For no apparent reason, the water pressure in the shower was about 1/3 what it should be. This is serious. Let me be clear, I don’t care if Gaia weeps and hippies fall down dead at the thought of it, I need a long hot shower…every goddamn day. Warm water is the only reason my body’s muscles actually function. Hot showers and indoor toilets are just about the best thing ever created by civilization…and, like most men, I consider indoor toilets only partially required for the good life.
I pondered the lack of pressure. Must be a frozen pipe. Except the weather hasn’t been that cold. (Also I insulated the shit out of the pipes that lead to the shower.) But…
I performed some experiments, flushed every toilet in the house, and consulted my limited experience of plumbing. Frankly I was baffled. My plumbing diagnostic skills fit with “yes water/no water” decision trees. “Some water but less than usual…” Mystery.
Must be frozen. So I traced every pipe I could find. Nope.
Finally, I determined (through experiment) that the water pressure was low for the cold line in one bathroom…and not the rest of the house or hot water. Huh?
Clearly the cold water was going AWOL and should be filling to the basement rafters right now. Either that or there’s a 80% blockage on one pipe that won’t melt. (Like Dick Cheney’s heart.)
I’m utterly clueless (which is nothing new). So I’m “crowdsourcing” (or whatever the hell they call it) by deploying the “poll feature”: