What could be the cause of Water running in Condo?


If the smell is a rotten egg odour, this is caused by hydrogen sulfide, and is a very common issue.

It is hydrogen sulfide gas that causes the smell, and so likely well i's sitting in a bottle the gas is coming out of the water and concentrating in the top of the bottle, hence the noticable smell. It is likely that your water has a bit of a smell normally, but you've become desensitized and used to it, or it's simply at a level that isn't noticable.

You can get hydrogen sulfide test strips to check your water. As @mikes says, check from a tap before any treatment (there should be one on your pressure tank) as well as after.

One of the common ways to treat it is with an activated carbon filter. You should however consider a getting professional opinion, as it is often better to treat the source and not just the symptoms. There may be more problems, or a better solution. Be careful though: the water treatment industry is full of people that don't know a...

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first, i assume you have pressure everywhere else in the house, both hot and cold. The tub is working normally? Second,the sound of water in a valve can be very deceptive. a small amount of water can sound like normal flow, also air flowing back into the system can make a similar sound. If you have pressure in the lower tub faucet, then it has to be the valve or a major leak between the valve and the shower head. A bad valve would rarely require replacing the valve housing, and most repairs can be done by without going into the wall.

How old is the valve? single or hot and cold? brand? Most valve stem assemblies can be repaired or replaced by turning off the main water supply and unscrewing the valve handle or cover. This is not a big job, but often requires some finesse to do it properly on older systems. Newer designs are easier to remove, but harder to put back together properly. A lot of step by step instruction are available on the web once you know the brand and...

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I suspect the sound is from the drain pipes, and comes from a leaky toilet, beacause that's the most common thing that has a stored reservoir of water to keep leaking after you shut off the main valve.

You might try leaving the main water valve shut off for several hours. If the sound eventually stops, go around and look in your toilets to see if any are now empty in the top tank (without you flushing) - or speed the process up and flush all the toilets after shutting off the main water valve and see if the sound then goes away shortly after that.

If you'd like to check on @Tester101's theory, try shutting off the main electric breaker and see if the sound stops or...

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I'd say you have two options you could try, one cheap and one expensive.

You could add a whole house sediment filter to your main line into the house. There are a couple different kinds (replaceable paper, cleanable metal screen, and more fancy options). You could add a reverse osmosis system and significant size storage tank to store enough RO water since the system won't keep up.

Option 1 could run from $50 (assuming DIY) to $1000, depending on how fancy you get. Option 2 would probably run from ~$800 to $1500, due to the need to store the RO water and more replumbing.

I'd probably try option 1 and see if that is adequate for you.

This article describes installing a pretty simple type of whole house filter.


You may need to look for something more expensive like a metal screen back flushing sediment filter if you find that you clog the...

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Your recommendations of filtering the water, or letting it stand, etc, etc. shouldn't have to be done because people pay a water bill and they are entitled to pure, good tasting and smelling water.

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Attention Post 37 whose water smells like wet dog, we're having the exact same problem.

Our water smells fine at first. It even smells fine if left alone in a glass. As soon as we take a sip, however, about two minutes later the water and cup reek of a wet dog / dog breath smell. Doesn't matter if we just brushed our teeth either. Never experienced this before. I wonder if it's a lack of chlorine in our community well water that's allowing rapid bacterial growth from bacteria imparted from our mouths. We're going to install a good under the sink filter to see if it helps.

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I got asked the question this weekend and it made me think.

People who live in condo generally don’t have a yard, or plants or grass. They may not have a washer/dryer and maybe can’t afford to upgrade. So what can you do to drop usage by 25%?

First I’ll go after the “low hanging fruit”, these are things you could do TODAY.

Turn off the faucet when shaving or brushing your teeth. Follow the phrase – If its yellow, let it mellow. If its brown, flush it down. (Then invest in some Clorox spray to clean the ring out of your toilet after you do flush.) Take a shorter shower OR take a “military shower” – ie: turn on the water to get wet, then turn it off and lather up. Turn on the water again and rinse off and be done. Only run the dishwasher when its full. Same could be said for laundry – only wash clothes when full. Stop putting trash down the kitchen sink and running your in-sinkerator. Put the trash in the trash bins and save a bunch of water. Educate your children...
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Water they say is life, and indeed they were right. With about 70% of the earth’s cover being water, it undeniably becomes one of our greatest resources. As young students, we learned about the various ways to conserve water; coming to think of it, water is used in almost every important human chores and processes. It is an important element in both domestic as well as industrial purposes. However a closer inspection of our water resources today, give us a rude shock.

Infested with waste ranging from floating plastic bags to chemical waste, our water bodies have turned into a pool of poison. The contamination of water bodies in simplest words means water pollution. Thereby the abuse of lakes, ponds, oceans, rivers, reservoirs etc is water pollution. Pollution of water occurs when substances that will modify the water in negative fashion are discharged in it. This discharge of pollutants can be direct as well as indirect.

Water pollution is an appalling problem,...

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When your bathtub faucet doesn't deliver water at its regular rate, the problem often is a lack of water pressure in the supply lines, but if you can rule that out, there other possibilities, most of which lie within the faucet parts or the shower diverter.

Initial Checks

Confirm that all supply valves in the water lines are fully open. Next, check the shower diverter; some faucets have a knob on the top of the spout, while other diverters are like a third faucet handle. Make sure the diverter is fully in position to supply the bathtub spout only. Additionally, if the faucet spout has an aerator, unscrew it and soak its parts screen in vinegar to clear out debris and mineral deposits that could be blocking water.

