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Before I call the plumber . . .

Sink has been draining slowly for about a week, and last night it stopped altogether. I'm willing to call the plumber if it comes to that, but what else can I try that I haven't? [more inside]
posted by archimago on Jun 27, 2016 - 15 answers

How do you keep track of seasonal and annual home maintenance?

I'd like an easy way to keep track of what I need to do on a seasonal, annual, and 5-year basis to ensure my home is functioning well. I'm looking for a way to keep track of when the last time various systems were serviced and/or what I need to do in the next month. How do you keep track of your maintenance cycles and tasks? [more inside]
posted by melodykramer on Jun 14, 2016 - 10 answers

Help needed with constantly filing toilet tank

So in an effort to figure out why our water bill has doubled over the last six months, my wife and I have identified the likely culprit: our toilet. [more inside]
posted by Cash4Lead on Apr 9, 2016 - 18 answers

What caused the corrosion on all this piping?

Any thoughts on what could cause uniform surface corrosion on different types of metal inside a bathroom vanity? [more inside]
posted by hafehd on Apr 9, 2016 - 10 answers

Liquid coming out of tankless water heater's condensate drain line?

I recently had a Rinnai tankless gas water heater installed professionally. I am noticing that during use, some liquid drips out of the bottom, from the condensate drain line. Plumber said "just put a bucket underneath to catch it and then pour down the drain." Uh, really? Some minor googling tells me condensate from tankless gas water heaters tends to be VERY acidic. What's the correct way to handle this? [more inside]
posted by joan_holloway on Apr 9, 2016 - 20 answers

Water supply for a washer

Can you help me with some DIY questions about installing a washing machine without a hookup? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 3, 2016 - 9 answers

Occam’s plumber

Plumber cleared kitchen sink drain; then basement flooded. Test my theory? [more inside]
posted by SallyHitMeOntheHead on Mar 20, 2016 - 9 answers

What kind of contractor do I need to prevent this water damage?

We recently had water from new landscaping seep into our home and destroy our lower-level floors. What kind of contractor do we need to hire to make sure this doesn't happen again? [more inside]
posted by YoungAmerican on Feb 1, 2016 - 5 answers

I'm stuck! Calling the plumbing fairy...

So, I have a shower drain that is not draining properly, and decided to remove the drain cover to see what evils were lurking therein, and remove them. Unfortunately, I cannot remove the drain cover... [more inside]
posted by PlantGoddess on Jan 29, 2016 - 13 answers

Hot water heaters should not sound explosive

The pilot light in the water heater has been going out repeatedly. I've since realized that there is a loud bang -- you could even call it a boom -- associated with the pilot going out. Help me either diagnose the problem or come up with a better explanation for the plumber, because his explanation was "Haha ghosts" and "Call us back if it happens again." It happened again. [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Jan 25, 2016 - 19 answers

What are the best toilets?

Have to replace a toilet: what's the best one? [more inside]
posted by saladin on Jan 22, 2016 - 26 answers

Reality check re: slow bathtub drain on the third floor

I feel like I'm being gaslighted by my landlord, who is either crazy like a fox or completely idiotic and I can't tell which, and I just want to ask a few really ELEMENTARY questions regarding my slow draining bathtub. Snowflakes? Oh you bet I've got snowflakes. [more inside]
posted by janey47 on Jan 19, 2016 - 22 answers

Help for low water pressure, annoying showers

What kind of technology can help us have more water pressure in our shower? We have the kind of shower where there's a faucet down below and a showerhead up above, and you lift a little diverter doohickey within the faucet which causes the water to come out of the showerhead instead of the faucet (looks kind of like this). [more inside]
posted by matildaben on Dec 15, 2015 - 20 answers

Is this quote to bypass broken sewer line in the ballpark of reasonable?

