No water pressure at all!

Old 08-16-05, 11:35 AM
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No water pressure at all!

We just recently moved in our house in March of this year and didn't realize how poor our water pressure really was. This is experienced throughout the house - kitchen, bath, toilet and outside water source. The house is only 19 years old so we do have copper piping throughout the house but the previous owner was sort of a 'do-it-yourself' kind of guy; however, we are realizing that he didn't follow any kind of protocol when doing his plumbing. Most of the stuff that he did himself, such as installing a bathroom in the basement, was done poorly even though they do function - meaning you can take a shower or use the toilet but one day we are going to have to redo the entire bathroom because of the poor installation. The pressue is so terrible that when you flush the toilet or if the washer is running, you only get a trickle out of a faucet. Worse yet, even if nothing else is running in the house, there isn't enough pressure to properly use an outside sprinkler system. Any suggestions other than hiring a plumber? Our water heater is about eight years old. Also, we can't seem to locate the shut-off valve for the hot water - the previous owner put a stucco ceiling throughout the basement (sigh) so you can't get to any of the pipes very easily.
Old 08-16-05, 06:34 PM
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mhothem, Welcome to the DIY Forums.
Lets start with the easy one first. Most water heaters do not have a shut-off valve on the hot water side. The cold water inlet valve is what is normally used. The cold water controls whether water flows from the heater anyways. Only thing to watch here is that if you shut off the valve for more than a short (hour) period of time, you should turn off the power supply also (gas or electric).
I would start by asking neighbors if their water pressure is also low. Have you removed and cleaned the aerators on all the faucets? They are at the end of the spout and are easily unscrewed. You may also want to turn off the supply valve under a sink and disconnect the tubing above the valve. Hold a rag over the valve and turn the water on and off 2 or 3 times. This will clear out any debris that may be present and blocking the flow. try these things and reply back with any further questions or problems. Good luck.

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