Plumbing Troubleshooting: Weak Faucet After DIY Bathroom Repairs

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Performing your own bathroom remodel can prove maddening and rewarding at the same time. Once the project is done, you might step back and look at all of your progress, and then notice that something's not working that was working before the remodel. Bathroom faucets are prime candidates for causing problems after a remodel for a variety of reasons.

If the faucet is still working but your water pressure is far weaker than before, there are a few things you can try to solve the problem before you call in the plumbers.

Check the Aerator

A faucet aerator is a small mesh piece that fits over the end of the faucet to regulate how much water comes out at a time. If it's a new sink and faucet and you have low water pressure, check to see whether you inadvertently got a low-pressure aerator, which is designed to hold back even more water than the typical aerator in order to save money.

If it's still your original faucet and the unit was present in the room while you were doing construction, there's a chance that the aerator is simply clogged up. It's easy to remove the aerator to check. Simply place a washcloth around the faucet at the aerator then use a small wrench or pliers to twist the aerator off. Check the inside of the mesh for debris and use either the washcloth or a burst of high pressure water, such as your kitchen sink sprayer, to get the debris out of the mesh.

Make Sure the Sink is Hooked Up and Set Properly

If you installed a new sink yourself, go back over the installation instructions and check to make sure you followed every step. Ensure that all of the pipework is correct and well secured.

You can also check the shut-off valve under the sink. If it was bumped during your work or installation, the valve could have partially turned off. That would lead to only partial water pressure.

Call a Plumber

If you've tried all of these steps and the faucet still isn't working well, call a plumber. There's a chance that there are problems further down your pipes that have nothing to do with the work you did in the bathroom. It's worth the service fee to catch a minor problem before it turns into a major hassle.

While the plumber, one like Plumber A Rescue Rooter, is in your home, it's worth the time to have him or her check any pipework you did yourself to ensure that it was done right and won't fall apart on you in the near future.

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