Why does water rush through pipes when no water is being used?

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Chris - If you've noticed, when you turn the shower on the morning, the cold water comes through from the pipe first and it will splash and sound different against the bottom of the shower compared with when the hot water, which comes along shortly afterwards, comes in; the note will change. This is a real observation; your ears aren't deceiving you.The reason for it is that water changes its viscosity - its stickiness - according to its temperature. If you could zoom in with a really powerful microscope and look at some water molecules, what you'd see is they are shaped like miniature boomerangs. At the apex of the boomerang you would see an oxygen atom and on each of the arms, you'd see hydrogen atoms. Oxygen loves electrons, so it pulls the electrons of itself and the hydrogen towards itself very tightly, and that makes the oxygen a bit minus. The hydrogens are correspondingly therefore a bit plus. As a result, when water molecules are sitting together side by side in solution,...

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Tap water polluted with faecal matter could be the cause of mystery stomach problems, according to new research.

Leaking water pipes underground have been found to allow potentially harmful contaminants into drinking water.

These contaminants – which could include viruses and bacteria from faeces - can cause stomach upsets, experts warned.

Leaking pipes could let pollutants into the drinking water supply, causing stomach problems, a study found

The pressure in mains water pipes usually forces water to seep out through leaks.

However, when there is a significant pressure drop in a damaged section of a pipe, water surrounding it can also be sucked in through the hole.

It was previously thought that if any contaminants were sucked in they would be ejected again once the pressure returned to normal.

But engineers found that they can also remain in the pipe and travel on through the network and into taps.

They said contaminated...

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anon937272
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I was told by an oilman that you use more oil if there is a slow drip in a faucet in the house.

anon925072
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@feasting: Water isn't wasted. It's a renewable resource. And your bill for a couple gallons of water is dwarfed by whatever you'd be charged to replace the piping.

seag47
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I live in the South, and I've never had much of an issue with pipes freezing. However, once or twice a winter, there will be a night when temperatures are forecast to get down into the teens, and everyone will wrap up their outside faucets.

We buy these insulating foam covers that snap over the faucets. The foam is a few inches thick, and it presses up against the wall of your home and encircles your faucet to keep cold air...

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Why do Pipes burst in the winter?

Generally water pipes burst in winter season when the temperature of the outside atmosphere reaches zero degrees Celsius. The water freezes at zero degrees and if the material with which the pipes are made play an important role in the bursting of pipes. Water has the nature of expanding when it freezes. If the water expands in a closed vessel or pipe and if the pipe or vessel is not sufficient to harbor the expanded form of water then there is a chance of the pipe to burst open. This will give way for the ice to exist in expanded form.
The water expands in a closed environment and it causes intense pressure on the inner walls of the pipe. The pressure is exerted on the inner walls made of iron, lead or PVC plastic. Even if the pipe is strong to bear the pressure exerted by the expanded water, frequent exertion of pressure consistently can make the pipe to weaken gradually and burst at some point later.
Pipes that are...

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To your dog, a bath doesn't equate to getting all beautified; it means having the worst time of his life. His fear isn't completely irrational: Water's scary, not to mention being suds up and groped. Your canine friend thinks baths are for the birds.

Negative Association

Your pup's fear of the bath may stem from an earlier time when he associated the bath with something traumatic. Maybe he was shuffled into the bath against his will as a puppy and doused with cold water, or maybe he was given a terrifying shave in the tub to keep all that fluttering fur in one place. Sometimes the negative association has to do with the way in which you talk to him. For instance, if you always say, "Let's go," before you do something he hates, such as clipping his nails or giving him medicine, he's going to associate your demeanor and those words with something negative. That's why it's never a good idea to say, "come," or any other command he already responds positively to, at...

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If a system's water pressure is too high, the pipes will bang when the water is turned on. Having a valve to reduce pressure or a pressure regulator to control the overall pressure is the easiest way to solve this problem. The best place to look for one of these is at the point where the main water supply line comes into the house. Most modern systems have one, but people who lack a regulator will get their money back in reduced water costs.

