucet adapter, maytag dishwasher, faucet adapter
Plumbing in the Home: faucet adapter, maytag dishwasher, faucet adapter, portable dishwasher

Plumbing in the Home: Low/no flow in one-handle kitchen faucet, faucet, suggestion
Plumbing in the Home: Low/no flow in one-handle kitchen faucet, faucet, suggestion

Plumbing in the Home: pressure reducing valve, safety relief valve, pressure reducing valves
Plumbing in the Home: pressure reducing valve, safety relief valve, pressure reducing valves, expansion tank

Plumbing in the Home: Smell in Bathroom, mildew
Plumbing in the Home: Smell in Bathroom, mildew

Plumbing in the Home: Squeaky Faucets, water pressure, squeal
Plumbing in the Home: Squeaky Faucets, water pressure, squeal, squeak

Plumbing in the Home: violent pipe vibrations, construction debris, plumber
Plumbing in the Home: violent pipe vibrations, construction debris, plumber, toilet

Plumbing in the Home: faucet adapter, maytag portable dishwasher, faucet aerators
maytag portable dishwasher, faucet aerators, faucet adapter: Dear Heath, I always recommend Ace Hardware. The people at Ace are always willing and eager to help you find exactly what you need. If there is any way you can bring in the hose end when you go, this will help the hardware people find just the right...

Plumbing in the Home: fluctuating water pressure, water pressure, pipe leak
water pressure, pipe leak, pressure tank: Dan, You can check you pressure switch to determine if it is working properly and I have seen electrical shorts in the wiring create an issue. Check it out and get back to me. Hope this helps. Regards, Anthony PS - If my answer was helpful...

Plumbing in the Home: furnace heating question, hot water tank, burnham boiler
hot water tank, burnham boiler, pressure reducing valve: Dear John, Heating systems aren t really up my alley, but I thought I d comment on this problem. You may have to ask another expert exactly what s going on, I just don t know this type of system. You say this boiler also feeds the water heater? Is...

Plumbing in the Home: Garbage Disposal, waste line, p-trap
waste line, p-trap, crown: Tom, Usually, in the three compartment sink s center sink is offset from the other two. I would suggest running a drainage elbow from the sink furthest from the drain line to a tee that is tied in to the first sink, dropping a 90 degree elbow from...

Plumbing in the Home: Gas Hot Water Heater, cold water inlet, hot water heater
cold water inlet, hot water heater, incoming cold water: Hi Lorena, Don t get me in the middle of this! LOL I think you are closest to the right answer. This is a symptom of a missing part inside the water heater called a dip tube . It is a plastic tube connected to the cold water inlet side of the heater that...

Plumbing in the Home: Gas pipe, tankless water heater, water heater replacement
tankless water heater, water heater replacement, gas piping: Hi Dan, You have discovered one of the pitfalls of the tankless systems that you are not told about till you read the manual. This and the need for stainless steel venting can drive the price of the installation up so far that it may not pay off for a long...

Plumbing in the Home: Gluing PVC and Aluminum, water pressure, kitchen
water pressure, kitchen, bathroom: Bev, This sounds more like an arts & crafts question. I would suggest however, to use an epoxy that can attach two dissimilar materials like aluminum and PVC. You can find good ones in your local home improvement center. Let me know what you re...

Plumbing in the Home: Gluing PVC to Aluminum, jb weld, pipe applications
jb weld, pipe applications, epoxy products: Hello Bev, I did a little research and this is one product I found. http://www.polywater.com/BTlabreport.pdf It is available here; http://www.polywater.com/bonduit.asp Depending on your need, this might be a pretty expensive solution though. It...

Plumbing in the Home: Gurgling Drains and Overflowing Toilets, waste line, waste water
waste line, waste water, effluent: Matti, Bubbling & gurgling noises are a definite sign that the main waste line from your unit is experiencing blockages. Sometimes it could be roots in the line that are allowing some solids to pass through and at other times they don t. That is why...

Plumbing in the Home: galvanic corrosion with brass fittings, fire sprinkler system, galvanic corrosion
fire sprinkler system, galvanic corrosion, copper and brass: Dear Don, This is a really interesting question. I also have always believed that brass is neutral and doesn t create an electrolysis situation with galvanized. I m really surprised the installer put a cheapo galvy nipple right there between two brass...

Plumbing in the Home: garbage disposal, garbage disposal, double sink
garbage disposal, double sink, drain pipe: Dear Robert, Sometimes it s difficult to visualize a problem when a person writes to me. I m assuming, when you said the drain comes off or blows off that you mean the pipe coming out of the disposal. The drain pipe. You may have to write back...

Plumbing in the Home: Height of kitchen pipes, water, faucet
water, faucet, bathroom: Sharon, The height of your water stub outs depends upon your finish installation. If you are installing a wall mounted faucet, then you must consider what is above your faucet. Is it a window sill & if so, how high is it above the sink? Also, if...

Plumbing in the Home: High pitched noise in kitchen faucet when hot water is on, water pressure, pipe blockage
water pressure, pipe blockage, faucet: Karen, This occurs for one of two reasons: 1) Water pressure at the faucet is too high 2) Debris is stuck inside faucet (in this case hot side) causing noise You will have to remove the supply lines under the sink and blow compressed air into the...

Plumbing in the Home: Hot Water Heater Theft, hot water heater, upstairs neighbor
hot water heater, upstairs neighbor, amp breaker: Dear Dee, Is that water heater you re referring to YOUR water heater? And where is the upstairs neighbor s water heater located? This is difficult for me to visualize. When you said the two wires seem to be going to the front of the water heater,...

