Plumbing Tips from an Avid DIY-er

The Cause Of 3 Common Faucet Issues

One of the most used items in your home, other than your front door, is probably your faucets. You turn your faucets on and off multiple times per day and thousands of times per year, which is why it is important to be able to figure out what is wrong when your faucets are acting up.

Low Water Pressure

When you turn on your faucet, you expect to get steady water pressure. If you are not getting the type of water pressure you expect, there are three things that may be going on.

First, there may be an issue with the diverter valve that is located inside of your faucet. The diverter valve determines where the water goes. Over time, it can get clogged with minerals and debris, in which cause you will either need to clean or replace the diverter valve.

Second, there may be an issue with the aerator that pushes the water out of your faucet. If the aerator is clogged, you can take it off and clean it. Soak the aerator in some vinegar and use a small brush to clean it.

Third, your water pressure supply valves may have accidentally gotten turned down. Make sure the water supply valves are fully opened.

Misty Spray

When you turn on your faucet, the water should come out in a steady stream. The water should not throw mist all over the place. If the mist is going everywhere when you turn on your faucet, take the aerator off and clean it.

Debris buildup can cause the mist to develop. When you put the aerator back on, be sure to screw it on tightly. A loose fit can cause the mist to spray everywhere.

Leaky Faucet Handle

When you turn on your faucet, what should only come out of the spout, it should not come out of your handles. If the faucet is leaking, you may need to tighten up the packing nuts that hold the handle in place in order to stop the leak.

If that doesn't work, the O-ring in your faucet may need to be replaced. To replace the O-ring, you will have to turn off the water supply and take the faucet fully apart. When you clean and replace the O-ring, you may also want to replace the cartridge inside of your faucet as well.

If your faucet is acting up, and you can't figure out why it is behaving irregularly, call in your local plumber. They should be able to easily fix the issue and get your faucet working correctly again.

Contact a faucet repair company like Tonka  Plumbing Heating &  Cooling Inc for more information.