Old 06-17-01, 02:18 PM
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For the past 6 months one of our bathrooms has been having a lot of sediment coming through the faucet into the tub, but the other two bathrooms have not had this problem. Now the problem has escalated to sediment plus, while the water is running in the tub, it will slow to a trickle for approximately 2 minutes, then return to normal. No other water will be running at this time. This "trickle" effect has now begun appearing on all faucets intermittently. I don't know what to do. The house is 26 years old and we use well water. Is this a hard water problem? and, do we have air in our lines? HELP!
Old 06-17-01, 06:13 PM
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The sediment could be coming from your well, in which case you can install a filter to remove it. Contact your local Health Department for their recommendations about filters in your area (there are many different types).
The restricted water flow could be from a shallow well point (if you have one). Points have water intake holes and screens that eventually rust and partially plug up. If this is the case (shallow well), you may fire a round or two of .22 down the well head to break up the sediment. If that doesn't solve it, you may have to drive a new shallow well. (I recently had the same problem as you describe, and solved it by shooting down the well head.)
OR, if you have galvanized pipes, it could be coming from the pipes. Galvanized pipes will rust and scale up inside until they eventually plug up completely. The only solution is to replace them.
Good Luck!

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