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Same problem as 15 months ago - pilot light extinguishes

Same problem as 15 months ago - pilot light extinguishes repeatedly. Cleaned burner assembly and replaced gas valve assembly 15 months ago. What could the problem be? I have guests for a big event this weekend, I need hot water.

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Rick

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For the past week or so, we have slowly ran out of hot

for the past week or so, we have slowly ran out of hot water. In the bathroom behind the shower wall we had a previous fix due to the faucet breaking away from the 2x4 or whatever held it in place. Although the faucet is not loose, we can hear what sounds like water running behind the faucet wall. we are now completely out of hot water. Is it safe to cut off the hot water valve on the hot water heater. when we do that we no longer hear the running water behing the shower wall. I think its just running under the house. Any suggestions?

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WCohn

Journeyman Plumber

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Sump Pit/Pump question: My house was built in the 50's and I

Sump Pit/Pump question: My house was built in the 50's and I bought it last year so I don't know much about its construction. I have a concrete sump pit with 2 pumps in my basement (1 hp and another battery operated as backup). The pumps send the water across my front yard (underground) into some sort of dry well in my driveway. The problem is that there a very old concrete/clay pipe that leads into the sump pit and I cant see where the pipe comes from as it is simply an opening half way down in the pit. A guy that came fix one of the pump said (very superficially) that should be a perforated pipe that runs under the basement and collects excessive water when it rains. That pipe is dry 99% of the time, even if there is a strong rain, chances are no water will come out of there. But if the rain is very strong and persistent, over ~45min, water starts coming slowly but increasingly out of the pipe, until a point it starts pouring so strongly that it is impossible for the pumps to keep up. The pit then floods and my basement is all wet (it may happen only once every couple of years, but just the expectation it may happen is quite enerving). Is this setup common? My basement is quite dry and finished, with no other leaks, the only water hazard comes from this crazy pipe. Having water coming into the pit, just to be then pumped out does not seem to be an efficient setup. Can't this pipe be closed? Or can't this pipe be directly reverted outside without passing through the sump pit? I need to understand if there is a solution to this risk please. Thanks, Daniel

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Phil

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I am building a new house. We are doing an air pressure test

I am building a new house. We are doing an air pressure test for the water lines. Put 60 psi in pipes at noon. After 19 hours it has dropped to 56 psi. Is this natural due to temperature fluctuations? We have checked all connections with soapy water and found no leaks. I am in Florida FYI. Thanks.

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WCohn

Journeyman Plumber

Journeyman License

684 satisfied customers
4 inch copper waste pipe has small leak at seam at joint

4 inch copper waste pipe has small leak at seam at joint going out to septic tank. I was told there is a special flux to put in the leak then solder the leak. Can you tell me the name of the solder? Will soldering be safe at this point if tank has gases from decomposing waste.

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Rick

Owner

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The unit above me has a washing machine and it leaked into

The unit above me has a washing machine and it leaked into my unit. Now there are two bubbles on my ceiling. Should I be worried about mold growth?

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Several days ago started getting cloudy water in the house.

Several days ago started getting cloudy water in the house. No odor or really bad taste, almost like a small amount of soil mixed with the water. Being on a well I was able to verify the water leaving the well is clear and normal. Plumbing is in the concrete foundation for the house. If there is a leak in the pipes in the foundation, how would I know? Is these a way to verify the leak? Plumbing from the well to the house appear dry, no standing water that I can see. Water pressure appears normal.

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Rick

Owner

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My 2.7 gallon hot water heater (Model # GL2.5Ti) may be

My 2.7 gallon hot water heater (Model # GL2.5Ti) may be leaking. It was installed about 5 years ago under my bathroom sink in a cabinet. I cannot tell where the leak is from because the cabinet in on a pallet. I am looking for a plumber to help. Any ideas? Do I need to replace the heater?

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Rick

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1. No water pressure in house, starts out strong but goes

1. No water pressure in house, starts out strong but goes down to trickle in 10 seconds2. new water meter installed by water company, new irrigation system installed 1 week later.3. Irrigation system has an outside tap 3 feet from water meter, house is on slab no basement.4. No pressure regulator or shut off valve can be found in house.5. 78 lbs pressure at hose connection and back-flow. irrigation system will run perfect, if a faucet is turned on in house irrigation system continues to run perfect, faucet and house pressure goes to 0 lbs.Water tap checked, All OK

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Rick

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