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Better Water Pressure For Only Ten Cents by Al Carrell and Kelly Carrell


Often, the water pressure at one hot water faucet starts to slow down. Sometimes the reason is mineral deposits. The heat causes these minerals to separate out much more readily than it does on cold water lines.


Here's a trick that may restore the pressure. It's an easy step-by-step way to back flush the slow running faucet to a faucet that still has good pressure.


1. Reach in your pocket and find a dime.


2. Go to the water heater and shut off the cold water supply to the tank.


3. Go to a hot water faucet that has good pressure. Open the valve and leave it open.


4. Remove the aerator from the sluggish faucet.


5. Put the dime in the aerator and install it back into the spout.


6. Open the hot water tap.


7. Turn on the cold water side.


Now, the back flushing has begun! No water comes out of the spout because the dime is blocking it. No hot water is running to the faucet because the water supply to the heater is shut off. The cold water that can't come out because of the dime can go through the hot water line to the open hot water faucet where it can come out. The pressure of the water flowing through the shuggish faucet will blast loose the deposits. You can probably see this sediment as it comes out.


Next, shut off all the faucets, remove the dime and restore the water to the heater. With any luck at all, you'll have improved the pressure considerably and you got your dime back!