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I recently purchased a foreclosed home that had been winterized. It was dewinterized for the inspection (everything worked, plumbing checked out), but then they went back in and winterized it again. I turned the water and all fixtures back on today, but only some of the fixtures (basement and outdoor hose faucet) seem to be working. I am wondering if maybe it just takes a while to get the water running through the home again? I was only there about 20 minutes... I'm wondering if the water will be running better this evening? Or, should I have a plumber take a look?
only two things you need to know to be a plumber:
1) shit flows downhill
c) payday is on friday
sounds like you missed turning on a valve or two. it should only take a few minutes at the most. unless you bought a mansion.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by Motown Spartan 16 months ago
There is probably a valve running to the upstairs that needs to be turned on.
I'm sure the mGoBlog would be more helpful.
This...Also are the faucets that are "not working" sputtering or spitting? If not you definitely still have a closed valve.
"love unconditionally". Princess Lacey
If the water has been turned off again, go through the house and remove the screens at all the taps. Open the faucets, then turn the water on at the shut off. Whenever water is shut off, especially for long periods of time, it's possible that gunk/corrosion/salts inside the pip get loose, then when you turn the water back on it all gets pushed to the tap where it gets caught by the screen blocking it. By removing the screens you make sure you are getting all that crap out.
Make sure all the shut offs in the basement are open, and any shut offs that are underneath a sink or at a toilet are opened up.
This post has been edited 3 times, most recently by vator88 16 months ago
No sputtering or spitting. The faucets do nothing when turned on. I tried them all with the valves turned each way (couldn't tell which direction was open vs. closed so I tried them both ways).
As far as the "valve to the upstairs" - where would that be? I turned on the only main valve I saw, which is on the meter in the basement.
It only takes a moment or two to know if you have water. Some noise and air flushing out of the system is normal.
Like other have suggested, there likley is a shut off valve somewhere that is still closed.
There may also be a seperate one for the hot water heater. You need to pay attention to the hot water heater when you turn things back on. First off, it may have an open drain valve and it may have a pilot light that needs to be lit (depending on it's age). It may also be electric or natural gas with an on and off switch.
This does not take a plumber per se, just someone fairly handy.
Follow the pipes across the basement ceiling, there is usually at least one shut off for each pipe before it goes up into the house.
and when you get ready to by another home, on the cheap, let me know. I have one ready to roll.
yeah, check for valves. Has to be something closed.
If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day.
It usually fairly close to the meter, but obviously after it. In this case it is a bit farther down the system, after it branches out for the basement and outside faucets.
This post was edited by vator88 16 months ago
follow the main water line as it comes in the house. Every branch off from it has the potential to have a valve on it. Also check under the sinks (and next to the terlits) and see if those valves are turned off.
**what vator88 said.
This post was edited by GatorBill 16 months ago
I've been told I can lay pipe pretty good.
December 3, 2011 - Forever haunted by what I witnessed...
All these posts and nothing about unclogging her pipes or some other cheesy porn reference? What is this place?
Note that you will have to check all the pipes that come off the hot water heater for valves on the hot water lines. The cold lines will run direct from the main.
I will gladly take a look at your pipes.
Phew. Thank you.
Can always count on Rossypoo.
This post was edited by Drugs Delaney 16 months ago
Thanks, everyone. I'll check for another valve downstairs.
There are probably two valves,one each on the hot and cold lines, everywhere the plumbing heads upstairs for a bathroom, kitchen, laundry, etc.
OK. My Dad is handy - I'll have him look at it.
When valve is running with pipe, this is "open" position...valve perpendicular to pipe is "closed"
That will be $50...
When I have fired up closed-down hosing in the spring, it takes a while to fill the 40 gal water heater. Until that happens, nothing comes out anywhere, as the water heater is usually in a low (basement) location. You can usually hear quite a racket in the walls as the air and then air/water mixture flows through things. It sometimes scares me into thinking I have a busted pipe inside the wall, it is so noisy. I usually open the safety release valve at the top of the water heater to let the air out the top as the water flows into the bottom. And make sure the drain valve on the water heater is not still open while you are running the water into it, as that would be bad.
If you don't hear or feel air coming out of an open (cold water) sink faucet, you don't have the water flowing yet and must still have the water input shut off somewhere. You need to have an open sink somewhere (try the kitchen first) in order to let the air out of the lines, otherwise the air-locked system will not let the water in.
And the earlier suggestion about removing all the aerators/screens at each and every sink (shower head too) is a good one, as it will prevent you from having to go back later and unplug them.
This post was edited by Vince of 231 16 months ago
they could of shut off all the supply valves at each, sink and toilet. I would check there as well. the valves that are next to the wall or under the sink
so what did you settle on, EL or Okemos
This post was edited by mullethead21446 16 months ago
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