We get questions about a lot of plumbing repair problems, naturally, but one frequent question is how to increase low water pressure to a bathroom faucet.
The first thing you’ll want to do is to rule out major problems with your home’s water pipes. If water pressure is a problem throughout the entire house, rather than at a single fixture, you may have a problem such as a pipe leak, or corrosion in the pipes that’s impeding the flow of water. Plumbing problems of this type are beyond the skills of most homeowners, and we recommend you have an inspection by one of our experienced plumbers, who are all well qualified to determine the exact problem and the best solution. Give us a call and we’ll be happy to send a plumber to your home.
But, if low water pressure is only affecting one fixture, such as the bathroom faucet, the problem may be a simple one and there are a couple of things you can do to try to fix it yourself.
First, check the aerator to see if it’s become clogged. Remove the aerator, then turn on the faucet without the aerator and test the flow of water. If the water pressure and flow are adequate, then the problem is, in fact, a clogged aerator. Clean or replace the aerator and you’re good to go.
If the aerator isn’t at fault, the problem could be with the faucet itself or it could be the water supply to the faucet. You’ll have to do a little more sleuthing to determine which.
The next step would be to check the water supply to the faucet and rule out problems in the pipes. Turn off the angle stops, shutting off the water to the faucet, then disconnect the supply lines from the faucet. Now turn the water back on (be sure to aim the supply lines into a bucket or other container or you’ll have water spraying all over!). If the water pressure seems low, you may have a leak or blockage of some sort in the pipe leading to the fixture. In this case, the best thing to do is call us and have the problem professionally diagnosed and corrected.
If the water pressure at the supply lines is okay, you’ve narrowed the problem down to the faucet itself. Over time, sediment can build up in an older faucet, restricting water flow. If this is your problem, it’s time to upgrade to a new, more efficient faucet. Installing a new bath faucet will not only solve your plumbing problem, it will also add an attractive, modern touch to your bathroom.
Maybe this dolphin style isn’t quite you (?!) Not to worry! There are hundreds of lav faucets on the market today. Take some time to check out the variety of options available. We’re sure you’ll find one just right for your home.
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