The cold water pressure at the kitchen sink is down, especially compared to the hot water. The only time we get cool or cold water is when the single handle faucet is pushed all the way to cold. We've been here 5+ yrs and it was fine before, although this is a low-flow built home. (low flow installed out where the pipes connect to the city water supply) I've tried adjusting the water flow under the sink but not any improvment. Any suggestions?
HiCustomerbr />The most likely cause of your problem would be a problem with the shut off under the sink. The washer may have broken loose and could be restricting the flow.
That sounds like a definate possibility. When I turn the knob for the cold water there's no real increase or decrease in the flow until it's almost off.
Can you tell me what I should look for or take apart to check and see if that's the problem? I'm pretty handy, but i don't have a lot of plumbing experience.
If you feel confident that you can replace the shut off then you can try taking the existing one apart but don't do it until you are ready to replace it. You will need to turn off all the water to the house at the water main. Assuming you have a typical shut of with a handle that you turn clockwise to shut it off, there should be a hex nut behind the handle. You need to back off this hex nut which will remove the handle and stem. The washer should be attached to the end of the stem. If it is still in the body of the valve then you have found the problem. Replacing the valve would be advisable if this is the case.
Ok...thanks. I'll give that a try.
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