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    This is not a question for the handyman plumber (like myself, unless you know the answer).

    My hot water pressure drops a few seconds after I turn the hot water on in every tap in the house.
    Sediment issues? Any ideas?
     
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    My advice would be to approach a registered professional with your query; not jeopardize your property by seeking help from anonymous sources with unknown credibility or experience.

    Carpentry, decorating and homewares are one thing, but plumbing, electrical and structual are a completely different thing altogether, and come with potentially irreparable consequences.

    That said, I was hoping this would be a toilet focused thread.
     
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    Don't turn the hot water on in every tap in the house.
     
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    Number one, I know what I'm doing when it comes to home repair, I used to build em, (houses that is), how ever this is a new issue I have never run into before.
    Number two, there are a couple of guys on this board that are professional plumbers and that's who I'm really directing my question to so no, they're not really all that anonymous and I've read their responses in the past, they know their shit.
    What I'm looking for is a potential inexpensive fix before I have to change out the hot water heater or dismantle and replace half the plumbing, all of which I am fully capable of doing myself competently.
     
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    After re-reading my response I concede that I came across as rather patronising, it's just that I've seen this kind of scenario before. Someone comes online seeking advice to avoid expensive maintainance, and they recieve (however well intentioned) shortcuts that only lead to more expense, having to rectify any damage caused by 'advice' from an anonymous source.

    I'm a structual and demolitions engineer and I've lost count of how many times that I've dissuaded friends and family from making or attempting structual altercations themselves after recieving unfounded advice found on the internet.

    Good luck in finding the solution.
     
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    Iron pipe or plastic of some type?
    How old is the WH?

    I would say the WH is plugged at a quick guess.
    If iron pipe though could be a rust plugging issue.
    Does water come out of the WH drain when you open it? And at a continued flow?
    if so the problem is in the outlet of the WH or the associated plumbing.

    I would shut off the gas or electric to the WH before testing/draining to avoid explosions, death that kind of undesireable events.

    Also be sure the WH is completely filled before restoring the power/heat source.
     
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    Water heater manufacturers recommend flushing sediment from your storage type water heater periodically.


    I do it once a year. Hard water sediment is a problem for some areas of the country
     
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