Repairing a Faucet: How to Fix Low Water Pressure
A common problem with faucets is low water pressure, and the costs of repairing faucet pressure can be high. Low water pressure can make everyday tasks quite difficult. The following steps explain the process of repairing faucet pressure.
Step 1 - Clean the Spout
If your problem is confined to just one of your taps, you should consider inspecting the spout. Spouts can sometimes become dirty through years of mineral buildup, or they might be clogged by dirt. Check the end of the spout by looking at the tip closely. Then remove the spout and check the pipes inside. If you find dirt or buildup, use a special cleaning fluid to wipe away any problems. You may find large white grit, which you can't remove, stuck around the spout. If this is the case, you should consider replacing the spout.
Once you clean the spout, replace it in the sink and check the water pressure again. You should also check for leaks along the line of the spout, as this can also affect water pressure. Check washers and seals to ensure that none are too worn or broken. Replace any washers that do not seem suitable.
Step 2 - Lay Larger Pipe
If the problem extends to both parts of a sink, or to more than one room, you may have a problem caused by decreased water pressure. This is probably the case if you have had recent work done on your home which included the addition of faucets, showers or clothes washers.
The simplest way to fix this loss of water pressure is to lay larger pipes to the home. Sometimes all you need is a larger pipe to the area which has been suffering from low water pressure. A larger pipe will allow more rooms in your house to use water at the same time, thereby equalizing the water pressure throughout the house.
If this is not the problem, you may have a leaking pipe connected to this sink. Check for damage by testing each source of water.
Step 3 - Install a Supplemental Pump
A problem throughout the house indicates that you need to add a supplemental pump in the water line to keep your water pressure up. You can obtain the pump from your water company if you explain the problem. If you are experiencing low water pressure throughout your house, you should contact the supplier anyway, as they may be experiencing a leak in their supply lines. A leak in their supply lines can cause low water pressure to multiple homes.