Solve Low Water Pressure Problems
LESLIE: Bobby in North Carolina is dealing with a water pressure issue. Tell us what’s going on.
BOBBY: Yes. I live out in a rural area and have a well and I’m having low pressure coming into the kitchen faucet only.
TOM: It’s only the kitchen faucet? OK, well, that’s important to know and that’s actually good news because that means it’s a problem with the plumbing associated with the kitchen faucet and not the well.
Have you tried to remove – let’s start with the easiest things first. Have you tried to remove the aerator?
LESLIE: The tip of the faucet.
BOBBY: Yes. I’ve removed that off and cleaned that screen out.
TOM: Well, if you remove it and turn the water on, do you have good flow or not?
BOBBY: Yeah, but it’s not as strong as the other areas.
TOM: Alright. Well, then we have to look beyond that; we have to look at the plumbing valves. I would check and make sure that the water lines, the valves are fully opened, because sometimes they get stuck partially-closed.
BOBBY: Is that within the faucet itself?
TOM: Well, it’s probably in the – it’s not in the faucet itself but it’s probably in the supply lines right under the faucet, like in the kitchen sink cabinet. And sort of trace the plumbing back. It’s getting restricted somewhere but if the water pressure is good everywhere else, it’s a problem associated with the valves or with the water lines feeding that particular faucet. And if you can solve that, you’re going to solve your pressure problem.
BOBBY: Very good.
TOM: Bobby, thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.