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So, Why The Low Water Pressure?

So, why the low water pressure?

It didn't take long to find the cause.  It was hidden, but we found it!

It took some bending, and leaning, and stretching, and camera extending.

But I was able to get a photo of it!

A very, very clogged whole-house water filter.

What's the problem here?

IT'S INACCESSIBLE!

If you can't see it, out of sight is out of mind.

If you can't get to it, regular replacement is difficult at best.

This filter was so clogged water had a hard time passing through it.

And it was particularly noticeable in the shower.

Do the sellers know there is poor water pressure in the house?  Of course!

Do they know why?  Probably not.

My recommendation:  it pays real dividends to understand your house, and all of the many components therein.  A house is a big system of interactivity!  Things go together and work together.  If there is a problem with the water pressure it has to be for a reason.  And the reasons could be many!  Or any one of many!  If there is a known issue, try to figure it out!  If you can't, or the professionals you have asked to help cannot, call a home inspector!  We are generalists and know how to investigate!  And we will.

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 9 commentsJay Markanich • August 12 2016 03:36AM

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Unbelievable!  It took me about 20 tries to get this post up.  Each time I would publish it most of it would drop off, and then each further time only one more sentence would pop up to get added.

I had to give up and virtually rewrite it.  Nothing would save.

Anyone else experiencing this?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 3 years ago

Good mornign Jay. Something was wrong here and not just the filter! Seems AR had a clog this morning! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) almost 3 years ago

Jay Markanich One would think that the homeowner would be more aware of this filter. I can't imagine the leels of contaminants that the owner ha been ingesting!

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc.) almost 3 years ago

They must have put it in that spot and then rearranged things later to hide the filter behind the water heater, Wayne.  Not good now though!

S&N - I wondered for how many years they put up with the awful pressure!  They must have attributed it to "the house."  And that filter has to be ripe with all sorts of microbial crap, as you say.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 3 years ago

Yummy, good looking stuff on that filter...lol

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) almost 3 years ago

Who know what's growing in there!   I do not drink tap water, but in that house it must have been really tasty, Fred.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 3 years ago

Thank you very much, Jay, for sharing your experience and your photograph.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 2 years ago

Ugh, but thanks for uncovering the real problem with the low water pressure.

Came over via reblog by Roy Kelley 

Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) over 2 years ago

It was a big yuck, Mary, after I finally found that filter hiding behind the water heater!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 2 years ago

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