Had a blocked sewer this morning. Plumbers unblocked it, charged $900 for the unblocking and CCTV investigation. The camera showed a large hole at one section of the (clay) pipe, and tree roots at another point. The plumber says the whole pipe should be replaced, and that it can't be relined. This would involve disconnecting the bathroom plumbing, jackhammering up 2x4m of concrete, moving the hot water cylinder which is currently in the way, putting in new PVC pipes that bypass the old broken one, and repouring concrete, installing inspection hatches this time. Removal of waste included. The quote is $14,250 plus GST. Is this anywhere near what I should expect? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Dec 13, 2015 - 23 answers

Water heater dilemma: New valve or new unit?

Our Northern VA household of three adults recently lost its hot water, due to a failure somewhere in the works of our natural-gas, tank-type water heater. Having wrestled this appliance a few years back to replace (what I thought to be) a faulty thermocouple, I was initially pretty confident, but that confidence has begun to ebb as the battle enters day four. [more inside]
posted by atavistech on Dec 12, 2015 - 11 answers

Paying a plumber who didn't complete job?

A plumber has been here all day to work on a toilet and shower that backs up. He pulled a few things out of the pipes, but hasn't succeeded at restoring the flow (still backs up a bit). Is it proper for him to still charge me $350 without succeeding at fixing the problem? What's the protocol for plumber/client here? Thank you!
posted by phreckles on Nov 5, 2015 - 16 answers

Resources for small-scale commercial/automotive plumbing?

My professional life would be much easier if I could competently converse with plumbers during some really basic installations and system design. I don't have this knowledge, at all. How do I school myself on the basic terminology and design of simple water systems? [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart on Nov 2, 2015 - 6 answers

Is my gas water heater vent safe?

Handyman plastered around water heater ceiling vent--should I have him redo it, and if so, what is the preferred method? [more inside]
posted by elphaba on Oct 30, 2015 - 5 answers

Does this faucet need replacing?

Side by side sinks, seen here, and one has a metal bar rusted out. The rusted one is now loose, as a unit (taps, faucet), but still seems to work. No obvious leak, but something caused the rust, right? Where the lines attach to the faucet seem tight. What needs to be done?
posted by rux on Oct 21, 2015 - 5 answers

What's the plumber going to find in my shower?

One shower in our two-bath ranch house backs up whenever we use the other shower, and then drains exceedingly slowly. Tell me what kind of thing this is that I don't know how to do. [more inside]
posted by Polycarp on Oct 17, 2015 - 6 answers

What could be clogging a shower drain other than hair?

Our bathtub has started draining slowly in the past month or so but I don't see how it could be due to hair. What could it be? [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell on Sep 3, 2015 - 23 answers

Nauseating smell after drain overflow

An old waste pipe in my apartment, that shouldn't have been connected to anything, overflowed earlier this week. The pipe was in the bottom of my interior HVAC closet. I had standing water in the location for slightly over 12 hours. Maintenance came out to repair the pipe and replaced part of it. Now I've got a nauseating smell pervading my downstairs. What could this be from, and what if anything does my landlord need to do about it? More after the cut. [more inside]
posted by cardinality on Sep 3, 2015 - 5 answers

sound of water running when none is

I can hear water running behind / below my kitchen sink, but nothing is on. Also, nothing is wet. [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals on Aug 28, 2015 - 15 answers

What could possibly go wrong with a greywater system?

I'm looking to retrofit a greywater system into my house in the Bay Area, California so that I feel better about watering my trees in a severe drought. Unfortunately, plumbing is not my area of expertise, and I am apprehensive that Something Terrible Will Happen if I mess with it. To that end, I'd like to know what could go wrong with a greywater system. Also, if anyone has experience choosing a good greywater designer and installer and can speak to how to do that, or just flat out recommend a greywater genius, I'd be very happy to hear from you. [more inside]
posted by Alex Haist on Aug 28, 2015 - 6 answers

When and how to change an electrical water

I'm trying to figure out whether (and, if so, when) to change our electrical water heater. [more inside]
posted by AwkwardPause on Aug 23, 2015 - 15 answers

How to handle very expensive bill?

