By JLP | April 23, 2009
A vice president from Price Pfister must have seen my rant because he sent me an email and apologized for my troubles and offered to send me a new faucet. I accepted and replaced the old parts with the new faucet parts. Well, it would work for a while and then the water pressure would start dropping. I thought the issue was with Price Pfister’s diverter, which is the part that diverts the water from hot to cold and from the faucet to the sprayer. I would change them out and the water would flow fine for a while and then start slowing again.
Well, yesterday I changed the diverter for the third or fourth time in the last year. I turned the water on. It worked fine on cold but when I turned it to hot, the flow almost came to a complete stop. I thought it was the shut-off valve so I disconnected the hose from the valve and noticed what appeared to be sediment. I cleaned it out, put the hose back on and turned it on again. Still no flow. So, I took the hose off again and looked inside the hose. It was absolutely packed with this sediment-looking stuff. So, I cleaned it out, hooked it back up and the water started flowing again. YAHOO!!!!!
Well, last night I was talking to a friend of mine who owns a plumbing company. I asked him if there was a way to keep sediment from getting lodged in my shut off valves. He said, “No, not really. Is it white sediment?” I said yes it was. He then told me that it was my water heater breaking down and sending that stuff through the lines.
As soon as he told me that, I was like, “Oh man…I’ve been bitching about Price Pfister and it turns out that it was my water heater. DAMN!”
Anyway, this is my attempt to apologize to Price Pfister. Please forgive me. I’ll link to this post from the original Price Pfister rant so that people who stumble across the original post will see the correction.
I suppose something I should learn from this is to look at all options first BEFORE you make a judgement. Or, in my case, call a plumber! My plumber friend would have figured it out pretty quickly.