HELP needed quick

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice, Tips & ' started by vjwelch83, Dec 17, 2008.

  1. vjwelch83

    vjwelch83 New Member

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    I turned of the water to the house several times throughout the day. I was putting new pipe in the bathroom. This bathroom is the furthest away from the main. I opened the garden house to drain the water from the house so i didn't have to work in wet conditions. Once I had all the new plumbing in I turned the water back on. Now I have low flow everyware. At first things spit and sputtered like usual but now they just trickle. I am pretty sure that I have air in the lines. I need help getting it out.
  2. SewerRatz

    SewerRatz Illinois Licensed Plumber

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    Air in the lines is not the issue. To get air out of the lines you just let the water flow. Check your water pressure at the outside sillcock. If your getting good pressure there, then the issue can be some rust or calcium from your pipes lodged into the aerators, or the stems/cartridges of your faucets. If that is the case clean the aerators. The other issues is if your main shut off is a gate valve you may have snapped the gate of the stem when you tried to turn the water off enough to stop any flow. In which case you need to call a plumber to turn the water off outside at the Buffalo box and replace the valve.

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  3. kingsotall

    kingsotall Plunger/TurdPuncher

    First time I've heard it called a Buffalo box. Gonna start throwing that around. :)
  4. vjwelch83

    vjwelch83 New Member

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    Nope it is not any of the gate valves. I didn't mess with any of them. All I did was turn the water off to the house at the "Buffalo Box" and replace some pipes for the shower. Then when I turned the water back on I had little pressure all over the house. The one place io have the best pressure is at the garden house. This is the first spot on the pipes. the rest of the house has little pressure.
  5. kingsotall

    kingsotall Plunger/TurdPuncher

    Do you know what type of pipes you have¿ Galvanized¿
  6. vjwelch83

    vjwelch83 New Member

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    galvanized
  7. kingsotall

    kingsotall Plunger/TurdPuncher

    That's the problem. All that old glavy pipe has flaked off and dislodged, clogging your pipes. Time to go to bed. HJ, redwood or seweratz can finish this one off.


  8. Looks like you'll be spending thousands of dollars with that statement.


    That piping is clogged, and no fix to repair it.


    Damn that has got to suck. I mean, DAMN.
  9. Verdeboy

    Verdeboy In the Trades

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    Before I spent thousands of dollars to replace all my pipes, I would disconnect some of the supply lines to try to determine exactly where the plug is. In other words, start flushing the lines starting at the side of the house closest to the "buffalo box." Try to isolate the plug, if there is one.

    But, first, as someone suggested, I would check the aerators to see if they are all plugged up.
  10. vjwelch83

    vjwelch83 New Member

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    Thank you all, we got. It turned out that a bunch of sediment clogged every faucet in the house. I guess all the on and off from the box dislodged the sediment and rust.
  11. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

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    Glad you found the immediate problem. The fact that you have all of this crud in you pipes should be a warning to you that you are on borrowed time with the galvanized pipes. It would be prudent to being saving up for a re-pipe either with copper or PEX before the pipe starts really going to hell.. This will be expensive, so get a head start on it by laying aside some dollars. Your local water contents can affect the life span, but even with the best of conditions galvanized can only last so long.
  12. theplumber

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    One real important tip for turning off the water and turning it back on again. TURN IT ON VERY SLOWLY. Let the pipes fill slowly instead of blasting the empty pipes with a sudden rush of water breaking loose all the rust and sediment in your pipes.

    Also, if you have a Price Pfister tub valve, open up the cold water side and then turn on your water so all the stuff that breaks loose goes there instead of into your faucets. If you don't have a nice wide opening valve the next best thing it to open a hose bib in the back that is tied to the house pressure side and let the water go there first.
  13. SewerRatz

    SewerRatz Illinois Licensed Plumber

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    glad you found your cause of troubles.

    The curb stop or round way which around here is always called a buffalo started in Buffalo New York. here is a link from my local town's website showing one with a bit of an explanation. http://www.naperville.il.us/b-box.aspx
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