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Faucet Repairs


faucet repairThere are many times a frustrated homeowner will call needing some type of faucet repair for low pressure. 

This is one of those cases where you have to isolate the problem. Yes, you might end up having the faucet replaced, or a valve, or a cartridge, or a stem, etc. You're thinking big dollar signs now right? Well I would ask you some questions before I started to worry (this quick fix will typically solve 90% of low-pressure problems in bath faucets).

Here's how the dialog usually goes: (and I will be interrupted many times throughout the conversation...please, just the facts, Ma'am)

Me: "Is the problem isolated to this particular faucet?"

Caller:  "Yes, but"...

Me: "Do you notice low pressure at both the hot side and the cold side when they are turned on separately?"

Caller:  "Yes, but"...

Me: "Try removing the aerator to see if that makes a difference".

Caller: "The what?"

Me: "The aerator. It's that thingy at the end of your faucet's spout where the water actually comes out".

Caller: "OK, how do I get it out?"

Me: "You grab it with your fingers and unscrew it"

Caller: "That's it?"

Me: "That's it"

Actually, removing the aerator is only half the battle. Then it is going to take you another 5 seconds to clean out the gunk caught in the screen, and an additional 2.7 seconds to screw it back into the faucet.

Now some people will want to make a project of cleaning the aerator. Just dump out the debris and maybe poke out the gunk in the screen with a pin. If you want to get really fancy, you can soak it in vinegar or CLR. Heck, go crazy and lay out $2 for a new one. It's up to you.


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