Low Water Pressure

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Old 12-14-05, 05:17 AM
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Low Water Pressure

80 yr old house that has what looks like galvanized coming from the curb. The main shut off looks like it was threaded onto the galvanized. The rest of the house has been upgraded to copper ( 20 yrs ago or so)
Here's a bunch of questions.
- cost to replace service from curb( approx 50 ft from curb to inside house)
- water pressure pump ( $800) . Is that an option?
- could the shut off be broken/clogged?
-can the galvanized be reemed gently ( if we can get the valve off- probably stupid to even try.

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Ron
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Old 12-14-05, 07:04 AM
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Replace cost : Depends on who does it and the material used (copper,PVC etc). If the line is deep in the ground you will probably be renting a Ditch Witch or other equipment.
Pump : The galvanized line will probably give up anyways, so I would put that money into replacing the line. Ask water department to check your neighborhood pressure.
Shutoff ; COULD be broken and is PROBABLY clogged. You can pretty much be assured that the inside of the galvanized pipe is a much smaller opening than it was when it was installed. This restricts flow.
Reaming pipe ; It would not be worth the effort. As stated, the line is probably thin now and if you mess with it, it will probably break or start leaking.
Good luck with your project.
 
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Old 12-14-05, 11:25 AM
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Thank you
First we are going to try and see if the valve is clogged.
Then we will go from there.
I will post results

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