Plumbing in the Home: Hot Water Recirculating System / Overflow, water heater, T&P valve
water heater, T&P valve, water pressure: Charles, The pipe you described sounds like the discharge pipe from your water heater s temperature and pressure relief valve (T&P valve). It s designed to temporarily equalize the pressure or temperature in the heater if it exceeds 150 psi or 210...

Plumbing in the Home: Hydrotherm heater/ running water noise, water, heating
water, heating, boiler: Donna, My mistake. I assumed your baseboard heater is attached to your water system. If it is not, then please accept my apologies. I don t know the reason for the noise, but, please check with the Hydrotherm company directly about you problem....

Plumbing in the Home: help with a system to collect gray water for irrigation, waste line, area drain
waste line, area drain, waste water: Len, Unless you have steep terrain to water, may I suggest not pumping up this system with massive pressure. The reason is the fact that it s gray water , by that very fact, technically you re dealing with toxic waste. That being the case, you...

Plumbing in the Home: hot water, amp circuit breaker, hot water heater
amp circuit breaker, hot water heater, electric hot water heater: Dear Barbara, I m going to ask you a few questions, and maybe you can answer, and I can help you figure this out. Is the water heater upstairs? You said apparently the wiring to the hot water heater goes up to our bathroom . The wiring...

Plumbing in the Home: hot water heater, water heater, T&P valve
water heater, T&P valve, water pressure: Jacqueline, I m glad it worked out! Your plumber is right, as a rule of thumb most water heaters will last at least 6 years, however, you can extend the life of your heater by having it flushed each year to remove sediment that coagulates on the bottom...

Plumbing in the Home: hot water heater, electric water heater, hot water heater
electric water heater, hot water heater, question index: Hey Connie, Is sounds to me like you need to replace a thermostat and while you are at it replace both of them. Check these sites out: http://www.chilipepperapp.com/troublee.htm This is the one to follow, I love pictures, LOL! http://www.wikihow.com/Test-a-Water-Heater-Thermostat...

Plumbing in the Home: hot water problem, water heater, T&P valve
water heater, T&P valve, water pressure: George, I m not sure if you are the tenant in the building or the owner. If you are a tenant, then it is possible that some hot water gets trapped between your unit and the boiler. You may just have to endure this situation. If you are the owner,...

Plumbing in the Home: No hot water in shower/tub combo, but hot water in sink, water, shower
water, shower, tub: Zhad, Since this bathroom is not used much, it s possible you ve got some debris inside the valve. Or the valve may be in the wrong position. Here is a link to Moen s FAQ page that discusses adjustments to PosiTemp shower valves, which yours probably...

Plumbing in the Home: Installing utility sink with pump, drain traps, inch pipes
drain traps, inch pipes, sewer pipe: Jeff, I m sure you must realize how hard it is for me to visualize the picture , I can only go by what you tell me. This pipe running along the wall at a slope, does it drop down at any point low enough, even it it s 15 or 20 feet away, to meet the level...

Plumbing in the Home: Iron Bacteria/Well Water, water pressure, pipe leak
water pressure, pipe leak, pressure tank: Kim, By its very nature, foreign bacteria is never a good idea to ingest in any way. Of course, this is only one man s opinion... If you cannot re-drill a new well, you might consider a whole house filter with a booster pump. However, have you...

Plumbing in the Home: installing a bidet faucet set, toilet, ballcock
toilet, ballcock, supply hose: Rubye, Tighten the nut down as much as you can. It s designed to be a tight fit to prevent movement. However, if a smaller washer will do, then by all means do it. Hope this helps. Regards, Anthony PS - If my answer was helpful, please...

Plumbing in the Home: installing tubs and kitchen sinks, kohler product, installation purposes
kohler product, installation purposes, steel material: Esther, Cast iron is extremely durable. It can last easily 30-40 years with the proper care. Because it has an enamel finish, however, it can be chipped if you drop something very heavy on it and over time (15-20 yrs) can stain. However, for...

Plumbing in the Home: intermittent loss of water pressure, house with well, water pressure, pipe leak
water pressure, pipe leak, pressure tank: John, I understand your frustration. I do not think this has anything to do with your neighbor. It sounds like your pump has an issue or the pressure switch needs to be adjusted - or replaced. If it s at all possible, have the company that...

Plumbing in the Home: irrigation line tie-in location to well/ pressure tank, water pressure, pipe leak
water pressure, pipe leak, pressure tank: Jack, To run an irrigation system efficiently, you need to have pressure, even when the targeted area is below the water feed. At best, you will recoup approximately 3 psi - not enough to run water for several heads, drippers or other micro sprinklers....

Plumbing in the Home: Joint into Cast Soil Stack, pvc drainage pipe, carbide blade
pvc drainage pipe, carbide blade, pvc pipe: okay, have someone help you, use something to secure the upper part of the pipe after the cut so it doesnt fall down of u guys, and heres what u do, use either a sawzall(reciprocating saw) with a carbide blade. make sure you have plenty of blades, like 2-4....

Plumbing in the Home: KITCHEN SINK WHINES, kitchen faucet, washer repair
kitchen faucet, washer repair, whines: Hey Kerry, Sorry for being so slow getting back to you but we have had an ice storm here and I couldn t get online. It sounds like you may need to do some washer repair soon. Let me share a site or two with you that may help show how to do this? http://www.kitchenfaucetideas.com/kitchenfaucetrepair.htm...

Plumbing in the Home: Killed the Disposal; Now a Clog, side drains, liquid plumber
side drains, liquid plumber, plastic tarp: Hello Jenelle, Bummer! I understand. You are correct, snaking is the way to handle it. The problem now is that you have a sink and drain full of drain cleaner that can be very caustic. (cause chemical burns) This make is difficult to deal with. This...

