Saturday, March 8, 2014

My Brand New Kitchen Faucet Runs Slow

Every sink faucet uses some form of metal screen.

The water pressure in a faucet derives from the water pressure on the main line. Very few impediments exist along the line. The water routes through the valves which simply raise allowing water to pass and into the faucet. The faucet is a simple tube capped with a metal screen. New faucets often are plagued by slowness that arises from sediment becoming trapped in the screen. The sediment is residual particles remaining from the manufacturing process. Correcting the issue requires simple tools.


1. Wrap a cloth around the mesh screen connected to the tip of the faucet.

2. Loosen the screen with a pair of adjustable pliers. Unscrew the screen counter-clockwise to remove it.

3. Turn the water on and hold the screen upside down against the water flow to clean out any sediment in the line. Allow the water to run for a few minutes to clear out the pipe.

4. Screw the mesh screen back on by hand. Wrap the cloth around the screen to protect the finish and tighten it down with the set of pliers.

Tips Warnings

If the water still runs slow, turn water off to the faucet. Disconnect one of the water supply lines from the hot or cold side of the faucet. Place a bucket beneath the opening of the disconnected line and turn the water back on. Open up both the hot and cold valves and allow water to pour out of the opening. This will clear larger chunks of sediment that settled in the valve. Repeat for both valves.

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