Received an incredibly expensive plumbing bill for two hour's worth of work. Can I negotiate this down? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Aug 14, 2015 - 32 answers

bought portable dishwasher, trouble removing sink sprayer hose

I bought a portable dishwasher and the instructions recommend removing the sink sprayer and capping it off. I cannot budge the hex bolt. I have tried liquid wrench and I am using a basin wrench (pliers won't fit in that space). 1. Any other suggestions? 2. If I've turned off the water to the sprayer, do I really have to remove the hose? [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Jul 19, 2015 - 8 answers

Help me understand what tradies I'm going to need

I have a bunch of (mostly small) jobs that I need done around the house, and I'm trying to figure out how many different tradies I need to hire to do them: installing a bathroom vanity; replacing about ten tiles in the shower; installing a new pendant light; servicing the ducted gas heating; installing underfloor insulation (although I'm considering DIYing this); and removing half a staircase. Do I need to hire a different person for each task, or can they be batched somehow? (I assume the tiles and vanity can be done by the same person at least). [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Jun 3, 2015 - 4 answers

It looked me square in the eye and said, "I AM GROOT!" Now what?

Need a little advice about snaking out a drain. It's draining now, but am I done done. [more inside]
posted by Kid Charlemagne on May 3, 2015 - 5 answers

My house stinks

My apartment started smelling like garbage last week and I can't make it go away. What is happening?! [more inside]
posted by sockermom on Apr 27, 2015 - 51 answers

Increasing pressure into tankless water heater

The water supply to my house has rather low pressure, and today I'm about to buy a tankless water heater (haven't decided on gas or electric). Is it advisable to use a pressure bladder tank to raise the water PSI before it reaches the heater? Also, is there a way to estimate PSI without a gauge? (more detail inside) [more inside]
posted by TreeHugger on Apr 6, 2015 - 8 answers

Help me fix my kitchen sink

The pipe that's going to the drain of my kitchen sink has come unattached from the drain. Surely I can fix this myself? [more inside]
posted by sailoreagle on Mar 9, 2015 - 11 answers

How do I fix a bathtub hand shower head that is detached from faucet?

The hand shower head in my bathtub got yanked out of the wall somehow (pic of shower head, pic of fixture attached to wall tile). Is this something I can replace with any sort of hand-held shower head I find at a convenient Home Depot/Bed Bath & Beyond/etc? Or are there specs I need to know about the existing plumbing before I buy anything? [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Feb 22, 2015 - 9 answers

Unclogging drains without ever seeing or touching the gunk

I have very slow drains in my sink and bathtub. I am 90% certain it is because of hair and coconut oil clogged in there. I'd like suggestions of ways to fix this without a snake, a zip-it, or a plunger. [more inside]
posted by witchen on Feb 6, 2015 - 22 answers

Cheap, low-effort tankless water heater?

Heated garage, just cold water pipe run to it. What's the easiest way to add hot (or vaguely warm) water to my utility sink? [more inside]
posted by AzraelBrown on Nov 29, 2014 - 8 answers

House Help - unique situation, trying to keep pipes from freezing

Going internet on this one, need house help: Problem, cold temps coming, exposed pipes with water in 'em, want to avoid freezing/cracking. [more inside]
posted by Reasonably Everything Happens on Nov 13, 2014 - 9 answers

Source of phantom wet spot on the parkway?

This weekend, a wet spot appeared on the parkway in front of my house and has persisted: it hasn't grown or shrunk in the 24 hours that I've been aware of it. The soil seems to be wet as far down as I can push a stick, so I'm afraid a pipe below it has sprung an upwards leak. Does anyone have any strategies for diagnosing what the issue is? [more inside]
posted by ndg on Nov 10, 2014 - 5 answers

Kohler Elate faucet cartridge replacement help

My kitchen sink, a Kohler Elate is leaking from the handle. [more inside]
posted by ChrisHartley on Nov 6, 2014 - 11 answers

When does the plumber stop plumbing

I did a kitchen remodel and the only person I wanted to use was my plumber rather than the contractors because my plumber knows my house and situation pretty well. [more inside]
posted by silsurf on Nov 5, 2014 - 13 answers

How to remove the cartridge from a Glacier Bay two-handle bathroom sink?