Plumbing in the Home: Kitchen ceiling leak, water, kitchen
water, kitchen, hot: Dianne, If any penetration in your roof is not sealed properly, then, yes, you get water in your home. The fact that you suspect your stove vent makes sense because if the stove is used, warm air can melt the snow and water WILL find the nearest opening....

Plumbing in the Home: Kitchen Sink backing up, waste, kitchen
waste, kitchen, drain: Yolanda, Unfortunately, you have a serious plumbing issue. May I strongly suggest contacting a reputable and licensed plumber to resolve your problem. Let me know what you decide to do. Hope this helps. Regards, Anthony PS - If my...

Plumbing in the Home: Knocking Noise in Home, thump thump thump, pressure reducing valve
thump thump thump, pressure reducing valve, hot water heater: Dear Amy, I ll only tell you what I ve found that causes banging in pipes in my own experience. Mostly I ve found it s caused by a valve that is not open all the way. This could be a type of valve that is under sinks and toilets, called an angle-stop...

Plumbing in the Home: Kohler Faucet Diverter, water, faucet
water, faucet, bathroom: Ed, In order to identify the repair instructions for Kohler products, it s good to know the model you re dealing with. Here is a link to a Kohler PDF in which you can get the proper number of your faucet. http://www.us.kohler.com/common/pdfs/Kitchen1-73.pdf...

Plumbing in the Home: Kohler Toilet, toilet leaks, kohler toilets
toilet leaks, kohler toilets, filler tube: Dear Billy, Yes, good old Kohler. Their products are excellent, but they are constantly changing the engineering, and there are enough Kohler parts in the world to sink ten ships. I just had to hunt down a flapper, I ll bet it was exactly like...

Plumbing in the Home: Low/no flow in one-handle kitchen faucet, water, faucet
water, faucet, bathroom: Steve, I believe you are right on point with your reasoning. By process of elimination, you ll find out what s going on. I would check to make sure I was getting flow through each of the hoses by running the water from each into a bucket. Make...

Plumbing in the Home: lack of pressure, hot water tank, cement slab
hot water tank, cement slab, copper lines: Hi Fred, Sounds like it s time for a repipe. On a slab, they do them overhead through the attic and down the inside walls. It s a little more involved but that is the only way to do it. Breaking the slab is usually not an option. No way to clear the existing...

Plumbing in the Home: lack of water, price pfister, water scale
price pfister, water scale, diy project: Hi Ronnie, A couple of thing come to mind. 1. the 40 year old galvanized piping is totally clogged up with rust and hard water scale and needs to be replaced. 2. the main shut off valve has failed or jammed in the closed position. This is not unusual...

Plumbing in the Home: leach field, field drains, leach field
field drains, leach field, field drainage: Dear Pat, I recall once reading up on leach field drainage. There are figures that tell how much of the water leaches into the surrounding soil and how much evaporates through the surface. I imagine it would depend on how much fill you plan to...

Plumbing in the Home: lead drain pipe, plastic pvc, lead pipe
plastic pvc, lead pipe, drain pipe: Hello Ron, after over 80 years, the lead pipe is probably not in very good condition to start with. It is also too soft to get a grip on with any type of compression coupling. They are attached to the cast iron with something called a wiping sleeve that...

Plumbing in the Home: level of water in toilet bowl is decreasing, water toilet, vent pipe
water toilet, vent pipe, little holes: Shabbir, If you have some partial blockage in your drainline [and remember, this was only a guess based on what you wrote me] hot water won t help. You might check your vent, just to be sure, but you d have to run a cable down through the vent far enough...

Plumbing in the Home: lift stations, waste line, area drain
waste line, area drain, waste water: Kenneth, In real estate the well-worn adage location, location, location , equally applies here. A lift station by definition, moves raw sewage so that it can be dealt with at a localized treatment center or plant. If you already know that the...

Plumbing in the Home: little water from bathtub spout, water, shower
water, shower, tub: Walter, It s possible your valve may be plugged with debris. You ll need to pull the valve stem out and check for water flow through the valve body. If you still do not have a flow of water, then you may have a blockage in the riser pipe to the...

Plumbing in the Home: low cold water pressure, cold water pressure, hot water heater
cold water pressure, hot water heater, inner tank: Dear Donna, I had to think about this! Do you have a water softener? Some water softeners just treat the cold water, not the hot. You may have a problem there. Generally the hot water heater is situated near where the main water comes into the...

Plumbing in the Home: Max Horizontal rn for a toilet drain, uniform plumbing code, closet flange
uniform plumbing code, closet flange, flood line: Hi Caleb, That shouldn t be a problem as long as you can maintain the fall. The key issue is distance from the vent and the size of the pipe. The distance from the vent to the trap is called the trap arm . There are several codes and it depends on which...

Plumbing in the Home: Mixet Shower -- balance spool, cold water spring, google search
cold water spring, google search, google: Hey HawnDude2 I have a file that should help you better, it has me regarding these adjustments. I hope so anyway! But there are many different kinds of fixture and they should all have a wheel that you can set to get your hot water just right, but you will...

Plumbing in the Home: Mixet shower -- low/no hot water, water pressure, pipe leak
water pressure, pipe leak, kitchen: HawnDude2, There is no such thing as spare parts in plumbing. The part of the inner spool needs to be put in its original position so that you can determine if the unit is operating properly. My guess is that the springs may be worn and creating...

Plumbing in the Home: Moen cartridge retainer clip, water, faucet
water, faucet, bathroom: Bill, In order to remove the clip, carefully use a needle nose pliers to grip the tab at the top of the clip. Be careful not to pull up too fast on the clip or you will lose it. I prefer to raise the clip a bit until I can reposition the pliers on...

