Lack of Water Pressure

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by NBILL, May 23, 2007.

  1. NBILL

    NBILL New Member

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    Could an old water heater cause loss of water pressure? My WH is about 18 yrs old and probably should be replaced. When our outside faucet, or washing machine are on the inside water from the faucets is extremley low pressure. This was not a problem in past years and only started about a month ago.

    Any ideas???
     
  2. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    pressure

    Only if the connections to it are corroded and restricted.
     
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  4. NBILL

    NBILL New Member

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    How can you tell if they are?
     
  5. Verdeboy

    Verdeboy In the Trades

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    Low Pressure

    It sounds like your cold water pressure is also low. That would rule out your water heater as being the source of the problem.

    Possible explanations:

    Main water shut-off not fully opened.
    Water leak.
    The incoming water pressure has dropped from the city or your well.
    your faucet aerators are all limed up and blocking the flow.
     
  6. AlwaysInHotWater

    AlwaysInHotWater New Member

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    Are your pipes galvanized?
     
  7. NBILL

    NBILL New Member

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    I just checked the main. I could turn it 4x. I must have not turned it on full when we got back from vacation in January.
    How simple. She is going to try 2 faucets on tonite and see if it is back to normal.


    AlwaysInHotWater---Pipes are copper
     
    Last edited: May 24, 2007
  8. AlwaysInHotWater

    AlwaysInHotWater New Member

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    May all your future problems be so simple. :)
     
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