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Old 01-05-2013, 11:00 AM
 
Location: North of South, South of North
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I am working on trying to solve a lack of cold water pressure in my shower faucet issue. A really strange thing happens. Even though I shut the water main off to work on the faucet, cold water continues to flow at a good (not full) rate for one half hour with no sign of stopping.

The hot water stops though.

How long does it take for water to drain out of the house pipes?
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Old 01-05-2013, 11:07 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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Even though I shut the water main off to work on the faucet, cold water continues to flow...
How long does it take for water to drain out of the house pipes?
flowing implies that the "main valve" isn't closing all the way.


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Old 01-05-2013, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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If the hot water stops, the main is closed. If there are valves at the hot water tank, close them and see if that solves the problem. Also - whenever turning water off, cut the circuit breaker to the hot water tank first.
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Old 01-05-2013, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Knoxville
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The time it takes to drain out depends on how many fixtures you have, how tall the house is, and how many feet of pipes are in the house. You can also open an outside faucet and go to the highest bathroom in the house and turn on a faucet. This will speed up the system draining. It can take quite a while.

You didn't mention if you turned off the main valve in or under the house, or the one at the water meter in the street. Sometimes the valves (in the house) do not cut the flow off entirely, but the street valve will usually cut if off, as long as you have turned the valve far enough.
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Old 01-05-2013, 05:44 PM
 
Location: North of South, South of North
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The time it takes to drain out depends on how many fixtures you have, how tall the house is, and how many feet of pipes are in the house. You can also open an outside faucet and go to the highest bathroom in the house and turn on a faucet. This will speed up the system draining. It can take quite a while.

You didn't mention if you turned off the main valve in or under the house, or the one at the water meter in the street. Sometimes the valves (in the house) do not cut the flow off entirely, but the street valve will usually cut if off, as long as you have turned the valve far enough.
I did the one in the house. Maybe I should have done it from the street.

I have given up on the repair anyhow and will hire a plumber. I have wasted too much time already.
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Old 01-05-2013, 06:39 PM
 
Location: New Port Richey
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All you have to do is give me a call, will stop by for free to help ya out!! Monday I will be way south (Nokomis, Fl), Tuesday-Tampa early then ??
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Old 01-05-2013, 07:43 PM
 
Location: North of South, South of North
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All you have to do is give me a call, will stop by for free to help ya out!! Monday I will be way south (Nokomis, Fl), Tuesday-Tampa early then ??
I just sent you an email to your business email.
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Old 01-10-2016, 07:45 PM
 
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turned water off at house. water continues to drip in the bathtub and in the kitchen. when turning water back on, water continues to run in bathtub, but kitchen sink stops dripping. any thoughts as to what is causing this.
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