Faucet Valves

If the flow still is low, the faucet valve(s) may not be opening all the way. To check a double-valve faucet you have to turn off the water supply and remove the valves. Many single-handled faucets have cartridge valves, and...

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One night about a month ago I was watching TV when I heard a loud metal sound followed by the sound of surging water. It was so loud and unsettling my dog started barking. I went next door to ask my neighbor, who had just moved in, if she was running her washer, which is upstairs. Or taking a shower. No answer. I hear water running in the pipes closer to her wall. The HOA management people had their Mr. Fixit man come out. He looked for signs of water close to the dishwasher and under the stairs. He listened to the walls and said he could hear it where I said it was. He could not find any appliance running. Their next step is to have a plumber with a listening device come out to find the leak. The water sound continues. Still not telltale signs of water buildup anywhere. In addition to the constant sound I am not fretting over the possibility I may have damaged the pipe when I tried to put in my molly bolts to hang a small cabinet. Is that possible? The condo was built in...

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Is there a water recirrculation system for the hot water?

Is the wall against the plumbing on the condo next door?

What type of heating system does the condo have? Hot water circulation? Steam?

Is there outside drainage going through the walls?

Is there a humidifier or air conditioning system that drains regularly?

To add to the above questions I'd start out by saying that unusual spontaneous running water sounds are something to be paid attention to, diagnosed quickly and NOT ignored. At best you are wasting water, at worst serious damage to your dwelling is in progress.

A few other questions:

Did you just recently notice this sound?

Have you checked your sinks and toilets for visible signs of leaks? Is there water in the vanity underneath the sink or around the base of the toilet? Did you do a food coloring test with your toilet (put food coloring in the tank water, wait 10 minutes and see if you observe a change in color of...

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If you spot the ceiling under a bathroom starting to bubble and flake, chances are you’ve got a leak in your bathtub, shower, toilet or sink. Don’t wait! See if you can find the source of the leak! In some cases, it may be just a matter of re-caulking the area around the tub. Or making sure you put the curtain in place properly next time you have a shower.

To see where it is leaking behind the tile. You may be able to cut a hole in the drywall gently. Shine a flashlight in and watch as someone runs the water! If you see a lot of water, then it may mean the tiles and grout around the bathtub have failed and are allowing water in behind. This means you’ll probably be best off replacing wall and tiles all in one go. It’s an expensive renovation, but necessary before more serious damage occurs to floor joists and ceilings below.


If you find water on the floor or dripping from your pipes, don’t panic! It may just be condensation. A quick fix is to...

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We are happy to provide you with the following general toilet information. While there are MANY different types, styles and models of toilets (many of them requiring unique parts made by the toilet manufacturers specifically for their toilets), we're sure the information we offer below will provide a few simple tips for the troubleshooting and repair of some of the most common toilets out there.

Basic Water Closet (Toilet) Types

The most common type of toilet, especially in homes, consists of a tank and a bowl, whether in two separate pieces or a single molded unit. However, some toilets don't have a tank, but instead have a large, exposed flushing mechanism often referred to as a flushometer (such as those made by Sloan or Delany). Flushometers come up from the toilet bowl and back into the wall and can either be concealed inside the wall entirely, or exposed.

(Flushometer-type toilets are more common in commercial applications, such as restaurants,...

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You are very familiar with the sounds of your home, the drone of the refrigerator, the hum of the heater, the buzz of the lights. These are the little white noises that comprise our day. One of these familiar sounds is the occasional sound of the water heater running. But what happens when this sound never stops? Is it OK for the water heater tank to be running all the time?

In most instances, the answer to our last question is no. If your water heater is constantly running, there is probably a problem. Here are a few potential problems you could be having and a few steps you could take before calling the plumber.

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You might have a leak – A leak would be a constant drain on the hot water supply within the tank. To make up for the loss of hot water, your tank would need to run more frequently to keep the same level of hot water as before. If your water heater is constantly running the first thing you should do is check the unit and the pipes...

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It sounds like the toilet, shower and sink share a vent. This is pretty normal; no plumber in his right mind would run separate vented stacks for each drain in the house. The drains are instead tied into one vent stack, and then stacks are combined as they flow into the main sanitary drain. However, the shower or sink may be upstream of the toilet, and are pushing air in front of water which might be finding relief by bubbling up the toilet's drain. The plumbing can still pass code, but the intent of the applicable plumbing code is to prevent a drain being too far from its vent, which causes air to get trapped "downstream" of water in the line, resulting in problems like this (and slow drains).

The design of the toilet may have something to do with it. Toilets, like other drains, have U-bends; for a toilet this has the dual purpose of keeping water in the bowl, and also keeping sewer gases from pushing out into the room (similar to J-traps on sink'shower drains). However,...

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If you have running water in your home, here are a few important things you need to know about your drains!

How to Unclog a Sink and Prevent Clogs

Let plenty of water run down the drain by keeping the faucet open for up to a half a minute each day. Sink lines commonly plug because not enough water is flushed through them, especially after the garbage disposal is used. Run the faucet for about five seconds after you turn off the disposal. This helps flush the line. Never pour hot oil or grease down the sink—whether or not you have a disposal. About once a month fill the sink to the top with very hot water. Using a fork or other kitchen utensil so you don’t scald your hand, remove the sink’s plug. As the clean, hot water swirls down through the sink line, it takes much of the grease buildup with it.

To Keep a Toilet from Clogging

Don’t put anything foreign down the toilet except toilet paper. Items such as dental floss, Q-Tips, baby wipes, or any...
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