Plumbing in the Home: mixit shower - little water, water, shower
water, shower, tub: Merrie, Are you sure you installed the replacement valve correctly? Pull it out and investigate the water flow through the valve and try turning the valve stem 180 degrees to see if that improves flow. Let me know what happens. Hope this helps....

Plumbing in the Home: New bathroom sink drain installation, waste, toilet
waste, toilet, vent: Jon, Did you use plumber s putty under the drain ring inside the sink? If you didn t and you used the flimsy plastic seal, remove everything and toss that seal. Use a bead of plumber s putty and then tighten everything. This should work. Let...

Plumbing in the Home: new bathroom sink odor, water, faucet
water, faucet, bathroom: Pyotr, I would check everything step-by-step. First, make sure nothing is stuck in the drain under the sink. Next, check to make sure the smell is not coming from the vent hole in the sink. If it is, try pouring some Lysol bathroom cleanser in the...

Plumbing in the Home: Options for fixing a leak in the pipe, plumbing problem, water in the basement
plumbing problem, water in the basement, drain line: Hi Thom, He is using a Rigid brand SeeSnake device. This is a workable solution and may resolve the problem as far as locating the actual leak. The IR scan will tell you the extent of the wall moisture intrusion/damage down all three floors that should...

Plumbing in the Home: Outdoor Faucet, outdoor faucet, outdoor faucets
outdoor faucet, outdoor faucets, spring gardening: Hi Richie, Difficult to say if this faucet is even hooked up anymore. I often find abandoned faucets in yards during inspections. Sometimes, when a house is repiped, the exterior faucets that are not attached directly to the house are missed and not reconnected....

Plumbing in the Home: older kohler tub faucet leaking-can't disassemble, tub faucet, snap rings
tub faucet, snap rings, star points: Hi Gene, Here s what you can do. I don t recognize these faucets right now. Go right to Kohler directly. Send an email to Kohler here: customercare@kohler.com Attach whatever pics you have and put request # 02982187 in the subject line. Include your...

Plumbing in the Home: outdoor water faucets, water faucets, outdoor water
water faucets, outdoor water, close to the ground: Hey Trent, Yes, it is possible to raise the level as long as you have access to do so? If you are dealing with concrete or brick, you will have to cut into the existing pipe and install a bend or what ever it will take to get it to the level that you want....

Plumbing in the Home: Pegasus kitchen faucet, pegasus faucets, kitchen faucet
pegasus faucets, kitchen faucet, vote of confidence: Hi Jerry, Thanks for the vote of confidence but there are a few things I just don t know. LOL If I had it in my hands, I could probably work it out but alas, not possible. Pegasus faucets are made off-shore for Home Depot. I would start there. Any...

Plumbing in the Home: Permanently installing a portable dishwasher, maytag portable dishwasher, dishwasher repair
maytag portable dishwasher, dishwasher repair, maytag: Hi Peg, A portable is just a built-in with a case around it. The case may or may not be removable. The cutting board top and the water and supply and drain connections need to be changed as well as the casters removed. The typical built-in feeds and drains...

Plumbing in the Home: Plumbing, bathtub faucet, copper pipes
bathtub faucet, copper pipes, qualified plumber: Hello Karen, Oh Boy! Not that Canadian plumbing! All the water up there works so much differently, usually being frozen and all. LOL, just kidding. Pipes is pipes You might be able to fix this on your own but from your description, you are way over...

Plumbing in the Home: Plumbing/funny smell, waste line, waste water
waste line, waste water, p-trap: Joy, If you aren t using a shower or sink for any length of time, you probably lost what is called trap seal . This is the little bit of water used to make sure sewer gases do not get into your home. If your trap seal has evaporated, then, yes,...

Plumbing in the Home: pex main, drip leg, set ups
drip leg, set ups, plumbing company: different cities/states have different codes, my experience is in indiana, kentucky, and florida. i have never heard of that. all i have ever heard is the basic sleeving of water lines coming in contact with concrete with this insulation that wraps around...

Plumbing in the Home: plumbing, waste line, p-trap
waste line, p-trap, crown: Linda, I m sorry, but it s obvious that you are no longer in the liquid drain cleaner business and need a professional. Please contact a reputable, licensed plumber to handle this for you and please DO NOT use any more chemicals! Let me know how...

Plumbing in the Home: plumbing, vinegar and water, kick plate
vinegar and water, kick plate, water softener: Hello Irwin, This salt is actually mineral buildup caused by the minerals in the water being left behind as it evaporates. the only to actually stop it is to have a water softener installed which eliminates the minerals. To remove it, just put a...

Plumbing in the Home: plumbing, tubs and showers, water fixtures
tubs and showers, water fixtures, access panel: Rajan, I doubt there are individual shut-offs for this tub, most tubs and showers don t have separate shut-off valves, you have to shut the water off to the house to work on them. You may have to do that, then take the cold valve apart on the deck...

Plumbing in the Home: pressure reducing valve, water pressure reducer, pressure reducing valve
water pressure reducer, pressure reducing valve, handyman work: Dear Randy, That s great that you re making your living as a handyman. And very good that you want to know more, every time you venture into a trade you learn so much! I don t know what the codes are in your area about licenced work. In my area,...

Plumbing in the Home: pump problems, water pressure, pipe leak
water pressure, pipe leak, pressure tank: Nick, All of these issues are possible. I would suggest that you get a well specialist in there immediately. Be prepared for the worst scenario, just in case. Hope this helps. Regards, Anthony PS - If my answer was helpful for you,...

Plumbing in the Home: pvc waterlines, water, pressure tank
water, pressure tank, well: Ronald, Your bleach idea is a BAD IDEA in that you could contaminate the well itself. However, using a whole house filter is a good idea, although you will find the filter needs to be serviced frequently as it fills up with minerals. Let me...

