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11:47AM | 09/15/05
Member Since: 09/14/05
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I have an older home, maybe 50+ plus years. I had the basement remodled about 5 years ago which included another bathroom and laundry room.

The new bathroom and laundry room had to include new pipes to connect to the new fauctets.

So, why does the hot water pressure in the laundry room work as it should, flows perfectly, and the hot water pressure in the new bathroom, and all upstairs faucets barely 'trickle'?. It literally takes 1 hour to fill a bath tub (downstairs or upstairs).

I've read other forums, but they didn't address this specific issue, so I decided to ask knowing someone would have the answer.

Also, why does the cold water "pour" out the faucets everywhere? If it was calcium build up, doesn't cold water flow through the same pipes in the basement.

Just wondered...(I guess you can tell I'm a woman by my email.)


04:44AM | 09/20/05
Member Since: 08/29/04
227 lifetime posts
If it is calcium buildup in galvanized pipes, hot water pipes clog up faster than cold water pipes. Hot water molecules are moving faster than cold water, therefore the pipes clog sooner.

But, you may have a problem with your water heater main valve. I would check the valve going into the water heater to see if it isn't clogged. If that isn't clogged, then the main supply to the water heater may be. Often replacing this line directly from the meter will give you increased results in the short term. Eventually, galvanized pipes will clog up on the hot water outlet supply to fixtures. Galvanized, unfortunately has a 50 to 70 year lifespan depending on the hardness of the water.

Good Luck

Raymond VinZant Plumbing Prof.


06:32AM | 09/20/05
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
Since there has been some remodeling I suspect that it is a mix of galvanized and copper pipes.

I worked on a 50 YO home that had such a mix.

The old galvanized that took out, both the hot and cold was very clean and would have been good for another 50 years.

However, one place there was a copper connected directly to a galvanized riser.

That riser was very bad shape and almost completely clogged caused by the electrolysis between the 2 metals.

No dielectric fittings had been used.

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