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Plumbing question (apolitical content)

juniorspecial

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I need help diagnosing and fixing a plumbing problem.

The flow from my kitchen faucet slowed really dramatically a few days ago, and it has stayed slow. I thought maybe it was some temporary drop in pressure, but it's gone on awhile now. All the other faucets and toilets and stuff flow fine; no problems there. I'm also not seeing any leaks or anything like that anywhere.

I don't really understand what the problem could be, because it's not like something could get in the supply line and clog things up? Or could it? What could make a faucet slow down so much? I'd love to get some ideas so I could fix this over the weekend...

Whether you're a Democrat or a Republican, any insight here would be appreciated.

:2cool
 

TomGuitar

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Just hot? Or Cold? or Both?

Did you check the screen at the end of the spigot? Sometimes that gets gummed up.
 

juniorspecial

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Both hot and cold. Everything has just slowed way down.

It's one of those faucets that you can pull out to use as a sprayer. It's pretty new too. I only put it in about 2 months ago. It was working great until earlier this week.

I'll check the screen, and report back.
 

clayville

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I'm betting it's the screen too.

Fwiw, if it's a Kohler just call them up -- they'll Fedex a gob of parts to you free, practically overnight. They've done it for me three times!
 

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Crawl under the sink and look for a kink in the hose.
 

Allen Collins

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Could be an air lock. If you have a pressure washer and a short piece of rubber pipe to bridge between the pressure washer tip and your tap (faucet), try turning the tap (faucet) on fully, wait until the water flow slows, put the rubber tube between the pressure washer tip and the tap outlet (snug fit) and press the trigger on the pressure washer to back pressure the system. You will need a helping hand (three would be handy) to make sure the rubber pipe is held secure to the tap and its best if ANother can squeeze the trigger on the pressure washer under you instruction. Repeat this until the water flows freely. Please remember that the tap in question must be turned on whilst you apply the pressure washer.
Hope this helps.
Cheers.
Allen.:)
 

J T

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Unscrew the screen on the end of the faucet. Chances are it's clogged with sand and crud.
 

juniorspecial

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Well, I cleaned the screen. It didn't help. There's no kinks in the line. I don't have a pressure washer.

Any other ideas out there?

:cheers
 

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Well, I cleaned the screen. It didn't help. There's no kinks in the line. I don't have a pressure washer.

Any other ideas out there?

:cheers

Just an idea.............Turn of the water at the wall, both hot & cold.
Disconnect the lines to the faucet ( from the wall and the faucet) and insure that they are clear............This may be a hassle especially if you don't have a basin wrench, if you don't, go spend the $10, better than the aggrevation :)
 

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If your original Plumber was a Democrat pinko tree-hugging liberal, he probably engineered your supply line to ensure that you don't use more than your 'share' of water.

...but as the Wigster says, I'd start checking for 'upstream' problems, beginning at the wall supply fitting. Are other spigots in the house working normally?
 

juniorspecial

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All other water in the house--showers, baths, sinks, washing machine, dishwasher, etc.--is working fine.
 

Cogswell

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If your original Plumber was a Democrat pinko tree-hugging liberal, he probably engineered your supply line to ensure that you don't use more than your 'share' of water.
But if he's a right-wing nut job, it's probably just the listening device he installed that's clogging the line:laugh2:
 

Texas Blues

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What ever is wrong with your pipes..it's probably going to cost $800 billion to fix it.

Cheers, TB.
 
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