Plumbing in the Home/cold water clogged


the cold water in one half of the house is clogging with debri in the line. gravelly, possibly hard water buildup breaking down, etc.  We do have very hard water and our lines are 40 years old.  We have cleaned the filter to washing machine but this is second time needed in a month. Just cleaned toilet valve and it flushed twice then backed up again.  Last few days, washer, sink, bathtub and toilet on the far end of house would not flow.  We are in a rural area, water pressure is typically very good and the front half of house nearer main flows fine and does not have this problem.  Suggestions for short and long term fix would be appreciated.

Dear Dee,

This type of question is outside of my expertise....  I have encountered this problem before but was wrong in my diagnosis each time.

Rather than point you in the wrong direction, I will simply recommend that you bring in a plumber to examine the problem and test things to resolve them in the best way.

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Thomas Ambler


I am experienced at troubleshooting and solving all types of plumbing problems. Issues related to specific manufacturers fixtures and specifications though are beyond my field of expertise. I have dealt with problems in both rural and urban areas, and with water supply and drainage systems. Plumbing issues can be very obscure... such as odors, stains or occasional seepage. I have even had to chase rats from a customer's sewer line.


I have 25 years experience dealing with plumbing systems (which also includes hot water and steam heating systems). My main expertise is in diagnosing and solving problems. I have worked in construction and installation of new systems but do not regard myself as an expert in that area.

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I completed high school and one year of college. I served 4 years in the Marine Corps and have education in electronic and electrical troubleshooting and repair. I have attended classes on installing and repair of oil burners, and I have EPA universal certification for air conditioning and refrigeration. I am now enrolled as a full-time student at Everest college to re-train for a new career. Any donations of financial support would be greatly appreciated.

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