We live in a six-unit apartment building, three identical units stacked on
each side. We were among the hardest hit cities by the February snow storms
and got a fair amount of damage.
During the storm, a single bathroom sink faucet seemed to lose almost all
water pressure. Now, more than a month after the storm, that faucet emits
barely a trickle of water, hot or cold.
I pointed this out to the insurance adjuster, and he was adamant that this
was not covered.
Any ideas what's causing this isolated loss of pressure, and what to do
Who ever owns the apartment should look at it. Years ago, I had a pipe
freeze and break. Insurance would not cover the plumbing repair but did
apply to water damage.
As others suggest, your aerator may be plugged. If water is shut off
and pipes drain somewhat, water can be murky from junk in pipes when it
comes back on.
On Tue, 16 Mar 2010 16:59:37 -0700 (PDT), Mikepier
Maybe, or maybe not. He still hasn'tgiven ANY details of the "damage"
he mentioned. For all we know, a pipe elsewhere in the building broke
and someone ran around turning off any valves they could find to try
and shut it off. The hidden one leading to his sink might have been
turned off, and not turned back on. Especially in older buildings.
things get modified over time, and there could easily be a valve some
where you wouldn't normally expect to find one.
We just don't know until he gives us the rest of the story.
I have had this situation fifty times. The suggestion I am going to write
may seem obvious, but it was the REAL problems dozens of times.
Clean the sprayer screen if it has one. From there, look at the seats, and
see if they are blocked with scale that gets dislodged during construction
or freeze/thaw cycles. The fastest, easiest, cheapest fix. Once you have
eliminated that, good luck.
If you rent the apartment it would normally the responsibility of the owner
or management company to remedy the problem. In that case, your insurance
adjuster is correct. It would not be their responsibility. I wouldn't
even bother trying to fix it myself or arrange for having it fixed. Call
whomever you rented the apartment from.
~~ If there's a nit to pick, some nitwit will pick it. ~~
Sorry to be late getting back.
The problem was indeed the aerator.
Thanks to all for the answers.
By the way, we are not rental but a coop apartment building, occupied
mostly by middle-age and elderly. And there was no plumbing damage other
than the faucet that went to a trickle during the snowstorm.
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