How to Solve 4 Common Faucet Problems

There is no denying that the faucet is a common fixture in any modern home. Despite the well-engineered design of many modern faucets problems can still persist. Have you ever experienced squeaking, leaking, or sputtering faucets? There are also problems of cracks, discoloration, and wearing out. These are just some of the more common problems that have been associated with faucets regardless whether they be at the bathroom, kitchen, or laundry area. Take a look at 4 of the most common problems you may encounter with your faucets and how to solve them.

Restricted Flow

This is one of the most common problems that can happen even with the most expensive faucets in the market. Every home at one time or another has experienced inconsistent stream of water due to restricted flow. In many instances the restriction does not happen within the water line but in the faucet itself; at the point of the aerators in particular.

When you find that your faucet spits water rather than deliver a consistent stream, then you may need to remove and clean the aerator. Usually lime or mineral deposits tend to accumulate causing the screen to become clogged resulting in restricted flow. Simply remove and clean the aerator under running water until the screen becomes clear. If the aerator has become crusted you can just head on to the nearest hardware center and buy a replacement part. The good news is that aerators are relatively inexpensive.

Squeaking Handle

You open the faucet by turning the handle, but you hear a squeaking sound every time you do so. Are you familiar with this situation? The squeaking sound is commonly associated with the threads of the faucet stem becoming worn out. Does this mean you need to swap out the entire faucet? Not really.

The easiest way to solve the squeaking handle problem is to remove the faucet handle. Use plumber’s grease to coat the threads to eliminate the squeaking. Reassemble the faucet and test it. This should not only resolve the squeaking issue but also make it easier for you to use the faucet handle.

Clanking Faucet

The symptom is that when you turn on the faucet you usually hear a clanking or similar mechanical sound. This problem is normally associated with problems with your plumbing pipes unless the sound can be distinctly isolated to the faucet. In this case, the most common culprit is that there is a cracked component of the faucet causing the clanking sound.

The most common way to solve this is disassemble the faucet. Inspect every piece for signs of cracks. If there is none, put the faucet back together making sure that the assembly is properly tightened. Test the faucet and if the problem persists, call a professional plumber to have your plumbing checked.

Sputtering Faucet

Have you ever been victimized by a sputtering faucet? The sputtering is normally caused by debris that is blocking the waterline or possibly in the faucet assembly. To solve this type of problem, you would need to use a method known as flushing the lines. How do you do this? Just follow these steps:

  • Carefully remove the aerator;
  • Turn off the water supply;
  • Completely turn on the faucet to completely drain the line;
  • Turn the water supply back on to allow the sudden burst of water to force out the dirt in the line.

Test the faucet. If it is still sputtering, then the problem is that the debris may be trapped in the faucet assembly. In this case, you should:

  • Turn off the water supply;
  • Turn on the faucet to drain the line again;
  • Get a bucket or bowl and a tool that will allow you to disassemble the faucet;
  • Remove the cartridge;
  • Place a rolled up towel behind the faucet and cover the faucet with the bucket or bowl; making sure someone holds it in place;
  • Turn the water supply back on to allow the pressure to force out any remaining debris in the faucet while the water is directed by the bucket to the sink;
  • Turn off the water supply and reassemble the faucet once all debris has been cleared.

Turn the water supply back on and test the faucet. This should ensure smooth and quiet water flow.

Keep in mind that plumbing problems is something to take seriously. After doing these quick fixes make sure to have your plumbing checked by calling Scott English Plumbing where faucet problems and solutions and dealt with professionally.