When mounting straps come loose, pipes have the range of motion to bang loudly. Usually, the straps are made of hooks and hangers coated in vinyl, attaching the pipes to framework. If a strap comes loose, the pipe can vibrate easily against framing wood pieces, making an unpleasant sound. Homeowners should check all the pipes within reach to ensure proper connection.

A "water hammer" is the sound one hears when a bunch of rushing water in the system hits a pipe with some sort of obstruction. The "thud" can echo through an entire...

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One of the best (and easiest) ways to prevent frozen pipes is to let the faucets drip. (Photo: Tatiana Popova/Shutterstock)

Below freezing weather across the country has brought with it a myriad of problems. Most exciting to me as a former teacher? School closings in many towns because the weather was just too cold for kids to be waiting outside a bus stop.

Another issue with below freezing temps? Frozen — and often burst — pipes in our homes. It’s not a fun problem to deal with but it’s helpful to know why pipes are more likely to burst in this kind of weather, and what you can do to prevent it. Most people don’t even think about these kinds of problems until it’s too late, so if you haven’t dealt with burst pipes up till now, sit up and pay attention. If you have, then you might happen know these little nuggets of wisdom all too well.

Strange timing

First off, it’s important to note that pipes don’t always burst once they’ve been frozen....

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Water, is Life itself! Can you imagine a life without? And yet there are millions of people all around the globe who do not have access to clean and safe water. Impure water is the leading cause of a host of potentially deadly diseases and sundry other health complications. You have no reason to bask in the thought that the water that flows out when you turn on the faucets in your home is always clean and pure. Especially if the water is brownish-looking. Pure water has a crystal clear appearance and any color in it is a tell-tale sign of contamination.

Brown-colored water coming out of the faucets is a common complaint of householders. But why? And now that you know that brown water is contaminated, how much of a cause of concern should it be? How do you fix the issue and ensure that it does not bother you again? The discussion below provides answers to the queries of a typical householder regarding brown water coming out of taps.

1.What are the Causes of Brown...

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Is no hot water coming out of your tap? Are only certain taps working in your home but others are not? Do you have trickling or leaking taps?

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Are you suffering from a trickling hot water tap? Or is it completely out of service? Let us guide your way through solving the problem.

The first thing to do is check the other taps...

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Water can contain dirt, minerals, chemicals and other impurities that make it smell and taste bad. Some of these contaminants can endanger your health, especially when they include microscopic organisms and bacteria that can cause serious illness. Filtering water can help purify water, removing these impurities and making it safe to drink, while often improving its taste.

Mechanical filters are used to remove leaves and other debris from water, along with dirt, silt and clay particles in water. Mechanical filters may be made from metal screens, fabric, ceramic or paper. These impurities, called sediment, can cause an unpleasant taste but aren't usually a health risk. Most home water filtration units use replaceable paper filters that screen out fine sediment.

Iron and other minerals, such as calcium and manganese, are not hazardous to human health, but they can cause drinking water to taste metallic or just...

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Common well water problems can include the appearance of cloudy water. There are a variety of issues that could cause cloudy water. It is important to investigate the situation in order to address the problem correctly and to be certain that your well water is safe for household use. Perform these tasks to determine the source of your cloudy water.

Pump or Filter

Fill a drinking glass with well water. Allow the water to sit for a few moments. If the water comes from the tap cloudy then clears after it is allowed to settle, your pump or water filter may be experiencing problems.

Residue in the Well

The presence of dirt, silt, or rust residue in your system can cloud your well water. If these particles are in your system, they will eventually be pumped along with the water through your pipes and out of your faucet.

Excess Surface Water

Surface water that seeps into your well is usually benign; however, if there is any excess amount getting...

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Backed Up Bathtub

Years ago, I injured my right heel coaching my daughter's soccer team. It was slow to heal and if I walked on it too much it ached. A hot bath temporarily provided some relief.

I needed to soak in the tub and went to my kids' bathroom as my wife and I only had a walk-in shower in our bathroom.

I filled the tub and relaxed. When finished, I moved the drain lever and absolutely nothing happened - I mean not even the slightest movement of water.

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Plunger First

Let me add here I'm a master plumber. I've been one for decades. I know all about blocked drains and why they happen.

Why my kids didn't tell me the tub wouldn't drain is beyond mental comprehension.

I tried to plunge the line and nothing but black gunk came backwards through the piping into the bathtub. An attempt to snake the line yielded no...

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You go to sleep with a cool, fresh glass of tap water by your bed and wake up to it tasting decidedly…off. Ever so slightly more dirt-like, I’d say. Musty, heavy, or oily, others have said. The taste difference is subtle and hard to describe, in a way that leads people who haven’t noticed to claim it doesn’t exist. So naturally, I called up a scientist to sort things out.

“I know exactly what you’re talking about,” says Susan Richardson, a chemist at the University of South Carolina. “Funny, I’ve been doing research on drinking water for 26 years, and I’ve never thought about this question before.” In fact, Richardson emailed several of her colleagues working at water utilities and the like, all of whom said they had never been asked this question before. “It’s the simple things that nobody thinks about,” she says.

Nobody has published a study on why water goes stale overnight, as far as we know. But Richardson and her colleagues did put their scientific minds...

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Note: Only watermain breaks resulting in water service disruptions are displayed in the banner above. Under normal circumstances, watermain breaks are repaired and water is back on within 48 hours. Water main break information is updated every 15 minutes if the status changes.


Underground water pipes known as water mains can sometimes leak or break. When a pipe leaks or a break happens, water can escape.

Because the water mains are under constant pressure, the water escaping will flow until the break is discovered, that section of the pipe is closed, and then repaired.

Like water mains, our sanitary sewer pipes also sometimes break and require repair.

After your water is restored

When your water is restored to service after a main break, there are three steps we recommend you take to ensure the quality of water in your home.

Run water from all of your taps for 20 minutes. This doesn't need to a full stream, just a small stream the size...
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In the industrialized world, access to clean and drinkable water is something many take for granted.

Haiti is in the midst of a reconstruction, which originated from the January 12, 2010 earthquake that took more than 250,000 lives and destroyed most of the physical infrastructures of Port-Au-Prince and surrounding cities.

Lack of clean and drinkable water is not a new problem that was just created when the 7.2 tremor destroyed most of the physical infrastructure in Port-au-Prince and surrounding cities. It has been a permanent problem, stealing hope and lives for more than a century while the rest of the world developed advanced plumbing and sewage systems. Yet very few sustainable solutions have been offered.

Water, the most basic of all necessities for life in this world is not only a luxurious item, but plainly put, it is made scarce, and expensive for the average Haitian.

A little over two...

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Game of Thrones is a show that requires a serious suspension of disbelief. It exists in a universe where the dead can rise from their graves, humans can see through the eyes of animals, anyone can travel between Dragonstone and Eastwatch at or near the speed of light, and Jon Snow can hold an unbroken frown for seven straight seasons.

Still, as we basked in the fiery glow of this season’s high-budget dragon action—cowering each time Drogon hovered in midair to pour a throatful of flame over one of Daenerys Targaryen’s enemies, we started to wonder: Could a beast that big really maneuver through the air like that? Fortunately, two scientists who have dedicated their lives to studying flying creatures agreed to clear that up for us.

Kevin McGowan, a Cornell ornithologist who specializes in crows, says there’s one major problem with dragon flight: physics. “They’re just so damn big,” he says. “Way too big to ever get off the ground.”

For comparison, there's the...

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You hear a loud clang or boom every time you close a faucet or your washing machine or outdoor sprinkler system shuts off the water flow. This startling noise, known as water hammer, occurs when high-pressure, rushing water meets a quick-closing plumbing valve. As it abruptly stops, the water creates energy and shock waves that make pipes vibrate or even burst. Repairs can be as easy as installing a water hammer arrester, or as difficult as replacing a pipe behind a wall.

Water Pressure Test Gauge

A water pressure gauge will help you determine the cause of the water hammer in your home. Turn off all faucets and fixtures in the house and attach the gauge to an outdoor faucet or your washing machine’s cold water outlet. Run water through the faucet that you are testing and read the water pressure dial on the gauge. Water pressure greater than 60 pounds per square inch (psi) can cause water hammer as the water rushes through the pipes in your home, according to the...

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IRA FLATOW, host:

And what if I told you that my new business plan - I've got a new business. This is how it's going to work. I want to sell you something that most people can already get for free, or almost free, and you're going to pay a lot more money for it. And my product costs lots more, but the quality is about the same as the less expensive stuff, or almost free stuff, that you're getting now. And by the way, the cheap stuff is already being delivered straight to your home. You don't even have to transport it anywhere. You probably think I'm a bit nuts to go into business, right?

Well, how did bottled water business become an 11 billion-dollar industry in this country? And bottling something that comes right to your tap already, that's what we'll be talking about for the rest of the hour. Plus, you've heard of a carbon footprint, but what about a water footprint? My next guest says that it takes about 53 gallons of water to make a simple, single cup of coffee,...

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And How Much Electricity Does It Use?!

I have been asking myself these questions for far too long. Have you? We’re constantly being told that dishwashers save water – it is often among the top ten ways to go green on various internet lists. But is it true?

Finally, I did some research. Here’s what I found…

The Waterwise Study

In 2006, Waterwise studied the amount of water used in hand washing versus machine washing. According to their website, “Waterwise is a UK NGO focused on decreasing water consumption in the UK by 2010 and building the evidence base for large scale water efficiency. We are the leading authority on water efficiency in the UK.”

I could not find the study online, but according to several places it was quoted, the study found the average dishwasher uses between 12 and 16 litres (3-4.25 gallons) of water, while washing dishes by hand uses as much as 63 litres (16.5 gallons).

But the study failed to address...

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Suburbanmd,

Some thought on commercial side of laundry.

Most hotels, athletic facilities, hospitals, and others that do a lot of laundry use equipment that processes 35 lbs to 450 lbs or more wash at a time. There are versions called tunnel washers that do even more in huge continuous batches. Only a small fast food restaurants, small dry cleaners, or a hair salon might use household size equipment, everybody else has just too much laundry to do, and when you are paying the labor to do the laundry, it dwarfs utilities, chemicals, and equipment cost for total processing cost for most applications.

Lots of talk about heaters, etc. Pros and cons to heaters.

In the commercial business, most health officials seem to require 160 to 165F to kill the "bugs". That said, there are a few rare resistant ones that need 195F to kill them. For a nursing home with shared sheets and linens for many different individuals, this is a big deal to know that you have very good...

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Story highlights

When Michigan officials switched water sources for Flint, it introduced iron and lead into the water supplyA class-action lawsuit alleges lead poisoning and some have called for Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder to resign

(CNN)Flint, Michigan, lies about 70 miles from the shores of the largest group of fresh water bodies in the world: the Great Lakes. Yet its residents can't get clean water from their taps.

FEMA aiding in toxic water crisis

Nearly two years ago, the state decided to save money by switching Flint's water supply from Lake Huron (which they were paying the city of Detroit for), to the Flint River, a notorious tributary that runs through town known to locals for its filth.

"We thought it was a joke," said Rhonda Kelso, a long-time Flint resident. "People my age and older, thought 'They're not going to do that.' "

The switch was made during a financial state of emergency for the ever-struggling industrial town. It was...

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Now go build one. It's not going to build itself! You can preheat water for any type of water heating system, gas or electric, tankless or with a tank, and it will translate into savings for you. Just be safe and get professional help if you have to in order to follow local codes and so forth. Yes, that was a disclaimer.

Remember, even if what you build is not enough to supply all your needs, that doesn't matter. If it just supplements what you have, then every bit of energy you harvest is money saved! It amounts to turning sunlight into money!

Oh, one other thing --- If the ambient outdoor temperature is higher than the temperature of the water coming out of your supply pipe, this thing will work even without sunlight. That's right... on a cloudy day or even at night! If your water comes out of the supply pipe at 55 degrees and it is a cloudy, but warm 80 degree day (or night), the water will still circulate until the holding tank is at 80 degrees. And...

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