I am trying to avoid replacing my kitchen faucet. No name but appears to be
of quality. We bought the house last year so no history other than the
faucet has periods of good flow and slow flow. The pipes are galvanized and
all the other faucets have strong water pressure.
It was working fine and then slowed down. We were trying different things
and put one of those end of faucet diverters and the pressure went back up.
I do not understand it. The hose end sprayer suffers the same fate. Now
everything is working slow. About the only thing I can think of is that
there is something in the faucet preventing the water flow that comes and
goes. The screen at the end of the faucet is clear.
This is my first time on this newsgroup so this probably has been covered.
Any ideas are most appreciated.
Should have ask you also is it a single handle or does it have two handles.
Either way it may have a bunch of galvanize rust built up, where the hot and
cold join. That is where the spout is. You may try taking the faucet apart
and cleaning it and replace the seats my help it. It sounds like you are
fixing to be replacing more than a faucet though. You are probably fixing to
be replacing some of your galvanize lines in the near future. Even if you
can clean the faucet out.
Hope this helps you. Even if it is partial bad news. Galvanize pipes suck!
The house was built in the 1920's for a banker just prior the the stock
market crash. The kitchen has been remodeled a couple of times and is
tremendus condition. The faucet is single handle. You may be on the right
track regarding the rust build up.
There is a terminology issue, here.
"No difference in 'pressure' "? Are you measuring pressure? I doubt it.
Even if you did, you'd probably be measuring static pressure (in the absence
of flow) which would be pointless.
I think you are trying to say "no difference in observable FLOW."
Correct me if I misunderstand.
This is not a trivial point.
However, it sounds like your faucet is obstructed. I would replace the
faucet. At least you might take the whole thing apart, locate the
obstruction, and clear it.
You're SURE your spout screen is not obstucted? How's the flow, with the
Yes, you are right: No difference in observable FLOW.
Removing the screen does not affect the flow.
I am going to take off the stainless mesh hoses and see if there is an
obstruction. My wife thinks that the hoses may also contain a screens that
may be clogged.
This is what you do. Take apart the faucet to see if there's any
obstruction. If that doesn't work, take the supply lines apart (there
aren't screens in there, but don't make fun of your wife), if that doesn't
work, the next suspects are the stop valves. Shut off the house valve and
take them apart or replace them. If that doesn't work, then it's the
galvanized pipes. That doesn't mean you have to repipe the whole house. A
good plumber is a good detective, and can often isolate the problems without
replacing everything. If you have galvanized pipes, though, it might be
good to repipe if you can afford it.
BTW, it's been my experience that when non-plumbers take things apart,
they can't get them back together.
move backwards one step at a time untill you have flow.
Almost always most cost effective for me to just put new
in there and not waste time friggen around. If the faucet
is from the 20's then it is likely in the galv supply line. or
the stops under the counter.
You didn't mention the approximate age of the house but if the
galvanized piping is old, there is a likelihood of tuberculation of the
pipes which can often release loose particles to clog valves and
fittings. When you cleaned the diverter screens did you notice any
rusted sediments? Such sediments, if any can also affect the free flows
in the valves. Check the shut off valve under the sink and the kitchen
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