*No Water In The Kitchen Sink*

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Old 10-08-07, 09:35 PM
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*No Water In The Kitchen Sink*

Our kitchen sink has been leaking in the past few weeks. Since we were leaving out of town, I shut off the shut-off valve both for hot and cold water in the kitchen sink to minimize the waste.

Now that we are back at home, as I was attempting to fix the leak, I tried to turn on the shut-off valve but now no water is coming out from the sink. I called the City and they just said it MIGHT be that I have to replace the whole shut off valve in the sink. Any suggestions?

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Old 10-09-07, 04:02 AM
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There could be debris or the washer on the valve is stuck in the pipe. But first, remove the faucet aerator and check that, they often clog.
 
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Old 10-09-07, 07:15 AM
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Did you lose both hot and cold water? Does your faucet have a single handle or two? If you only lost water to the one sink it's not a city water supply problem.

If you have lost only hot or cold it's possible that the stop valve handle or stem is stripped. You turn the handle but the valve doesn't open. If the stop valves haven't been shut for ages, both may have failed. Are you sure you turned them in the right direction - CCW? If you have access see if you can tell if the valve stem is turning when you turn the handle.

If you have lost both hot and cold, it's probably the faucet. Shut off the water and disassemble the faucet. Look for any debris that may be clogging the valve.
 
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Old 10-09-07, 12:19 PM
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Thank you both Just Bill and cwbuff.

There could be debris or the washer on the valve is stuck in the pipe. But first, remove the faucet aerator and check that, they often clog.
The faucet aerator is missing so basically it has a free flow and no clog.

If you have lost only hot or cold it's possible that the stop valve handle or stem is stripped. You turn the handle but the valve doesn't open. If the stop valves haven't been shut for ages, both may have failed. Are you sure you turned them in the right direction - CCW? If you have access see if you can tell if the valve stem is turning when you turn the handle.
I lost both the hot and cold water and I have two handles - one for hot and one for cold. I decided to shut the valve off in the kitchen sink since we will be out for just the weekend. I even tested it before we left. There was no water when I shut off the valve and there was water when I turned it back on until we I shut it off for the weekend. I believe this is the first time it was shut off since about 2 years ago when we had another leak. I also tried turning it in different directions but to no avail. Just for clarity, is CCW counter clockwise? As I remember last night, it appears that the valve stem is not turning when I turn the handle but let me check that again tonight. So you think it might be the faucet? Because that's what I'm thinking of doing before I changed the shut-off valve in kitchen area. I am trying to avoid that because the main shut off looks to be rusty and I don't want to touch it so I may end up having the City to shut off the main. Anyways, any feedback is appreciated.
 
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Old 10-09-07, 01:08 PM
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If you have to go to the extent of having the city "shut off at the main" you would do well to replace the main shutoff valve. It isnt going to get any better. so you might want to start there.

But, before you do, your faucets are connected to the shutoff valves with a supply line. Try removeing one of them (from the faucet) and turn on the water. If it comes out then obviously it is the faucet, if not then it is the shut off valve. That is assuming that you have water elsewhere. This simple test will find the problem.
 
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Old 10-09-07, 03:26 PM
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Originally Posted by MissTFried View Post
If you have to go to the extent of having the city "shut off at the main" you would do well to replace the main shutoff valve. It isnt going to get any better. so you might want to start there.

But, before you do, your faucets are connected to the shutoff valves with a supply line. Try removeing one of them (from the faucet) and turn on the water. If it comes out then obviously it is the faucet, if not then it is the shut off valve. That is assuming that you have water elsewhere. This simple test will find the problem.
Thank you MissTFried,

I do have water elsewhere in the bathroom, laundry sink and hose bib. It is just in the kitchen where I don't have any water at all. Thank you for you suggestion, I will definitely do that tonight. I hope it's just the faucet.

If all fails which I hope is not the case then I will also replace the kitchen shut-off valve and the main shut-off valve to be in the safe side but I hope not since it's going to cost me a lot. Thanks though.

AB
 
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Old 10-09-07, 03:50 PM
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Aerator, the thing that screws onto the bottom of the faucet, clogged.
 
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Old 10-09-07, 03:54 PM
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Aerator, the thing that screws onto the bottom of the faucet spout, clogged. You don't even need to shut off the water.
 
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Old 10-09-07, 04:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Just Bill View Post
Aerator, the thing that screws onto the bottom of the faucet spout, clogged. You don't even need to shut off the water.
Hi Just Bill,

For some reason, the faucet aerator is missing so it has no faucet aerator at all. Thanks.

AB
 
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