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Old 08-15-2009, 10:07 PM   #1
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water pressure issues..

The last few days we've been having water issues re pressure. If I run the outside hose our inside plumbing will not work.

also, other times unrelated to the outside hose our upstairs bathroom toilet and sink sputter and spit out dirty water. but...after a little use, 10 seconds or so, the water clears up and pressure works okay.

any ideas what this is? we have a basement where I can see all the piping and do not see any leaks, I am also unawaire of any leaks from the city line.

could it be something with the water heater?....or pressure from the city? I really have no idea what could cause this!

Decatur GA


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Old 08-15-2009, 10:21 PM   #2
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Do you have a pressure regulator? If so this may be you troubles

If not what are you water pipes made of? Copper, galv or what


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Old 08-16-2009, 04:14 AM   #3
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And I'd check the shut off valve on the city side of the meter to make sure it is in the fully open position.
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it is either on your side of the meter or the city side. did the city do any work last week on the lines? if they had a break and repair down the street they may have contamenated the water and a clump has holed up in your pipes somewhere. i've seen this affect just one house for weeks and didn't do anything to the neighbors. on your side of the meter, how old is your house? is your water lines that you can see galvanized pipe? look at that. doesn't sound like the water heater since you say your commode spits and sputters. regardless of where this problem is it has probably stopped up your aerators at the sink. also, a commode has delicate parts and they will block up. how about your tub? run it for a few minutes turning the hot and cold back and forth and pay attention to if the pressure increases or decreases overall and if any gunky stuff comes out. i say to do this because it is the general area of your bath. also, run the sink with the aerator off for a few minutes and clean or replace the aerator. take note how it comes apart because it can be confusing to put it back together for simple people like me. thanks, bb
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