A lot of people complain that their kitchen faucet isn’t providing them with adequate amount of water pressure and as a result it is taking them more time to clean their dishes and rinse their utensils.
Low water pressure is a common issue in the kitchen faucets and could be caused due to various reasons which includes corrosions, clogging of pipes, etc. Determining the issue could greatly help in fixing the problem and ensuring that you get a steady flow of water at all times.
Just follow these simple steps and you will be able to fix your low water pressure issue in no time and that too without the help of any plumber.
Identify the root cause
There can be two categories of water pressure issue and the first step is to identify in which category your water pressure issue lies.
Water pressure problems throughout the house
Check whether the issue is persistent throughout the full house or not. If you have recently remodeled your house, it might be due to decreased water pressure. For this case, you would need to install a bigger main water pipe to fix the pressure issue.
But in case there was no recent remodeling done but the problem persists throughout the house, then you would need a supplement booster in your pipeline to increase the water pressure. Make note that both these changes can only be performed by a professional plumber.
Water pressure problem only in the kitchen faucet
If the water pressure issue exists just in the kitchen faucet, then it is more likely that there is a clog in some part. You will need to look at the aerator screen first and check for the clogs and blockages. Luckily, this type of fix can be easily performed by you.
Remove the Aerator Screen
You will find that most faucets have a spout which is covered with a small screen at the end and it is more likely that due to some sedimentation on the screen, the water pressure is low.
So you will need to unscrew the aerator and disassemble it into pieces. Then put all the pieces in a vinegar-water solution or use a commercial calcium remover to remove all the blockages.
Once it is done, dry the spout and reassemble the faucet and test it to see if the water pressure has been restored.
Clean or replace the cartridge
To do this you would need to remove the faucet head which can be done by unscrewing the faucet spout. Once you have removed the faucet head check if the cartridge is open. If not, you will need to remove the thin housing and clean the cartridge of all the deposits and debris.In case cleaning the aerator screen didn’t work, then chances are that the cartridge in your faucet which controls the movement of the water is not working properly and is the reason behind low water pressure. In that case, you will need to clean it and if that doesn’t work, then you would need to replace it.
Now reassemble the housing and the faucet head and check if the water pressure is fine or not. If not, then follow the same steps to replace the cartridge and try the faucet again.
Clean out your pipes
Another reason for your low water pressure problem could be that the pipe connecting to your kitchen faucet has debris clogging the pathway. In that case, you will need to unscrew the riser from the basement with the help of a wrench.
Make sure that you back up the fitting in the basement so the fitting and the pipe doesn’t break in the process. Now take a bucket and turn on the water to see if the water pressure is fine or not. If the water pressure is fine, then you just need to reassemble the pieces back together. But if the water pressure is low, then you would need to get a re-piping done for your whole house.
Not sure yet? Check out this step by step video guide to know more.