05:58AM | 10/26/05
Member Since: 10/25/05
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We just rented a house on a well system, that we are fixing up. The hot water pressure is fine but the cold is just terrible. We checked all the valves to make sure they were all on all the way and the pressure tank seems to be working fine, kicks on at about 40psi and shuts off at about 70psi. We cleaned the filter, it had a lot of rust build up. When we first moved in we turned on each fixture and they all had rust in them. Is this a major plumbing problem or is it something we can fix ourselves? All the lines seem to be copper if that helps.


08:37AM | 10/26/05
Member Since: 04/25/05
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If this is a problem with all of the cold water faucets then there is some kind of blockage between where the water heater is connected and the first faucet with the problem.

Sounds like some kind of "gunk" buildup. Might need to break the line near the water heater and back fush the cold water lines.


12:11PM | 10/27/05
Member Since: 08/29/04
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If I had to say, I would think a blockage is out because the pipes are copper. That is not to say copper can't build up, but generally they don't.

If you have better pressure on your hot than on your cold, I would think there is something else going on. If its all the cold water pipes, it has to be a branch that goes to all the fixtures but after the branch for the water heater. As you said, the hot water pressure was good. There must be some kind of valve or flow restriction after the connection. If there is any galvanized or any other material in between that connection, that could be the problem.

Raymond VinZant Plumbing Prof.
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