Sink faucets are of varied designs and models, depending on the price ranges you are looking at. Some are made of exclusive materials and have the latest designs while some are middle range qualities with do-able designs. Complexity of the faucet also varies depending on the price. A high end faucet is precisely designed to provide years of service with no trouble, as long as it is maintained well. If poorly maintained, you may encounter faucet problems such as block and leaks, which will result in having to replace the faucet. Read below for further details regarding such faucet issues.
- Why does only one sink faucet have a good water pressure?
You have probably noticed that only the faucet near an incoming line has good pressure compared to other sink faucets. This may be the case due to sediment collected in the pipelines. Also, if the pipes are galvanized, corrosion may be the problem. Over a period of time, galvanized pipes in old houses can corrode, leading to a build-up of debris.
- What is the reason for pressure in a sink faucet that had full force now dwindle to a trickle?
Check your aerator for debris. Unscrew the aerator and see if it is clogged. Clean it well and the water should flow out with full force again.
- Why does water continue flowing from a faucet that is turned off?
Maybe the seal of the faucet is not accurately placed against the body and the bottom of the cartridge. The seal is what restricts the flow of hot and cold water at the cartridge. A turned on faucet lets a third hole to allow water to flow out. If the placement is incorrect or the seal is damaged, water will continue flowing from a turned off faucet. For a faucet to work properly, check whether all gaskets, valves, seals and spacers have been correctly aligned with the cartridge.
- How to take out a diverter handle that is connected to the shower and sink faucets?
Check the underside of the handle for a hole with an allen. Look behind the lever and you should find it. Unscrew this allen and remove it to get the diverter handle off. If any part of the screw is stripped, drilling or cutting off using a hack saw will be required. In this case, the cartridge of the faucet will have to be replaced.
- Why is the pressure in the faucets much less after a long winter?
Check if there is any blockage in the aerators and clean it. If the pressure is still low, take each faucet apart piece by piece and clean it. If the problem is yet unsolved check the stems for debris. This is a delicate job, best handled by a professional.
Problems in sink faucets that are used very regularly on a daily basis are a big inconvenience to all residents. Trying to fix the problem yourself might only make things worse and become a bigger inconvenience to everyone in the home. Hence it is best to call a professional plumber and get the problem fixed in the right manner as soon as possible.