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Advice on water damage, flood, cleanup and insurance.

Our finished basement flooded thanks to a backed up sink and the iron filter discharge running. As far as we've been able to discern, our insurance does cover this. We've had a cleanup crew sent out by the insurance company. However, I've got some concerns on how it's being handled, specifically that not enough and not enough of the right work is being done. [more inside]
posted by LANA! on Dec 17, 2013 - 7 answers

Daily Failures In Hydration

I am a grown-ass woman who fails utterly at hydrating herself. I would love any and all suggestions to help me drink more water regularly. [more inside]
posted by Aquifer on Dec 3, 2013 - 49 answers

Looking for pc action-adventure game from the 90's

-PC action-adventure game, mostly action, but I do remember simple adventure things like moving blocks or unlocking doors -first person view -can't remember how health stats and weaponry were viewed -Had to rescue a woman (go figure), but not sure if she was royalty or anything, just motivation to do the journey -Started in kobold (or kobolt) caverns, there was a spider cavern section where it was tunnels burrowed by the spiders themselves, a lava cavern/mining level where you had to break down a rock borer (might have been a laser) -mid to late 90's probably because it's graphics were close to Quake 2, just not as smooth [more inside]
posted by LittleNami on Nov 22, 2013 - 9 answers

Does black carbon silt coming from the filter in my ZeroWater pitcher co

Does black carbon silt coming from the filter in my ZeroWater pitcher contain any of the stuff it filtered out? [more inside]
posted by vash on Nov 22, 2013 - 1 answer

Saving water in the shower and at the toilet

I'm looking for ways to save water at home. We already have a water efficient dishwasher and washing machine, so I'm looking at the shower and toilets. I live in the US and own my house. Shower: * We waste a lot of water waiting for it to warm up. Is there something we could install so that the water is warm immediately? * What's the best low-volume shower head? * Strategies for an on/off switch at the shower head so we can wet down, shut off, soap, turn on to rinse? Toilets: * What's a good low-volume toilet that won't clog up? * Dual-Flush toilets (for when you do a number 1 or a number 2) Thanks!
posted by GernBlandston on Nov 15, 2013 - 26 answers

What is the best drinking water option?

Been reading a few articles about tap water vs. bottled water, and some of these mention how tap water is at least the same, or even better (1, 2, 3, and 4) and of course, less expensive. I live in Toronto and I buy PC's bottled water (simply because it doesn't have that artifical taste that other brands have in my opinion), but I'm starting to look at other options. Between bottled water, water cooler bottles, and installing a tap filter, which is my best option?
posted by omar.a on Nov 12, 2013 - 17 answers

Girlfriend stranded...

Ok, so my SO has the 2003 Jeep Renegade, and evidently this afternoon it started "spewing water and then quit working" To me this says water pump...and I am inclined to have it towed to a place (about 8 miles) that has done car work for us in the past. [more inside]
posted by PlantGoddess on Oct 22, 2013 - 19 answers

How to get a traumatised Labrador to like water

Friend rescued a five-year-old sick Labrador from the streets and adopted him, but he absolutely hates water and can't be bathed because of this. What can we do to get him over his fear? [more inside]
posted by madman on Oct 19, 2013 - 16 answers

Should We Move to Escape Water Radiation?

We rent a house in a subdivision with its own (well-based) water supply, which isn't that uncommon where we are. But apparently there is radioactivity in the water supply. Details below. [more inside]
posted by emjaybee on Oct 8, 2013 - 14 answers

Help With The Creeping Seep

Hi all. I'm a relatively new homeowner in Brooklyn, NY. A creeping seep is attempting to devour our basement. It started two weeks ago, and seeps whether wet or dry. The plumbing has already been investigated. What to do next? [more inside]
posted by drapatz on Oct 7, 2013 - 4 answers

looking for kung-fu film with underground temple with boiling pool

OK, this is deep in the level of cheezy memories. In the 1970s or early 1980s they used to broadcast totally rotten kung fu movies on television on Saturday mornings. I'm trying to remember a specific one. I know there are like millions of these that were churned out, so this may be like looking for a needle in a haystack, but here goes. It should limit the search that it was 1) in color 2) probably made between 1960 to 1981 3) included an intense fight scene that took place in a kind of underground temple (maybe?) that had as its central feature a pool of water (or acid?) that was boiling and had a kind of statue or something in the middle of it 4) there was a kind of dwarf or midget who had a prominent role. Can anyone remember this crazy film?
posted by cmp4Meta on Oct 7, 2013 - 5 answers

What bugs are bugging us?

