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How to Adjust Faucet Water Pressur

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Having water pressure that is too low or high in a kitchen faucet is more than a small issue. Without proper pressure, washing dishes becomes more than an average chore. It becomes a pain. Without proper water pressure, all tasks that involve using the tap suddenly take much longer to complete. From washing your hands, washing the dishes, or washing off food, all of them become much more time-consuming. If your water pressure is too high, you may worry about wasting water and a high utility bill.


However, repairing the water pressure in your faucet is not a difficult task to do at home. There is no need to spend outrageous amounts of money on a plumber when you can easily do it yourself. With a bit of time and concentration, you can get your faucet working like new. The question is just how?


1You need to try and figure out what the problem is. Is your water pressure too high? Is it too low? Once you figure out what problem you are addressing, collect your tools and some towels. Create a work environment that will be comfortable for you to work in.


2 : Check your shut-off valves. All sinks should have 2 valves on the water lines feeding into them - 1 for hot water and 1 for cold water. These valves will be under your sink, and they are used for shutting off the water supply in case you need to make repairs. Make sure these are all the way open. If they aren't, your water pressure will be lower than it should be.

  • DON'T, however, use these valves to adjust the water pressure by leaving them partially closed. The valves are designed to work in 2 positions - fully shut and fully open. This is not the proper way to fix a water pressure problem.


3 : Remove the aerator. If the pressure is too low, the aerator may be clogged. Removing it is straightforward, but not always easy.

  • Try to remove the aerator with a pair of pliers. Grip the aerator in the pliers and twist. You may want to wrap a rag around the pliers first so that they don't slip on the metal and to protect the metal from scratches.

  • If you can't remove the aerator with pliers, try soaking it in vinegar. Pour some vinegar in a bag and use rubber bands to tie it onto the faucet. Let it soak for a few hours - this will loosen up any corrosion or debris that might be causing the aerator to stick.

  • If vinegar does not work, you can spray the entire aerator with WD-40, then use pliers again to try to take it off. Make sure to open a window to allow the fumes to disperse.


4 : Soak the aerator in vinegar. After removing the aerator, inspect it for clogs. You will notice that it has a bunch of very small holes (which your water is forced through), and these holes tend to get clogged over time with mineral deposits and sediment. Give the aerator a quick rinse, and then place it in a dish of vinegar overnight (any kind will do).

5 : Screw the aerator back on. After the vinegar soak, rinse the aerator off and re-attach it by screwing it back into place. Test your water pressure. It should be smooth and even.

  • If your water pressure is too high, check to see if you have an aerator. Without an aerator fitted, faucets will spew water out at an enormous rate. To see if you have an aerator, just look at the end of the faucet. If you can see a fine wire mesh, you have an aerator.


6 : Check the flow rate of your aerator. Most aerators will have this printed on their side in gallons or liters per minute. In the U.S., all new faucets are required to be fitted with an aerator rated at 2.2 gallons per minute (8.3 liters per minute) - this should be plenty if working properly.

  • If your want to lower the water pressure, you can always buy a lower-flow aerator at a hardware store. Simply unscrew the old one and screw the new one on.




While water pressure issues with your faucet may seem like a task that is too daunting for an amateur to handle, do not worry. You can handle this task without calling a professional plumber. You simply need the right tools, a patient attitude, and to locate and address the problem of the pressure.

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