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hockeytown9 07-16-2010 01:38 PM

water supply issues (sediment/rust/blockages)
Shortened the post to this (long story)

Basics: House is a rental I inherited. I live 8 hrs away and have to fix in my spare time due to lack of funds. House was built in 1950's. Been vacant for about 4yrs due to slow progress of repairs. Water was turned off (at main) for much of that time. Have a deadline now and am desperate.

Symptoms: Water pressure issues throughout, sometimes with the hot supply, sometimes with the cold, or sometimes both. Grey sediment and sulfer (rotten egg) smell in kitchen, where the hot water pressure is good for about 1-2 sec before tappering off to almost nill Do not notice this sulfer smell in the other areas of the house. Rust stains in one bath where fixture no longer works at all. Clear water where the other pressure issues are. There is hard water in this area (fyi). Also not sure but I assume the plumbing is all original from 1950's. Though I am not sure what material was used.

I hope that sums it up. I am guessing it is a sediment/blockage issue, but I am no plumber. But I am desperate to find out what the issue is and what my options are. I am low on funds as usual, but the house is nearly ready to be rented again, and I need to finish it (deadline of 2 months set). My dad will be in that are for about a week, and is quite handy. So if I can point him in the right direction, and let him know what our options are, that would be a great help. Thank you so much in advance, and if you need any further info I will do my best.

NHMaster 07-16-2010 05:00 PM

Why not call a plumber and have him check it out for you

hockeytown9 07-17-2010 01:38 PM

Considering that for sure, but money is very tight, and from the numbers I have gotten, it will be around 200 bucks just to hear options. I can get 100ft of both hot and cold pex for that. To pay 200+ bucks just to be told that my options will cost 1000 bucks seems a waste of money. If I can find out here what my options are, and what the issues might be, I can get some rough quotes on what those repairs might be from the local plumbers. Then decide if it is worth it to have that done, or just run pex through the house. Because if they say "Oh you are out of luck. You're going to have to run new lines through the house and that will be 2000 bucks." If thats the case, I can't afford it. Then what? He says "Oh thats too bad, that will be 200 bucks please." If I could afford to have it done professionaly, I would, believe me. But I can't. I was laid off in Febuary (cue violin), so I have to save money anyway I can, and spend only what I have to. I mean I am having to live with my Mother-in-law right now! :eek: That should tell you how bad it is. HA HA!!! I know plumbers have to feed their families, but so do I. :) So I am hoping I can get some ideas here and then give one a call and go from there. If that makes sense.

hockeytown9 07-17-2010 01:43 PM

New info: Spoke to my dad and found out about 80% of the house has original supply lines and that they are galvinized steel pipes.

He can't get to the house for another 2 weeks or so, so I was hoping to let him know what i found out by then. Thanks for all the help peeps. :) I appreciate it.

hockeytown9 07-22-2010 02:23 PM

A week and nothing?

Alternative LLC 07-23-2010 01:46 PM

Sounds like you need to consider a repipe. Are you a michigan guy? Going off your name. If so where is the house at?

oh'mike 07-23-2010 03:12 PM

Kind of sounds like a repipe to me,too.

Pull off all of the faucet aireators- see if that helps-----If not start gathering your pex fittings and crimper.---Mike---

hockeytown9 07-23-2010 11:29 PM

Thanks for the advice. :) Even if it sounds like costly advice. lol I am a Michigan guy. I am from Detroit originaly, though I live in Colorado now. The home is in Roswell NM.

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