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barbaral
low water pressure

We purchased our house 3 years ago and at that time we noticed that the water pressure would slow down occasionally. We live in the country and have a well. Now the water will sometimes quit completely for brief periods of time. For instance maybe 2-3 minutes at a time, usually after the toilet has been flushed or if there is more than one thing calling for water. My husband replaced the pressure pump, and we've been told the bladder has good pressure. We've been fixing it as we go since hiring a plumber is out of the question. Any suggestions of what we should try next.

Tom
Re: low water pressure

If you live in an older house with galvanized pipes for your plumbing they will be almost totally clogged with calcium deposits. The only real solution is replumbing the house. Consider Pex pipe. It comes in rolls and the fittings are relatively inexpensive and the installation kit costs about $150 If you carefully read the installation instructions you can do it yourself. It does not take lots of experience like copper to do and its a lot faster then CPVC.

rdesigns
Re: low water pressure
CaptTCB wrote:

If you live in an older house with galvanized pipes for your plumbing they will be almost totally clogged with calcium deposits. The only real solution is replumbing the house. Consider Pex pipe. It comes in rolls and the fittings are relatively inexpensive and the installation kit costs about $150 If you carefully read the installation instructions you can do it yourself. It does not take lots of experience like copper to do and its a lot faster then CPVC.

If severely restricted pipes were the problem, it is likely that the pressure and flow would be poor all the time, but the problem was described as being intermittent.

Tom
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Not if the main supply pipes are clogged. One fixture would run fine but two fixtures would not. This is exactly what the poster described. Also with a well the pressure is not consistent like city water pressure. I have a well and pressure tank in our house in Florida and the pressure will vary depending on what limits you have your pressure switch set at.

JLMCDANIEL
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Even restricted pipes will not cause the water to stop completely for 2-3 minutes. I would suggest that you first check the water level in the well. Many wells do not have an unlimited flow rate and adjustments need to be made in water usage.
Jack

barbaral
Re: low water pressure

We've been waiting for the snow to melt so we can uncover the well housing. The well pump was new in 2004. We're hoping that this isn't the problem. The pipes in the house are all copper, the house was built in 1977.

JLMCDANIEL
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How was the pressure checked in the bladder tank? The pressure when the tank is completely empty should be about 2 lbs. less than the on setting of the pump. Most pressure switchs come from the factory set at 20/40 or 30/50 lbs.. If the pressure in the tank is much higher than the on pressure of the switch you will run out of water before the pump kicks on.
Jack

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