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eliza1

01:29PM | 11/07/06
Member Since: 09/19/05
6 lifetime posts
Bvplumbing
We have a new house and have not had hot water in the kitchen since we moved in. Also the hot water does not run at full pressure in the spare bathroom. The kitchen is located right next to the heater and the spare bath is next in line. All other faucets are operating properly. The copper water lines are running through a concrete slab. We had two different plumbers work on this job. The first plumber did all of the rough in. After our builder quit (long story) we brought in a second plumber to hook up the sinks, toilets, faucets, and the main water supply. We have taken everything apart above slab and cannot find any problems. When we unscrew everything from the hotwater line in the kitchen we still get nothing. The original plumber says he is not responsible for this because he doesn't know if the second plumber blew a rock into the lines when he hooked it up. We are on well water and we let the well run for quite a while before we ran it into the house. Help! Is the first plumber truly not responsible? How do we fix this?

Sylvan

11:38AM | 11/08/06
Member Since: 01/24/06
1512 lifetime posts
Me_office1
Do you have any water flowing from the hot water lines to the kitchen faucet?

Also IN MY humble opinion you had TWO different plumbers on the job so who knows what each plumber did or did not do.

I therefore woupd play hard ball and tell the builder / general contractor

"I bought a homeand it has the following defecvts YOU TAKE CARE OF IT"

It is not the home owners responsibility to track down who did what let the GC sort it out and get you the services you paid for THEN SCREAM at the bank for not checking the home before giving you a morgage

eliza1

03:04PM | 11/08/06
Member Since: 09/19/05
6 lifetime posts
we have no hot water coming into the kitchen at all. The second plumber was one that I had to hire since the builder quit. Therefore, playing hardball gets tricky. I imagine that the water line got pinched of when they were pouring gravel all over it and pouring the slab. The only way that the copper line was protected was with a plastic sleeve.

My brother-in-law suggested putting in an instant hot water heater under the sink. A much easier fix than digging through the slab to fix the line.

Sylvan

09:02AM | 11/09/06
Member Since: 01/24/06
1512 lifetime posts
Me_office1
An instant hot normally does not have the volume required to also supply a dishwasher.

I do not think a 220 V has the "make up" you may need

You may have to go for a 20 or 30 gallon electric model either under the sink cabinet or another location close to the fixture like an opposite wall

Good luck

eliza1

02:38PM | 11/15/06
Member Since: 09/19/05
6 lifetime posts
Hello again,

When we do find time to address the problem, is there a way to figure out what the problem is? Little camera's to snake into the pipe? Or should we just go ahead and istall a small water heater?

Thanks in advance.

Sylvan

01:41PM | 11/16/06
Member Since: 01/24/06
1512 lifetime posts
Me_office1
I am not aware of a plubing camera capable of going into a 3/4 line (7/8 copper)
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