Low water pressure in the kitchen faucet issues are a major headache for Atlanta, GA homeowners. Imagine you have a sink full of dirty dishes, you turn on the faucet, and your water only drips out.
Several different issues cause this frustrating scenario. Below we review some things you can check and repair on your own or when it is a good time to call a professional plumber.
Causes of Low Water Pressure in the Kitchen Faucet
First, determine the cause of your low water pressure in the kitchen faucet. The following checklist helps:
- Turn on each water source individually. If every other location has adequate pressure, the problem is isolated to your kitchen.
- Is the pressure low in all rooms of your home in both hot and cold water? Now is a good time to call a neighbor. If they are having issues with water pressure, your municipal water supply is the likely culprit. In this case, there is nothing to do other than contact your water provider to report the issue. They could be flushing hydrants or making water main repairs in your area.
- If your problem is with only hot water in your home, then it is likely an issue with your water heater. This issue warrants a call to your local plumber.
- Check the plumbing around and under your kitchen sink. If you notice standing or dripping water, a plumbing leak could be the cause of your low water pressure in the kitchen faucet. A quick call for plumbing service solves this problem.
Once you have run through this checklist and still have low pressure in your kitchen faucet, try these DIY solutions.
Check Your Aerator
The aerator on your faucet is a mesh screen and covers the water outlet. The aerator catches minerals and other debris in your pipes. It also helps save water by introducing air into the water stream. If you have especially hard water, aerators become clogged with hard water buildup. Clean your aerator for a quick and easy DIY fix.
- Remove the aerator from the faucet using pliers and a towel (to prevent scratching). Some twist off.
- Check the aerator for minerals or other deposits.
- Turn on your faucet. If the pressure is fine, then you know it is an issue with the aerator.
- Rinse the aerator in hot water. An overnight vinegar soak is ideal for thick or stubborn deposits.
- Use a small brush (an old toothbrush is great) to thoroughly clean the aerator.
- Replace the aerator.
Check Your Faucet Cartridge
Your faucet cartridge sits deeper in your faucet than your aerator and has a hole through which water passes. These cartridges become clogged or blocked by hard water build up and often just need to be cleaned. This is another relatively easy DIY fix.
- Turn off the water running to your sink and run the faucet until no more water comes out.
- Next, remove the valve handle. Remove the screw cap and screw that holds down the faucet. You might need an Allen wrench for this task.
- Remove the shut-off valve handle.
- Next, lift out the cartridge. Depending on your model, there are a couple more screws to remove. Be sure to organize them for reassembly.
- Remove the cartridge and inspect it. Cleaning with water and vinegar is an option, however we recommend you purchase a new one. Just take the old one to the hardware store to match.
If you decide to replace your faucet as part of your repair, consider one with a WaterSense seal from the EPA. It’s always a good time to save water and money on your water bill!
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