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 oldish house - forcing sediment?
Author: cyterry (WA)

Hi,
My house was built in the 50s, and I am pretty sure the home owner did a lot of the work himself:/
The plumbing is galvanized and water pressure has never been great since moving in 6 yrs ago.

my question:
I put in a new water heater and now the hot water to my upstairs shower is barely more than a trickle, the cold water pressure is good. At first the sink to same bathroom was doing the same thing except it was the hot and cold but after I cleaned out the sediment from aerator it is back to normal. I took off shower head and the bathtub faucet to have a look but cannot find any external issue.

I read an article stating that it is possible to block the faucet that is farthest away from water heater, turn off water heater, hook up hose to drain water heater, then turn on the cold water in the blocked off faucet and that can "possibly" force the sediment back into water heater, let run for 40 minutes until clear.

is this a real thing? or is there anything else I can do outside of calling a plumber or replacing. I already put a lot of money out on this house this past 2 yrs and need to try and save if at all possible.

Thanks, CT



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 Re: oldish house - forcing sediment?
Author: packy (MA)

lots of videos out there.
look up (backflushing a shower valve)
see which ones you like and are capable of doing.

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 Re: oldish house - forcing sediment?
Author: cyterry (WA)

Thank you appreciate the help

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