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You wake up in the morning, ready to start the day, when you turn on the faucet in your bathroom sink only to discover the water pressure has lowered! What do you do? Should you call an expert to take a look, or do you try to fix it yourself?

With this type of plumbing problem, oftentimes you can quickly and easily fix the problem without resorting to contacting a home plumbing service. Robins Plumbing, Inc. would like to provide you with some do-it-yourself tips that may get you out of a water pressure jam.

Cleaning Your Aerator 

If you’re home has a faucet that has low pressure, you may not have to call a plumber to fix it.  There a couple of things that you can check to resolve the issue on your own.

One of the most common causes of low pressure to a kitchen faucet or bathroom sink faucet is debris or mineral buildup in the aerator.  The aerator is the tiny screen that you see at the end of your faucet. This little mesh screen aerates your water as it exits your faucet, giving it that unique fromafaucet pour.  If you have hard water in your home, your aerator is very likely the cause of your low water pressure issue.  While we normally recommend preventing the issue by softening the water in your home, the solution to the symptom of hard water buildup in your faucet is a simple one that you can do on your own.

The easiest way to clean mineral buildup from your aerators is to grab some plain white vinegar, a rubber band, and a sandwich bag.  Place the rubber band around the top of your bag before filling, as this will make it easier to put around your faucet once the sandwich bag is full.  Make a 50/50 mixture of white vinegar and water and place the mixture inside the sandwich bag.  The next step is to put the spout of your faucet into the sandwich bag and hold it in place with the rubber band.  Make sure the aerator is completely immersed in the vinegar mixture. Allow the aerator to soak for ten minutes, then remove the sandwich bag.  Turn on your faucet to rinse out the vinegar and test your results.

Removing Debris From Your Aerator

If soaking your aerator in the vinegar mixture didn’t quite get the job done, it could be that you have debris in your aerator that needs to be removed.  Keep in mind that before you remove your aerator, some faucet models require a specialized tool to remove the aerator, so if your aerator doesn’t remove easily, don’t try to force it because you will break it.

Many faucet manufacturers have made aerators easily removable; these faucets usually have an obvious seam at the end of the spout.  Do not just take a wrench or a pair of pliers to this and start twisting, because you will scratch the finish on your faucet.  The proper tool you will want to use is a crescent wrench or a mini strap wrench — both of these tools have a flat smooth surface that shouldn’t scratch the finish on your faucet.  

Once the aerator has been removed, check the inside for debris. Any debris you find could be hard mineral deposits that have have solidified in your line.  This debris is usually easily removed with a toothbrush.  Once the aerator has been cleaned of debris, screw the aerator back on and test your faucet for adequate pressure. 

Check Your Water Supply Lines For Kinks

Another cause of reduced pressure on faucets are kinked supply lines under your sink.  This is usually a simple fix if the supply line is in good condition. Sometimes supply lines get kinked and reduce water flow to the faucet, usually because of items being moved around under the sink.  Check your supply lines for kinks and straighten the supply line back out if you find a kink in the line.  This is also a great time to check under your sink for leaks. A clean paper towel gently placed on the plumbing under your sink can easily alert you of any leaks that you may not have noticed before.  If your paper towel comes back wet, it is time to have that leak looked at before it becomes an emergency.

Make Sure Your Angle Stops Are In The On Position.

The last common cause of reduced pressure at kitchen faucets and bathroom faucets is restricted flow from angle stops being partially closed.   This is one of those scenarios where no one knows who did it, much like the person who drank the last of the milk and won’t fess up.  Angle stops are the tiny shut off valves that you will find under your sinks and behind your toilet.  If these valves aren’t completely in the on position, then the water volume is reduced to your faucet which will in turn reduce the volume and pressure coming out of your faucet.  Make sure these valves are in the on position. If the valve handle just spins or won’t move at all, it is time to give us a call to replace it.  These leaking valves are one of the leading causes of floods in Phoenix. 

If You Can’t Fix Low Water Pressure Yourself, Call Robins Plumbing, Inc.

If you’ve followed all the tips above but still can’t get that pesky water pressure to normalize, give us a call! Robins Plumbing, Inc. can help you with the plumbing problems you can’t handle yourself.  With 15 years in the plumbing business, we can resolve any plumbing-related issue with professionalism and courtesy.  In addition to tankless water heater advice, sales and installation, we can also help you with commercial and residential drain cleaning, sewer inspection, and faucet repair.

Contact Robins Plumbing Inc. today!