Plumbing in the Home: REPIPE, copper repipes, cold side
copper repipes, cold side, inch pipe: Hi Pat, LOL, did you know that typing in all caps is the same as shouting? No Problem The piping was not done correctly or per code. Pressure balancing valves are pretty standard now, even code in some places but the pipes should be sized properly...

Plumbing in the Home: Refrigerator thumping sound after flush, water pressure, icemaker
water pressure, icemaker, water heater: Gil, You are experiencing water hammer and the only cure is to install what is called a water hammer arrestor. You can install these at the nearest bathroom to the kitchen. These devices can install ahead of the supply line to a fixture like a...

Plumbing in the Home: Replace 2, waste, toilet
waste, toilet, vent: Derek, The pipe clamp is attached at the base of the pipe either against the roof (which is probably easiest to get to). I apologize to you about the name of the clamp. I meant a riser clamp which you can see a picture of here: http://www.fergusonfire.com/pdfs/Sec40.pdf...

Plumbing in the Home: Rust in bath pipes, tub spout, female threads
tub spout, female threads, copper pipe: Dear Marcia, I know exactly what s causing this. First, just to explain, most tub spouts screw on to a pipe coming out of the wall. The pipe is sometimes copper, which never rusts. But some plumbers use a 1/2 galvanized pipe. The faucet body...

Plumbing in the Home: reconnecting garage plumbing, water, piping
water, piping, main: Jeff, Before you attach anything, make sure the water and waste lines are in good condition. With the copper line, make sure to flow the water for several minutes, and run water into the sewer line to ensure that the line is clear. If you are unsure...

Plumbing in the Home: removing screws from shower drain cover, teensy weensy, little buggers
teensy weensy, little buggers, snails pace: Dear James, I genuinely sympathize, I ve been there. Those teensy weensy screws are a PAIN. And yes, you ll need to take that cover off to get the gunk out. I don t know if you have phillips or slotted screws. In either case, try this first. Squirt...

Plumbing in the Home: residential well pressure bladder, water pressure, pipe leak
water pressure, pipe leak, pressure tank: Al, The pressure tank is self-contained however, to prevent the bladder from hardening, I would suggest covering the unit with blanks to protect it from freezing. As for draining it, if you shut down the pumps valves you isolate the tank and the rest...

Plumbing in the Home: rusty water, sacrificial anode, anode rod
sacrificial anode, anode rod, hot water heater: Hey Doug, Yes, this is something that you can do yourself. Let me share some sites that will walk you thru it, OK! This is a Great info site: http://www.improvenet.com/adviceandresources/articleslibrary/jeff_williams_waterheater.html http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/video/0,,20047047,00.html...

Plumbing in the Home: Sand in washer, cold water supply, storage tanks
cold water supply, storage tanks, cold line: Hi Joanne, This is puzzling, especially if you don t have any of this sand substance in the aerators on your faucets. I imagine if this material was going farther into the house your aerators would be clogging up as well [more thoughts on this later]....

Plumbing in the Home: Sealant around the tub, tub spout, diverter
tub spout, diverter, bathtub: Shelly, Oftentimes there are small bits of debris in the cavity after you ve removed the grout/ caulking. If you have something like a dust buster or shop vacuum, suck out all the debris and make sure you clean the tile and tub surface so there is...

Plumbing in the Home: Septic Odor in House, cold climates, sewer gas
cold climates, sewer gas, floor drains: Dear Nicholas, I d say it s very unlikely the odor is coming from that bathroom, the gas would be inclined to rise rather than drop down. I m assuming that s the closest bathroom to the odor. Do you have a basement? If so, did you check down there? ...

Plumbing in the Home: Septic odor in bathrooms in new church hall, vent air, septic odors
vent air, septic odors, air admittance valves: Hello Ida, If the fan is 4 feet from the vent outlet, and the fan is an exhaust fan, it would be unlikely that it is drawing vent air back into the bathroom from outside. The usual cause of this problem is a incorrectly installed trap that is being...

Plumbing in the Home: Setting a commode, leaking toilet, photo slideshow
leaking toilet, photo slideshow, wax ring: Hey Gregg, You are so welcome, people like you are why I am here, :). Level with the floor is where the flange should be, enough so that you can get your new bolts into it. Now as for setting the toilet, I love pictures and video s so I am going to take...

Plumbing in the Home: Sewer Line for Room Addition, waste, toilet
waste, toilet, vent: Steve, If the local Administrative Authority (Building & Safety Dept) allows exposed piping, you can have it exposed, but it must be supported horizontally per the Plumbing Code. As for piping that passes through foundation walls, it does need to be...

Plumbing in the Home: Sewer Smell in Bedroom, waste line, area drain
waste line, area drain, waste water: Angie, It is possible for your husband s ailments to stem from bad air caused by a faulty plumbing system, however, I would strongly rule out any other possibilities before I went down that road. Anytime you have a mystery issue with a condo, p.u.d....

Plumbing in the Home: Shower faucet, shower faucet, hex cap
shower faucet, hex cap, copper tube: Dear Sommar, Your problem is the tub spout . The button that pulls up on the spout to activate the shower head is called a diverter . This spout is a separate unit from the control unit with the handle above. The spout can be replaced. There...

Plumbing in the Home: Shower floor - shower drain body mismatch, foam backer rod, shower drain
foam backer rod, shower drain, chamfer: Hi Jeff, There is a limit in what silicone caulk will fill. You may need to find some foam backer rod to pack the joint with first. This material is made for this and comes in various diameters. I would probably run a bead of caulk around the bottom of...

Plumbing in the Home: Shower mixing valve is loose, drywall screws, copper pipes
drywall screws, copper pipes, 2x4 studs: Hi Ken, This is a problem that I write up consistently on almost every inspection where there has been a repipe. The main problem is that the faucet trim cannot be sealed to the tub surround and water will get into the wall cavity and potentially cause...

