Hello All -
This morning I noticed the water flow to the kitchen sink was very
slow. This evening, it is still slow, and it is slow to the dishwasher
too (supplied by the same lines). Flow is low for hot AND cold. The
kitchen lines are the farthest from our water main, but these lines
(and most in the house) are relatively new since the kitchen was done
three years ago with new plumbing and we put new lines in the rest of
the house this summer. All the other fixtrues in the house have great
water supply. The main water valve is on, all the cut-off valves seem
OK and there aren't any leaks as far as we cana tell.
We checked the aerator in the faucet - looks fine. We tried shutting
off the supply valve and turning it on - all we did was make the flow
worse. What gives? We've just about finished a bathroom remodeling
project, but I think this is coincidental. Maybe not? Could we have a
stubborn air bubble? I hope someone has an idea. Guess I'll have to
call a plumber, but your thoughts are welcome. Thanks. Laura
The same thing occurred to me here, and it's always kinda amusing how a
lot of us go thru a lot of rigamarole when it's often just the simplest
little thang that should've been looked at first -- kinda like calling
the TV repairman first when the first thing you shalda done was check to
see whether the set was plugged in. Those miniscule water-mineral
particles gumming up those itty-bitty little faucet screens can be a
bitch, even when you think you don't see 'em.
Ya, I agree .... for the 1st time in 31 years, I had to have the
buffalo box shut off to replace a broken main valve .... of
course, on Sunday. However, the water company was less than a
mile away fixing a main break, so they came pretty fast. After
I replaced the valve, they came back and turned on the water at
the buffalo box. The water in the basement tub started running
immediately for about 3 or 4 seconds and them stopped dead ....
not even a drop! Turned out to be the aerator was completely
Since you state that the dishy has low flow as well as
the faucet, it has to be something more than a clogged aerator screen.
Opening and closing the supply valve(s) made it *worse*.
That may be a big clue.
Shut off the main supply (drain the piping too) and then
remove the stems from the kitchen supply valves. You may
find obvious "gunk" (technical term) inside or you may
have to turn the water back on and flush the system thru
the open valve body (suitable precautions...)
My opinion is the shutoff valve on this line is bad. If it is a washer type
valve then the washer is probably in pieces plugging the valve.
Shut off the main, and disassemble the valve after draining. When opening
the main, open a couple faucets just slightly to bleed off any trapped air.
We had a similar problem with low flow in our kitchen sink. Our sink has
one of those single water outlet thingys with a hose that pulls out and a
sprayer on the nozzle.
Once every couple of weeks, my wife calls in a wrecking crew of
unbelievably destructive Hispanic ladies, any one of whom could
single-handedly destroy the working parts of a brick. These honeys had
somehow managed to put a severe kink in the hose.
Being basically lazy, I figured that the price of a house call plus inflated
costs on parts would be a good investment. I called in those zany guys over
at ARS Residential Services. Their "plumbing specialist" gave me a repair
estimate that involved replacing everything under the sink, including the
goosenecks. Total bill was to be something like $600. WHOA!!!!!!!!!! Now
we're talking serious beer money. This inspired me to get off my lazy ass,
find a parts dealer, pick up a hose (for around $35.), and devote about 20
minutes squirming around under the sink.
Given my druthers, I would rather have spent the time watching tapes of
Anna Nicole Smith, but this was more fiscally prudent.
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