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    cbisme Posts: 2, Reputation: 1
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    Jul 13, 2008, 10:11 AM
    Hot water only - no cold water - soft water system
    I have what seems like a very odd problem. I have lost water pressure to all sinks, one shower (other works fine), and the backyard hose (frontyard hose works fine). I'm very confused, but initially had a problem where some tiny gold pellets of some sort had backed up into places where we were running water (shiny, but very tiny pellets that were almost sand-like consistency).

    Currently can run the washing machine on warm or hot settings, but not cold/cold setting. Confusing to me, but appears to point to some issue in getting cold water into the house?? Still confused why sinks don't work at all, but two tubs, one shower (working unit is tub/shower enclosure. Non-working unit is separate tub/shower, where the tub works, but shower doesn't).

    House has a soft water system, which we weren't told about (we're in a lease/purchase agreement on the house - we're responsible for all repairs). The water softener system is leaking.

    Don't know much more than that. Any help?
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    Stratmando Posts: 11,188, Reputation: 508
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    Jul 13, 2008, 10:26 AM
    Sounds Like a Blockage. If you know the basic layout of the pluming, It may narrow down problem. Wonder if you opened outside faucet and with cold water turned on one of the blocked ones, Apply water with hose to possiblely flush back out?
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    cbisme Posts: 2, Reputation: 1
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    Jul 13, 2008, 10:38 AM
    I don't understand "Wonder if you opened outside faucet". What outside faucet?

    I sure appreciate the help, just need clarification. Thanks!
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    0rphan Posts: 1,282, Reputation: 240
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    Jul 13, 2008, 12:05 PM
    Has there been any water works repairs going on in your area of where you live,
    Usually in the form of workmen digging up the road, maybe a few streets from your house?

    If so this could account for pressure loss to your home, which would mean that you would have water but because the pressure is low it would not accommedate all of your appliances.

    The other obvious solution would be a burst or slow leaking pipe, which would explain the loss of pressure, but I'm sure you would have noticed that.

    I'm just wondering if the tiny pellets you speak of could be a welding that has given way, the pellets being the seal used to join the pipework together!

    The soft water system, is it by means of a canister shaped object that interupts the pipework where it's joined and then continues on? If so these can split which will alter the pressure of your water and will need to be replaced.

    Lastly is your mains cold water tap that feeds the whole property, fully turn on and not obstructed in any way?

    If you've checked all the obvious, and still no pressure, then you'll need to call in a plumber.
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    Milo Dolezal Posts: 7,192, Reputation: 523
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    Jul 13, 2008, 12:16 PM
    It is a common problem...

    There is a great chance that you have dirt in your strainers, flow restrictors , aerators, and filters.

    All fixtures that you list - have them. Tub spouts don't have them, that's why they work. Washing machine has one or two of them, inserted in supply hoses and in mounting threads in washing machine (where hoses connect ). Unscrew the hose and run cold water into a bucket. See if you have flow and how much. Sinks have aerators that may completaly stop water flow. Remove them, clean them. Same with shower head. Remove head, clean flow restrictor, reinstall.

    Dirt, sand, sediment, etc may come from the street water supply. Shower heads clog up frequently. So do sink aerators and w/m supplies.

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