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How to Fix a Faucet

Updated on January 29, 2012

Faucet Losing Water Pressure

If you have ever had a faucet that has decided to stop working properly on you, you know how frustrating this can be. Luckily, there are some quick easy things that you can do and try to get you faucet working properly once again. Generally, the first sign there is a problem is you start losing water pressure. Usually it will continue to get less and less. A lot of times it can be an easy fix.

The first thing you want to check it that both your hot and cold water valves are turned all the way on. This sounds elementary, but especially if you have kids who like to explore this is sometimes the culprit.

The next thing you want to check is the filters. At the end of your faucet where the water itself comes out, there is a round piece. All you have to do is turn it clockwise and it will twist right off. Once off, just check at the top and make sure there isn't anything clogging the hole where the water goes into. Next, turn it upside down and you'll see a little screen. Check this for possible materials clogging it and hard water build-up. If there is build-up, There is usually two or three screens and you can just remove the bottom one. You can also purchase the screens for a few bucks.

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How to Change a Faucet

If none of the above solutions work, then most likely your faucet is just old and you need to purchase a new one. What happens is over time just like most other things they get worn out. There are many faucets that come with a lifetime warranty. If you are planning of staying at your home for some time, you may wish to invest in one. Generally speaking, your "cheap" bottom of the line faucets are not going to offer warranties. You may get a 1 year warranty on parts, but that's it.

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