Have you ever turned on the kitchen sink to get some dishes cleaned, only to find that the water seems like it's only on halfway? If so, you're looking at an issue with your water pressure. You're not alone, though, it's one of the most common home plumbing issues out there. It can be frustrating, but there might be an easy solution that you can try before calling in the pros.
Faucets are generally equipped with a device known as an ‘aerator’ that sits on the tip of the faucet - this acts as a filter for the water coming out of the faucet to direct it in a more straightforward manner and keep the water from spraying in any direction. Over time, these aerators get clogged with mineral deposits and sediment causing a restriction in the water. This leads to the dreaded pressure issue.
To fix this, all you need is a pair of pliers and some vinegar of any kind! First, you’ll want to make sure your water valves (typically located under the sink) are both shut off completely.
On a side note, if the water valves are not already completely opened, that may be the cause of your faucet’s low pressure! Next, take your pliers and carefully unscrew the aerator off the tip of your faucet. Once off, let it soak in some vinegar overnight and it should eat away the mineral buildup.
On the other hand, if you’re experiencing TOO much water pressure then your faucets may not have an aerator attachment at all!
So give this DIY fix a whirl, and if you're still experiencing problems with your water pressure, give us a call! We'll send a plumber to your home for free! Together, we can get that water running smoothly again!