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When water heaters leak from the tank, they need to be replaced. We highly recommend that you call an emergency plumber or plumbing company that operates 24 hour service in your area to replace your water heater. You may try the following process to prevent further water damage in your garage: If you have electric water heater, first turn off power to the water heater at the breaker box; and if…

PLEASE RESPOND ASAP! Hi. I live in a townhouse for 3 years now. My bathroom & my neighbor’s bathroom face each other. When they use their sink, it gurgles in my sink trap & the sewer gases come into my bathroom & house. I can hear it gurgling even if I’m on the first floor. I have to keep the window open because of the smell. This started a few months ago & it’s getting worse.


What could be causing this? I would like to have an idea on the solution before I call the landlady. She seems to always want to take the easiest & cheapest way out of the repairs. I live in Pennsylvania.

It is advisable to always ask before you make a decision on materials to use in your plumbing. Not all PVC pipes are recommended for all types of plumbing. Even though a PVC pipe can be used to plumb indoor drains, vents and waste lines, they are not suitable for outdoor plumbing or wherever they are exposed to sunlight or heat as they will melt. A PVC pipe will also melt when used in hot water lines plumbing…

BACKGROUND: We have a septic system. Sewage was flowing out into the yard. The clean out was found to have the cap missing, which was replaced. Once the cap was replaced, the sewage began to back up in the house. When we would wash dishes, sewage would bubble up into the bathtub, the toilet would not go down, the bathroom sink would drain slow and gurgle. First plumber ran snake, said it was not clogged by us, but that the piping was laid wrong. Next plumber dug up where piping runs to septic tank, said there was grease clogging, also another fitting (? I don’t really know proper terminology) was broke off–so said it wasn’t draining right.

Sewage backing up into your yard or house does not have a direct relationship with "how long it would take for grease to clog system enough to back it up". In your situation, there are two most common causes of the back up. The first possibility is that your "out-going line/lines is/are clogged", and the second is that your "outlet baffle on the out-going side of your sewage tank is clogged" or "not functioning properly"

I am assuming that what you meant by "injector pump" is the "sewage ejector pump" in your plumbing system. Is this ejector pump located in your basement? Your question is not descriptive enough to enable us have a clear picture of the problem you have but because you requested an expedited answer, I am going to try to respond to your question based on the assumption that you are talking about your "sewage ejector pump"

Asbestos insulation in water heaters is dangerous in my opinion. If the asbestos is not disturbed and the dust drifts to where you can breath it, you would be safe. But if it’s disturbed and the dust breathed, asbestos can stay in the lungs for a long time and cause different kinds of cancer including mesothelioma. Why have such a dangerous substance in the home at all? I wouldn’t and no one should, especially when there is no guarantee that it wouldn’t be disturbed…

A new washing machine is obviously not the solution to the problem you are having with your washer. In most cases, a pinched or disconnected hose is responsible for the washing machine filling up continuously. If you are confident and comfortable with handling appliances and tools, unscrew your washer’s panel and look for the air hose (it’s a small tube that is normally connected to the air dome of your washer) If the hose is not attached, then that’s the cause of the problem. To fix this problem, you need to re-attach the hose to the air dome using a tie-wrap. And if the hose is pinched, release the pinch to fix it. Cover the panel afterwards and see if it works…

You may want to trace the history of repairs on your water lines since the low hot water pressure started recently according to your question. Was there a recent repair on the lines? Did the low hot water pressure start after a fitting installation? If there was no recent repair or alteration on your plumbing, then the most likely cause of the low water pressure in your bathroom is sediment that have built up inside your hot water tank…

I have an outdoor shower with Moen parts. The shower plumbing was drained last fall in preparation for winter but after turning the water back on a few weeks ago, I do not have hot water coming through the lines. I have a few shut off valves and a drain point in the basement and have ensured that everything is on and that there is pressure at the drain port but between the drain port and the shower head the hot water is not passing through. Is there a chance the line is plugged or that the Moen part is malfunctioning?

The plumbing disappears behind the walls at the drain port on the hot water line so I cannot inspect any further. I have heard that there is a part in the Moen control handle that may be at fault but I cannot confirm on the internet. I do have hot water for a bathroom that branches off of that line. Also noted that there is a little cold water pushing through the line when the control handle is turned all the way to HOT. Any ideas?

I am assuming that you have hot water in every other part of the house except that one shower because the fact that you have hot water in "a bathroom that branches off of that shower line" suggests that the problem is related to that particular shower. And like you rightly guessed, not having hot water in the shower could be caused by any one of the following: faulty valve or plugged line. Now, knowing the type of plumbing line you have will help to further narrow down the cause of lack of hot water in your shower. Question 1: Do you have galvanized pipes? (mostly in old houses) If you answered yes to the above question, then you probably have a plugged line. Question 2: Do you have copper lines?…

My daughter lives in Mexico. She has a very strong smell in all 3 of the bathrooms. The sink drains were installed upside-down and there is no seal on the toilets. This smell is making her whole family very sick. How dangerous is this, and how can she determine how bad it actually is? Limited resources in Mexico. I am concerned for their safety. Can you give me some more info. Her husband needs to be convinced on concerns for health. They have 5 little kids in the house.

Hydrogen sulfide (H 2S) is a highly poisonous and inflammable gas which occurs naturally in natural gas, volcanic gases, crude petroleum and other natural occurrences. It is also produced by the bacterial breakdown of waste materials usually found in waste treatment plants, sewer systems, swamps. Hydrogen sulfide gas has a foul odor of rotten eggs similar to what you described in your question "very strong smell in all 3 of the bathrooms". For the purpose of this question, I will base my answers on sewer gas (Hydrogen sulfide produced by the break down of waste materials in sewer systems/waste management systems) This is how Hydrogen sulfide is produced in sewer systems/waste management systems: When microorganisms decompose waste materials in the sewer system/waste management system, this is done in the absence of oxygen and the resulting gas is Hydrogen sulfide (sewer gas)…

If your central heating pipes make loud rattling noise, there are different possible causes. It could be air in the system which needs to be let out by bleeding the radiators; could be radiator valve rattling; could also be your pump valve; could be loose duct work or pipes expansion noise. But before I begin to address this, it’s important that I know the type of system you have and at what point the problem started. Is your central heating gas or electric? Is it an old system? Was there a recent repair done on the unit before it started rattling? We always urge users to give such details in their questions to enable us give accurate answers since we are not present to look at the system.

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The best time to prevent frozen pipes is before the winter scourge. Never wait until you face the horrible experience of a frozen pipe. Here are few things you can do to save your pipes and house hold from the winter trouble: Insulate pipes, disconnect all garden hoses, shut-off and drain your water system, if you are going to be away for some time, keep the house warm by setting your thermostat to at least 55°F (12°C)