faucet water sputtering when first turned on


Old 08-02-01, 12:04 PM
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When first turning on inside water, hot or cold, there is a sputtering of water and air before it finally stops. The faucets in both the kitchen and bathroom are duel handled and the house's plumbing is aprox. 40 yrs. old and galvanized. This problem just started and the outside faucet doesn't seem to be doing this. We have a well getting only about 8 gal a min and a pressure tank in the basement. Could our pressure tank be failing already (new 3 yrs ago)? Or is it something else?
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Old 08-02-01, 01:20 PM
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Sounds like you may be getting air into your water supply.
It could be a leaking connection in the pipes from the well to the house, or if you have an air bladder type pressure tank, the air bladder may have started to leak.
Check the air pressure with a tire gauge. It should be at the cut-off pressure after pumping up to cut-off, and 2 psi below (or right at) the cut-on pressure when the pump has been unplugged or cut-off and the water pressure released from the line.
40 years is usually about the max life for galvanized pipes. The couplings could be rusting out and leaking, and the pipes themselves will be scaling up badly inside, restricting water flow. They will eventually completely plug up.
The only solution to galvanized is to replace it.
To see if you have a connection leak on the suction (well) side of the pump, spray shaving cream around the fittings. If an indentation forms in the shaving cream with the pump running, it is drawing air in there.
If it is leaking on the supply side, it will be leaking water out.
Just have to check it all out from one end to the other. Start with the pressure tank.
Good Luck!

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