Yesterday my partner and I drained and moved a 275 gallon water cistern that has been sitting stagnant, probably for several months. Shortly afterward she started getting itchy, raised red spots that look like some sort of insect bite. What may be causing this? What is the best strategy for eradicating it? [more inside]
posted by sibilatorix on Oct 6, 2013 - 6 answers

Premade metal lattice box to protect water piping from theft?

A very simple question -- how can I buy a pre-made "cage" to cover my exterior water piping? I would like to find a supplier that sells boxes like these. I see those around the city, likely installed by the Public Works Department. What can I buy as an individual? I've had no luck googling these, for lack of the appropriate term. Thank you for any recommendations.
posted by slidell on Oct 4, 2013 - 2 answers

How badly did I screw up my hot water heater?

My gas hot water heater's pilot light has been going out regularly. I replaced the thermocouple in an effort to solve the problem, but I seem to have botched it: Not only does the pilot light still go out after the tank is heated, but now the gas continues to flow after the pilot goes out. [more inside]
posted by qxntpqbbbqxl on Oct 1, 2013 - 6 answers

Any plumbers awake?

We need to disconnect our refrigerator's water line (going to the ice maker) ASAP. Like, tonight, or before 8am tomorrow. (It's a long story.) There is a copper line that runs from the fridge to a hole in the floor. There are no valves. What do we do? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Sep 6, 2013 - 11 answers

What's wrong with my water?

City water suddenly tastes AWFUL. Water filter doesn't change this. The water quality at local businesses and a friend's house, under a mile away, seem unaffected. How do I find the problem and solve it? [more inside]
posted by LSK on Sep 3, 2013 - 7 answers

How much water covers the earth?

If you looked at the planet Earth from space and were able to view the whole of the globe, on the average, what percentage would be water? (not as simple as it seems) [more inside]
posted by dances_with_sneetches on Aug 30, 2013 - 12 answers

Tips for living with hard water

What simple, cheap things can we do to lessen the damaging effects of hard water on our fixtures and appliances? (Apart from installing a water softener which is not cheap or easy for our living situation.) [more inside]
posted by like_neon on Aug 26, 2013 - 8 answers

Water quality testing

I have previously posted that my water appliances like hot water pot and coffee machine quickly descaled when i moved into my home. I never could figure out why. If one were to get home water tested, is it necessary to know what I am testing for? Anyone know of any reliable testing outfits?
posted by dougiedd on Aug 25, 2013 - 5 answers

Soda water bottle, have a banana?

In the curious 1975 comedy Linda Lovelace For President, there's a scene in which, faced with the bankruptcy of her campaign, Lovelace starts inexplicably chanting the phrase "Soda water bottle, have a banana." This is picked up on by members of her marching band, and then becomes a series of calls and responses. The scene, completely safe for work, can be seen here. What on earth is this a reference to?
posted by eschatfische on Aug 13, 2013 - 7 answers

After a flood caused by fire hoses, what can be kept? What can't?

Firefighters put out a fire 2 floors above my apartment this week. Thankfully the fire didn't spread but my apartment suffered some water damage from the fire hoses. The water was smelly and brown, and got on some possessions. What can be cleaned and kept? What should be thrown out? [more inside]
posted by matcha action on Aug 10, 2013 - 11 answers

Help me lower my monthly water bill, please.

Moving in to a new house in San Diego. Records show an average water bill of ~$175 a month. This seems exceptionally high (or is it?). Automatic lawn sprinklers and 2 adults who take quick showers. Looking for ways to lower this usage, please. [more inside]
posted by BlerpityBloop on Jul 24, 2013 - 40 answers

Anyone have experience with whole house water filters?

We are considering one. Seems like there is zero consensus on what type of filter is best - we feel like reverse osmosis is out because of the waste water it creates, but beyond that we're lost. Consumer Reports seems to prefer under-sink filters to whole house filters. Does anyone have any thoughts on the subject? We live in Los Angeles.
posted by malhouse on Jul 15, 2013 - 4 answers

Sump pump backup recommendations?

Yesterday's unprecedented rain event + power outage left a lot of folks in Toronto with flooded basements. We were home to bail out our sump but I'd like the piece of mind of knowing we have a reliable backup system. Amazon has a highly rated water powered unit called the Basepump RB 750, so I'm leaning towards that kind of system but would appreciate input from anyone here. The battery powered unit would be much easier to install but I'm wondering how reliable people have found them to be over time. Would it just be a matter of replacing the battery every 5 years or so, like in a car? . [more inside]
posted by bonobothegreat on Jul 9, 2013 - 3 answers

What is in my water that has caused changes to my, um, bowel movements?

