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      Lakeville A-Aaron’s Plumbing Heating & Cooling

      We began to experience low water pressure about a week ago. It began only in the hot water portion of the plumbing and was confined to all but one faucet in the house. Now I have no water at all in one shower. We have had two plumbers give us estimates. Unfortunately, while they agree on the problem (mineral deposits in the pipes that are clogging a pipe somewhere) they do not agree on the solution. One company says the pipes should be blown out using air pressure. The estimated cost for this is $375. The other company wants to replace pipe beginning at the hot water heater line. They do not have any assurance that this is where the mineral/rust deposits are, but feel that this is the best place to start since the problem seems more pronounced in the hot water side of the line. The cost to go in and look and replace pipe at the point of entry is $150. They cannot guarantee that this is where the problem is so further replacement may be necessary. Worst case scenario is placed at about $800-$900.Can anyone share their experience in this area or give any suggestions? The house is 21 years old.Thank you.

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      Michele Pratt

      : We began to experience low water pressure about a week ago. It began only in the hot water portion of the plumbing and was confined to all but one faucet in the house. Now I have no water at all in one shower. We have had two plumbers give us estimates. Unfortunately, while they agree on the problem (mineral deposits in the pipes that are clogging a pipe somewhere) they do not agree on the solution. One company says the pipes should be blown out using air pressure. The estimated cost for this is $375. The other company wants to replace pipe beginning at the hot water heater line. They do not have any assurance that this is where the mineral/rust deposits are, but feel that this is the best place to start since the problem seems more pronounced in the hot water side of the line. The cost to go in and look and replace pipe at the point of entry is $150. They cannot guarantee that this is where the problem is so further replacement may be necessary. Worst case scenario is placed at about $800-$900.: Can anyone share their experience in this area or give any suggestions? The house is 21 years old.: Thank you.

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      Michele Pratt

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      Michele Pratt

      : We began to experience low water pressure about a week ago. It began only in the hot water portion of the plumbing and was confined to all but one faucet in the house. Now I have no water at all in one shower. We have had two plumbers give us estimates. Unfortunately, while they agree on the problem (mineral deposits in the pipes that are clogging a pipe somewhere) they do not agree on the solution. One company says the pipes should be blown out using air pressure. The estimated cost for this is $375. The other company wants to replace pipe beginning at the hot water heater line. They do not have any assurance that this is where the mineral/rust deposits are, but feel that this is the best place to start since the problem seems more pronounced in the hot water side of the line. The cost to go in and look and replace pipe at the point of entry is $150. They cannot guarantee that this is where the problem is so further replacement may be necessary. Worst case scenario is placed at about $800-$900.: Can anyone share their experience in this area or give any suggestions? The house is 21 years old.: Thank you.:michele, we had a similar problem in an area with mineral/silt ferrous in the supply water. we drained the water htr and alot of stuff came out. then our system worked okay for awhile but we had to clean out the water htr several times a year until we replaced it and for another reason, moved away. now we live in an area with very hard water and all homes here have water(conditioners) softners. unfornunately when we moved in here 2 yrs ago we didnt know the water cond. wasnt working well. our home uses water heated by a residential boiler as well. our hvac and plumber have both said that although our water pressure is down (43 lbs) it will probably clear/wash itself out over the next few years. showers are ok, the tub takes a little longer as well as the clothes washer and dishwasher. our plumbing is copper and a our drain lines pvc or cast iron. our house is 51 yrs old. cant recommend what id do in your case but if they blew lines down from the fixtures ,where they deliver the water..would it cause the depsits to just hang up in elbows,valves away from the outlet but not perhaps expelling them from the system? good luck

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