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elizabeth21

06:43PM | 02/25/04
Member Since: 02/19/04
3 lifetime posts
Bvplumbing
The hose in my second floor bathroom broke off first in July of 2003. It was the cold water hose. It flooded for a good 30 mins. The plumber came out and replaced the hose.

Last week, the hot water hose going to the sink busted off. I was able to get it shut off sooner this time but there is still a lot of damage. The plumber put in a new hose and checked my water pressure. He said my pressure was 100 psi and it should be like 80 so I paid him $300 to put in a pressure regulator thing.

Well, I just checked on that sink and the hot water hose was leaking so I turned the water off.

What could be causing this to happen over and over?!? The first two times it busted off I'm not sure if it was leaking first. I hardly ever use that bathroom. I thought doing the water pressure thing would fix the problem but???? The plumber said my faucet is plastic and this may be to blame but he said he was able to put the hose on tight so he didn't think the thread was crossed but he wanted me to pay him another $200 to put in a new faucet. I said no. Do you think that may be it? With it being first the cold water hose and then the hot water hose, do you think there is something going on other than what I mentioned (pressure & plastic faucet)??

I'm calling the plumber tomorrow but just want to see if anyone has any other ideas.

plumber Tom

01:40PM | 02/26/04
Member Since: 05/10/03
801 lifetime posts
Your plumber did the right thing by reducing your water pressure, however 80 still sounds too high. Max out around 45 to 55 is optimal and won't cause stress related failures on flexable supply lines and other connections. I would have to agree with your plumber about plastic faucet shanks. They are garbage. A good brand name faucet (post back if you need a recommended brand name) are invaluable. They enable you to buy replacement parts down the line, should you need them. Also some flexable faucet supply lines (flexy's) are cheaply made. Some have rubber washer inserts and some don't. The good ones rely on a tight compression seal, not a 1/4 turn after hand tight rubber insert.


devildog

08:44AM | 02/27/04
Member Since: 09/16/02
250 lifetime posts
Until you get this problem fixed you may want to invest in a water alarm. They're battery powered and cost around $15. Put it on the ground or in your case in the cupboard where the water first starts leaking. When water touches both metal poles an alarm will sound, like a smoke detector. It won't help with your problem, but it might save you from costly repairs. By the way this only helps if you're home.

By the way PlumberTom can she reduce the pressure herself or does the plumber need to come back out and install a different regulator. I don't know how these work.

Devildog


elizabeth21

09:10AM | 02/27/04
Member Since: 02/19/04
3 lifetime posts
the plumber came out and said it was the faucet so he is going to put in a new faucet monday. I am going to look into the water alarm thing.

do you think it is the faucet? i don't know what else it would be if it is not.

plumber Tom

09:52AM | 02/27/04
Member Since: 05/10/03
801 lifetime posts
Some are adjustable. An inexpensive test gauge can be purchased and installed on an outside hose bibb or the water heater to get a correct pressure reading.
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