Plumbing in the Home: Shower repair, bathroom shower, trickle
bathroom shower, trickle, bathtub: Hi Tim, Obviously, something went wrong. Wrong cartridge or it got put in incorrectly. These usually have a keyed notch or groove so that they line up correctly in the bore. You said cartridges ? Maybe they are different hot to cold. Got them on the...

Plumbing in the Home: Shower shudder, ace hardware, shower fixtures
ace hardware, shower fixtures, shower valve: Dear Sandy, The only thing that makes a valve [which the shower is, a valve] shudder or chatter is a partial blockage, or a loose washer. You didn t say if your shower has one handle or two. Some shower fixtures have a single handle that goes...

Plumbing in the Home: Shower Valve Installation, ceramic wall tile, cast iron tub
ceramic wall tile, cast iron tub, valve handle: Hi Michael, There should have been a template to lay out the hole size and set the rough-in depth of the valve. The actual hole needed would be determined by the size of the valve body that needs to be accessed for service later and how the trim plate...

Plumbing in the Home: Shower valve stem broke, water, faucet
water, faucet, bathroom: Damien, Sounds to me like you don t usually do repairs on plumbing systems. May I suggest getting a reputable & licensed plumber to change the tub spout for you. It will cost a bit, but the time and effort you save will be worth it. What you saw...

Plumbing in the Home: Sink drain, waste line, p-trap
waste line, p-trap, crown: Gene, You might want to check the height of the pop-up drain stopper. Sometimes, if it is too low when open, then water will go down slowly. The reason I believe this is so is because you said that you shoot air into the overflow. This is a symptom...

Plumbing in the Home: Slow-flush toilet..., toilet, ballcock
toilet, ballcock, supply hose: Howard, The problem is in the tank of the toilet. Usually, if the fill valve is not adjusted properly for water flow into the tank, this will create the situation you mentioned. As well, if the drain tube in the center is too low, then it, too can...

Plumbing in the Home: Smell in Bathroom, baking soda and vinegar, tile grout
baking soda and vinegar, tile grout, mildew odor: Dear Pam, You sounded certain that what you smelled was a mildew odor. Different problems can cause different odors, and sometimes it s hard to figure what that smell is! There is a distinctive smell of mildew, and there is a distinctive smell of sewer...

Plumbing in the Home: Smelly bathroom sink, vinegar and baking soda, rotten eggs
vinegar and baking soda, rotten eggs, horrible smell: Dear Jessica, This is one of those maybe it s this, maybe it s that problems. I read your message four times trying to get a picture in my mind. I m assuming you removed the trap under that sink and checked to see if anything is in there. Did you take...

Plumbing in the Home: Squeaky Faucets, water pressure, kitchen
water pressure, kitchen, bathroom: Gail, I take it that they squeal when you turn them on? Oftentimes, this is due to excessive pressure coming to the valve or debris that is stuck inside and creating the sound you hear. First, test the pressure at your home. Normally, it should...

Plumbing in the Home: Squealing pipe, valve body, volume of water
valve body, volume of water, squeal: Hi Victor, Sounds like a loose or worn washer on the stem. It s fluttering as the water passes at a certain flow rate. That s why it goes away when you change the flow. You will need to turn the water off to the house, remove the trim and handle and...

Plumbing in the Home: Sump crock's and drain tiles, waste line, area drain
waste line, area drain, waste water: Peggy, One of the things I ve learned over the years is this: There is NEVER an opportune time for plumbing systems to go out. From what you describe, you should have a reputable and licensed plumber check this out IMMEDIATELY. Part of the...

Plumbing in the Home: setting a steel bathtub, tub spout, diverter
tub spout, diverter, bathtub: Terry, Install the tub as-is, do not modify it in any way. Hope this helps. Regards, Anthony PS - If my answer was helpful for you, please give me a good rating with AllExperts.com Thanks - AW You can also follow me on Twitter at...

Plumbing in the Home: setting a toilet in plaster of paris, linoleum flooring, plaster of paris
linoleum flooring, plaster of paris, marble base: Hello Tom, I have had success using small strips of linoleum flooring as shims to eliminate rocking. The actual contact point under a toilet is only a 1/2 inch wide around the edge so this works fine. Then I use white or colored silicone caulk to seal...

Plumbing in the Home: sewage lift station, sewage ejector pump, outflow side
sewage ejector pump, outflow side, sewage lift station: Hi Joe, Try more vegetables in your diet. LOL What you call a lift station is also known as a sewage ejector pump. There should be a check valve on the outflow side to prevent short cycling . Short cycling is when the outflow runs back down the pipe,...

Plumbing in the Home: shower control doesn't shut water off, steady drip, rubber seals
steady drip, rubber seals, shower valve: Jake, I saw the handle is a chrome lever type and I can t imagine that anything on it could be broken, so all I can figure is that something is amiss with the cartridge. I hope it works! I imagine it will cost maybe over $30 [just a guess]. HD might...

Plumbing in the Home: shower drain, waste, bathtub
waste, bathtub, leaking water: John, This sounds like a fiberglass showerbase you re referring to. Let me know if I m correct. This is how I will answer your question. The rubber seal underneath the base of the shower can be replaced from above by bending it and sliding it on...

Plumbing in the Home: sink backups, catch basin, septic tank
catch basin, septic tank, possiblity: Hey Don, That is a very good possiblity but if it is not happening in every drain I would be questioning it. Now is this a septic tank you are actually talking about? If so, when was the last time you had up pumped out? Mine started making noises right...