I have a leaky Glacier Bay two-handle bathroom sink. I am attempting to replace the cartridge(s) but I am stuck, and also have a question. More to follow... [more inside]
posted by Ike_Arumba on Oct 25, 2014 - 6 answers

Brief water leak through ceiling track lighting-- what now?

Clueless new homeowners here. After a shower and a use of the toilet upstairs, water started dripping through a screw on the track lighting in the kitchen. It started maybe 10 minutes afterwards and lasted maybe 10 minutes, maybe a cup or so of water total, then stopped. What happened? What do we do now? Call a plumber, presumably, but how urgent? An electrician too? Is there danger because of the light fixture? [more inside]
posted by EmilyClimbs on Oct 19, 2014 - 7 answers

Used pipes + new shower = nasty water. How to fix?

Landlord installed a new shower in my rented home. Did all plumbing himself, used second-hand (salvaged?) copper pipes and metal fittings. Now the shower water is gritty, burns my eyes, and has clogged 2 shower heads with disgusting debris (photo inside). What is causing this? [more inside]
posted by falldownpaul on Oct 10, 2014 - 32 answers

What is this pipe-connection for?

In my new airing-cupboard, there is a pipe-connection that looks very odd. Photo here. My initial thought was that something had corroded, but the cut-out areas are identical on each site, and look like they're supposed to be there. Is this right, or should I be getting someone to fix it? If it's supposed to be like this, then why? And should water be dripping from the top-pipe into the bottom?
posted by gregjones on Sep 20, 2014 - 4 answers

Weird faucet odor, vinegar edition

Our house's faucets occasionally smell like vinegar. What's causing that? [more inside]
posted by pepper bird on Sep 9, 2014 - 7 answers

Water in the living room: not plumbing, not A/C condensation, not roof

Who you gonna call? -- What else can leak water? We called a plumber; no pipe leaks. Found more water in the room; it's on the other side of the wall from the A/C in the garage. We have *replaced* the A/C. We've been up in the "attic" and there's no water or water damage up there. The carpet puddle keeps getting bigger. [more inside]
posted by galadriel on Sep 2, 2014 - 20 answers

Shower leaking- who you gonna call?

We live in a house that was built in 1927. One of our bathrooms has a tub with a shower head. If we don't close the shower curtain properly, water somehow gets through the floor into the foyer below. [more inside]
posted by Anne Neville on Aug 27, 2014 - 15 answers

NYC plumbing cost. Recommendation for queens/north brooklyn plumbers?

We're doing a pre-war renovation in Jackson Heights, Queens, NYC where our co-op requires we have a plumber replace the branch piping, new valves and shower pan for both the bathroom and the branch piping/valves in the kitchen. Questions: i) Is the below cost estimate reasonable. ii) Any recommendations of pre-war savvy licensed/insured plumbers in Queens or North Brooklyn? [more inside]
posted by lalochezia on Aug 22, 2014 - 0 answers

rubber troubles

Flushed condom, borrowed apartment, bad plumbing, now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 5, 2014 - 14 answers

Help me have a countertop dishwasher, fancy faucet edition

I've been itching to have a countertop dishwasher again. The catch? I rent and my kitchen faucet is a pull out model, with the built in sprayer. I have an idea below -- can you let me know if it's feasible (plus any pitfalls to watch out for), and if not, perhaps point me in a better direction? [more inside]
posted by ktkt on Jul 18, 2014 - 4 answers

Saying no to a plumber

My wife and I had a plumber come in to snake the drain in our master bathroom, and he discovered the pipe curves in a way his snake couldn't go. The clogged drain is ultimately due to the galvanized pipes in our 1925 home. What's the best way to tell this company that we're going to go with a different company? [more inside]
posted by emelenjr on Jul 15, 2014 - 7 answers

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