Plumbing codes call for a gap between potable water and a drain. This usually looks like the distance between the faucet and the top of the sink or bathtub (one inch or more). Without the “gap”, waste water could siphon back into the drinking supply. This “does” happen in situations where a city main is…Details
If you look on your roof, you will see pipes sticking out of the roof approx. 12″ high. For every pipe that goes down, one needs to go up. The obvious reason we have vents is that sewer gases need to be vented outside of the dwelling. Not so obvious is what happens if they…Details
My toilet seems to have a leak but I can’t find it. After the tank fills, the water goes down a few inches and it has to fill again.
There are two things to check. First, check that the stopper at the bottom is in good condition. If in doubt, change it, which is easily done. Also check that the chain from the float to the stopper is not hanging down in the drain under the stopper. If all those are okay, check that…Details
The water on the toilet tank is actually condensation, caused by cold water chilling the tank, which in turn draws moisture from the warm bathroom air. To stop this, you can purchase a tempering valve that allows you to mix a small amount of warm water with that going into the toilet tank. Or there…Details
Water rushing through the pipe and out the faucet moves with speed and force. When you shut off the faucet, the water flow is brought to an abrupt halt and that energy has to go somewhere. The result is the ‘pounding’ noise you hear. Products are available on the market to eliminate this problem.
You might get lucky and solve the problem just by tightening the fittings to the faucet with a basin wrench, which is usually the only tool that can reach up there. If not, replace the connections with braided stainless flex tubing. Once the leak is history, treat the mold with a strong bleach solution (using…Details
Any kind of change is a challenge to human nature – this is especially true for things one uses every day, like a toilet. Many Americans shy away from dual-flush toilets because they are unfamiliar with the design and unsure how to use the two different flushes. To help ease the decision to incorporate water-conserving…Details