Plumbing in the Home: sink drains, grease buildup, root intrusion
grease buildup, root intrusion, copper plumbing: Hi James, What gave you the idea I was in Phoenix? I live in Los Angeles, about 700 miles away from there. LOL Slow drains can be caused by many things. Grease buildup in kitchen lines, soap and lint in laundry lines, hair and soap in bath lines, and...

Plumbing in the Home: sink plumbing, slip joint pliers, horizontal pipe
slip joint pliers, horizontal pipe, wall pipe: Hello Amy, This is just a different style of slip joint nut like the one you already loosened. It should unscrew as well. It is just very tight. A larger pair of slip joint pliers should work. They are often called channel locks Which is a brand name....

Plumbing in the Home: slow bathroom sink drain, waste, toilet
waste, toilet, vent: Elly, Did you run water in the open drain line when you ran the 20 foot snake? The reason why I mention this is because sometimes the problem is IN the sink itself and not in the drain line. Check that out & let me know. Hope this helps. ...

Plumbing in the Home: slow drain sinks, water pressure, pipe leak
water pressure, pipe leak, kitchen: James, Sorry James, I don t live in Phoenix, but, in Southern California. However, I do have family in Phoenix - Go Suns! =; ) Anyway... about your question... Congrats on buying your home & welcome to the wonderful world of do-it-yerself home...

Plumbing in the Home: smell and black stuff in my well water, rotten eggs, water research
rotten eggs, water research, well water: Hey Monique, You may just need to pour some chlorine into the well to kill the bacterial, this is pretty normal, but check out these sites, they will explain it all much faster than I can, but you should be able to understand what to do once you read thru...

Plumbing in the Home: smitty pan drainage, water heater, T&P valve
water heater, T&P valve, water pressure: David, I clearly understand your wife s concern. You should not install a check valve on this line. It needs to be open completely to the atmosphere in order to alert you to a problem with your heater. However, to protect your home from vermin,...

Plumbing in the Home: sticky shower faucet spout diverter, water, shower
water, shower, tub: Stuart, Depending upon the make & model, some valves allow you to unscrew the diverter. Some others you will have to spray WD-40 in there. Hope this helps. Regards, Anthony PS - If my answer was helpful for you, please give me a good...

Plumbing in the Home: stuck drain plug, soap scum, drain assemblies
soap scum, drain assemblies, screw drivers: Matthew, It s so difficult sometimes to give proper answers when I can t see the problem. I m sure you can imagine this. There are so many different types of tub drain assemblies! When you say you took the screws off, do you mean the screws...

Plumbing in the Home: sump pump running too much, shower, drain
shower, drain, p-trap: Susan, I think the key to the mystery lies in the sump pit. When the sump pit was expanded, were the walls and floor cast in place with concrete or did they use a pre-fabricated sump pit? Was the pit water sealed? It s possible you may have a...

Plumbing in the Home: Thermal Expansion tank, thermal expansion tank, wooden dowel
thermal expansion tank, wooden dowel, pressure gauge: Hi Ed, Per the manufacture s typical installation instructions, the tanks are usually installed AT the water heater because that is where the thermal expansion occurs. The water expands as it is heated and has no where to go because the city installed valves...

Plumbing in the Home: Thermal Expansion tank, thermal expansion tank, water heater tank
thermal expansion tank, water heater tank, gas water heater: Dear Vicki, I haven t had any experience with thermal expansion tanks, so I googled them just now. I read your question several times, and as I interpret it, I think you are asking why an expansion tank would fill up after not using the hot water for...

Plumbing in the Home: Toilet, mansfield toilets, korky flapper
mansfield toilets, korky flapper, ball cock: hi Roger, if you re talking about the small holes around the rim of the toilet bowl, these stream a little when the flapper or whatever type of flushing mechanism you have is worn out and lets it run a little. some toilets have flappers,with toilets...

Plumbing in the Home: Toilet Back up, coat hanger, toilet flushes
coat hanger, toilet flushes, problem thanks: Angela, Interesting to receive feedback like yours, I admire your persistence!! As I mentioned, after the codes changed, a lot of toilet manufacturers devised ways to stop all the water from going out of the tank, which was their way of reducing the...

Plumbing in the Home: Toilet issues, toilet flushes, new apartment
toilet flushes, new apartment, old song and dance: Dear Jeffrey, It sounds like there is a partial blockage further down the main drainline. The gurgling in other pipes when you flush is a sure sign of this. Also, when you plunge, and the blockage is 8 or 10 feet or more beyond, the water you re plunging...

Plumbing in the Home: Toilet leak at the base, thin cracks, tile installer
thin cracks, tile installer, toilet leak: if u looked under the toilet in the ceiling while it was constantly being flushed and didnt see anything then i recommend you look in the access hole that u cut,have some1 run each fixture, 1 at a time until u find it. if its always leaking its a water line,...

Plumbing in the Home: Tub/Shower, water trickles, shower valve
water trickles, shower valve, showerhead: Hey Rita, Sounds to me like the main problem is water pressure, there is none! If the pressure is OK in the other faucets and just in the shower/bath, it may be a bad shower valve, it needs to be replaced but not knowing the make it may be worn washers,...

Plumbing in the Home: toilet, toilet, ballcock
toilet, ballcock, supply hose: Steve, You need to check everything in the tank. Are you getting enough water (fast enough) coming into the tank? Is the amount of water adequate to provide the flush? Etc, etc, etc. Start there and then let me know how it turns out. Hope...

Plumbing in the Home: toilet bowl water, toilet bowl water, water conservation
toilet bowl water, water conservation, liters: Hi Barb, Unfortunately, there is no way to adjust the amount of water in the actual bowl area. It is built in to the design and not changeable. The only adjustment is how much goes into the bowl when you flush. This is determined by the amount of water...

