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Our hot water is not flowing out as much as it use to. Actually

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Our hot water is not flowing out as much as it use to. Actually getting down to a very small flow. We have well water and have a water softener hooked up . Can you help us?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Plumbing
Expert:  Patrick replied 7 years ago.
If the water pressure on the cold water is good then that narrows it down on the hot water side. The first thing to check are the valves, are they fully open? The second is to verify if you have scale build up or corrosion in the pipes at the valves. In both cases I am talking about valves on the hot water side. If you do not have adequate flow into the hot water heater then you will not have adequate flow out of it. You can drain and flush your hot water heater and see if you have a lot of sediment build up in it. Be sure to turn off the water heater from the gas or electricity before doing a drain and flush. If you get a lot of sediment out of the heater, flush it thoroughly. As for the valves, try closing them and opening them to see if you get any increased flow. In order to dtermine if they are blocked or scaled up, they will need to be removed and checked. Be sure that you use dielectric fittings if you do not have them, available at good home improvement stores. This cuts down on galvanic corrosion. Good luck. If this has proven helpful, please remember to hit ACCEPT, otherwise I do not receive credit. Thank you.
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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
if all does not work is there any chemical to put down sink?
Expert:  Patrick replied 7 years ago.
No, that would treat your drain lines.
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