Easy Ways To Troubleshoot The Biggest Problem With A Low Flow Faucet
One of the easiest ways to increase energy efficiency in your home is by replacing faucets in every room with a low flow faucet instead. According to WaterSense, switching out faucets to ones that use a maximum of 1.5 gallons per minute can reduce a sink’s water flow as much as 40 percent. With multiple faucets in multiple rooms throughout your home, that can be a serious amount of water savings. And a serious amount of financial savings over the course of a year.
Of course, the last thing you want to do is to sacrifice performance for the sake of savings. Luckily, you don’t have to. Today’s low flow faucets are better than ever. They have a wide range of styles that provide you with the pressure and flow levels you’re looking for. You’ll love what your new low flow faucet can do.
But occasionally your low flow might be lower than usual. When you turn on the faucet, you’re met with nothing but dribble. You wanted to save water, but you need pressure too.
Low pressure is usually an easy fix. But it can be a more serious problem. Where should you start?
Most low flow faucets are equipped with several chambers that can trap sediment. Once it settles, it blocks the flow of water. Take your faucet apart and clean each of those chambers thoroughly before putting it back together. Did it solve the problem?
If you still have a low flow of water, check the shut-off valve to your sink. Bathroom and kitchen sinks often have vanities and cupboards below. Every day you put stuff away and add in new items to store them away. At any point, you can accidentally hit the shut-off valve and turn it to a lower position. That means you’re getting less water flow to your low flow faucet. Check to see that it’s in its full on position.
After checking both of these, if you still have low water pressure with one of your faucets, it may be a bigger problem with your plumbing. The best way to proceed is to hire a professional to look at your plumbing system. A professional will ensure the issue is fixed the right way the first time, without suffering further problems from a DIY project gone wrong.