Hot water very slow out of bath tap

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  1. IronNaz

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    Hi, was wondering if someone could advise on this problem.

    I went out to a house yesterday where the customer was saying the water from the hot water tap on the bath was coming out very slow. I tried it and it was a very low discharge rate. The cold water tap was fine. I checked the hot water tap on the basin which was nearby, but that was working fine, as was the hot water from the kitchen sink.

    I assumed therefore that it must be the bath tap thats faulty, so changed the bath tap to a new one (which I always keep with me). However again same problem. I took apart the old tap and it seemed fine, no faults, it was relatively new. Customer says he had this changed about 6 months ago to address the issue of the low rate of water, but had done little to improve it.

    So i'm at a loss as to whats causing the issue. Does anyone have any ideas on what it could be?
     
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    whats the taps fed from gravity cylinder ?
    what size are the feeds ?

    have you tried flushing the pipe through with mains pressure ?
     
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    Its direct fed, combi system.

    I've not tried flushing through at mains pressure, to be honest wouldnt know how to do this on the hot water pipe. I've only recently started on this plumbing work and this is one of my very first callouts.

    I'm assuming based on what you have said that the fault is probably a blockage in the pipe?
     
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    if its from a combi then it will be mains pressure.

    i take it the basin hot comes off the same pipe as the bath hot, so the block can only be between the basin/bath.

    can you see any isolation valves in the hot pipework to the bath ?
     
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    There was an isolation valve on the pipework between bath and sink.

    Thanks for your advice, really do appreciate it.
     
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    check that something maybe lodged up against it.
     
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    I'd say replace the isolation valve to a full bore one :)
     
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    if there is a cylinder fitted it may be a tiny bit of foam lagging which got into the tank when it was fitted, i know a guy who fitted a cylinder for his friend ( :oops: :oops: ) then a couple of years later had a prob with basin tap as described in this post, when he ( :oops: ) turned water off couldnt see anything but as no pressure on pipe foam fell back into pipe and couldnt be seen, eventually had to take basin supply pipe out and found foam lagging bent and shaped to size of pipe and restricting flow, so it can happen after a fair length of time
     
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    He has a combi, so there won't be a cylinder. :LOL:
     

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