Plumbing in the Home: toilet cold water supply, cold water pipe, cold water supply
cold water pipe, cold water supply, toilet tanks: Sandy, OK, I get it. I think I mentioned that running copper up into the wall and then stubbing a piece of pipe out of the wall would probably require cutting a hole in the wall, as all the joints would have to be soldered. Might be easier if...

Plumbing in the Home: toilet leak, toilet, ballcock
toilet, ballcock, supply hose: Rob, If the water is coming from the base of the wall behind the toilet, perhaps you may have a leak at the base of the toilet. If you can, shut off the water to the toilet and drain the toilet for 24-48 hours. If the area seems to dry up, then you...

Plumbing in the Home: toilet positioning and pipes, basic pic, bend pipe
basic pic, bend pipe, finished wall: hi, they are called fittings, they come in 22.5, 45, and 90 degree bends. toilet flanges come normal or offset if the center of the toilet is sitting on a floor joist. toilets are usually centered 12 s from the finished wall. it is going to be a very pricey...

Plumbing in the Home: toilet-snot mystery, toilet, ballcock
toilet, ballcock, supply hose: Marco, I have never encountered this situation. What I would suggest is getting a small jar and take a sample (don t use your hands!), and give it to your water company for testing. If possible, take pictures of this goop on a contrasted background....

Plumbing in the Home: toilet tank, rubber gasket, toilet tank
rubber gasket, toilet tank, ball cock: Hey Terrie, When you say the tank didn t hold water, did you replace the flapper? This is where most dripping happenes. So just so I totally understand here, you are not experiencing any water outside the tank or bowl, correct? Did you replace the wax...

Plumbing in the Home: tub drain, type mechanism, spring type
type mechanism, spring type, overflow: Ned, There are several styles of tub stoppers. You mentioned you have a cylider, but I was confused by the dimensions you wrote on your question. I d be happy to help you, and I wonder if you could write back and describe what kind of stopper you have...

Plumbing in the Home: tub drain valve, foam gasket, overflow tube
foam gasket, overflow tube, screw holes: Hello Sal, This thing is called a trip lever waste & overflow . Actually, you should not fill the tub that high, it just wastes water by sending it down the drain. There is a foam gasket on the back of it that seals it to the back of the tub. This has...

Plumbing in the Home: tub shoe: repair or not?, drain assembly, location thanks
drain assembly, location thanks, ceilin: Hi Chris, Not being able to see the pipes, it s hard to make a call on this. Logic says that if it is badly corroded, it could start leaking at any time (or not leak for years) and then the ceiling would need to be opened again. I m not sure what other...

Plumbing in the Home: Venting, vent connection, vent line
vent connection, vent line, roof vent: Hi Mike, The code says: Minimum 6 above roof line, 12 horizontal from a side wall, 2 ft above or 10 feet to the side of any opening (window or door) or 4 feet below any opening. ____________________________________________________________________ ...

Plumbing in the Home: vibration in pipes, water pressure, water hammer arrester
water pressure, water hammer arrester, toilet: Shaun, This is called cavitation . and can occur if there is an obstruction in piping blocking the full flow of water. It can also occur if the system piping is not sized correctly or if the pressure in your home is waaay too high. You need to...

Plumbing in the Home: violent pipe vibrations, toilet flapper, water leaks
toilet flapper, water leaks, water pipes: Dear Laura, It sounds to me like your problem is in one of your toilets, indicated by the fact that this is an off and on situation. It may be a dual problem, but not that difficult to solve. First, it sounds like you may have a bad toilet flapper....

Plumbing in the Home: Washer drain, licensed plumber, shower drain
licensed plumber, shower drain, drain line: Hello Sue, Currently, washer drains are required to be 2 so your instinct is correct. The washer drain is one that is easily clogged due to lint etc. It must also be vented or it will not work well and could overflow. This is a job that should be done...

Plumbing in the Home: Water Heater, slow drip, pressure gauge
slow drip, pressure gauge, dear linda: Dear Linda, Sounds like it was probably a coincidence, I can t imagine why shutting off the water would cause this drain valve to drip. I ve seen this happen often, a slow drip from one of those valves. Replacing the valve would be a big deal,...

Plumbing in the Home: Water Heater, water heater, T&P valve
water heater, T&P valve, water pressure: Linda, It is possible that one of the connections could be leaking. You should get a licensed plumber to take a look at it for you. Let me know what you decide. Hope this helps. Regards, Anthony PS - If my answer was helpful for you,...

Plumbing in the Home: Water Heater Selection, water heater, T&P valve
water heater, T&P valve, water pressure: Ralph, I like both Bradford White & A.O. Smith heaters. I am not familiar with the new model you refer to, however, sometimes new stuff may be problematic right out of the chute. If you decide to buy it, make sure to read ALL the paperwork on its...

Plumbing in the Home: Water hammer after adding bidet water line, potable water system, waste water system
potable water system, waste water system, piping system: Hi Ted, Okay, Visio. I think I have that somewhere as well. As for the high mileage here is one of my email sigs. Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me, I want people to know why I look this way. I ve traveled a long way and some...

Plumbing in the Home: Water pressure, laundry tub, pressure tank
laundry tub, pressure tank, booster system: Hi Jim, 45psi is a bit on the low side. (the standard is 40-80 PSI) By the time it gets to the 2nd floor it s even less due to the rise. Is there a pressure regulator on the main line or it this all you get from the city or well? If there is a regulator,...

Plumbing in the Home: Water "Sputters", water bladder, pressure tank
water bladder, pressure tank, poly pipe: Dear Wendy, Your problem sounded like it needed a well expert s opinion, so I called our local well man, Don, now retired, who spent years replacing pumps and doing well maintainance. He said it could be one of two things, one being more likely....