Originally Posted by 'Hamas' Jenkins
I obviously wasn't clear enough. I noticed it first in the shower, but it is systemic throughout the house. Kitchen faucets, tub spigots, shower heads all blast cold water, but hot water just seeps out, barely enough to initiate the shower head.
The tank was built at the same time as the house. I'm assuming that it's just a builder grade quality. I've never ****ed with this except to light a pilot, so I'm out of my element, but I can try a few of these suggestions on Tuesday.
ok, it still could be sediment that came from the tank and now is blocking each outlet. Easy check for that is to just remove the shower head (super easy) and see if the pressure returns at that one spot. Assuming it doesn't, my next step would be to shut off the cold water into the tank, disconnect it and put it in a pitcher, turn it back on and see if the cold water coming in to the tank has pressure. If so, you pretty much know the problem is in the tank.
OH, one last thing. When you flush the tank just connect a hose to the tank then run it to a drain/sink but I would recommend putting a fine strainer in the sink so that if there is sediment you can see exactly what it is. Will make the next steps much easier if you know.
And of course you should shut off the gas to the heater to be safe.