What is in my water that has caused changes to my, um, bowel movements? (Some graphic details inside) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 8, 2013 - 15 answers

How to draw the vectors for cohesive forces and adhesive forces?

How does the adhesive force between the water and the material of the capillary tube exert an upwards force to create the concave meniscus shape of H2O (or the convex meniscus shape of Hg)? [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 on Jul 8, 2013 - 3 answers

Hard water? Bad water?

So at our house we have hard water, or bad water, or some kind of water. I don't know, but my dishes all look like this now, wether hand-washed or from the dishwasher. I'm drinking it too (though filtered). What can I do? My wife says it's hard water, and we can get an expensive water softener solution put in. Is this the case? Any ideas on what this and a solution?
posted by xmutex on Jul 8, 2013 - 23 answers

Talk me through water filtration and purification

As I'm spending more and more time on bike trips where there are many long stretches without access to reliable tap water, I'm starting to investigate water filters and purifiers as a supplement/backup solution in case the extra water I carry runs out or spills or whatever. But there are so many kinds, and some of them seem really sketchy, and I'm getting overwhelmed! Can you point me to a good, comprehensive resource on how to choose and use water purifiers and filters? Or can you talk me through a typical real-world use? Take for granted that I'll be using them within the US and am unlikely to be traveling in areas where the natural water supply is seriously contaminated.
posted by rhiannonstone on Jul 7, 2013 - 15 answers

Hose-cooling a dog?

It's super hot and my dog is getting old. Today I soaked her gently with cool hose water. (She doesn't love it but tolerates it well if I am gentle.) I figure it will help her cool off both as the water is running over her and later as the water evaporates. I am reading online that wet dog fur traps heat. What's the real story?
posted by Camofrog on Jul 6, 2013 - 17 answers

What is the best faucet-mounted water filter?

What brand/model of faucet-mounted water filter works best? [more inside]
posted by dhens on Jun 22, 2013 - 7 answers

Need sensible criteria to choose a new filtered water solution.

We were kinda-sorta thinking about getting an undersink RO system, but now it has escalated, not to "urgent", but to "let's get this thing done". [more inside]
posted by vignettist on Jun 21, 2013 - 10 answers

Organization focused on 3 plant species, all adept at filtering water

I can't remember the name of this organization, and I've seen online crowds do better. The website I remember was focused on 3 plants, and the organization's major goal was cleaning waterways by replanting in places where we have uprooted for the sake of a better view or access to the water etc. It's possible they've branched into more species, but at the time they seemed pretty dedicated solely to a tree, a bush, and another plant. Thanks, here's hoping.
posted by Atticus Swanson on Jun 3, 2013 - 1 answer

What are your favorite water-friendly hiking sandals?

What are your favorite water-friendly hiking sandals? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants on May 31, 2013 - 17 answers

Health and weight effects of medicine metabolites in water?

I'm aware that there are metabolites of the many various medicines that people take in the water supply in many US cities and towns. What are the health effects of this (known or theoretical)? Has drug residue/metabolites ever been linked to weight gain in humans? How can it be removed from the water (is reverse osmosis the only way)?
posted by mintchip on May 18, 2013 - 5 answers

Icky karma germs in the ocean?

Yesterday the body of a surfer was found naked and nibbled by sharks at my daily surf spot. While surfing today in the exact vicinity I couldn't shake the feeling parts of his body, both physically and meta-physically were still 'there'. Have one science and one karma question about this: [more inside]
posted by remlapm on May 10, 2013 - 24 answers

My corn plant is pissed and I don't know what's wrong ...

What's wrong with my corn plant? The tips are all burnt and dead. I definitely do not over-water it ever since this happened - am I simply under-watering it? [more inside]
posted by kthxbi on Apr 27, 2013 - 6 answers

My brooklyn tub won't drain and now brown water is coming up!

I live on the top floor of an old apartment building and my shower stopped draining the other day. After trying drano, I upgraded to Pequa last night and its not working. Or it seems like its working, and then it stops. Before, some brownish water came up before it went down. But now that I've poured the last of the Pequa down the drain some really dark rusty water has come up. Is this a good sign? And if I let it sit for an hour or two and flush with warm water I'll be saved? Or do I have to deal with my inept landlord? (Which I'm trying to avoid)
posted by Unred on Apr 20, 2013 - 13 answers

Down the drain

For 6 weeks, due to a broken septic tank, we have been unable to put any water at all down our drains. This has involved driving to the gas station/grocery store/town park/etc every time we had to go to the bathroom. It has meant keeping buckets in all of our sinks for tooth brushing/dish washing/etc that we have to empty in our driveway whenever they fill up. It has meant either showering at the pool or, if in a rush, stopping up the drain in the bath tub and showering before work and then bucketing out the water when returning home. It has basically been like living in a 250k tent with climate control and real beds. On Monday (purportedly) it will finally be fixed. We want to have a big, water-usage themed party (sorry, environment) to celebrate this miraculous victory. Please help with suggestions. [more inside]
posted by corn_bread on Apr 16, 2013 - 20 answers

Sweat -- do I have to wash it off (besides for smell purposes)?

I've been looking for info on showering/bathing in relation to sweating and whether it's sanitary or not. I can only seem to find articles that basically say "yeah, you need to shower cause you'll smell" but can't find anything that confirms whether or not it's actually sanitary or not e.g. infections. What do ya'll think/know? [more inside]
posted by defmute on Apr 11, 2013 - 19 answers

Why am I dehydrated?

The last few years it seems I've had to drink more water to stay hydrated; I drink, on average, 3.5 liters a day (0.92 gallons), more if I exercise, and still I'll wake up with a mild headache and mild nausea from dehydration about two days a week. [more inside]
posted by martinrebas on Apr 7, 2013 - 18 answers

Identify this poem by W.H. Auden please

Can you name (and ideally link to) this poem by Auden - the only thing I remember is that the theme is that he is imagining a civilization (or a city?) built out of water [more inside]
posted by zresearch on Apr 2, 2013 - 4 answers

Keep Water Off My Bathroom Counter

The counter for my bathroom sink sits below the level of the counter (picture). When the water is turned off, or the soap dispenser used, water dripping off hands gets all over the counter and eventually runs to the edge of the counter onto the floor. I want this to stop. The fix for the faucet is to find a new faucet. But I'm not sure what to do about the soap dispenser. [more inside]
posted by ShooBoo on Mar 31, 2013 - 6 answers

But Honey, Its Just Too Hard!

I'd like to hear from people who have installed water softeners in their homes. What are the pros and cons, the prices, and the life expectancy of a whole house system? I'm not on a well. I have municipal water so would be most interested in answers from people who are also on municipal water. The other big concern I have is that I have an allergy to salt (yes i do) and wonder if the salt softened water would bother me. [more inside]
posted by WalkerWestridge on Mar 28, 2013 - 7 answers

Mildewy water from faucets for a few seconds?

The water from all the faucets in my apartment (bathroom and kitchen) smells and tastes mildewy for about a few seconds after they're turned on. It's then fine unless the faucets are left off for more than an hour or two and then they must be run for a few seconds again. Any fixes? This has been going on for several months now.
posted by shivohum on Mar 20, 2013 - 6 answers

Ack! Help me figure out what kind of water to drink at home.

I am totally overwhelmed trying to figure out what water (tap, bottled, filter, RO, etc.) to drink at home at this point. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by semacd on Mar 12, 2013 - 25 answers

No need for matching linens

Looking for a pretty, small, old, and inexpensive hotel within a short drive (up to 4 hours) of Seattle. [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Mar 4, 2013 - 8 answers

Do diamonds erode?

My girlfriend says if water is constantly flowing over a diamond eventually it will break down and apart. I say that because diamonds are harder than anything that might be in water, they are immune to such erosion and weathering. She says that's idiotic, and BOY does that grind my gears! What do you think, green?
posted by lain on Mar 4, 2013 - 25 answers

How bad is that rumbling pipe?

I got a water softener and when it goes into recharge mode it drains all the water from my water heater. This happens about once a week and it causes the water heater to try and fill. Of course as there is no water being provided this just means it is sucking air. The pulling of air is so violent that it shakes the intake pipes and creates a thundering racket. [more inside]
posted by M Edward on Feb 28, 2013 - 8 answers

Whitewater rafting in West Virginia

Does anyone have a recommendation for white water rafting excursions in West Virginia. Planning for the upcoming summer, with 2 parents and 4 teens, all beginners, but thrill seekers.
posted by Huron90 on Feb 22, 2013 - 8 answers

H2O + CO2 = Solid?

What's that white, soluble solid coming out of my SodaStream's nozzle while I carbonate? [more inside]
posted by bitteroldman on Feb 14, 2013 - 9 answers

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